Book Reviews

Jungle Law by K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong at Storm Moon Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-June-2012

Book Blurb

There is a rainforest in India that the wise poachers avoid. Few who venture in ever return, and those that do rarely come back all the way. The leopards in this forest have a protector who walks the worlds between leopard and man, but who calls the leopard kin and the human only enemy. When a frightened boy escapes from the latest hunting party to feel the protector's wrath, he tracks the boy down, determined to leave no survivors. But when he comes fact-to-face with the exotic, defenseless boy, he cannot bring himself to end that life. Instead, what he has reviled for years becomes his constant companion. That is, until the humans dare to set foot in his forest once more.

Book Review

With roots firmly in Tarzan and Jungle Book land, this is a fascinating story about a leopard shifter, Kaanan, and a human, Deshi, who couldn’t have more different backgrounds if they tried. Their common outlook and willingness to learn makes them more compatible than I initially believed, and gives this story a flavor all its own. I really liked the way the authors helped us see the world from Kanaan's point of view, how some things were suddenly very simple when looked at with so-called "uncivilized" eyes.

Kaanan is a creature of the jungle, and lives by its laws. Harsh, but true, and his observations, the smells and sounds he perceives, give us a very interesting picture of his world. It is entirely non-human most of the time, when he is in his leopard form, and becomes more human-like when he is a man, but remains totally untamed. Initially, Kaanan is very unforgiving in his thoughts. The human poachers encroaching on his territory deserve no less than his anger (in my opinion), but the young man who is their prisoner is a different matter. A difference that Kanaan refuses to see, until he meets Deshi.

Deshi is very young, has not had an easy life, and suddenly finds himself face-to-face with a leopard. Or so he thinks. I loved how Kaanan was sensitive to Deshi's fear, but the young man isn't to be deterred. Despite the language barrier, he manages to learn how to survive, and gets to know Kaanan extremely well. His progress is halting at first, but he is learning how to deal with a world that is entirely unknown to him. The descriptions of how he deals with it were wonderful, as was the growing emotions between him and Kaanan.

If you like stories that take you "out of this world" into a different realm, if a wild man and a "civilized" man meeting and struggling to understand each other fascinate you, and if some hot action in the jungle sounds good to you, then you will probably like this book as much as I did.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 27 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-June-2012
Price FREE
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