I just finished Kelley Armstrong’s ‘Bitten’, first of her ‘Women of the Underworld’ series. The novel centers around Elena, the only female werewolf, who’s left her pack to live a ‘human’ life in Toronto. She’s called back to her pack to help deal with some killings, and she reluctantly goes. A steamy but difficult reunion with an old lover, a bunch of murder, and general werewolf fun.
The book didn’t really grab me at first. The characters initially seemed somewhat shallow. Elena, young woman journalist in Toronto, etc. Her lover? A bit too perfect. After a few chapters, however, Elena became much more interesting. Hey. She’s a werewolf. She’s a werewolf dealing with other werewolves. How interesting is that? Yes, there are many other werewolf novels out there, and I’ll probably read them, but this one made the grade after I found myself empathizing with Elena. And the sex scenes were nice too.
Urban fantasy really is all about characters and sex, now, isn’t it. I say read it.
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