Soon to be a TV series on the Syfy channel in 2014.
"Frisky...Tells a rather sweet love story, and suggests that being a wolf may be more comfortable for a strong, smart woman than being human." -The New York Times Book Review
Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She's also a werewolf.
Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel that begins the Women of the Otherworld series.
It's not easy to find a fresh angle for the werewolf theme, but this debut novel from a Canadian writer proves that solid storytelling and confident craftsmanship can rejuvenate one of the hoariest of all horror clichýs. Elena Michaels is a self-described "mutt," a werewolf who left her secretive pack in upstate New York for a life among humans. In the year since she relocated to Toronto, she's embarked on a career as a journalist and begun a pleasingly mundane relationship with a decent man. All this is jeopardized when she agrees to help her old packmates hunt some troublesome mutts who are converting common criminals to werewolves and leaving a trail of conspicuous carnage. Reunited with her former lycanthrope lover and forced into brutally predatory confrontations, Elena finds the call of the wild subtly reasserting itself. Armstrong prepares readers for her tale's twists with several key revisions of werewolf lore the werewolf taint is mostly hereditary, and werewolves can be killed as easily as any human or wolf. Her true achievement, though, is her depiction of werewolf nature in believably human context. Elena's feral sensibility, like her psychological vulnerabilities, seems a natural outgrowth of her abusive childhood, and her relationship with the pack is that of any prodigal child to a close-knit family. The sensuality of Elena's transformations and the viciousness of her kills mesh perfectly with her tough personality. Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice's sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story. Agent, Helen Heller. (Oct. 1)Forecast: The sensual, non-genre jacket design will help to signal that this novel will also appeal to mainstream tastes.
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1 . Fresh, exciting, a werewolf love novel with a brilliant plot
Posted May 14, 2011 by Stephanie C , Eagle River, AKKelley Armstrong has become my favorite fantasy writer. Bitten is original, page gripping, and nothing but a great read! Why isn't there a Clay in my life, Sigh! :-)
2 . Good read. Slow developing story.
Posted April 02, 2011 by Bob , Buffalo, NYIt took a while to really enjoy this book. The story takes a while to develop. This mainly because it was written as the first book in a series. Much time is spent establishing characters, situations, and personalities. Once established the story flows better and we get to see the baggage the main character, Elena, carries explored and how that affects how she reacts to the situations thrown at her.
The remainder of the series moves much quicker thanks to the efforts of the author on this book. In addition the concept of werewolves in middle class America has a lot of room for exploration.
3 . Addictive Series
Posted October 10, 2010 by WudsWumn , Silver CityBest of the genre! Intelligent, mold-breaking urban fantasy that will keep you satisfied through all (currently) 11 books. Ms. Armstrong has given us a world populated with characters we can't wait to return to, time and again. She's a rare talent in the same league with Jim Butcher and Seanon McGuire - you won't be disappointed!
4 . Great Story
Posted January 22, 2010 by Polly , AnaheimI was tired of the vampire dramas and was looking for something different. I accidentally came across this gem. It was engrossing and entertaining from the start. Kelley Armstrong has a way with describing the life of a female werewolf that makes you want to know more. The mystery and the romance all add to the charm. I highly recommend this book.
September 07, 2004
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