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.
The Night has Claws by Kat Kruger follows immediately behind book number one, The Night has Teeth. It continues Connor’s story wonderfully and even allows us a deeper look at Madison through alternating points of view.
Beginning during the final scenes of the first book, I admit to being slightly confused – especially since the first part is in Madison’s point of view. I would definitely recommend doing a quick re-read of the end of The Night has Teeth, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve read it. However, as soon as I refreshed my memory and realized I was reading Madison’s pov, I was hooked and enthralled. The Night has Claws sees a huge change in Connor and his guardians, Arden and Amara. Arden, no longer a wolf, cannot maintain contact with the pack, including Amara. And Connor is now a wolf and needing to learn control. Our villain, Boguet, is captured and being held in Germany awaiting trial from the Hounds. There is a lot more history of the werewolves and how they came to be, and more to the cure and Boguet’s plans for it. Connor has a lot of information thrown at him over the course of the book and has to do his best with what he’s been told. Madison is more than she seems and is definitely awesome.
The Night has Claws by Kat Kruger is a solid second book and great lead up to the final instalment. It has a perfect mix of information, action, mystery and even a small romance. Everything is changing and escalating and I am extremely interested to see where the third book takes us. Connor is different from everything and anything the wolves have known and it may either save them all, or hurt them all. Not all the pieces have been laid out yet and things could still change. Hopefully for the better!
e-ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!