Review: Heir of the Dog by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

After a lukewarm introduction to this series, I wasn’t sure that it would be a good fit for me. But Hailey Edwards has come through again and I am happy to report this installment has made me a fan of the Black Dog books. It makes sense, in a way, when you consider that Dog With a Bone was an added prequel to what was supposed to have been a trilogy that started here. This book is much more engaging and made me care about the heroine in a way that I just didn’t before. And if you choose not to read Dog With a Bone, I’m pretty sure you would be totally fine jumping in here.

Thierry is still pretty young. 19 is a younger Urban Fantasy heroine and than I would usually choose, but it is what it is. She is the half blood daughter of a human woman and a very father known as the Black Dog. We learn, truly, for the first time, what that means here. Mac is a singular Fae who is loyal neither to the Seelie or Unseelie house. Through him, peace exists between the two factions, and once a century, he offers himself up as the prize in a hunt between competing princes for who would be the next king. As the story begins, Mac is missing and the latest King is dead. Who else could fill the Black Dog’s shoes but his daughter?

Shaw, the love interest introduced in the last book, plays a much smaller role here. His love affair with Thierry is over and there is still quite a bit of hurt between them. But Shaw isn’t the main attraction. That would be a mysterious fae who turns into a black bird and is popping up left and right in Thierry’s life. It’s the Morrigan‘s son who eventually brings Thierry into Faerie to meet the challenge before her and I think there’s more than a small chance he is destined to be the new man in her life. Or at least I hope so, because I’m still not on the Shaw bandwagon.

I feel like Thierry’s character is much more fleshed out, and even better, the world building has grown by leaps and bounds. Much of the story is set in the lands of the fae and it is a fascinating setting as she goes through her journey.

Thierry is loyal and honorable and she is an easy character to root for. I would really like to see someone be that same kind of unwavering support for her. I want someone in her life who is trustworthy and puts her first. I’ll be interested to see if that ever comes to pass.

In the meantime, the ending of the story really turns the series on its ear and sets up a huge change ahead. I cannot wait to see what the author has planned. Will keep you posted.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Heir of the Dog
by Hailey Edwards
Release Date: January 30, 2015

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