Being the world’s only female werewolf has its advantages, such as having her pick of the Otherworld’s most desirable males. And Elena Michaels couldn’t have picked a more dangerously sexy and undyingly loyal mate than Clayton Danvers. Now their bond will be put to the ultimate test as they follow a bloody trail of gruesome slayings deep into Alaska’s frozen wilderness.
There’s nothing the werewolf community dislikes more than calling attention to itself. So when a pair of rogue man-eaters begins hunting humans, it’s up to Elena and Clayton to track down the predators. But any illusions their task would be simple are quickly dispelled. For even in werewolf terms, there’s something very disturbing taking place in the dark Alaskan forests. A werewolf more wolf than human and more unnatural than supernatural is on the hunt—a creature whose origins seem to spring from ancient legends of the shape-shifting Wendigo.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Clayton and Elena find themselves confronting painful ghosts from their pasts — and an issue neither of them is eager to discuss. For one of them has been chosen to become the new Pack leader, and as every wolf knows, there can be only one Alpha. They’ve always been equals in everything. Now, when their survival depends more than ever on perfect teamwork, will instinct allow one of them to lead…and the other to follow?
Let’s just be honest. The Women of the Otherworld series has a stand alone female and that’s Elena Michaels. This is a surprising fact, seeing as I have read many multi-supernatural fandoms and have never once enjoyed the werewolves… until now. In fact, I feel torn about whether Kelley Armstrong’s need to integrate other main character/species was a brilliant idea to keep one from growing tire of the werewolves or if she should have only focused on Elena’s story.
Despite how great she looks as a nearly forty-year-old mother of two, Elena Michaels is more than just pretty blonde. As the only female werewolf, her husband, Clay Danvers, and her have had to overcome several personal attacks over the years. But as they chase an Australian mutt, Reese, to Alaska, they find they may have finally bitten off more they can chew. All Elena wished to do was to warn Reese of his involvement with a couple of maneaters. Instead she discovers a dangerous plot to overthrow and replace the American Pack.
This new threat comes at the heels of two revelations for Elena: Jeremy’s desire to name her as the next Alpha and a letter from a man who sexually abused her as a young girl. Despite the years that have passed, Elena finds the wounds from such abuse are still festering below the surface as one of the mutts insists on trying to rape her countless times. But in the end, she discovers a strength within her that she never knew she had. She and the Pack not only manage to outsmart and eliminate the threat, but she uncovers an ancient shifter race hidden in the depths of the Alaskan plains.
The truth is that on her own, a book about Elena would probably not be that interesting. However, it is her relationship with Clay that truly makes these books work. Both are capable of lending their strength to the other in times of need. And though Clay is always depicted as a force to be reckoned with, it is Elena who truly holds the power in their relationship. In fact, one would assume the prospect Elena being chosen as Alpha would cause tension for the couple. While it does leave them with some things to figure out, Clay is not resentful at all. He’s perfectly content with being the Beta in the Pack and his support will help make Elena into a great Alpha.
The only thing I find sad about this book, is the knowledge it is the final book that is focused solely on Elena and the Pack. As much as I have enjoyed exploring the rest of the Otherworld, I wish it would end exactly where it began. Nonetheless, there are still three more books to go.