So here’s the thing about this book: it is awesome. I enjoyed NIGHTSHADE, obviously, since I chose to read the sequel but I actually loved WOLFSBANE. It’s just a strong book, all around. Some new characters enter in this one, and they’re great. Very real, some of them hilarious.
The nature of the book meant that a lot of things about the world needed to be explained to the main character by other characters. A lot. But these conversations between characters, which could have been incredibly boring, were well done because of the way the characters interacted, and I wasn’t for a second bored while reading this book.
In NIGHTSHADE, I felt pretty lukewarm toward Shay—not because there was anything wrong with him, but because Ren is just so much more to my personal tastes—but I think he grew a lot in this second book, and I really warmed to him. And I thought Calla dealt realistically with everything she was going through. She didn’t always make the decisions I thought were smartest, but her decisions always made sense in her mindset. She also recognized when she was to blame for things (and sometimes even maybe took on a little too much self-blame) and I liked that she owned up to the consequences her choices had. Actually, I also liked that her choices from book one had consequences in book two. I like seeing characters who make mistakes and have to face them rather than catching nothing but luck.
If you haven’t yet started this series, I recommend that you do. And I say this as someone who isn’t generally a werewolf fan. And if you read NIGHTSHADE and enjoyed it, definitely be on the lookout for WOLFSBANE, because it is great.