Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #10
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: I motioned to the phone.
Smart, sexy, supernatural—the men and women of the Otherworld live and love, fight and die, among us. Unseen and unsuspected, this realm of witches, ghosts, and werewolves is now threatened with exposure by a brutal series of bizarre murders that has left even the supernatural world baffled—and cold with terror….
Being the world’s only female werewolf has its advantages, such as having her pick of the Otherworld’s most desirable males. And Elena Michaels couldn’t have picked a more dangerously sexy and undyingly loyal mate than Clayton Danvers. Now their bond will be put to the ultimate test as they follow a bloody trail of gruesome slayings deep into Alaska’s frozen wilderness.
There’s nothing the werewolf community dislikes more than calling attention to itself. So when a pair of rogue man-eaters begins hunting humans, it’s up to Elena and Clayton to track down the predators. But any illusions their task would be simple are quickly dispelled. For even in werewolf terms, there’s something very disturbing taking place in the dark Alaskan forests. A werewolf more wolf than human and more unnatural than supernatural is on the hunt—a creature whose origins seem to spring from ancient legends of the shape-shifting Wendigo.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Clayton and Elena find themselves confronting painful ghosts from their pasts — and an issue neither of them is eager to discuss. For one of them has been chosen to become the new Pack leader, and as every wolf knows, there can be only one Alpha. They’ve always been equals in everything. Now, when their survival depends more than ever on perfect teamwork, will instinct allow one of them to lead…and the other to follow?
I always love revisiting Elena and Clay in the Women of the Otherworld series. Although I have so far loved every couple and character throughout this series, there is something especially precious about Elena and Clay. Maybe because they are the couple that first started everything. Which is why Frostbitten was another Women of the Otherworld book that I read in a very short space of time.
Frostbitten also reintroduced a character from Chivalrous, which was a novella that I loved, but I couldn’t quite fit into the series. Reese’s catalytic appearance into the story and the instigator of the events of Frostbitten helped to fit this into the timeline, and (which led me to my happy place) bought the first Australian into the tale.
One of the things that I loved about this tale is that it not only takes our characters to Alaska, a place that seems both beautiful and terrifying, but it also introduced Native American folklore as well. The seamless integration of another supernatural into Armstrong’s world helped to up the stakes on the battle that Elena and Clay are forced to fight, but also expanded the idea that we don’t truly know what is out there. Elena might have access to a much larger world than we do, but she is still completely unaware of some of the mysteries that surround her.
Elena is also forced to face up to some of her past in this story. The horrors of what happened to her as a child threaten to repeat themselves as she chases down a mutt and justice. It actually gave me goosebumps and I had to put the book down once or twice to shake the feeling of horror that kept on creeping up my skin. Yet, ultimately, it doesn’t really seem to matter. What matters is that she has a fantastic mate and loyal family to fall back on. Something that we all truly need.
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