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Elena Michaels has finally accepted her life as a werewolf after years of
internal struggle so when she and Clay are sent to Alaska with the twin missions
of tracking down a mutt and investigating a series of gruesome murders she
expects a simple job. The truth is a lot more complicated and Elena soon finds
herself forced to confront the horrors of her past while realising that there
are other, older supernatural races hidden in the frozen terrain that may
threaten her very existence.
This is the tenth book in the Otherworld
series (which started with Bitten)
and not only features the return of Elena Michaels as narrator but also a return
to form after a couple of less enjoyable books. If you are a new reader I'd
definitely recommend beginning at the start of the series as this book is really
the culmination of Elena's adventures over the last nine books.
back to Elena as a narrator means coming back to the relationship between her
and Clay which has changed to a more balanced settled family status with their
twins. The romance and passion is still there though. It also means that Elena's
pre-werewolf past is revisited and she is given the opportunity to deal and move
on, a task made more difficult by the revelation that Jeremy expects her to
replace him as Alpha of the Pack. Clay is also struggling with the damage left
to his arm from a previous installment and is left questioning if he is still
strong enough to protect Elena.
The storyline is densely plotted and
packed with twists and turns, and the change of setting means that Alaska gets
contrasted with the previous locations of the series. It is vastly different and
the location is incredibly well developed and described, almost taking on a life
of its own. The book is also fast paced and I was glued to the page throughout.
I loved how new characters were gradually introduced and how Elena and the Pack
formed new alliances, especially with the Russian Pack.
The idea of other
supernatural races that the main community doesn't know about has been featured
in some of Kelley Armstrong's books (both her adult Otherworld series and her YA
trilogies), but the introduction of a precursor race to werewolves is
interesting. The creatures are quite scary in how they are introduced and it
definitely adds a new layer to the book.
All in all, this was a great
read and I'm looking forward to Waking the Witch.
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