Cry Wolf – Keith Melton

One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

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After finishing this book the most predominant thought in my mind was, ‘Is that it?’ It felt like it was over before it was even begun. I knew it was a novella and it would be short but I have to think it was the deft storytelling that had me entranced so much so that I was at the end before I knew it.

Leah has been banished from her pack for turning Tom, her mate, without the pack’s permission. After this they have to run. They have no possessions (all pack members sign everything over to the pack) and no allies. That’s the jist of it. It does exactly what it says on the tin. But packed into the 100 or so pages was some pretty impressive world building. We got a sense of pack dynamics and Leah’s life before and with Tom as well as some pretty impressive action scenes.

I really enjoyed the fact that Leah and Tom were both college drop outs with minimum wage jobs. It was nice to have a little reality mixed in with my urban fantasy, so much of the time the protagonists are rich and have a cushy job that pays them loads but doesn’t require attendance or any actual real work. I loved that Leah swore. She wasn’t some prissy little miss and although we didn’t spend a huge amount of time with them, I got a real sense of their relationship and how much they meant to each other. I wonder if that’s a male ‘thing’. The ability to convey bonds of love and emotion with very few words. Charlie Huston does it really well also. Sometimes the beauty is in the restraint. The words not uttered.

That said, if you are looking for a nice little story that is all wrapped this isn’t for you. It left me with more questions than answers. Is there further meaning in Leah’s dream? Will the pack still chase them? Because they have their bond can they start their own pack? Are they alpha’s now? What of the shadowy ‘Order’?

As I said, this felt more like a prelude to a full length novel, than an actual stand alone story. Am I hoping there is more to come? Most definitely.

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