Carey departs from her popular Kushiel's Legacy series to write a paranormal coming-of-age story loosely based on werewolf mythology. Although this is Loup's story, the secondary characters are equally well drawn, and the world Carey creates is easy to visualize.
Disease made Santa Olivia an isolated town. Run by the U.S. military, it serves as a buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. Government experiments in human genetics have created a group of men designed to be weapons, and when one of these men fathers a daughter, Loup Garron, she inherits his superhuman strength, speed and lack of fear.
When her father is forced to leave and her mother dies, Loup moves in with the orphans at the parish church. Eventually they form a vigilante group to fight the wrongs done against Santa Olivia. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jun., 352 pp., $13.99)