Each month beginning March 1st, 2012, challenge members will read or re-read the title for that month. In addition, challenge members will either post a review, their reading experience, character castings or anything else related to that title. You have freedom to have fun with your monthly post so be creative! Seeing as this series is 13 novels long, this challenge will last 13 months.
As this challenge started in March 2012 and it is already February 2013, you can tell that I am a little behind…
Frostbitten (Women of the Otherworld #10)
by Kelley Armstrong
Published: 1st October 2009
The Alaskan wilderness if a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose it’s downright deadly.
Elena Michaels, the American Werewolf Pack’s chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc ‘mutts’ can wreak. When the Pack learns of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside of Anchorage, Elena and her partner Clay travel to Alaska in the dead of winter expecting to hunt down a pack of dangerous werewolves. But, trapped in a savage, frozen realm, it is their own untamed nature – and their werewolf heritage – they have to confront. . .
As with previous Women of the Otherworld Challenge posts this is not going to be a “normal” review.
In Frostbitten Armstrong returns to my favourite characters in the Women of the Otherworld series – The Pack. In a lot of ways Frostbitten shows how far both Elena and The Pack have come since the events in Bitten. The Pack at the end of Frostbitten are embracing the future and moving forward, and becoming more like the packs of old.
One of the things that I most enjoy about Frostbitten is the fact that Elena and Clay and The Pack get stage time without having to deal with any of the other characters in the Women of the Otherworld series (though Jamie and Hope do make an appearance, for obvious reasons).
I really enjoyed the fact that this book is set in Alaska. Armstrong did a great job at conveying the scenery, and how bleak a place it can be in the middle of winter – and how dangerous, and wild it is too. Frostbitten really showed me how far Elena has come as a character.
The plot of the book was in many ways what I expect from a Women of the Otherworld book, though there were some interesting twists and turns along the way. Until this book I wasn’t sure if The Pack was THE Pack, or The American Pack. By clarifying that, Armstrong has opened up the world within Women of the Otherworld for me.