Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wingspan by Elizabeth Munro

Title:  WingSpan
Author:  Elizabeth Munro
Series: Taken on The Wing #1
Published:   May 1st 2013 by Blue Swell Books
Page Count:  304
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Giveaway
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jenn Klein was raised in the human world unaware of her gryphon heritage or the legacy before her. Devastated by the death of her twin brother, she makes the uncharacteristic decision to find emotional connection with a stranger, a man she knows only as Talon in the cave-like sleeper cab of his rig. But no sooner is she introduced to the gryphon world they’re meant to share than she’s violently taken and forced to fight, delicately balancing the human world she knows with the world of the gryphons.

Born and reared a proud warrior, Talon’s life takes the turn of most male gryphons; that of a rogue, existing in both the human world and on the fringes of his adopted Rocky Mountain eyrie. After proving himself to the beautiful but emotionally damaged rogue female in his truck they part ways. He’s haunted by her presence in his heart until they’re reunited in his eyrie. When she’s torn from his arms he’ll stop at nothing to have the woman he now calls Shadow returned to his side.

My Review:

This novel was a lovely introduction to griffons. Munro found herself a niche in the realm of supernatural literature without getting hung up with the mainstream supernatural beings. She also develops a unique mythology to go with her characters. Everything regarding the culture and history of the griffon is laid out for her audience, but she does so in a very entertaining and captivating manner.

Munro’s characters are quite well developed. You get to know the main characters inside and out. They all have their own unique backstory that makes them who they are. I also appreciate the dual personalities that are present within the griffon. Although you can see the difference between the two, they complement each other. No one’s griffon persona is completely off the wall from their human persona.

The Canadian Rockies made the perfect setting for this novel. Not only can you picture multiple eyries within the range, but you can also picture the range itself. Based on this fact, Munro was able to spend less time developing the setting and more time developing her story and characters. Don’t get me wrong, Munro describes some phenomenal scenery in this novel. We also get to know exactly what everyone’s house looks like, as well as the interior of multiple eyries. Munro’s descriptions leave little to the imagination, but in a very good way. By the end of the novel, after reading everything that Munro had set before me, I felt like I had actually visited these places.

As a whole, this was an awesomely unique story. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything similar before. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the sequel.

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