01/12/2009. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Orbit. 339 page small hardback. Price: £14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-776-1pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books. 339 page hardback. Price: $26.00 (US). ISBN: 978-0-553-80662-5.
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Elena is a werewolf. She's unusual because werewolves are all male. She was bitten by a wolf that later became her mate and has embraced the life. A foster child, she experiences such abuse as a child that she saw the werewolf existence as an improvement. It is. She has a mate and children to raise. She's a part of the pack that peacefully co-exists in the US with humans, albeit in mostly secret. Now Elena has the chance to become the Alpha of the pack and eventually take over from Jeremy, the current Alpha.
First, though, Elena and her mate Clay must track down a 'Mutt', a lone werewolf recently arrived from Australia. He's vulnerable to being blamed for crimes he didn't commit. She has to find and protect him, then track down the real perpetrators. But there is an additional problem, a rogue pack that want to set up an empire of their own. They've chosen Alaska to start. Time to pack your warm clothes and sniff out the opposition.
Once into the woods, the trail leads to friends from Clay's bloody past, the possibility of some 'thing' worse than a werewolf and the rogue pack who have no morality when it comes to taking power. It's a wilderness out there and Elena has to confront the fears from her own past and finally embrace here werewolf heritage.
Parts of this novel are enjoyable but the plot spends much of the time running and fighting. Some of the rest is taken up with introspection. I'm not sure the world needs another novel about werewolves. With the current deluge of otherworld, I'm getting bored with yet another violent and thoroughly unprofound plot.
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