I love Anna’s Glacial Blood series a whole lot. I’m all dragged into the series, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with the next one, because dayum. But of all the books of the series I’ve read so far, The Power of a Myth is my favorite. It’s not very focused on the world as a whole, or even the fight that is ongoing, although there are bits and pieces of that through the book. Instead, it is laser focused on Hayden and Molly. All of the books focus on the couple in question, but never one as much as this one, I think. And I think that it works for this one in a way that it wouldn’t in other books.
So, we have Hayden and we have Molly. And we have the Vietnam War. Molly is a puma shifter from the Glacial Blood pack, and she has just finished training to be a nurse and has joined the military. And she’s just arrived at a base in Vietnam. She’s not even technically on duty yet, but when the sirens go off warning that there’s incoming wounded, she gets pulled into the OR. This is when she meets Hayden. He saved a friend and got injured. Molly helps work on his friend and then gets to talking to Hayden, and there’s just something there about him.
Hayden is just fascinated by Molly. They spend all the time together that they can. Then he sees her coming out of the jungle and loses it, because the only reason people go into the jungle around the base is to fuck. So, he confronts her, she gets mad and tells him that if he wants to know what she was doing, he should follow her. That’s where he finds out her secret and not just that she’s a puma, but that he’s also her mate. They swear to each other that after the war is over, they will be together, because he has to leave for a mission in the morning.
Can you guess where we are headed? Yeah. That’s where we’re going.
My heart broke for Molly. She lost her mate and had no body to grieve over. She’s spent the last fifty years since she saw him last living alone, being alone. She lives as part of the Glacial Blood Pack, and has helped to train Kas and other members of the pack, but she lives a part from them, in her cave. Her very nice cave, to be sure, but in her cave. She’s fiercely independent, but now in her 70s, she’s finding life harder, so she’s now headed to the mansion. Issue is, she’s not the only one. I think that she’s really strong, and it isn’t even that she learned to be strong during those years, but that’s just who she is all the time. There’s just this spine of steel. She’s also very caring, because she loves her pack and she helps her pack. I really like her a lot.
I think that for as much as Molly broke my heart, Hayden hurt it even worse. Hayden had to willingly and knowingly make the sacrifice that he did. He knew what he was getting into. I think that he even knew, in his heart of hearts, that it was going to be sch a long time before he’s able to lay down his burden. Not only has he made the sacrifice, he keeps track of Molly through people who know them both, so he’s got that little self-torture going on. So yeah, that’s why I think that he hurt my heart worse.
Hayden is a damned honorable warrior though. He made his choice willingly, he could’ve run away, but he looked at what was being told him and he weighed the options and did what he saw as the right thing, even if it’s the thing he didn’t want to do.
I love a second chance kind of romance, and this is definitely in that second chance category, but it’s more than that to me. It’s kind of like an extended chance versus a second chance. It’s not like their relationship truly ended in a break up, sooo… I dunno. Do you see where I’m going with my thoughts? I hope so, because I’m not 100% sure that I do.
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Off topic: I have a gift exchange set up for my FB group, if you like to send out gifts to random people and get gifts sent to you, check it out! My theory is that it has been a shitty year, and we can spread a little sunshine. The budget is just $10, so it’s pretty inexpensive.