A few months ago I was privileged to read Thomas Emson's vampire tale, Skarlet, and really enjoyed it. I've always had a fascination for magical creatures in a mundane world and the world of Skarlet had a history and magic all its own.
After that, I had a chance to interview Emson and learned that a new novel in his second series was coming out in February 2010, so I knew I needed to catch up a bit and read the werewolf novel Maneater. Once again, I wasn't disappointed.
Laura Greenacre isn't your average girl. You really don't want to get her angry or meet her in a dark alley when she's mad. She may do worse than kill you. What's worse you may ask? How about watching as your internal organs are eaten as you die? I think that qualifies. She has more than a bit of a violent streak.
And that violent streak is well earned. She watched her parents die when she was but a child — murdered as part of a family cleansing in a war between bloodlines that had gone on for ages. But she'd forgotten about all that. She tried to be normal. It just didn't pan out for poor Laura.
On the other side you have John Thorn, a policeman assigned as a bodyguard to Sir Adam Templeton, a respected upper-crust member of British society. His family had power and influence and had grown to enjoy frequent abuses of those tools. Some of the younger members of the family wanted more. Thorn didn't care about all of that. He simply tried to do his job the best he could.
But when Thorn gets between Sir Adam and Laura, things get a bit hairy. And that's when the body count in the book begins to rise.