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Rather over-complicated list of characters with rather superficial personalities
on 22 December 2006
The reviews for Angela Knight's books all seem very complimentary so I thought I'd give one a go. I chose "Master Of Wolves" not realising that there are several books in the series before it - this was my first mistake. The book started off well - a man has died and his friend, who also happens to be a werewolf, needs to investigate the local police force as they may have something to do with the death. In order to `go undercover' Jim London becomes a German Shepherd dog and is assigned as a drug dog to handler Faith Weston.
All was going along very swimmingly in reading this book and then the first annoyance - the first month of dog and handler together was ignored. We jumped forward to "a month later" and missed out on all the fun and interest of the story where Jim first meets Faith, how she treats him (as a dog) and other stuff like that. Still, I carried on.
And very quickly I was VERY confused. This was not just a story about werewolves but about witches (Maja), Arthur, Merlin, Avalon, Guinevere, the Round Table, Vampires, the holy grail and some other grails... and although our lead characters Jim and Faith were central to this story they weren't entirely central to the plot, a lot of which carried on without them. The other characters (the witch/Arthurian ones) have obviously been in previous books but, not having read them, I didn't really know enough about them to engage with them.
Magic is used a lot in this book to deal with difficulties in plotting. If in doubt, cast a spell and something can happen. This is a common problem in this kind of novel (at least I think so) where magic is used to move the story along. This book was meant to be about werewolves and although there was some interesting worldbuilding about the werewolves there was too much other stuff going on.
Jim and Faith have a lot of sex in this book (once she discovers he's not just a German Shepherd dog, of course). In fact, most of their relationship seems to be about sex - and about him telling her over and over again that he's not like Ron her ex-husband. Apart from that they didn't really seem to connect. They fell in love (of course, this is a Romance book!) but I couldn't entirely see why - we were told a lot of stuff but it didn't feel entirely congruent with the people. Faith was an interesting, ballsy character and Jim was obviously a `good egg' but I couldn't quite see the link between the two of them except for being two people together trying to save the world.
This wasn't a bad book by any means, there was action, an interesting world, it was well paced and never too slow, it just didn't quite live up to the expectations that I had having read other Amazon reviews. If you like sexy books then the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR Ward are leagues better, if you enjoy werewolf stories then `Moon Called' by Patricia Briggs is tons better, if you just like supernatural stories then the early Anita Blake books are way ahead of this one. It just felt too derivative and too sex-focused for me.