With madness comes truth…with truth comes sorrow.
Ellie Whitaker thought she had a clear path ahead of her… she would sell her bar, return to school, and enjoy a change of scenery, but one peculiar event in the night sky is about to change everything, not only for her but for everyone in Saint’s Grove.
Bryan Nichols has always struggled with his curse. Life as a werewolf is anything but easy, but when you have an overbearing father, life can be even more difficult. After his return from college, Bryan distances himself from the pack and finds solace in an unlikely place with a woman who has no idea how smitten he is with her.
When the most spectacular lunar eclipse shrouds the alignment of six planets, portals open to varying dimensions, unleashing creatures from other realms. Soon, chaos erupts, bringing death and destruction with it. Along with those horrifying events comes significant changes to Ellie’s body, revealing that she’s not entirely human. She has no idea who she is nor where she belongs, and she only has seven days to find answers that may undoubtedly change her future. The choices that present themselves will not be as easy as she first thought. She will need to decide between the man who saved her and the world that would worship her.
It’s action-packed, funny, loving, surprisingly family-oriented & deeply engrossing.
This is a book that I couldn’t put down and read in one sitting.
LB Gilbert does a great job with descriptions, presenting the heroine and main character as a bad ass chick that I want to be.
Woman empowerment! This is a great read in that it includes all things needed…action, romance (without sex), badassery, and great writing.
Some suspense, action of course, loads of humour, spunk and sass. Definitely looking forward to finding out more about this unique world and these fantastic characters.
To me, it was even better than the first one. The dynamic between the two main characters was great and a lot more sexually charged compared to the first one.
The world of Slavic immortals has never been darker
Enter the world where myth becomes reality, where long forgotten gods walk the earth, and where love forms bonds that cannot be broken even in the raging winds of battle.
Box set contains: The Dark Ones, The 24hourlies, Chased (novella)
The Dark Ones (Black Werewolves, Book 1)
In a world ruled by lethal Slavic immortals, Rose and her pack of Black werewolves are drawn into the beginning of a war as they try to uncover the being behind the mass murder of White werewolves.
Because the nature of the killings obstructs the normal passage of souls, Veles, the sultry lord of the underworld, offers Rose his assistance; the were is left facing not only the new knowledge of the pack’s hidden lineage but also her growing fondness for the arrogant god…
To win the war, the pack must ascend to The Dark Ones. But to do so, they must be willing to risk being on the receiving end of the immortal community’s wrath.
The 24hourlies (Black Werewolves, Book 2)
The ascension to The Dark Ones had brought Rose and her pack power. But it had also brought peril.
With the higher immortal circles observing their every move, the only way the pack can prevent from becoming the recipients of their resentment is to keep their presence profitable for the wider community.
When someone begins targeting the twentyfourhourlies, the civil and agreeable vampiric individuals, the werewolves come to their aid.
But what had first seemed like an assignment done to remain in the leaders’ good graces, now becomes a mission for which the pack is willing to risk its safety and anonymity in exchange for the possibility of catching the responsible party.
Chased (Black Werewolves, Book 2.5)
Katja is more than ready to meet Jürgen’s family. But she feels the need to share the shadows of her past first.
As they travel to Munich, Katja has to fight her fears and open up to the werewolf if she wishes to truly, wholly share her life with someone.
But her visit with the Freundenbergers brings more than just a heart-to-heart as the vampire finds herself in a situation that seems frightfully like an echo of her own nightmares.
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“The Stüpp is a type of werewolf from German folklore. It usually waits around crossroads at dusk and after dark and leaps on unsuspecting passers. And that’s it. While other werewolves would promptly tear your face off, the Stüpp just stays clenched to the hosts back like a backpack, forever. As the person struggles to get the creature off, it grows in size, meaning the more they struggle the greater it grows until the person either has their legs broken or shattered, or they die of exhaustion.”
Some of the first accounts of werewolves come from Ancient Greek literature. Ovid, in the Metamorphoses, told of the Arcadian King, Lycaeon. King Lycaeon was visited by Zeus. Not believing him to be a true all-knowing god he decided to test Zeus by serving him human flesh in one of the many dishes served at a banquet in their honor. And not just any flesh — Lycaeon served up his own sons’ flesh. Yikes! His son Nyctimus was just one of 50, so I guess Lycaeon felt he had plenty more where that came from.
Unsurprisingly, this was not a very smart move… Upon discovering the tainted dish, Zeus changed King Lycaeon into a werewolf — since he obviously liked human flesh, the wolf form would be a more acceptable form to take part in such a vile activity. Zeus then brought his son Nyctimus back to life.
In the mountains of Auvergne France, a story dating back to 1588 was told of a royal female werewoman. In the story, a nobleman was gazing out of his window and upon seeing a hunter he knew, asked him to check back with details of the hunt. While in the forest, despite still being in sight of his master’s chateau, the hunter stumbled upon a wolf. In the ensuing struggle, the hunter severed one of the wolf’s paws and placed it in a pouch.
Upon returning to the chateau with his gruesome prize, he opened the pouch to show the nobleman evidence of his encounter. What they discovered was not paw at all, in fact, the pouch now contained what looked to be a feminine hand bearing an elegant gold ring. The gentleman recognized the ring, sent the huntsman away, and sought for his wife. When he went came upon her in the kitchen, he found her nursing a wounded arm in the kitchen. The nobleman removed the bandage only to find that her hand had been cut off.
Upon questioning her she finally admitted to being the wolf with whom the hunter encountered, and by her confession, she marked herself for certain execution — in a matter of days, she was burned at the stake in Ryon.
TO SAVE THE CITY, SHE’LL SACRIFICE HER HEART.
Mass power outages cast Grant City into darkness, cutting off cell service, Internet access, and basic amenities. The people are afraid, and in their panic, they turn to their resident hero, The Masked Maiden.
As Grant City’s masked vigilante, 18-year-old Aria Fae has faced her share of super villains, from a Werewolf to a mad magic user and a big blue beast. She’s a trained fighter, an ex-operative of a supernatural organization dedicated to maintaining peace. So she should be able to handle anything… Right?
With the darkness that falls, Aria is about to face a new kind of threat, and dissolving it will prove to be the toughest of the tasks yet. How far will she go to save the city, and what will be left of her if she does?
Annabel is a bad-ass hybrid hunter, seeking revenge from the vampire who killed her parents and put her brother in a coma. Arriving in a new town with an undercover identity to protect and the mission to find a pureblood vampire to save her brother’s life, the last thing Annabel needs is to fall in love with the sexy, persistent werewolf who thinks she’s a helpless human in need of a knight in shining armor.
Shane is a dominant werewolf who also happens to be the local sheriff. He has almost lost hope of finding his better half. So when his beautiful soul-mate shows up and rogue vampires try to kill her, he does what any smart wolf would do: he saves her and takes her home, hoping to convince her that they belong together.
When sparks fly between them, Annabel has to decide if she tells him who she really is or runs the other way to protect her secrets.
And not just any werewolf.
The original werewolf – Lon Chaney Jr.
I’ve mentioned his name on another blog post but there is nothing that can beat his portrayal of the Wolfman in 1941. As the tortured Lawrence Talbot his portrayal led to a succession of others throughout the years. The moment he wakes after turning into the wolf for the first time and the expression of horror on his face is what makes this film.
Of course, it’s 1941 so the special effects aren’t a patch on CGI but with the lights off and just the flickering screen in front of you watching as his hands grow hair and then seeing his feet become paws.
His hunched form becomes the perfect example of someone with an animalistic nature as he prowls through the screen and you have no choice except to believe that he is a werewolf.
The film also provides an interesting narrative on the folklore of werewolves. Now we have to be bitten to become one, that it is a curse and if shot with a silver bullet we can be released. It also added the caveat that we changed only when there was a full moon.
Werewolf tales exist from Greek and Roman times. These shapeshifter myths can be found all over the word from China to Iceland and Brazil to Haiti. Hollywood took these tales and added in a curse, turning them into monsters at the rise of the full moon.
Not for the first time was the moon accused of altering people. Although in common use for centuries to describe people with mental health issues in Victorian times a Lunacy Act was instigated to ‘control’ those with issues. Luckily as we discover more about the causes of mental health the terms used and the laws surrounding them have been updated.
Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night. May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.
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