Aug 22 2013
Dear Christine Warren:
Logan is restless. His best friend just mated with a human. He’s feeling resentment toward his alpha, a man as close as a brother. Because his alpha has what Logan wants – his own pack and a stunning mate. Conveniently so that Logan doesn’t have to fight his brother for dominance, The White Paw Clan in Connecticut has lost its alpha to cancer.
I wish that there had been more in the story about Logan’s struggle for power within his own clan. His wolf is rising up and wants to challenge Graham, the regional alpha. It was the internal fight between Logan’s humanity that sought to hold onto his bonds of brotherhood and friendship and his wolf who sought power and dominance that was so interesting in the beginning.
But situation with the White Paw Clan was interesting because Honor, the daughter of the old alpha, becomes the alpha in fact. Female pack members are smaller and it is commonly known that physiologically they cannot compete in alpha challenges, yet Honor is not only meeting her challenges but defeating them.
I liked the unsentimentality of the pack challenges. Honor was challenged by one of her close friends and she had to maim him. I would have liked to have seen her kill him. Not because I’m so bloodthirsty but because I felt like her giving her opponent grace showed weakness. Her dad, for example, would have killed the challengers. And indeed, her failure to kill her challenger becomes problematic later in the story. Logan also notes that the unwillingness to kill her challengers was viewed as a weakness by her pack and every other outsider.
I was also frustrated with Logan’s interference with Honor’s rule over her pack, ordering her pack while ostensibly measuring her suitability to remain the alpha of the White Paw Clan. Every time he spoke up and gave directives in front of Honor he was diminishing her already precarious standing. To a great extent this is a story about how a female can rule in a man’s world and the balancing of Honor’s desire to lead the pack and Logan’s desire for his own pack was a great emotional conflict. But Logan isn’t an enlightened male. He is off spouting mine, mine, with twenty four hours of meeting Honor. He didn’t stand and observe. He ordered and took charge so the scenes always came off as if Logan was allowing Honor to be alpha instead of having the power and ability in her own right.
I wasn’t super enthusiastic about how the conflict was resolved but I appreciated that the subject was tackled at all.
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this series. It’s not a serious book and there are some cringe worthy lines ”Logan, you need to learn that whether she’s a werewolf, a shapeshifter, a witch, or a human, women are women. They all need to be fl attered and coddled and made to feel special.” I wished the feminist issues were tackled better. But overall, it was a pleasant read about clan politics which are a favorite part of a shapeshifter read for me. Nothing too earth shattering but sometimes that’s just the right thing at the moment. C+