Titel: Bear Heart
Series: Klawdia, Book #1
Author: K.J. Colt
Publishing date: 23 May 2013
Publisher: Self published
Language: English only
Number of pages: 100 p.
Kind of story Novella
Other books in this series:
Refuges, Book #2
About Bear Heart“Women serve men, and you must prove that you can be a man before you may lead.”
The Bear tribe have always ruled the Nation of Ruxdor, though with no male heirs to continue the line, Klawdia, the chieftain’s daughter and only child, must compete in a bestial rite of passage against four other tribal boys to retain her family’s sovereignty.
The competition is set among the perils of the Death Peak Mountains and pits representatives from Ruxdor's five strongest tribes—Bear, Lion, Wolf, Snake, and Hawgrald—against each other in a race to slaughter their tribe’s animal and return home. Each competitor is overseen by an opposing tribe’s elder to discourage dishonesty.
My reviewFirst thought: I thought I was going to get a shifters story, a bear shifter or something. I wanted to read some good old shifters story. This was not one of those stories, no shifters but real bears, wolves, snakes, birds and lions.
By the way, Lions in the snow? The setting of this story is in the middle of winter, it's freezing, the ground is covered in snow. I find weird to place a lion in this environment. Maybe it's a prehistoric lion, lets hope, because the modern lion's habitat would be a "little" warmer, like Africa hot.
Allthough this was not what I was hoping for, the story turned out to be pretty great! It was really well written, nice and short (only a hundert pages) which makes this in my book a novella. I thought Klawdia was a strong character, I like her but in some cases she was a bit naive. But on the other hand, the betrayal came as a bit of a suprise even for me too. Ok another great thing about this book are the original names!! They sound a bit Scandinavian, also they go very well with the setting and the tribes.