I enjoyed the author's writing and imagination, but was annoyed by the blatant and oversimplified Christian imagery (salvation and the fundamental unworthiness of men, not the general spiritual message). The book would have benefitted by a race of men more complex than a pack of dogs. I am considering giving book 2 a chance anyway, because I do believe the author is talented, but if it turns into a sermon on how unworthy the masses are compared to the "chosen" it will by my last from this author.
I am glad I decided to give book 2 a try, as it definitely broadened the spiritual concept and gave it more depth and complexity. I do still think the book would benefit from less clear distinction between right/wrong and good/bad, as reality is never as clear cut as depicted (yes, even fantasy readers have to be able to suspend disbelief).
Such a tired trope- gay boy falls in love with straight friend/teammate/roommate. Boy pines, gives up. Friend/teammate/roommate, SURPRISE, is gay/bi/willing to switch teams just for him. Sex scene. Happily ever after.
This story adds nothing new. The characters are truly generic. There is nothing wrong with this story- it is a quick read, somewhat entertaining, but there are no surprises here.
I just didn't get it. The characters seemed totally driven by the story, with one guy declaring his independence and self reliance while allowing his wants to be totally disregarded. Not just submissive, but completely passive. I guess if all you need is supernatural creatures and rough sex, you'll like it. I didn't even manage to finish the 68 pages.