"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 morning.

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.

Harriet Klausner

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


(Otherworld: Book 1)
by Kelley Armstrong

Viking Press
September 1, 2001
Available: September 27, 2001
ISBN #0670894710
EAN #9780670894710
400 pages
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Kelley Armstrong

Spell Bound
The Gathering
Counterfeit Magic
Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead
Kisses from Hell
Waking the Witch
The Reckoning
Tales of the Otherworld
The Reckoning
The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
The Awakening
A Fantasy Medley
Made to Be Broken
Men of the Otherworld
Living with the Dead
Blood Lite
The Summoning
Personal Demon
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Many Bloody Returns
No Humans Involved
Dates From Hell
Industrial Magic
Dime Store Magic

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