Best Adult Werewolf Book Series - Sexy Urban Fantasy Werewolf Novels
Blood, fangs, hair and claws. I love 'em! I love vampires, wizards and witches but I also find myself thirsting for a good adult werewolf book too once in a while. Oddly enough though, despite the huge number of paranormal romance novels and urban fantasy series featuring vampires, there is a whole genre of books featuring werewolves as the main characters which has been almost completely overlooked not only in recent times but in the past too. Despite such marketing juggernauts as books like the Twilight series featuring werewolves heavily there just hasn't been the push towards making sexy urban fantasy werewolf novels for adults more mainstream in the same way as the paranormal vampire romances which have been littering the shelves in recent years.
Maybe that's a good thing since many of those are truly awful but even so, a little more love for novels featuring werewolves would be nice for us fangs n' fur fans!
So, I assume if you reached this lens it's because you are looking for a good werewolf series for adults? They're not that easy to find especially if you're looking for a werewolf book with a strong male lead but if you're into strong, sexy, butt-kicking women (and I am!) then there are some sexy werewolf novels hiding amongst all those vampires.
The Women Of The Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Bitten is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and if you are looking for an adult wereworld novel then this is a great start to the series. The main protagonist of the story is Elena, a strong willed athletic young woman who works as a journalist in Toronto and who also happens to be the only female werewolf in the known world. Elena is trying to live a normal life outside of the 'pack', living with her totally oblivious architect boyfriend and working a normal day job. Living as a werewolf in the modern world isn't easy however and Elena soon gets drawn back into pack politics in a battle against a group of non-pack werewolves, known as mutts. Kelley Armstrong's werewolf book is an interesting new spin on the old werewolf myth and is much more of an werewolf romance drama than a horror novel. It has an interesting main character and delves deep enough into the world of werewolves without getting overly technical. Although I found the romantic tug of love going on in Elena's head between her new boyfriend and her old flame in the pack to be a little tiresome, there is plenty more going on here to make this a recommended read. The series gets better too from this point onwards but it does branch out into telling the stories of the other "women of the otherworld" after the second book which brings in witches, demons, ghosts and the rest of the supernatural world but Elena and the Pack remain important throughout and they return later for more werewolf shenanigans.
Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs
The first book in Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series is another entry in the urban fantasy genre for werewolf fans. Although this is the first book of the series, the first book which introduces us to the main protagonists of these novels is actually a novella which appears in On the Prowl. Whilst it isn't strictly necessary to read this first (or at all) it does explain some of the back story which Cry Wolf rather jumps straight into.
Anna is a bottom of the pack female werewolf who has learned to fear and mistrust the stronger alpha males of the pack before she is rescued from the situation by Charles, the muscle of another stronger werewolf pack. Misused and abused by her original pack, Anna is fearful of alpha male werewolves but comes to love and trust her rescuer and soon finds out that she is a rare omega wolf who is invaluable to her new pack.
Patricia Briggs paints an interesting picture of werewolf society and doesn't overdo the romance aspect of the novel which this guy was more than thankful for but for those who like paranormal romance where this book leans towards more than the urban fantasy genre they might find this a little lacking. The novel is more content with gently touching on the developing relationship between Anna and her mate Charles whilst fleshing out the quite fascinating and original portrayal of a society of werewolves and the interesting characters and the long and interesting history some of them have.
I read this cover to cover in a couple of days and enjoyed the story although I'd definitely put this in the werewolf books for women category more than for guys. The rest of the series currently features two more books with more to come.
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - Urban Fantasy With A Smattering Of Werewolves
The second entry in the long running Dresden Files series introduces werewolves into the life of wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden. This is urban fantasy of the adult kind, so forget schmaltzy romance and teen angst and instead prepare yourself for a rip-roaring ride aboard the runaway train which is Harry Dresden's every day life. The feel of these novels is something along the lines of a hard boiled film noire mixed with a little Buffy The Vampire Slayer layered with lashing of dark humor throughout. I LOVE The Dresden Files and although werewolves are not a key theme in these novels, an urban pack does pop up regularly and I'm going to include it here anyway because if you are on this page looking for adult urban fantasy with werewolves, vampires and all the other trappings of a good fantasy series, and have yet to shake paws with the series then you're in for a real treat.
The Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn
Again, this series of books fits firmly in the category of urban fantasy with both vampires and werewolves (amongst other things) walking among us although with a slightly different take. Our heroine, Kitty Norville is a late night radio DJ who run a kind of late night call in show for supernaturals hiding in plain view. She's also a closeted werewolf and one who hasn't adapted well to the dynamics of pack life. Neither the vampires nor the werewolves like her radio gig fearing it will expose their shadowy existence to the humans they have been carefully keeping their existence secret from for centuries using myths and legends to hide themselves in plain view. Kitty has no such qualms however feeling her radio show gives her a sense of independence and purpose and is obviously needed because of all the real supernaturals who call in amongst the cranks and generally interested amongst the human populace. Sandwiched between the vampire and werewolf clans and on the wrong side of a mysterious werewolf hunter for hire, Kitty fights to retain her humanity and live a normal life.
The focus of these novels is very much on Kitty and her struggle to live side by side with her wolf whilst still retaining a normal human existence. She sees by lycanthropy, vampirism etc. as living with a disease, or a disability, and doesn't want to give into it. Unlike many of the other modern werewolf novels and supernatural books in general these days, this book series isn't obsessed with sex and relationships. I don't mind a little romance, and there are certainly guys in Kitty's life, but I prefer a decent story over a book filled with characters bouncing in and out of the sack. Neither is there a big focus on Kitty's time as a wolf, it is more mentioned in passing rather than inflicting page upon page of running in the woods on us.
I enjoyed reading this werewolf series a lot. They are smart, often humorous and an easy read which is equally easy to recommend to others.