Hound and Key by Rhiannon Held

31133685-_uy200_Rating: 2 stars

Hound and Key were were two of the five powers that made up the hand of the gods. Unconventional supernatural creatures are always a good thing in UF. The powers weren’t as cool as I initially thought they’d be. They could be used to kill but in many other aspects were lame. Key’s was the most useful. Unlocking things can definitely come in handy. Breath was a force to be reckoned with, but aside from killing or threatening to kill it wasn’t interesting. Hound and Map’s powers were awfully similar. Both were used to find people except the methods were different. It wasn’t necessary to have two characters with such similar powers especially when it wasn’t an amazing power to begin with. I still don’t know what the hell it was Lantern could do. I must have skimmed over it if it was mentioned.

Nothing about this blew me away. The world building was okay. The romance happened too quickly. The main couple was preferable over some of the other possible relationships, but I wouldn’t have cared if things didn’t work out either. I’m not a big fan of stories where characters have predestined fates. Each of the hand was meant for a specific purpose. Each power retained the memories of every person who ever had that power. Who they were supposed to love and what they were supposed to do was already known.

The way the story unfolded it could be a standalone, but it also felt like the beginning of a series. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but several things were left open ended. The end was weird because there was and wasn’t a solid conclusion.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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