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Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no turning back from saying I do.

After the death of his wife, Callan of Mulberny never expected to be forced into another political marriage—especially not to someone like the new Count of Camria. Seemingly soft and meek, it’s only fitting that Derek’s family crest is a flighty sparrow, worthy of nothing but contempt.

Another war with the seafaring people of the Outer Isles looms on the horizon, and the reluctant newlyweds must team together to protect those caught in the circle of violence. Derek and Callan slowly learn to let go of their prejudices, but as they find themselves enmeshed in intrigue fueled by dark secrets and revenge, their tentative bond is all that keeps their world—and their lives—from plunging into chaos.

300 pages, ebook

First published November 25, 2019

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Isabelle Adler

12 books107 followers
Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination and caffeine.

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391 reviews261 followers
November 30, 2019
If you liked 'Captive Prince' by C S Pacat, but wanted more politics, fantasy and romance, and less problematic and slightly questionable themes and scenes- this book is for you!

It features an enemies to lovers male/male romance, but it is super wholesome and cute.

"sometimes we leave because we care too much to stay"

Derek and Callen, our two main characters are forced into an arranged marriage to try and mend the bad blood between their families. In this world, relationships are not exclusively M/F, as many of these historical fantasies tend to be. While Callen had previously been in a relationship with a woman, no one considers it strange that he is marrying a male. I loved that this story didn't have the typical struggling about your sexuality, and constantly being defied because of who you love. Don't get me wrong, that is such an important and topical issue- but it is nice to escape to a fantasy world where LGBTI+ relationships are just a part of life, nothing out of the ordinary.

My only issues with this book is the pacing and instalove. Despite this being enemies to lovers, the two characters went from hating each other to saving each others' lives in a very short period of time. I wish the romance was a little bit more developed.

This book came out on the 25th of November, so overall I would definitely recommend checking it out!

"he was sixteen- the age when everything was painted black and white, right and wrong, with nothing in between. Both Derek and their mother knew all too well how washed-out those colours became in time"
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848 reviews339 followers
April 8, 2022
3.5 gay Stars ★★★✬✩
This book is for you if… you value representative reads. The gay love is all over the place but it still seems to be a very white book. TW: violence, physical injuries, mention of domestic abuse.

Let's face it, gay romance is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Yes, the plot could have been a lot more thrilling, and yes, this wasn't the most original story. I was bored sometimes even. But I won't let anybody take away the joy I felt while reading this. Soft bois are da best.

Characters, special in their unobtrusiveness. The MCs could be described as utterly mundane. What makes them so lovely and captivating is their strong moral compass and the character development they go through, with each other and personally. The relationship between them is realistic and tender and my heart couldn't have asked for more.

World(-building). I loved that there is no explanation to the whole "straight ain't the norm in this one". It shouldn't need an explanation of why in this universe, political marriages can between two men. It shouldn't need an explanation of why the charismatic leader of the guard, Rema, has they/them pronouns. You just listen, accept and adapt.

The arch of suspense. This is where the praise stops because it really wasn't that great. The plot was mildly thrilling at best.

What’s happening.
‘Unless you end up falling in love with your arranged husband.’
‘You know,’ Derek said, ‘I think there’s a better chance of him murdering me in my sleep.’

Derek just became the young duke of Camria. To save it, political marriage to Callan of Mulberny is arranged/forced, an icy but beautiful man whose hostile exterior is as chilling as his blue eyes, surrounded by dangerous rumours.
‘Wouldn’t it be fund if he only fell in love with people he was forced to marry against his will? Hilarious.’

Or maybe it isn't that hilarious because Callan has lost all light in life. He bends to his father's will, only his kingdom in mind. But what happens when his mind is suddenly occupied by a certain soft boi that's got more courage and love in him than one person should legally be able to carry?
writing quality + easy of reading = 4*

pace = 3*

plot/story in general = 3*

plot development = 3*

characters = 4*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 4*
Many thanks to the author Isabelle Adler and NineStar Press LLC, who provided me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review.
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2,133 reviews432 followers
June 19, 2021
4 Stars

This seriously brought back those nostalgic feels from when I read historical MF romance many years ago, blending an arranged marriage amongst enemies, rife with all the wrong preconceived notions but an irresistible attraction nonetheless. Adler brings her personal touch by setting this in an alternate universe imbued with mysterious forbidden magic, a medieval flare, and where sexuality and identity are not an issue.

So yes, Derek and Callan don’t get off to a great start. Their fathers fought each other in an unnecessary skirmish and unfortunately, it was one where Derek’s lost his life. To make peace, they’re being forced to marry each other, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that neither are none too happy about it. Toss in a bitter angry history with another race of people and you’ve got revenge, kidnapping, near executions, and a country on the brink of another war.

I quite enjoyed the slow burn romance. I loved the insecurity and doubt and the pleasant unraveling of wrong assumptions, where intense life threatening situations either make or break a person. Both these men stand up to the task, and both impress each other and push the other to be better. These two have an unbreakable sense of honor and responsibility, where Derek shows an impressive inner resolve, and Callan deeply hides a tragic past under a solid stoic strength.

Despite some very minor niggles in the decisions the MC’s make and with some of the plot threads, I loved the relationship progression and thought it was very romantic and nicely smexy as Derek and Callan fight enemies and unseen adversaries. Apparently, I reveled being back in this historical setting and not surprisingly, would not say no should Adler choose to further explore these two men or the unique world they live in. More please!
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Author 27 books94 followers
December 24, 2019
I really enjoyed reading The Wolf and the Sparrow, a lovely historical novel set in the fictional kingdom of Ivicia and populated by a cast of interesting and engaging characters.

Callan and Derek, heirs to two belligerent fiefdoms, find unexpected support and affection in each other after being forced into a political marriage.

The plotline is rich in intrigue and changes of scenery and the worldbuilding, mixing Northern lore and magic, provides the story with a nice sense of timelessness.

I really like Isabelle Adler's writing style - always solid and elegant without being either excessive or redundant.

Very nice!
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2,109 reviews371 followers
April 4, 2021
4 Stars

Set in a fantasy land with warring kingdoms and forbidden magics, The Wolf and the Sparrow begins with an arranged marriage that is anything but desired by two young nobles who are willing to do their duties, at their heart's expense, to ensure the safety of their family's and the greater good of their people.

The story follows Derek and Callen as they somewhat rapidly, but believably, go from strangers and enemies, to allies, friends and lovers, all while battling forces known and unknown, together, in order to keep their kingdoms safe from an impending war.

Told in dual POV, it wasn’t long before I found myself completely sucked in to Callen and Derek’s world. Both characters were easy to respect and admire due to their shared sense of honour and duty and an overwhelming drive to do what was right for the people of their neighboring kingdoms. It also helped that they shared a strong chemistry, even when they were mere strangers, so it wasn't hard to root for their combined happiness before long either.

Full of political intrigue, kidnappings, assassination attempts and hidden magic, this enemies-to-lovers romance was a captivating and effortless read from the start. Thankfully, the world-building and narrative never got too complex, as is sometimes the case with high fantasy themed stories—this one set the scene simply but vividly, supplying just enough detail to spark and spur-on my imagination and interest.

Needless to say, I enjoyed Derek and Callen’s story a great deal.

I’m becoming increasingly impressed by Adler with each subsequent read, and I now look forward to exploring her back-list and her future releases with gusto!
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673 reviews115 followers
January 29, 2020
The writing style is really enjoyable. It fits the medieval era perfectly. I enjoyed the story at first. The main characters' dislike for each other slowly turned into adoration and respect. It did feel like slow-burn, even though the whole story spanned over 2-3 weeks by my estimation. And I loved all of that.

But later I find a few things annoying. Mostly minor, but I find one thing really annoying in books: when there is death (secondary character), and it's shoved under the rug. I hate when the author deems it an insignificant event, especially when it's a relative (who the main character is in close contact with).  I'm not getting into the details, so as not to spoil it.

I feel the magic side of the story could have been explored deeper, and overall I'm not satisfied with the worldbuilding.

The cast of diverse characters is phenomenal. Especially because it wasn't made an issue in the book. It wasn't even acknowledged "oh you're gay, cool" or "should I address you as they/them". It just simply was. Also women in power! I see this more and more often in fantasy/paranormal books, which is awesome.

All in all I enjoyed it, but now I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars.Hmm... gonna round it down, but since I truly liked the writing, I'm sure this won't be the last book I read from the author.
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593 reviews12 followers
November 26, 2019
I was so excited to receive an ARC of Isabelle Adler’s new book, The Wolf and The Sparrow. The plot of an "arranged marriage" is relatively new to me and kind of falls in line with the “fake boyfriend” trope that I’ve been reading a lot of lately so I couldn't wait to get started on this book.

There is a rather sweet romance and there is no denying the pull these guys have with each other. As Derek and Callan learn the depth of their connection and explore their growing affection for each other, the danger looms closer and closer. The plot is filled with pirates, kidnapping, danger, betrayal, and lots of action. This is faced paced and well-written story.

My only complaint is that there was not enough world-building for me, but it didn’t pull me out of the story…just wished there was more info about their world and the magic. I felt like I didn’t have enough time to truly get into the story.

Overall, I’d say this was a really good story with compelling characters. I hope there are more adventures to happen in this universe.

Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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688 reviews161 followers
April 5, 2021
And what could have broken my mood? An arranged marriage OF COURSE!!!! 🤣🥰❤

This book had promise, it had cities ruled by Duques, not the Duque of Hastings but close enough, and other lands ruled by a more primitive people. The story starts at the end of a war where the winner asked/forced the loser to an arranged marriage to keep the peace. And the guys involved in the marriage itself didn't want it, but they did it for duty.

I liked that the characters were mature, they accepted their destiny and just tried to be civil about it, close proximity made them friends and then lovers, wich was lovely to see. The political aspect didn't bother me and there was a twist I didn't see coming. Kudos to that.

There were things that I thought made no sense, like how can an arranged marriage be between a ruling Duque and a prince that is next to rule his own stuff? There were also things that I thought were necessary, like a good epilogue, we met our characters almost at the wedding, I would have liked a little background and more development at the middle.

I still enjoyed it and I believe the author has potential. Good little read. 🥰❤
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7,477 reviews424 followers
December 13, 2019
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

The Wolf and the Sparrow is an engaging fantasy story, with some enemies to lovers elements and a bit of a road trip vibe. We join the story in the aftermath of the war between Camria and Mulberny, and Adler does a nice job setting the stage for the politics and the social climate. We are given enough background that I had no problem jumping in where the story begins and we get right into the action with the wedding and Derek and Callan’s journey to the coastal villages. As I said, we get a little bit of a road trip element here, as the journey gives the men a chance to get to know one another and begin to appreciate each other’s merits. The pair make a fairly fast transition from enemies and begrudging husbands to recognizing their appreciation for and attraction to the other. I would have liked to see more development on this end of things to really feel the commitment and love they ultimately have for one another. Things felt a little fast for me to really get that full feeling of connection I wanted.

Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.
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Author 12 books107 followers
November 30, 2019
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Category: Romance
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 72000
Book Length: Novel
Sex Content: Explicit, medium heat
Pairing: MM
Orientation: Gay, Pansexual
Identity: Cisgender
Warning: Depictions of violence, battle scenes, physical injuries, mentions of torture, allusions to domestic abuse, dealing with grief, death of secondary characters, death of a parent.

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576 reviews121 followers
November 30, 2019
I enjoyed The Wolf and the Sparrow, it was an easy read with all my faves - fantasy, magic, politics, and an enemies to lovers trope. I liked the male MCs (although I really couldn't buy in to a fantasy prince called Derek!) but felt that they moved from enemies in war to HEA waaay too quickly. The pacing didn't totally work for me, and there was a lot more world building and developing of characters, plot lines etc. that still needed to be done IMO (maybe the book was too short?) But overall a good 3 star read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the eARC :)

_#NetGalley #TheWolfandtheSparrow
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1,578 reviews103 followers
September 16, 2022
While it's nice to think that a m/m marriage could be just as valid as an m/f marriage when it comes to uniting two fiefdoms or kingdoms or what have you, you're going to need to at least address how inherited titles work in this scenario, because neither of these guys can get pregnant. And when they both have sisters, well... why wasn't a marriage arranged between Derek and Callan's sister instead? Or Callan and Derek's sister? Age alone isn't really a factor when it comes to these arranged marriages, so why was this arrangement made? Beyond

I spent most of the book trying to work out the logistics of all this, and wondering who was going to be ruling Cambria while Derek was running around Irthorg and his brothers were also apparently hanging around too for no real reason.

But, I did like Derek and Callan a lot and I liked how they got to know and understand each other better despite their shaky start. I do think the ILUs happened way too quickly and it felt forced that they were suddenly the most important person in the world to each other after just a week, even if that was a very eventful week. I liked also that there was no . The writing was pretty good, and while the big "twist" and its ultimate "resolution" could be seen a mile away, I did like that this was a more realistic take on it, as least with the personal fallout of it. I also liked the magic set up here, and the descriptions during some of those parts were really very well done.

Overall, though, I found the world building a little lacking, and there was no emotional weight to the various developments that really should have packed some punches, but were just kind of shrugged off. Things happened because the plot needed them to happen.
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674 reviews50 followers
November 20, 2019
Whenever I see a new book by Isabelle Adler, I snap it up quickly. One of the things I enjoy the most is the way her characters get right into my heart. They are wonderfully developed, flawed, and very human.

The Wolf and the Sparrow is a great story... never underestimate how important that is! There are a lot of stories in the world, but not all of them are great! Derek has just lost his father in battle and discovers that he's to be married to the victor's son. It's a completely political marriage... it's unnecessary, but Derek would do anything for his family.

I loved the way that same-sex unions were just part of life. Books like this make me feel really seen and I love it! That's exactly the kind of world that I want to live in. So Derek heads off to meet his new husband really not knowing what's going to happen.

Interestingly, the two men connect more than they expected to. And it's a plot to kidnap Derek than results in them being imprisoned together. This is the time they begin to learn more about each other... the danger they are in brings them together and brings out their more hidden qualities.

I would have liked to have known more about the world that Adler has created. Callan of Mulberny has some magic in him and it doesn't really get explained a lot in the novel. I don't know if this world is being set up for a sequel...but that would definitely work for me. The magic skill that people possess seems to vary...but it's not explored a great deal. I was left with the impression that Callan was far more powerful than he knew.

Overall, this was a great story and I will continue to read anything that Adler writes!
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329 reviews13 followers
November 17, 2019
3.5 Stars

An enjoyable, but flawed read. I became quite smitten with Callan and Derek despite, what I feel was, a rushed relationship. They had me *squeeing* several times throughout the story.

Derek wanted nothing more than to kiss him again. “You’re staring,” Callan said. He didn’t turn to him, but the corners of his mouth tugged into a smile. “You can’t fault me for admiring the most beautiful thing on this blasted island.”

“You have the worst taste.” “This coming from you,” Derek said derisively. Callan stopped and faced him, cupped the side of Derek’s face, and tilted it upward, so he could meet his eyes. The look he wore was serious, almost grave, but the traces of the earlier smile still lingered on his lips. “I’ll have you know I have impeccable taste,” he said and kissed him.

I mean, cmon!? Adorable!

The plot itself was where my real niggles came into play. Basically, it just wasn’t long enough to world build properly, establish their fledgling connection, and make believable all the perilous situations they find themselves in. Even just a little more fleshing out and this could’ve been a 4 or more star read for me; in saying that I definitely don’t regret reading it and think a lot of people will probably enjoy it.

* ARC kindly provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*

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2,906 reviews5 followers
November 21, 2019
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This book was in every way a Twinkie: light, fluffy, overly sweet, unfulfilling, and very artificial. None of the characters or world building were developed, the leads were overidealized and emasculated, the romance was an over dominant insta-luv cliche, and nothing interesting happened. The writing itself was bland to the point of being particular insubstantial and there were far too many overused phrases (e.g., 'wreak havoc').

Story: In a generic fantasy kingdom, sons of two Dukes are reeling from a recent war between their fathers that neither feel should have happened. To cement an alliance and end the war, Derek is wed to Callan. Unfortunately for both, Callan's dukedom is being threatened by islander pirates. The two must learn to work together to face this new threat. But Callan has a secret that could destroy their burgeoning relationship.

So...the usual tropes are here:

- Insta luv within a few pages. Our two leads go from indifference and antagonism to full on "I can't live without you." Completely underdeveloped
- A character will discover he/she has a magical ability that is forbidden - and so inexplicably no one knows how to use it and he has to figure it out on his own. And as is usually the case, it becomes a deus ex machina to 'save the world'.
- The leads are HIGHLY overidealized. Too good to be true and soppy in love, they have no other redeeming characteristic other than their shining goodness.
- An overweening white knight syndrome plot that dwarfs every other aspect of the book. Cue kidnapping so one has to save the other. Cue endless sacrifices to save the other. Endless.
- Previous love interest causing drama for the relationship. Can we PLEASE stop with this overused trope?

The writing itself is so banal as to be almost a fan fiction of generic fantasy romances. Each of the men felt more like women and there is a lot of tell rather than show to demonstrate these are two masculine men hard trained for war. Most of the time they are exploring their feelings or wondering about the other guy. Honestly, I thought this was written about two women since their actions and reactions were bog standard for bodice rippers and hackney romances.

Obviously, I did not enjoy this book and was disappointed. There needs to be so much more, including an original voice and nuanced characters and world building. Even as a romance, it failed in that there was no chemistry or organic development to make the attraction believable. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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237 reviews18 followers
December 11, 2020
Mediocre plot with unsurprising events, shallow characters and a rushed romance. The main characters develop deep feelings for each other way too fast.
181 reviews18 followers
December 17, 2019
While the plot was loose at few points, the initial premise from the blurb kept my attention. Two men forced together by circumstances, find they have more in common then expected.

There is solid background on both Callan and Derek, and the past which at one point made them enemy of each other serves to bind them together. They are both loyal to their people and strive to protect others. Callan is more jaded and wont to face problems heads on, while Derek is used to finding alternate way out of trouble. This doesn’t endear him to Callan, while Callan’s blunt demeanor doesn’t impress Derek.
They start to like each other only after getting to know one another better. It’s a gradual thing, as both have misjudged each other. Once they forgo prejudices, they realize they are better fit than either of them hoped for.
There is push and pull in their relationship a bit of give and take until they reach understanding. It’s a tentative truce, promise of more they are eager to build on, if they can overcome present danger.

The plot unfurls slowly, with obvious danger and shadows in the background. The story had a sedate pace until sudden twist made me sit up and take notice. I wasn’t expecting that!
Since it’s fantasy book, I shouldn’t have been surprise at inclusion of magic, but somehow it its inclusion felt forced and not as convincing.

It’s a nicely woven story of two men falling in love in complicated circumstances. I cheered for them to find their happy end. Overall, I was satisfied with the book.

I received copy of this book in exchange for review.
The review is also posted on Gay Book Reviews

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Author 4 books38 followers
December 11, 2019
The Wolf and the Sparrow by Isabelle Adler is a beautiful fantasy book. It features LGBTQ+ main characters, which always makes my heart happy: Callan (pansexual) and Derek (gay) as well as a side character Rema (non-binary). But it goes beyond that, in this world being LGBTQ+ is not considered wrong or strange. Callan and Derek do not face phobia or discrimination based on sexual orientation. In fact, this is an arranged marriage story, and no one bats an eye at an arrangement between two men. There is overall concern regarding the political motivation behind the marriage proposal, but it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

Reading a story set in a world free of anti-LGBTQ hatred was refreshing, and it also gave the opportunity for the characters to be judged on their merits rather than their orientation or gender. So instead of tackling themes like homophobia or forbidden love, the reader gets a glimpse into what life could be like if being LGBTQ was accepted. Adler did a beautiful job of developing rich characters that are strong but flawed and so much more than who they love.

Every fantasy novel needs strong world-building, and Adler shines as she seamlessly weaves details into the story. I didn’t have to trudge through long info dumps. Instead, Adler provides information about the world through the character’s eyes (alternating POVs between Callan and Derek), offering vivid scenes and new layers as the story progresses.

The heart of the story is the shift in the relationship between Callan and Derek. (I am living for the fake marriage trope.) They begin on opposing ends, and it’s a joy to watch them chip away at each other’s facades as they discover their true feelings for each other when they’re at their most vulnerable... (to read the full review, visit my blog: https://www.rjsorrento.com/blog//book...

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959 reviews15 followers
November 20, 2019
*ARC provided by the author through IndiGo Marketing&Design,in exchange for an honest review

Arranged marriages between enemy families are the norm in the world Derek and Callan live in,and of course neither of them is too happy when they're forced into one.

They thought it was as simple as spending some time together, get married and then each on their own,separate ways. They never planned to fight pirates together,to be kidnapped and taken to the island of their sworn enemies...definitely not to fall in love during their trials.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 is fast paced and well written. Isabelle Adler created an interesting world of violence,duplicity,politics and magic. A world where romance is hard to survive,and that's why I enjoyed seeing Derek and Callan's arranged marriage become a real, love filled one,in the face of all adversities.

It's a world I'd like to read more about and I really recommend to other readers to experience.

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Author 58 books362 followers
April 21, 2020
Binge read this beauty in one freaking day. Couldn't put it down.

The set-up is perfect. The arranged marriage of two young male royals with bad blood between their families. A recipe for disaster, right?? Right???

Not quite!! Action and intrigue. Fighting and falling in love. Sexy-sex. Amazingly deep, sweet, well-developed romantic leads. Loved watching their love develop and grow.

Gah, I never wanted this book to end!!!
189 reviews44 followers
July 18, 2021
This fantasy romance reads like a fairy tale about a count and a duke's heir falling in love after their marriage of convenience. A lovely story, but it's too nice and easy for my taste.
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1,800 reviews32 followers
December 22, 2019
I absolutely adore Derek and Callan! While I’d love to see more of them, I’m content with where their story ended.
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799 reviews36 followers
December 29, 2019
Full RTC - 5 out of 5 stars

Big happy sigh. This book got me out of my book slump.

- satisfying ending (with a hint of continuation perhaps?)
- great characters (main as well as side characters)
- unexpected twists
- a bit magic / supernatural elements
- great worldbuilding & coherent narration / description of the surroundings / "world" they live in
- amazing romance storyline
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Author 1 book9 followers
November 26, 2019
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I cannot lie when I say I am a big fan of Adler's writing, and when I have an opportunity I tend to make the time to enjoy her writing. When an ARC was offered, I snatched up the opportunity, and immediately dove in.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest work from Adler. It was fun to follow Callan and Derek as they navigated their worlds, their surroundings, and the challenges thrown at them. And the glimpse of the world in which they lived, the pressures, alliances, and conflicts was a fascinating one. However, I would have loved to see more. It feels like Adler has an entire world worth of interesting facts and events that could be explored, and the snapshot we're given in this particular work leaves me wanting more. There were more than a few places where it felt like we could dive deeper into the lore, deeper into the relationships, past and present, and really bring the characters and the world to life.

Regardless, I enjoyed the read, and would recommend it to those who are fans of fantasy and MLM pairings.
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171 reviews7 followers
November 17, 2019
This is a very forgettable book. The plot is an arranged marriage between two nobles, one of whom just lost a single battle to the other one, and then there is another war looming with sea tribes/pirates. I read it in one sitting, so it was enjoyable enough to keep me interested, but the plot was standard and the world and its magic the same. I enjoyed the main characters, but all side characters were deeply undeveloped. All in all, I requested it for an ARC for the title and description, but not entirely sure it was worth the three hours.
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2,533 reviews32.4k followers
January 28, 2020
random pick up because i was in the mood for some m/m and fantasy. not bad considering i literally had no expectations for this. its on the shorter side, so the romantic relationship feels a little insta-lovey to me, but i didnt really mind it. i wish this was a series because the story and world building really has the potential for expansion.

3 stars
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36 reviews21 followers
November 24, 2019
I was generously provided an early ARC of The Wolf and the Sparrow via NetGalley by NineStar Press. I will start off by saying that this has not influenced my opinion of the book whatsoever.

The Wolf and the Sparrow is in essence a light, sweet read, and I must admit - I was drawn in almost immediately by the cover - just look at it, it's beautiful! The title and the description just the same. It is an entertaining read which is admittedly playing on the cliché of arranged marriage and friends to enemies. Yes, the romance between two main characters - Derek and Callan - blossomed all too rapidly given the circumstances - war, political intrigues, battlefield, etc. - but it managed to work well enough in essence, providing imagery of wartime cruelty, sided with utterly sweet budding relationship.

I wish I'd seen more of world building, glimpsed further into the history of the Queendom in which these warring fiefdoms but there is always room for a sequel which I will undoubtedly try to get my hands on the moment I hear of it. That being said, it is still a very LGBTQIA+ friendly piece of literature, in which M/M and F/F relationships are common, and non-binary genders just the same. Still refreshing in this day and age, so I wholeheartedly support it.

The fair share of drama, kidnappings, and the aforementioned political intrigues that haunt Callan's past and present spiced it up enough to give it 5/5 stars in my humble opinion. Thank you for the read, I'll be looking forward to what else Isabelle Adler comes up with.
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August 11, 2021

It was a nice story, one that with a bit more world building could have been also a 5 stars. I'm not a fan of heterosexual elements in a M/M book, but at least here was all in the past. The plot was interesting and the characters nice, but they could have been so much better than they were in this book. Said this, the story still deserved 4 stars.
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November 30, 2022
2.5 to 3 ⭐️
I enjoyed first half of the book far more than second half. It was predictable, too predictable then I expected. There is so much unresolved and superficially done. Plot and world building was so rushed. I liked Derek at first but later i lost interest. I couldn’t develop any connection with both MCs.
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