The recent discovery of a Viking hoard has the historical community surrounding Helen Jurist’s small museum excited when it becomes it’s appointed host. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of it, that is everyone except Helen. She is far too busy organising the annual Gala for the museum and doesn’t know a thing about Vikings, but when Rune Helsen requests a private tour she’s forced to take an interest. After which, strange things begin to happen at the museum and Helen suspects that the hoard is no longer safe, but from who? Little does she know that the hoard is part of something much bigger, and she’s about to learn about more than just Vikings, things she didn’t even know existed…
To Trust a Wolf is a nice little taster to the Unnatural Alliances series. Being a novella it’s a quick read that doesn’t really dive into the story with much depth, but introduces you to main the premise of the upcoming series. Which from what I gather includes Vikings, werewolves, vampires, and a mysterious bracelet with powerful apocalyptic potential, what’s not to like? So colour me intrigued. In this way I think the novella achieves what it sets out to do, garner interest.
And I am interested, but I’d like to see more character development in the next instalment. I didn’t feel that the main protagonists drove the story, and my curiosity in the hoard will only hold me for so long. Particularly Helen, as she was a smidge wooden. I found her unquestioning acceptance of the existence of werewolves and vampires a bit odd. I mean if you’d just seen the guy you seriously fancy shift into a supernatural being, you’d definitely freak out a little but this barely registered.
I was also left wondering how Hardgrave was going to incorporate Viking history with werewolf and vampire mythology. At the moment it’s a little murky and I’m not sure if it’ll completely work. But there’s something there, and if this is simply a taster of what’s to come, I suspect all will be made clear in the future!
So if you like Vikings, werewolves, vampires or a combination of all three, or are perhaps looking for a fun, fast and easy read with potential (remember there’s a cliffhanger of sorts) then this is for you.