Crocotta's Hackles

 

The Kingdom of Elysia is in peril. The invading Raider army has marshalled a battalion of brutal soldiers whose unnatural strength and ruthless violence have no equal. Unfortunately, with the death of his grandfather, Prince Varren must return to the capital to secure his throne, be crowned king, and prevent power-hungry council members from overstepping their authority.

For the first time, seventeen-year-old Lluava is forced to leave the prince, her military partner, in order to undertake a secret mission in the desperate hope that salvation lies outside Elysia’s borders. Venturing into the Outlands, a barren wasteland of frozen tundra, she seeks others like herself—not just Theriomorphs that have the ability to transform into an animal form but also Incarn, those chosen few, whose animal form is identical to one of the gods.

Yet Lluava’s thoughts are filled with doubt. Will aid be found outside Elysia? Will it be enough? Why is her destiny entangled with a man she loathes? What does it mean to be Incarn? With each passing day, as the terrain becomes more frigid and desolate, her faith in this plan wavers while the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.

Crocotta's Hackles

 The Incarn Saga Tome 3

ISBN-13: 978-0998377940

According to legend, when the world was young, Crocotta, Queen of the Gods, discovered her mate’s faithlessness. She vowed to prevent future threats to all matrimonial pacts henceforward, but for her it was too late. The child born from the illicit coupling was a warrior goddess—one whom Crocotta would seek to destroy throughout eternity.

 

Now that the Raiders’ elite army is threatening the kingdom of Elysia’s northern borders, seventeen-year-old Lluava must leave the familiarity and safety of her native land to venture into the wilderness. Her mission is to discover others like her who will come to Elysia’s aid; her hope is to unravel the secrets behind what it means to be Incarn. But what she finds could destroy everything.

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Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite (02/19)

 

 

A twisty young adult fantasy, Crocotta's Hackles by Katharine E. Wibell is an interesting third entry in The Incarn Saga, featuring a splintering kingdom and a young heroine on an impossible mission. It’s a narrative that blends legend with the action of the present to define the path of a lovely protagonist and a conflict that has developed from time immemorial. According to legend, the queen of the gods, Crocotta, moved to anger by the infidelity of her lover, decided to prevent similar cases of infidelity in the future. However, the act of infidelity resulted in the birth of a warrior goddess who eventually became her nemesis. When the kingdom of Elysia is threatened by the Raiders, Lluava embarks on a mission to locate other Incarns and get help. What happens next will grip readers. 

This is a narrative with a complex and engrossing plot. Katharine E. Wibell’s richly developed characters and her profuse imagination will hit readers strongly. The prose is elegant, the entire narrative filled with beautiful images of the setting. The author writes scenes that are emotionally rich and focused. What hit me most is the manner in which she melds legendary times with contemporary characters. Lluava is a teenager unlike any other and I enjoyed the fact that her development as a person and as a character isn’t at its peak when the story starts. She has to discover her strength, find out more about who she really is, and progressively learn to accept her destiny. Crocotta's Hackles is sophisticated, narrated in an absorbing voice and in language that is, in itself, delightful.

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/19)

 

“Crocotta’s Hackles,” is the third book in the Incarn Saga by Katharine Wibell. This adventure begins with Lluava, a talented female warrior, who is about to turn eighteen years old. Lluava resides in the kingdom of Elysia. Elysia, ruled by humans, is inhabited by both humans and Theriomorphs, and the species struggle to get along.

 

Theriomorphs are able to change into other forms of life. Lluava is a Theriomorph and she can transform into a white tiger. She is also in love with her human king. Raiders and Berserkers are traveling through the land destroying everything in their path, and when Elysia is at risk of being attacked again, Lluava and a huntsman named Apex take off to find help. Like Lluava, Apex is a Theriomorph - he can change into a wolverine. Both Lluava and Apex are a part of a small group of 12 Theriomorphs, who the Gods have gifted with extra special powers. They set off together with the hopes of finding more people like them and recruiting aid in the battle against the Raiders. The two discover so much about who they really are while they are on their journey. They also must decide who can be trusted and unfortunately, their choices don’t always work in their favor.

 

While this is the third book in the Incarn Saga series, it was the first one for me to read and I recommend starting at the beginning and reading them in order. I found myself getting a little confused at first because the reoccurring characters were new to me. But, once I caught up, the story took off for me and I could not put this amazing fantasy saga down!

 

The author did a fantastic job of bringing this foreign land to life. The descriptions are given in vivid detail, making it easy to “see” these places. The author also did a wonderful job of breathing life into these characters. The Theriomorphs spend much of their lives in their animal forms, so some of their personal attributes are derived from their animal. The Theriomorphs and humans both have good reason for not being able to fully trust each other. The tension between the two groups adds a nice touch to the drama.

 

I highly recommend this captivating series by Katharine Wibell and I definitely plan on going back and reading all of them!

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