The myth of the werewolf has been told by human beings by an untold number of generations. The question is, when a writer decides to use the werewolf myth as a plot device, can he or she create a story that stands out from the hundreds, if not thousands of stories about werewolves?
In the book Tainted Moonlight, Korban Diego is living in Syracuse, NY. By day, he looks as normal as you or I. But when the moon rises, he becomes a werewolf. He lives in an alternate universe where five years ago, there was an outbreak of werewolf attacks due to a virus. Korban was one of those bitten. Instead of dying from his wounds, he has become a werewolf. The city has implemented a series of rules and regulations to protect the lives of the citizens of Syracuse. Unfortunately, those rules and regulations keeps Korban from living a normal life.
One night, while visiting a bar with friends, Korban meets Sophie Bane. It’s love at first sight for Korban, but unfortunately, the feelings must be one-sided as Sophie is married to one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Syracuse. Then Sophie is attacked and bitten at a party by a werewolf. Korban takes it upon himself to help her heal and learn to live with her new reality as a werewolf. Now Korban must face the beast inside of him, otherwise it will control him and not the other way around.
I’m not a fan of the supernatural genre normally, but the book is well written. Ms. Kelly bring shades of light and dark to a character who in the past, has been immediately labelled as a villain without the audience knowing or understanding anything about the character beyond the 2D title.
I recommend it.