Title: Run, Wolf
Author: Keith Melton
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Main Characters: Leah Kendrick & Tom
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…
A person said something like love in front of everybody, and it was open season for mocking, for derision, and maybe it did sound completely trite to them. So what? It didn’t feel trite to me.
Tom gave me that striking smile, and we shared a moment of unspoken words. It was all I could do not to just grab his hand and pull him out of the circle to go running with me under the dark clouds, and to hell with everything else.
“The clan is in danger,” Carolyn said. “The God-cursed vampires are warring over Boston and they’ve caught the attention of the Order of the Thorn.”
Absolute silence followed her words. I’d been warned to fear the Order of the Thorn since my Bonding with the clan. I’d never seen them, much less been hunted by Thorn knights, but fear of them ran deep through the pack. Their “wolfers” were loathed among lupine shapeshifters even more than loners without any clan allegiance.
Carolyn allowed the silence to draw out for a long, painful moment before she spoke again. “A new wolf unbound to any clan is a threat. Its appetites, uncontrolled, might bring our enemies down upon us. We will not risk it.”
I could feel the urge to Change gathering inside me, but I fought it back until I had it leashed again. I took a deep breath. Let it out slowly. “Then bring him into our clan. Let me vouch for him.”
Their outrage was predictable. I didn’t even flinch against the snarling and anger that poured across my Bond.
“He hasn’t been vetted,” Martin said. “And you don’t hold sufficient rank to give the gift of the Bite. Bringing him in would erode the foundations of the Blackstone, and all we stand for.”
Carolyn watched me closely, as if she could sense my inner struggle not to shift, my fight not to shout back that this was complete crap. When she spoke, her voice was calm and impersonal. “You’ve betrayed the clan. Broken the law. Disgraced every single one of us. We’ve heard your answers, and now I will render judgment.”
She paused. The entire amphitheater was still, everyone awaiting the verdict. The bitch drew it out, and I struggled not to writhe beneath the weight of all those cold eyes. My heartbeat thudded dully, and there was a ringing in my ears, almost a high-pitched whine. The stink of contempt, aggression and outrage hung cloying and foul in the air all around me like a black cloud. For the first time I hated how sharp my senses had become after the Change.
Carolyn finally continued. “The new werewolf you created should die by our law, but we cannot destroy him without destroying you as well, and I can smell your determination to fight alongside him. Since clan law decrees no wolf blood may be shed here in the sacred sands, both of your lives will be spared for tonight.”
I opened my mouth to say something but she pressed on relentlessly, stabbing her words at me.
“You are cast from the pack. The Peace of the Council will extend for a full twenty-four hours. After that, you will no longer be entitled to our protection.” She waved a dismissive hand toward me. “All that you own is forfeit to the Blackstone Wolf Clan. Go forth into the long winter alone.”
My voice broke. “This isn’t justice. You’re taking everything and leaving us to die?”
“If you want justice, then go slink off to human courts, dog,” Gris thought to me. “Here you’ll get the judgment of the clan and you’ll like it.”
Martin slammed his staff down on the floor with a loud crack. The raven feathers swung back and forth. His face made it clear I was less than dog crap to him now. “You are outcast,” he said. “You are Cain. Wander the earth alone, and may the snow never melt from your fur. Go into the darkness knowing you are dead to your family forever.”
Run, Wolf © Keith Melton
This was a short read and I certainly enjoyed this book. RUN,WOLF starts off with a tension filled setting with Leah Kendrick's being brought up to the task by the wolf council for doing the unthinkable.
Not really seeing a big issue with what she has done, because one, both parties were in agreement and secondly it was a ‘of free will” sort of event, but not so for the council and for this Lea and her mate Tom must face the consequences.
These consequences are at the least immediate and at the most 24hrs before a certain style of retribution is levelled against them. Leah is a rebel to the core and is not willing to take this sort of treatment lying down. After all they have left her with nothing and she was not going out like that.
With Tom, faithful to her and only her they make a plan and executed it, their only flaw is the unknown and this might just be the thing that gets them killed.
Sweet read, loads of kick ass action and nothing of fair play and I loved it. Not a lot of character development or even any build up of the setting, the book was all about Leah and Tom getting their own back and the after effect of it all.
A few support cast were introduced and straight off it was love or hate and believe me I had a healthy dose of hate going for the support cast. Don’t expect romance or cute words or phrases – this was down and dirty and totally rocking.
This is the first book in the NIGHTFALL WOLF CLAN series and I am excited about this series, there are things I hope the author build up on and things I hope he never change – but all in all I am so looking forward to the next book in the series.