Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #13.8
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Publisher: Subterranean Press
5th sentence, 74th page: We came in the side door, and he didn’t spot us until we were a few feet from his table.
Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.
When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn’t about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.
But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster – Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him… and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.
Malcolm’s potential return to the werewolf Pack is left lingering at the end of Forsaken. Although it seems kind of a logical move, the ways in which Elena and Clay are able to go about this reintegration into the Pack are complex and overwhelming. Controlling a psychopath may be a good reason to welcome one into the fold, but is it really the best way to stop him from damaging others? After all, almost every member has been damaged by the Alpha-wannabe at some point in their histories.
I love that there is progression in the ways that the Pack is run throughout the entire series (after all, it spans over ten years). The progress of technology and the globalisation of the world, has meant that we are more interconnected than ever. In turn, for the world of supernaturals, Elena has more risks and globalisation to contend with when organising and protecting her family. Although Malcolm is incredibly old school and doesn’t see eye to eye with the Alpha, he is eventually forced (albeit unwillingly) to the new order of things and, in his own way, contributes to the downfall of those who are hunting werewolves.
The brutish Cains might be a pain, but they are slowly hunted down and killed in a way that no one deserves to suffer. Malcolm might think that a dead mutt is a good mutt, but Elena is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. And it takes a turn that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There may also be a potential new recruit to the Pack in amongst their ranks…