SF/Fantasy Debut of the Month, June 15, 2012

starred review starHeld, Rhiannon. Silver. Tor. Jun. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780765330376. pap. $14.99. FANTASY

Andrew Dare’s job as the enforcer for the Roanoke pack of werewolves requires him to work solo. But when a strange and disturbing scent leads him to rogue werewolf, a female called Silver, he ends up joining forces with her. She suffers from a persistent madness and has lost the ability to shift from her human form as a result of torture. Dare and Silver set out across the country in search of a killer who poses a threat to every werewolf on the continent. Held’s urban fantasy debut presents a different view of werewolves that takes into account not only their dual nature but their struggle to exist within a world that does not understand the closeness and loyalty of a pack. VERDICT Held’s characters are believable, and her compelling story begs for further development in future novels.