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Marked by the Moon
Lori Handeland
St. Martinís, Nov 2 2010, $7.99, ISBN: 9780312389345
reviewed by Harriet Klausner

Werewolves killed Alexandra Trevalynís parents when she was a little girl. The Jager-Sucher raise her and she becomes a dedicated hunter; suicidal in many ways as she is willing to die in her efforts to kill the beasts.

Werewolf Julian Barlow stalks Alex who killed his mate. When he defeats her, she looks forward to his killing her. Instead he obtains his revenge differently. He changes her into a werewolf so she can learn to stop stereotyping his species as brainless monsters, as not all werewolves were created by the Mengele experiments; he has been one centuries before the Nazi did his dastardly conversions. Julian takes a stunned forlorn Alex to his Alaskan pack where she will either adapt or obtain her wish. Neither realized that an evil predator is killing for sport targeting the pack.

The latest Nightcreature saga (See Thunder Moon) is a fabulous entry in a strong series as the Twilight Zone twist of changing a predator into one your kind is deftly handled mostly by how Alex reacts over the course of a strong story line. The sporting killer segue adds suspense that serves as a key catalyst in moving forward the plot, but clearly this is Alexandraís tale. With a stark Alaskan backdrop to augment the tale of revenge turns bitter, fans of Lori Handelandí s romantic fantasy will appreciate Julianís efforts to change the behavior of his soulmate as she wants to wake up with her in his bed and no knife protruding from his ribs.

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