Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: At War in the Willows Trilogy By: Kiki Howell

Title: At War in the Willows Trilogy 
Author: Kiki Howell
Source: Review Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 326 pages PDF
Reviewed by: Emi 

**I received a copy of this book for an honest review**

What chances could you take to keep your true love with you forever? 

Would you go against the rules of society, your family and risk everything you have ever known? 

Would you go to any length to save the one you love, even if what must be done could possibly cause their death? 

The Willows is a resort town run by vampires, werewolves and witches. Here, their true identities are kept secret from humans, and intimate relations between the individual clans are strictly forbidden. 

When it becomes known that the vampire Amberlyn has fallen in love with the werewolf Kane, the tedious line of their co-existence has been crossed. Caught in the crossfire of this revelation, Drake, the vampire clan leader and Amberlyn’s maker, is killed along with an innocent witch. These deaths spark a series of horrific events leading to an all out War In The Willows. 

Unexpected close encounters, bodies ripe with need, and situations beyond their control lead to forbidden relationships. Now three vampires, a witch, a werewolf and a human must ride along the edges of the rules. They will attempt once unthinkable romantic entanglements despite all those who oppose their relationships, while fighting for their lives as well. 

With the Willows full of violence and bloodshed, meetings and magic amiss, will the clans ever be able to find peace among them again? Or, will this war destroy the Willows? 

In Book 1, Amberlyn’s vampire brother, Isaac, always one to kick ass first and deal with the consequences later, kidnaps a witch, Winter. He intends to find out what type of retaliation the witch clan is planning against the vampires and werewolves. In doing so, he finds so much more then he bargained for. 

By Book 2, Isaac and Winter devise a plan to try to get the Elders of the clans talking peacefully. But, things don’t go as they’d hoped, and the fighting between the clans becomes more devious – deadly. Now, Devin, another vampire of Drake’s making, steps in to help pick up some of the pieces. 

When Book 3 begins, it is Devin who hides the biggest secret; he’s in love with a local human. In a moment of desperation – of love – Devin sweeps this human, Sara, away to his home in order to keep her out of harm’s way. 

*Sighs* Forbidden love, is there anything more romantic than that?!
I think this is the most romantic novel I've ever read. 
So obviously I have a very weird view of romance since this trilogy is full of action and crazy witches and other supes who love to stir the crazy pot, but the love between the main characters in each story is amazing! True love cannot and should not be stopped because of physical differences between two people. This trilogy hits home in quite a few ways. For people like me who are in interracial relationships and for people of the same sex, we all struggle with this kind of judgment and prejudices. It just made me love the book even more. It has a very interesting plot and is full of action, and the steamy parts are very nice ;).  The first story is with Isaac & Winter and where the plot is introduced.  His sister Amberlyn, who is a vampire, falls in love with a werewolf, we normally see this in other novels, but here in the Willows it is strictly forbidden. The Willows is a resort town where plenty of humans come and go and the ones that live there are kept in the dark of the true identities of the supernturals. And a place where Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches coexist with a truce of sorts, but are strictly forbidden to engage in, and have relationships with each other. Isaac is on his way back to the Willows because he receives word from his Vampire Grandfather that his maker Drake has been murdered. Once there, he plans to get all of the information he needs by any means necessary, and this is how he encounters Winter. While trying to find out what has happened and what the other clans have planned, he starts to develop feelings for her. But because a love between a Vampire and a witch is not only, not allowed it would also bring more trouble to the impending war between the clans, so he tries to ignore his feelings. While trying to figure out how to go about this relationship with each other, violence starts to break out in the Willows. Isaac & Winter along with the help of Amberlyn, Kane and their grandparents, work together to  try to prevent the situation from escalating in front of humans.  But he can no longer deny his love for Winter, so he finally gives into it and tries to figure out a way to work thru this hard time in the Willows. The second installment is the story of Amberlyn and Kane. Here we find out how they started and what happened when they came out into the open. Isaac & Winter try to find a peaceful way to bring the clans together and have a meeting of the leaders and Elders to defuse the situation and compromise on new laws for the clans, so they enlist the attendance of Kane & Amberlyn. But things get out of control once the witches start scheming again. We’re also introduced to Devin in this installment, another vampire sibling of Isaac and Amberlyn. The third installment is about Devin & Sara, he is a vampire but his love interest is actually worse than Amberlyn and Isaac, he’s in love with a human. I have to say that I loved all three of these stories but Devin’s is my favorite. I almost teared up with this one.  They spend a night together and they both feel the same way about each other. It just tore me up to read how much they wanted and loved each other but couldn't be together, that they were saying goodbye even though they didn't want to. The fighting between the clans continues but it seems to be escalating to the point of no return. This group of crazy witches has really done a number on the town, the clans, and even the innocent bystanders. But will the town survive?  
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy, and definitely recommend it! 

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