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REVIEW: Wisdom’s Allegiance – M.D. Grimm

Wisdom's Allegiance

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Tony

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About The Book

Can a loyal and sensual owl shifter couple woo a human mate who’s convinced he’s an ugly duckling?

When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change.

Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them.

Second Edition with revised text.

The Review

Wisdom’s Allegiance (The Shifter Chronicles 13) is a nice breather from the other books in the series. It does not forget about the problems being faced by shifters from the Knights or the purity cult – a newish development led by wolf shifters and likeminded shifters who do not like shifters mating out of their ‘species,’ or with humans.

The story concerns two owl shifters, Orion and Talon, who are wooing Dexter, a human they want to be their third in their relationship. Dexter has very low self-esteem and has a problem believing two gorgeous men would want him.

He is a kind and caring man. He works as a custodian at the same university that Orion and Talon work at, and does just about everything needed to make everyone’s day go well. He empties bins, checks printers, gives support and listens to staff and students when they need a sympathetic ear. He manages to do all this while coping with panic attacks that lurk very close to the surface.

The story follows the developing relationship between the three and the consequences that result. There are dangerous moments ahead for all of them – dangers that relate to being a human involved with shifters in a way some people do not accept.

I enjoyed this a lot, and it made me happy to see Dexter find the love and respect he deserved. I liked the way it showed how shifters were integrated into ‘normal’ society.

Orion and Talon are lecturers and researchers. They have set work for students and mark it just like everyone in their position. Unlike others, they have to make time for their inner owls, take them flying and try to keep them hidden.

The treatment of the three guys working out how to be together was heart-warming, in all senses of the word. I even liked the bedroom action! This was a great read.

The Reviewer

Tony is an Englishman living amongst the Welsh and the Other Folk in the mountains of Wales. He lives with his partner of thirty-six years, four dogs, two ponies, various birds, and his bees. He is a retired lecturer and a writer of no renown but that doesn’t stop him enjoying what he used to think of as ‘sensible’ fantasy and sf. He’s surprised to find that if the story is well written and has likeable characters undergoing the trails of life, i.e. falling in love, falling out of love, having a bit of nooky (but not all the time), fending off foes, aliens and monsters, etc., he’ll be happy as a sandperson who has just offloaded a wagon of sand at the going market price. As long as there’s a story, he’s in. He aims to write fair and honest reviews. If he finds he is not the target reader he’ll move on. 

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