Galen and the Forest Lord
Torquere Press [link to buy]
Rating 1.5 out of 5 Paddles
Galen is a young man, just come of age, in a small farming village on the edge of the dark forest. Galen’s parents and brother were taken by a fever, so now he is the only heir to his family’s land, which is in the care of his uncle. Now that he is of age, he can marry and assume his rights. But Galen has a secret he dare not reveal: he prefers men. That’s an offense that can get him cast out from the village and into the forest, where he will almost certainly be eaten by the wolves who live there. Thanks to his uncle’s treachery, that’s exactly what happens.
Erik the Forest Lord rules over the people of the forest. As alpha male, he’s leader of the pack, but he is without a mate. A prophesy says that Erik’s mate will be a human, a literal babe in the woods. Galen isn’t the baby he expects, but there’s no denying the mutual attraction.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s a fantasy tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is, sadly, a rare thing. There are several laugh-out-loud moments, and at times it even verges on parody. Very good parody. In places, I could easily imagine a movie version along the lines of Mel Brooks’ “Men in Tights”.
There are plenty of serious moments, so this isn’t just a bit of fluff, but it remains a purely fun read, with just enough drama to keep it interesting. There was certainly scope to do more with the D/s potential of the wolf pack,
which is barely touched on. There really isn’t any BDSM in this book. It’s not kinky, it’s just fun.
Reviewed by Michael