Title: The Night Has Claws
Author: Kat Kruger
Series: The Magdeburg Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Received for review as part of The Night Has Claws blog tour from Fierce Ink Press
Summary (from Goodreads)
What happens when you’re the thing that goes bump in the night?
Connor Lewis and Arden LaTène are experiencing a reversal of fortunes. Arden, once a prominent werewolf, has been cured against his will. As a result, he’s now considered dead by his former pack and has lost his longtime girlfriend in the mix. Connor, a newly created werewolf whose DNA has inadvertently led to the creation of the cure, now has to make some important decisions about his future and is not sure who to trust. Should he join a pack or try to go it alone?
When Connor is summoned by the Hounds of God to testify against the human scientist who developed the cure, he’s forced to choose sides. Comprised of humans bitten by werewolves, the Hounds have been the lawmakers and enforcers for hundreds of years, ensuring werewolves don’t endanger the lives of humans and exacting justice upon those who do. On the other hand, the pack werewolves have been persecuted for centuries and are seeking to tip the balance of power. Adding to his confusion is Madison Dallaire, the girl Connor has complicated feelings for, who has embarked on a path of corporate espionage.
In the second book of The Magdeburg Trilogy, Connor’s loyalties are pushed to the limits as he faces the challenges of being a modern werewolf caught in the grip of an ancient feud.
The second instalment of the Magdeburg trilogy picks up exactly where it’s predecessor left off. With the mythology established and the characters already in a whole heap of mess, this makes for an exciting beginning of quite far reaching consequences.
It’s funny, because I accidentally read the first few chapters of this before reading The Night Has Teeth (I forgot which one came first) and I was utterly confused and overwhelmed. Reading it now, having been on the journey of the first book, it’s clear exactly how far the characters have come, and the amount of development that’s taken place already. It left me feeling that, if the same distance is travelled, then this is going to be exciting.
And it was. The world is changed for Connor, and with the addition of Madison’s P.O.V. we start to see a more rounded picture of this new world. And everything we learn leaves us feeling increasingly uneasy. Connor’s very human reaction to the rules and traditions of werewolf society makes you want to cheer for common sense, and yet it’s frighteningly realistic that the society could be the way it is, after years of oppression and control.
There’s a lot of introspection and questioning of the way things are, which does make the pace somewhat slower than I expected, but the deliciousness of the reversal of roles between Connor and Arden meant it warranted such exploration. I never felt like anything was unnecessary, though I must admit, at times I was wondering when the bullets would start flying again.
And they do. Pretty intensely. Once again, we’re left on a killer cliffhanger that is making me itch to get my hands on the next instalment, and the consequences of events are massive and world changing. There’s very definite upscaling on the threat levels, and unless something goes horribly wrong, I can only believe that book three will be even better.
So, a trilogy that’s well worth a read, particularly if you’re looking for something new on the werewolf front.