Jessica McClain is truly engaging as she must adapt on the fly to new powers and the potentially frightening responsibilities that accompany them. Rising star Carlson is rapidly building a rich world filled with intrigue, betrayal and hidden prophecy; all in all, this series second is a magnificent showing.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Jessica discovered her ability to shift into a werewolf, has been reviled as the subject of a dire prophecy and found a mate only to have him kidnapped by a pissed-off goddess. To rescue Rourke, Jessica made a deal with the Vampire Queen, so now she, her brother Tyler, friend Danny, two vamps and an angry human cop are tracking down Selene, the Lunar Goddess. Adding to Jessica’s problems is another prophecy, indicating she might be the “True Lycan” and therefore responsible for vanquishing evil. But first she’s got to teach a bitch-goddess a lesson! (ORBIT, Apr., 336 pp., $13.99)