4 ½ of 5 Stars
While Hungarian Count Matthias Duma is in London, he meets the intriguing Katherine Archibald. He courts her despite his “condition” of being a werewolf.
Both of my parents were born in Hungary, and I love shape shifter/werewolf novels. Naturally wanting to read this book was a no-brainer for me. I’m really glad that I picked it up it is an amazing novel that was well worth the read.
It is apparent that Stephanie Burkhart lived in Hungary for a while. She did a wonderful job describing the features of the country. The historical aspects of the novel are noteworthy. She mentions facets that are very relevant in both English and Hungarian culture and history making the novel believable.
Katherine Archibald is a strong heroine. She is independent despite the time period. She loves books and wants to open her own book store using her inheritance. She is brave and loving; a wonderful role model and mother figure for Matthias’ daughter.
Matthias is a caring and resilient hero. He strives to be good and despite being a werewolf. He is a remarkable father doing much more than most men of his time period. He has incredible control and is business sense. He goes a bit overboard in his rivalry with fellow werewolf Count Anton Varga, but his reasons are understandable.
Burkhart’s character development is exceptional. We witness both main and secondary characters grow throughout the novel. The plot was exciting and original. A lot happens throughout the 276 page novel that kept me entranced.
The Hungarian is an entrancing historical novel with believable paranormal aspects. I would definitely continue reading the Budapest Moon Series.
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.