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.
Gripping, intense and deeply satisfying, Frostbitten is a brilliant novel of suspense with a supernatural twist.
After years of struggle, Elena Michaels has finally accepted her life as a werewolf, and learned how to control her wild side.
At least, that’s what she believes when she sets off to investigate a series of gruesome murders outside Anchorage. The truth, however, is more complicated. Trapped in a frozen, unforgiving terrain, Elena is forced to confront a deadly secret, and her own, untamed nature…
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.