Handeland returns to her popular Nightcreature series with a tale that explores the unintended consequences of revenge. To say that there is a gulf between the hero and heroine is an understatement, and how Handeland works to overcome those obstacles makes for great reading. Fans of this series will be intrigued, for there is plenty of passion, drama and chills!

Raised as a Jager-Sucher, her parents killed by werewolves, Alexandra Trevalyn is a dedicated hunter. Alex is prepared to die, not live, when instead of killing her, ancient werewolf Julian Barlow changes her instead. Julian is not your typical werewolf, and he predates Mengele’s WW II experiments. Julian has been hunting Alex because she killed his werewolf wife. Forcing her to become a werewolf is both revenge and a way to show her the truth about “his” wolves. To teach Alex, Julian takes her to his remote Alaskan home where she must learn to adapt to her new pack. However there is still a killer on the loose, and evil must be stopped. (ST. MARTIN’S, Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith