Title: Frostbitten (Women of the Otherworld #10)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit (UK & US)
Publication Date: Oct 2009 (UK) | Sept 2009 (US)
Hardback: 339 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy
Reviewed by: Carolyn
The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it’s downright deadly.
Elena Michaels, the American Werewolf Pack’s chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc ‘mutts’ can wreak. When the Pack learns of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside of Anchorage, Elena and her partner Clay travel to Alaska in the dead of winter, expecting to hunt down a pack of dangerous werewolves. But, trapped in a savage, frozen realm, it is their own untamed nature – and their werewolf heritage – they have to confront… (press release)
“Frostbitten” is the tenth book in the ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series and is the return to the character, Elena who is in the first two books, ‘Bitten’ and ‘Stolen’.
I was able to get into “Frostbitten“ quite quickly and I like the easy going style of writing and although it is easy to read it’s by no means simplistic. It is a well written story and fairly past-paced, although it picks up considerably more in later chapters, and has quite a bit of action, which keeps you turning the pages. But it is the characterisation that I enjoyed the most.
Elena is a complex protagonist. She has a lot of history and this makes her really interesting. There is a lot of depth to her character and it’s what I like most about this book, it makes me want to go back and read the first two books so I can find out more about her. I also enjoyed reading about Clay, her partner, who comes across as a hot, sexy, caring, ‘but don’t cross me or I’ll kill you’ kind of werewolf who also has a complicated past.
The plot I am intrigued with the most in this book is the werewolf heritage and the ancient creatures Elena and Clay come across while out in the Alaskan wilderness. Unfortunately, this plot only really kicks in about two thirds of the way through. It is at this point though that I really begin to enjoy the book. I wish that the majority of the book focused on this story line as the fights with the rogue werewolf pack, brothers Eddie and Tesler, did get a little tedious as times.
There are a couple of love scenes, but Armstrong is able to express sex and passion without being too explicit, which I was thankful for, as sometimes love scenes can be too graphic and this is more of a turn-off for me.
“Frostbitten” is an enjoyable read. Whether you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong or new to her books, you won’t be disappointed. I’m off now to read the rest of her books in order
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