Monday, April 6, 2015

Battle Cry

Book #2 in the Loki's Wolves series
Battle Cry
by Melissa Snark

Survival demands sacrifice. Healing requires forgiveness.

After losing her lover and then her mate, Victoria Storm builds a new life in Sierra Pines,California. When the Norse Fates predict the she-wolf will destroy the world to save her unborn child,
 her duties as Freya’s priestess conflict with her responsibilities as Odin’s Valkyrie.
Sawyer Barrett has hunted Victoria so passionately, he doesn't know whether he loves or hates her. Desperate to end the fighting, he will take chances with everything—except his heart.
This hunter harbors a deadly secret he can't reveal without risking the tentative ceasefire and his father’s continued disapproval.
Men revere him; monsters fear him. Jake Barrett—the notorious Hunter King—values loyalty tofamily above all else. When he believes his eldest son was murdered by a wolf ally, he releasesa chain reaction of violent destruction that claims the lives of both wolves and hunters.
An ancient vampire plots the destruction of wolves and hunters alike. If the embittered rivalry
doesn't end quickly, there is no hope for the Hunters, Victoria's pack, or the mortal world.

Shadows enshrouded Skuld, and her voice manifested upon the air, thick and oppressive,
closing in from all sides. "Your daughter will not grow to adulthood in Midgard."Victoria's heart slammed against her breastbone. Her breath expelled in a horrified gust.
The bowl dropped from her hands which flew to protect her abdomen. "What do you mean?"
"Your daughter will be taken from you on the eve of her third birthday," Skuld said.
 "The one you trust most, a member of your own pack, will give the child over to your greatest enemy."
A growl trembled in Victoria's throat, and her entire body shook under the dual assault of fear and rage. The suggestion of betrayal from within her own pack filled her with disbelief to the core of her being. It was unthinkable. Gritting her teeth, she sought a solution, refusing to dwell on it.
 "How am I to prevent this?"
"We speak of what will come to pass," Verðandi said in a sympathetic tone. 
"Your predictions are not carved in stone," Victoria said.
 Arguing with Fate was a foolish endeavor, but she refused to accept their prophecy.
The old woman, Urðr, smiled with a frightening gleam in her eyes. "Predictions, carved into the trunk of the World Tree, carved into the spiritual fabric of the world."
Stubborn determination settled over Victoria like armor. Her mother had taught her there was no absolute fate, just as there was no absolute free will. Life consisted of a wide range of possibilities between the two extremes. She refused to allow her daughter to die at three years of age. She would move worlds, alter fate, slay gods. Whatever it took.

"Do you wish to save your child?" Skuld asked.
Victoria answered without thought. "Yes. I'll do anything. Tell me. Please."
"The final days are upon us," Verðandi said.
Skuld took over speaking. "To save your daughter, you will side with Loki against the Aesir. 
You will use your enchanted dagger to cut the binding of the great wolf Fenrir. You will be responsible for freeing the beast that kills Odin."
Victoria's stomach turned. Her head shook in automatic denial. "When the gods imprisoned Fenrir, my people pledged fealty to the Aesir. We have served them loyally ever since. Even when we were driven from the homeland, almost a millennium ago, we remained faithful. I will never cut Fenrir's bonds. To do so would end the world we live in and doom us all."
Skuld's gaze held steady. "You will."
Victoria snarled her denial. "No. I will never become the servant of the Trickster or willingly take part in bringing about Odin's death."
Skuld turned her head and pinned Victoria with one black eye that rolled in its socket like a 
liquid marble.
 "To save your daughter, you will." 

A wonderful mixture of mythology and paranormal adventure with personal relationships thrown in for more conflict. A very difficult combination to successfully create and author Melissa Snark masters it.Victoria, a white wolf shifter, has become Alpha of Storm Pack after her parents and most of her pack are killed in war between the races.Jake Barrett is a combination of man and magic, head of the Hunters.With the arrival of an influx of vampires from around the world, old alliances must be renewed to cull the undead.Jake and his son Sawyer believe Victoria is responsible for the death of Jake's elder son Daniel.Victoria blames the hunters for the death of her parents and pack mates.Trust between them comes at a high price.Things are not as they seem and treachery also exists among those each have known and trusted for years. Even in the halls of Valhalla there is conflict.The author writes wonderful banter between characters and adds humorous elements to keep the story from being overly dark. It seems that even after death men still love cars. Loki gets many of the best lines, such as:"They make films about me...although I wonder why I'm always the villain.""We're all really like dust bunnies, snarled messy clumps that get stuck in dark corners, except when we're exposed. Then we're blown about and torn apart. Although I suppose you might argue that Kansas said it better..."With strong battle scenes and an abundance of magical healing, you'll be drawn into the story. Your emotions will get a workout. Could this be the end of life as they know it? What role will Victoria play? Will the new alliances hold?What more trouble will Loki cause?I received this book in exchange for my honest review.         

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Fast Facts About Melissa Snark: 

• Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with five 



• Her Loki's Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON and BATTLE 


• She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring 
of cats.

• She is a professional cat herder and unrepentant satirist who blogs about books and 
writing on The Snarkology:

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Email: melissasnark at

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting today. Many thanks also for your wonderful review of Battle Cry. I very much appreciate you having taken the time to read and review my story. :-)


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