Series: Women of the Otherworld #1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Plume Books
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
I discovered Kelley Armstrong and this series a few years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t start at the beginning! I actually started with Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic, but fortunately, this early in the series it wasn’t as bad a gaffe as it could have been.
One of my very favorite things about a series is when the author creates a world and uses a series to tell the story of that world – not just of the same few characters. There are many main characters in this series – Elena, Paige, Savannah, Jaime, Eve, Hope… All of their lives intertwine and because of that, we see a much fuller world than we ordinarily do in a series that spends multiple books following the same one or two people.
I hadn’t read Bitten in quite a while and 10 years have passed since it was written. Her appearance in more recent novels in the series is how I remembered her, so it was startling to see her where it all began. The character development and growth is quite remarkable.
Elena is not my favorite of the women, but she is close to the top. She is quite the bad ass, particularly when those she loves are threatened. She reminds me of me – except for the whole werewolf thing.
The relationship between Elena and Clay is the stuff romance novels are made of – but Kelley writes it in such a way that the action takes precedence. It’s a love story, but it’s so much more than that.
Honestly, I just can’t give enough praise to the series or the author. Kelley Armstrong is, hands down, one of my all time favorite authors.