Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Review: The Night has Claws (The Magdeburg Trilogy #2) by Kat Kruger

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234033-the-night-has-claws?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
What happens when you’re the thing that goes bump in the night?

Connor Lewis and Arden LaTène are experiencing a reversal of fortunes. Arden, once a prominent werewolf, has been cured against his will. As a result, he’s now considered dead by his former pack and has lost his longtime girlfriend in the mix. Connor, a newly created werewolf whose DNA has inadvertently led to the creation of the cure, now has to make some important decisions about his future and is not sure who to trust. Should he join a pack or try to go it alone?

When Connor is summoned by the Hounds of God to testify against the human scientist who developed the cure, he’s forced to choose sides. Comprised of humans bitten by werewolves, the Hounds have been the lawmakers and enforcers for hundreds of years, ensuring werewolves don’t endanger the lives of humans and exacting justice upon those who do. On the other hand, the pack werewolves have been persecuted for centuries and are seeking to tip the balance of power. Adding to his confusion is Madison Dallaire, the girl Connor has complicated feelings for, who has embarked on a path of corporate espionage.

In the second book of The Magdeburg Trilogy, Connor’s loyalties are pushed to the limits as he faces the challenges of being a modern werewolf caught in the grip of an ancient feud.

RATED T - Teen 13 and up: May contain violence, crude humour, suggestive themes and/or strong language.

Alcohol - Reference to alcohol use 
Blood - Depiction of blood
Violence - Includes scenes of violence


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

The Night has Claws definitely does not fall for the “middle book curse” where the novelty of the writing and/or plot gradually wears off and it’s simply filler until the final book’s conclusion. It was just as original as the first book in The Magdeburg Trilogy and just as interesting.

There was of course the occasional lull, which I expected since a lot of the mystery was revealed in the first book, yet Kat Kruger could have done this on purpose because just as you start relaxing into the story everything turns on its head.

There are still a lot, no, make that tonnes, of secrets that Conor has to weave himself through; already struggling with the drastic turn his life has taken when he was bitten. The role reversal with him and Arden was incredibly dramatic, and they couldn’t have dealt with it in more different ways. This played right into their characters and it also changed the relationship they had which I was already interested by in the first book.

Because of what happened to Arden, I was never going to be on Amara’s side (no matter what rules she had to “legally” abide by) but we didn’t see as much of her as I expected and instead it focused around Madison.

There were even a couple chapters randomly in the book from her POV (which I didn’t realise beforehand). Now, to be honest while I appreciated the way her bad-ass attitude was for the most part a disguise, I didn’t like how weak she seemed when it came away. After everything that happened she had a right to the way she felt, but it started to annoy me when all she did was pity herself and then blame everything on others. When she started complaining about how good Connor got it, I really felt like putting my foot down… On her face…

Back on topic though, The Night has Claws is a great sequel that delves even deeper into the origins of werewolves, shedding light onto the parts some characters have turned a blind eye to, and it’s resulted in a great read that’s part of a series I definitely recommend.
Favourite Quotes:
“So, yes, broken bones may heal but there are other injuries that can leave lasting scars. Ones that no one else sees but yourself.”

“Forever isn’t supposed to have an expiration date.”

“Youth is spent looking ahead,” he starts, “toward the future, toward the life you want to build for yourself and the ones you come to love. Everything is new and you rush through the years, the decades, as though the end will never come. But when you’ve lived long enough, you begin to look back at the things that you did … or didn’t do. Sometimes it fills you with a regret for never having stopped to appreciate everything you had during those halcyon days.”

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