Desire Untamed: A Feral Warriors Novel
by Pamela Palmer
Review by Mel Jacob
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061667510
Date: 01 July 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Pamela Palmer's trilogy of the Therian Feral Warriors begins with Desire Untamed and the nine shape-shifters conducting a blood ritual to locate the woman necessary to their survival. The novel takes off like a rocket and then shifts to Kara MacAllister, a preschool teacher in a Missouri farming community. Lyon, the chief of the Feral Warriors must leave the Washington, D.C. area and retrieve her. However, Kara nurses a dying mother and wants nothing to do with the hulking man who arrives so unexpectedly in her home. She becomes even angrier when he insists she is Therian, not human. When her ill mother confirms it before dying, Kara grows more confused.
Ripped from her home, Kara struggles with grief and facing a new uncertain life. The Ferals need Kara as their Radiant, the one able to tap into the power of Mother Nature and replenish their energy. They battle and destroy the draden, wraiths of Daemon spawn, who suck energy from all and kill in the process. In the past, the combined forces of the ancient Therians and the Mage, another non-human race, overcame Satanan (Satan) and his Daemons banishing them from Earth except for the draden wraiths.
Sex plays a major role in Therian rituals. Kara wants to reject the role the Ferals demand of her, but her attraction to Lyon adds a further problem. That and his rescuing her from death or injury several times makes him the only one she now trusts. However, when the Pairing ritual reveals another feral as her mate and Lyon backs him, she feels betrayed. Strange nightmares haunt her and the ferals fight each other. Lyon assures her their house is safe, but Kara doesn't believe him.
Lyon fears they have little time to complete the rituals to enable Kara to access the energy of Mother Earth. If she fails, he must kill her and hope they can find and train the new Radiant candidate in time.
Those readers who don't like hot sex, sadomasochism, and dark horror will not enjoy the novel. Sex and lust hold sway and occupy most of the novel.
Palmer has two sequels planned: Obsession Untamed and Passion Untamed. However, the Therian obsession with sex leaves room for other adventures with or without the Feral Warriors.