on 10 April 2014
Being a massive fan of Tamara Rose Blodgett’s style of writing, I jumped at the chance to read a new series: The Savage Series. As the books have progressed, now at book 5 (The Savage Protector), the world she has created for the characters is wide, rich and fully imaginable to the extent that it is almost somewhere you can touch. The characters are all very original in their own right as well as in their collective groups and species. The inception of “The Band” is pure genius – who doesn't want to imagine a strong man with rippling muscles, a very strong protective (as in fight to the death for you) streak, is evolutionally…ahem…well-endowed and exceptionally handsome!! Muscle Beach has nothing on them, well in my imagination they don’t! And that is down to how well Tamara Rose Blodgett is able to take her concepts and bring them to life.
Queen Clara is a strong woman, but has seen her share of strife, pain and suffering in the previous books. We have experienced every moment of joy and pain, but in The Savage Protector she is to face a whole new level of anguish, elation, betrayal, determination, trust, love and also overwhelming protection (not from others but from her outwards).
We begin where book 4 left off with the discovery that Evelyn and Calia had left the safety of the Sphere to go out into the Outside. With females of the band, especially those who are select, being so highly prised given their rarity among men in the ratio of population, finding them unharmed before The Fragment discover them is imperative.
The journey’s throughout the book centre mainly on Calia & Evie, the different groups of Fragment they meet along the way and certain members of the Band who come to their aid. Just what travesties do the girls suffer at the hands of the Fragment, will they survive in one peace before the Band arrive? As the Band pick up their trail, it becomes a race against time in order to save them and with the help from another group of men who are unknown to the Band are they able to take the Fragment on one on one for the final time?
With most of the Band away trying to help locate Calia & Evie, Queen Clara slips back into her duties of the realm, toiling away in the oyster fields, planning her wedding and the subsequent coronation of Matthew as King of the Sphere. But there are those with other ideas and look to the past for answers in order to rid themselves of the problems that may arise in the future. Will the Band return in time? With Queen Clara and her faithful subjects and friends stand for what is to come? Will she ever get to finally marry Matthew? – All is reviled in The Savage Protector, a brilliant sequel and continuation to the Savage Series Novels!!