- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; First Thus edition (7 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316855391
- ISBN-13: 978-0316855396
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,084,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bitten: Number 1 in series (Otherworld) Paperback – 7 Jun 2001
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Elena, heroine of Kelley Armstrong's impressive debut thriller Bitten, never planned that a casual sexual encounter would transform her into a werewolf. Neither did Clay, her lover and one of the leaders of the exclusive werewolf clique known as the Pack; women do not generally change or survive if they do. Elena's considerable reservations about her new life come to a head and she walks out on the Pack to return to something like normality, finding herself a boyfriend who turns a blind eye to her occasional disappearances in the middle of the night. She may have done with the infighting of werewolves, but they have not done with her; her former family call her back when they find themselves under threat from those they have excluded and dominated. Kelley Armstrong is very good on the sheer exhilaration of shape-changing, of running on four feet through forests, suburban greenery and urban back alleys; if there is a weakness here, it is that Elena's relationship with the taciturn, untrustworthy Clay is sometimes a little too conventionally romantic--but the dark poetry of the best of the book overcomes this entirely. --Roz Kaveney
It's terrific. The heroine is the most appealing I have come across in ages. It's clever, quirky, hip and funny, skating between genres with style and grace. More please! (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)
A hair-raising story for the she-wolf in us all (Shannon Olson, author of Welcome to my Planet)
Entertaining new take on an old thriller story form. Makes Buffy look fluffy (Daily Express)
Armstrong's true achievement is her depiction of werewolf nature in believably human context ...the sensuality of Elena's transformations and the viciousness of her kills mesh perfectly with her tough personality. Filled with romance and supernatural intri (Publishers Weekly)
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Elena was turned into a werewolf by her previous fiancée, Clay, who wanted her to be with him forever, and thus did something forbidden by Pack Law: he bit her. Against all odds Elena survived, but she felt betrayed by Clay and ultimately left the Pack.
Now, however, the Pack needs her: a band of mutts (not Pack werewolves) are killing humans, and they must be stopped. So when Jeremy the alpha werewolf calls her, she decides to return and face her past, even though she isn't specially eager to do so.
Truth to be told, this is the first book by Kelley Armstrong that I have read, and I discovered it by chance. A friend told me to visit Armstrong's website ([...]) to read some of her free novellas, and I did exactly that when I had some free time. I didn't regret it: the three free novellas that Kelley offers in her website are just awesome. "Ascension", "Savage" and "Beginnings" are prequels to "Bitten", and quite different to other things I have read (different in a good way, though).
My immediate reaction after reading Armstrong's free novellas was to buy "Bitten", Armstrong's first published novel and coincidently the first book in the "Women of the Otherworld" series. I don't regret doing that. As a matter of fact, I liked this book so much that I gladly recommend it to you, provided you like fantasy/horror books with non-stopping action, an interesting plot and a little bit of romance :)
"Bitten" is the first book in the series and introduces us to Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf. She is still coming to terms with becoming a werewolf after her lover, Clay, bit her and at the beginning of the book is trying to maintain a "normal" life with human partner Philip. However, her Pack soon need her help and when she returns to them she has to battle with her feelings for Clay and the others and decide whether home is with Philip or with her Pack, while at the same time the Pack is in terrible danger from a group of "mutts", rogue werewolves who kill to survive.
Elena is a great character, a typical "stand up for yourself" woman with a troubled past that makes her sympathetic and likeable. By the end of the book you may feel as though she's an old friend. The first person narrative allows readers to get into her mind and this book explores her confused hopes and fears and her longing for a normal life and a happy home.
All in all, an excellent book, and it will certainly leave you desperate to read more of Elena's adventures!
However, the Pack calls her. There's trouble in New York, and they need her on board. This will mean returning to her past, and dealing with issues she'd rather ignore. One of these issues is handsome and sexy as hell Clay, the once love of her life, and the reason she is a werewolf. But mutts, or lone werewolves threaten the security of the pack, and so they have to work together.
This is a great debut novel, with an intriguing premise. Elena struggles to come to terms with what she is and what she feels, and Kelley Armstrong paints a great picture of a feral hierarchy, where violence and nudity are commonplace. It's a bit violent in places, but hey, these are werewolves after all, even if they are extremely intelligent men (and one woman) for the most part.
The most original fantasy novel I've read in a while. I'm definitely getting the next one, so don't let an opportunity to read this pass you by.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Start is ok. The minute the heroine returns to the pack the book triggers one cliche after another. Really just a romance with little character development and violence added to... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my all time favourite book and have read it so many times. I did well in a subject at high school and picked this as a prize as we were given book tokens. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Chase Glasgow
I have the complete series in book version but needed to read them again so bought the the KIndle version. Well worth the read totally enjoyable. Highly recommendedPublished 2 months ago by Kerry31
I don't like posting methadone reviews but I bought this book based on the reviews other people had left, I hadn't really been captivated by the sample but thought it must get... Read morePublished 8 months ago by rosir
Lost my original copy so have brought it again that in itself should tell you how much I enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer