"A werewolf novel with punch"
Growing up as an orphan left Elena Michaels vulnerable
to the charm of Clayton. However, instead of marriage, two
kids, and a picket fence, Clayton bites Elena turning her
into the world's only known female werewolf. The werewolf
gene is male with only the females converting by being
bitten and almost all die from the Change. Elena joins
Clayton's pack in remote Stonehaven, New York for awhile,
but soon leaves to return to her Toronto home to try to
live a human life even if she runs naked at four in the
Her former pack leader Jeremy demands Elena return to
help fight a rogue pack. However, the enemy captures
Clayton. They demand Jeremy give them Elena in exchange
because they want to turn her into a breeding farm of
purebred lycanthropics. None of these males factored in
Elena's reaction to the bartering.
Werewolf readers will enjoy BITTEN, a well-written
horror novel with a fast-paced story line. The werewolf
packs seem real as if the species exists mostly because of
Elena who is the consummate heroine that makes the novel
work. The change of Clayton from psychopath to hero seems
a bit contrived, but fans will still want to run along side
Elena and any future tales by Kelley Armstrong starring
this wonderful lead female.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 5, 2001
An addictive, deeply enjoyable thrill ride on the frontier of the feral and feminine...a debut novel of astonishing imaginative power from the future queen of suspense.
Elena Michaels slips out of bed, careful not to wake her boyfriend. He hates it when she disappears in the middle of the night, and can't understand why any normal woman would crave the small hours of the morning, the dark unsafe downtown streets. But Elena's skin is tingling, the pent-up energy feels like it's about to blow her muscles apart -- she can't put it off any longer. She loves to run at the edge of the city, but she doesn't have time to get there. She has to slink into an alley, take off her clothes and hide them carefully, and make the Change.
Elena's trying hard to be normal. She hates her strength, and her wildness, and her hunger for food, for sex, for running in the night, for the chase and the kill. She wants a husband, children...even a mother-in-law. Or at least that's what she tells herself.
And then the inevitable happens. The Pack needs her. The Pack she loves and hates is under siege from a bunch of disreputable and ruthless mutts who are threatening to expose them all, breaking all the rules that have kept them safe. The loyalty of her nature calls her home, and into the fight, which tests just who Elena is: the wild woman or the wistful would-be human.
Genre: Urban Fantasy