Title: Death Chant
When her mentor disappears, Winter follows his trail to the Pacific Northwest, where the untamed wilderness is beautiful…and hides deadly secrets.
Anthropologist Winter Barstow knows nothing of her past or ethnic heritage and tells herself it doesn’t matter. Everything changes when Doc, her mentor, sends her an authentic ceremonial wolf mask from Olympic National Forest. The mask calls to her in ways she can’t understand or explain.
Then Doc disappears. Determined to find him and discover the mask’s origin, she travels to the mysterious, awe-inspiring forest where she’s confronted by Native American ranger Jay Raven, who has no love for Doc.
The deeper Winter digs into her mentor’s disappearance, the more alarming things become. She begins to hear a mysterious wolf’s howl…even when no one else does.
Jay warns Winter to leave, but she owes Doc and herself the truth.
And even though it goes against everything he has promised his tribe’s elders, Jay can’t walk away from Winter. Not only has a spirit wolf reached out to her, but he also suspects she’s in terrible danger…and his growing feelings for her are too strong to ignore.
Publisher's Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Author: Vella Munn
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: September 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
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Folklore has often been sought after especially for anthropologists, none more than Winter’s mentor. Dr. Gilsdorf, or Doc to her, left to try to convince the Hoh if he can research their tribe in the Olympic National Forest. After she received a mysterious package from her mentor and many failed attempts to contact him-she decides to go search for him. What she finds opens a whole new set of questions and suspicions. She ends up feeling all at once alone, lost, and at home. What has she gotten herself into?
That pretty much sums up the highlights of this novel. However, I did not finish it so it might have gotten better but after 65% of it, I could not take any more. I know that sounds harsh but the beginning was great. You get an introduction into the Hoh tribe and in ways what most of the tribe’s mentality. We also meet Jay Raven, our hero, who is still trying to connect to his heritage; but most of his life that connection has eluded him. Then we meet Winter Barstow who does not know much about her past and desperately wants a meaningful connection.
After that, it goes downhill from there. She stumbles upon Doc and what has happened to him. Then the next 30% of the book it is all talk about what needs to be done, waiting for law enforcement, going around in circles with different staff including her boss, and her lukewarm feelings shared with Jay. Oh, and her spirit guide trying to point her in the right direction. When I finally decided I could not take the circle I was sucked into, Winter was still deciding what she wanted to. Forgot to mention that it seemed the timeline was over a few weeks, when in fact it was just a few days.
The highlight of the novel, was the native American culture was researched yet still given that mystery. As someone who loves native American culture I thoroughly liked this part of the novel. I am not sure if I would recommend this book nor if I would read any more of Miss Munn’s books. I will not let this book sway me, so hopefully in the future I will pick up another of hers and give it a try.
I was gifted a copy of this novel from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review.