Caledonia Destiny (Blessed Bane, #1) by Lexi Ander 5*
BLURB: A twist of fate changed both their destinies.
The wyrbears, once a long-lived species, were being lost to the forest in their prime. A people borne of a curse, their abilities not a gift but something wrongly taken, they nonetheless live in harmony with their animal spirits. But over time the curse they lived under changed, mutated, and now what once was a refuge from the world when they became too weary is culling mathan in their prime.
Ewen mhic Friscalach, the leader of his peoples, lost his father too early and is now a widower with four children. The vow he made as a youth to break the curse afflicting wyrbears has been buried by grief and responsibility.
Roi mhic Alric, a priest of Cerridwen and seer, watched his fellow priests slaughtered and his temple desecrated. The only thing that kept him going the last three horror-filled years was the vision Cerridwen had granted him of his emancipation. If freedom came at the cost of his life, well, he was more than ready for the Otherworld.
A fated meeting upon a bloody field of battle. A wrong done long ago. Their choices could save a people… or send them into extinction. Either way, their love will be legend.
My Review: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I love reading stories by Lexi, as she has a talent to make you so immersed in her world that it's a wrench to leave it when you're done reading.
This one was a little different from some of her previous ones that I've read, they were more science fiction than this one. It was set in ancient celtic lands with a sword and sorcery feel to it. In this world paranormal creatures live unknown to, but side by side with, humans and Lexi used a lot of old words from that era which actually helped get me into the story. With her usual flair of dragging the reader straight into the action, and keeping them hooked, this book was on par with my favourite fantasy writers of the past. I loved all the main characters and all the twists and turns that made it difficult to put the book down to go to work. I have so much I want to say about the book, but I promised not to give spoilers so I can't.
If you like Lexi Ander stories, fantasy with werebeasts, or just a story with lovable characters and plenty of action, then go buy this when it comes out on 9th July 2018, you won't regret it.