My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After scrolling through some reviews on Goodreads it seems like this is one of those books you either love or you hate. I happened to pick up the first three books in this series (Nocturne City) at a used book store for a steal. Now I am very glad I did because for the first 50 pages or so I wasn't so into it. Seeing as I had two more books in the series I decided to stick it out and let me tell you it was so worth it.
Summary from Amazon;
The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night…
Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she’s just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now.But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can’t resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they’re plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…
What I think......Kittredge has developed an intense Dark Fantasy world. You may not always like the protagonist, Luna, or her love interest, a drug dealer and generally not nice guy. But the story is good and surprisingly real for a story about werewolves and witches. Beyond the supernatural creatures is a true mystery with tons of twists and turns along the way. I do think as the story goes on you begin to like Luna more, maybe you appreciate her for the hard working cop she is, or maybe you just like a bad ass. Plus what is more fun than a little CSI with werewolves?
Since I have gone ahead and read the next two books I can tell you I'm hooked. I'm a sucker for authors who can craft a truly original world. In the genre of overdone werewolves and too many sex crazed vampires I welcome the Nocturne City series as a quality change of pace!
You can check out the Caitlin Kittredge website for more info on this series as well as her other books
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