A few weeks ago I reviewed the Good Fairies of New York. Michele and I loved the book and I was excited to hear that the author Martin Millar was coming out with a new book called Lonely Werewolf Girl.
I pre-ordered a copy from the UK and it arrived just before I left on vacation.
This novel is about the royal family of werewolves that live in Scotland and England. From what I can tell, it exists in the same universe as the Good Fairies, but the fairies don't play much of a role in this story.
The author, Martin Millar, finds a way to weave rock 'n' roll and Scotch whisky into a story about werewolves and their intrigues.
The magic behind the werewolves is sensible and works to set some limitations, unlike other fantasy novels where nothing is plausible or consistent. The influence of the Moon and silver are all discussed to make a werewolf fan happy. You can imagine these werewolves living among us in the modern day.
While centering the main theme of the control of the werewolf clans, Millar touches on all sorts of other themes from couture fashion to teenage angst to multi-dimension merchants. He does a great job of moving back and forth from humor to serious events, never allowing the reader to get quite comfortable with guessing what's coming next.
I don't want to give away spoilers, but I will say that I respect the author's decision not to tie up every loose end in a nice little bow. While several major plot points are resolved, man of the other threads are left open for interpretation by the reader, and if we are lucky, a future novel. I blew through the book in two days and sincerely hope this is not the last we've heard of young Kalix MacRinnalch.
If you like your fantasy fiction with a bit of humor, you should by a copy of Lonely Werewolf Girl now.Posted by michael at June 20, 2007 08:40 AM