Review – With Fangs and Claws


With Fangs and Claws


The Wolf Queen #1


Sam Hall


Reverse Harem


The duke’s daughter
One girl, two lives. Dutiful daughter of the Duke of Elverston on the one hand, a wilful girl who learns to fight on the other. Her father has let her run wild, as long as she never embarrasses him. And if she does? Consequences are likely to be swift and brutal.

Her beasts
The wargen are fierce men who wear two faces, one wolf, one human. They’re the monsters mothers warn their children about in Grania, and now four wargen princes have been sent there to strike a deal with the duke. But when they catch sight of the wild Darcy everything changes. They may dress in fine furs and gold but their feral natures persist. Instead of chasing down prey, they pursue Darcy with all the same deadly intensity.

Their world
The wargen think their union with Darcy is written in the stars but she is something far older and far stranger than any of them could ever imagine. Something both countries are going to need, because while each realm focuses their distrust on the other, they ignore a far greater danger that lies beneath. If the wargen can’t get past Darcy’s defences, they might not just lose their mate, but everything.


5stars rating

This book is bloody awesome! My chest feels too tight with everything going on, but OMG, get it, get it now!


There are 2 parts of the world, 2 countries if you will, that concern us in this book: Grania, where humans live, and Strelan, where the two-souled live.
The setting is medieval, which was actually soooo nice for a change. We get bits and pieces of their history alongside Darcy throughout the book.
All settings and scenes were very, very well written.

Character development:

Darcy, bound to play the dutiful daughter, is hardly anything the men in Grania would like to see. Instead of being demure, she fights, hunts, and does all this far from her father’s eyes.
She is (very) naive but headstrong and fights for what she believes in. She is so, so strong, and she will need that strength, it seems, for things to come.
Our warg princes, the two-souled men who think Darcy is their mate: Gael, Wayland, Axe and Dane. It’s kind of a culture shock going from prissy Grania to open-minded Strelan, but boy oh boy, sign me up! They are caring, considerate, and take care of their pack and people. They don’t go ‘caveman’ when they’re around their mate; no, they are actually patient and try to teach Darcy about their world.
All the characters, both main and side characters, feel real and believable. I can’t do this enough justice; fantastic writing!

Pacing & Flow:

Prepare to be swept off your feet and taken on a wild adventure. But, please don’t think you’ll not get emotionally invested or that you can put this down… not even at the end. Which is where I went, “NOOOOOOOOOO, you can’t do this to us!!!!! *sob*” (no spoilers, but we really need book 2 asap, Sam!)

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
It has 458 pages, spread over 53 chapters and told from Darcy’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

This book devoured me, and I just couldn’t put it aside. The writing is off the charts in both worldbuilding and character development. I mean, I was there alongside Darcy for the whole ride. Book 2 can’t get here soon enough. I just added it as one of my favourites. It’s such an amazing book… just freaking amazing, get it!