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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
The Good Shepherd: Werewolf Warden Series, Book One takes place in the early 1900s in Massachusetts. Leona Schaeffer is the daughter of two Wardens, which is a group of gifted people with abilities that help them protect humans from werewolves and help lycanthropes who are without a pack to live normal lives. Her family is killed in a fire the summer of 1903, shortly after assisting a lycanthrope boy to a sanctuary for his first change. Without a family or guidance, Leona wanders the wilderness and towns until she is taken in by a wealthy widower in Framingham. Two years later after a failed attempt to help a werewolf and having to kill him for the two lives he took, Leona gets a telegraph from a Jacob Goldberg (also a Warden) to come to her Uncle Ezra at once in Boston. Hoping to be trained in the Warden Code, she departs for the city, a very different environment from her own. She meets her Uncle Ezra, only to be disappointed that not only will he not teach her the Warden Code (which her parents never had a chance to do), but that he has become normalized and lives the life of a lawyer with a wife and uppity stepdaughter.
I really enjoyed reading The Good Shepherd! D. Marie Prokop writes the characters so well that it’s hard not to like them. Except for Clementine; it took me a while to warm to that brat. The whole plot of the story was amazingly written. I have always had a love of lore and myth so I was on board with werewolves and wardens that shepherd them, yet will take them out if they pose a threat to humankind. I’m really excited to see that this is going to be a series because after the bomb that was dropped about Leona towards the end, I’m dying to read on and find out where life will lead her, and surprisingly wondering if Clementine will change her ways and outlook on life.