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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Wolf Queen: Arcadia, Book Two by Kelley Heckart


A new twist on Beauty and the Beast and the Greek myth of Lycaon the werewolf. A Bronze Age fantasy, adventure, and romance set in Arcadia, the wild forests of the goddess Artemis.

A tormented wolf man… A mysterious girl with a terrible secret…

Alara, a princess from a foreign land, is forced to wed the sorcerer-king Aramon, a power-hungry warlord, who discovers her dark secret and wants to use her to create an invincible army. When she meets Lycaon, she must decide if she should trust the cursed, tormented half-man half-wolf who might be her enemy, or her true mate.

Lycaon, once a great king until he was cursed by Zeus to be a werewolf, is drawn to the mysterious princess. He is torn between helping Alara escape and using her to gain power over those who despise him.

Secrets abound, and old enemies reunite to battle Aramon before he can unleash his terrible plan. Time is running out as the dark moon approaches. Soon, Arcadia will be overrun with an unstoppable, vicious army, unless Aramon can be defeated. To prevent his victory, the cost is high. As Lycaon’s affection for Alara grows, it becomes more difficult for him to decide which to save: Arcadia or her.

About the Author:

Multi-published author Kelley Heckart writes romances with fantasy/paranormal elements set in ancient and medieval time periods. Her stories reflect her passion for ancient history, storytelling, and the supernatural. She is drawn in particular to the ancient Celts who are shrouded in mystery and associated with the otherworldly realm of the Fae. With her pen and paper, she recreates long ago places filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, magic, and romance.

Two of her favorite things are sunrises and men in kilts. When not writing or editing, she enjoys practicing target archery. She can be found online at

Review by Rochelle:

Alara escapes from Aramon, the evil king to whom she is betrothed. He has learned the secret of her people and plans to use her to create an unstoppable army that will enable him to conquer the territory surrounding his kingdom. She passes through Artemis’s enchanted forest and enters territory protected by Lycaon, a former king who was cursed by Zeus and is now a werewolf. Strangely, Alara shows no fear of him in either of his forms, and he finds himself strangely drawn to her. He decides to help her avoid Aramon, and prevent him from raising his evil army.

Historical/fantasy is not my favorite genre. There is too much room for anomalies and modern jargon to slip in, but in The Wolf Queen: Arcadia, Book Two, Ms. Heckart has done a good job of keeping to the period, and not jarring me out of the mind-set. I’ve even studied some mythology and she seems to be accurate there. Finally, her pacing and character development were great. She sucked me in from the first page and kept me burning through to the last. So, considering my normal reluctance to read these books, I greatly enjoyed The Wolf Queen. If I didn’t have a rather long “To Be Reviewed” list, I’d grab the first book in the Arcadia series. I’m sure I’d enjoy it.

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Heat Rating:  R
Length:  246 Pages
Print:  $11.99
Digital:  $2.99
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