"a true masterpiece and a joy to read"
In this Tale of the Sazi, we find ourselves back with a wolf
pack, this one in Colorado. The alpha of the pack, Lucas, is
busy with the Council, so as Lucas’ second, Raphael is
acting alpha. Raphael has worked hard to build a life since
he’s no longer a member of Wolven. After the scandal,
Raphael moved to Colorado. His son is now a member of
Wolven, so Raphael still has some contacts within the
organization. So when Charles, the head of the Council,
calls him asking for a favor, Raphael is stunned to say the
least. It turns out Raphael’s old nemesis, Jack, is still
playing his games and one of the latest victims of his
attacks lived. Since she happens to be Charles’
god-daughter, he wants Raphael to train her in the ways of
the Sazi, if she survives her first full moon. Charles also
wants Raphael to keep Catherine safe from Jack.
After her parents were murdered, Catherine moved in with her
aunt to get herself back together. Since her parents were
taking Catherine on a vacation after her fiancé broke off
their engagement, Catherine’s life is really a mess and
she’s glad for the time to sit back and figure out what to
do next. Then again, Cat as she prefers to call herself,
wasn’t aware of the consequences of the attack. It seems Cat
now has the ability to become a jaguar at will and some
rather astonishing gifts as well. Naturally, she didn’t find
any of this out until after she changed for the first time
when some strange people showed up at her aunt’s house at
the same time Jack did. The person training her in the ways
of the Sazi just happens to be a handsome wolf she’s
attracted to, confirmed by Uncle Chuck, and this wolf just
happens to have a history with Jack, adding up to quite an
explosive combination. Add to that, wolves and cats are
natural enemies and the pack is not quite ready for a cat
among them, and Cat has her work cut out for her adjusting
to her life.
When Lucas decides Raphael must take over the pack, Raphael
has quite a problem. The pack members are not exactly
welcoming Cat with open arms and he has the feeling she is
his mate. And relationships just don’t have the habit of
turning out well for Raphael. And when Cat admits she has
feeling for Raphael as well, things get pretty hairy.
Are Raphael and Cat true soul mates? Will they have a chance
at a relationship? Will Raphael be able to keep Cat safe
from Jack? Will they be able to stop Jack from murdering
anyone else? Will the pack ever accept Cat?
Howling Moon is a fantastic story! Authors C.T. Adams and
Cathy Clamp just keep getting better and better with each
new story they write. In this story, we get more of a look
into the inner workings of a wolf pack. I love how we get a
look into aspects of different species of Sazi with each new
book in this series and how different animals deal with
things. It’s obvious these two authors know their stuff when
it comes to the animals they write about. One thing I can’t
stand is when I read something I know to be false and having
a wolfdog of my own, I am aware of pack discipline and these
two authors have it down pat. The way C.T. Adams and Cathy
Clamp weave together danger and love, among other subplots,
is a true masterpiece and a joy to read. If you enjoy shape
shifters, if you enjoy paranormal romance—just pick up these
stories. You won’t be sorry you did!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted December 19, 2006
He’s a Wolf...She’s a Jaguar...
Raphael is a former agent of the shapeshifter secret police, forced into retirement after a very public scandal. Now he’s assigned to help the victim of a hideous crime—a woman who has been attacked by a serial killer and accidentally turned into a were-jaguar.
Worse yet, Catherine turns out to be Raphael’s fated mate. But the serial killer is still on her trail, and perhaps even worse, Raphael’s pack wants her dead.
Caught between destiny and duty...
Raphael must make his choice—and in doing so, risk losing his pack—in this tale of obsession, revenge, lust, pack politics and true love.