Title: Ravaged (Werewolves #2)
Author: David Wellington
Publisher: Piatkus (UK) | Three Rivers Press (US)
Publication Date: Oct 2010 (UK)|(US)
Paperback: 424 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy
Reviewed by: Carolyn
RATING: 7/10 – very good
Be careful what you search for. You just might find it …When a strange wolf’s teeth slashed Cheyenne Clark’s ankle to the bone, her old life ended, and she became the very monster that haunted her nightmares for years. Worse, the only one who can understand what Chey has become is Powell, the man – or wolf – who’s doomed her to this fate. They vow to find the release to the curse, yet as the line between human and beast blurs, so too does the distinction between hunter and hunted. Because someone is on the trail of Powell and Chey, determined to get revenge – someone as deadly and as fierce as they are …
‘Ravaged‘ is the second book in the ‘Werewolves’ series by David Wellington, and I must say it was a much better read than the first book, ‘Cursed‘. I did enjoy ‘Cursed‘ but this was a much more exciting and engaging read.
The story is full of mythology, ancient stories and spirits. There are a few new spirits introduced as well as meeting Powell’s spirit friend, Dzo again, who I find quite funny. All the characters are fleshed out nicely, with a lot of interesting backgrounds. The introduction of another werewolf causes the dynamics between Chey and Powell to change quite a bit.
The werewolf introduced is Lucie, a woman from Powell’s past. She’s very different from Chey in that she loves her wolf, and she wants Powell, which of course creates a lot of tension between the group. It also brings problems when in wolf form as the females have to fight to determine who is the alpha female of the pack.
Powell tries to deal with his feelings towards Chey, which are getting stronger by the day but Chey still isn’t sure how she feels about him, and considering their checkered past, which I won’t go into in case some of you haven’t read ‘Cursed‘, I don’t blame her. Although I still want them to be together…
There is considerably more information about the werewolves and how they evolved, where they come from. Chey and Powell can’t remember anything from when they are in wolf form and vise versa. This gets a little complicated when they are being hunted by Varkanin, a man with bloodthirsty revenge in mind as Chey and Powell can’t warn their wolf counterparts of what is happening.
Although there are many chapters which are just from the wolves perspective, the story isn’t any less exciting. Wellington does well at describing the wolf hierarchy, their behaviours and their emotions, especially when it came to their hatred for humans which keep my attention and the pages turning.
The ending was the one aspect I didn’t really like. I didn’t like what happened to Powell, at all. And the way Chey felt about Powell at the end was very disappointing. I wished it had ended differently.
‘Ravaged‘ is a great read. There’s plenty of action and interesting characters making it a thoroughly enjoyable second instalment. After reading the ending I’m not sure there will be a third book in this series, but I do hope so. I would love to find out what the future holds for these characters.