I’ve been on a werewolf-high the past few books. I don’t know if it’s because I’m subconsciously picking up books with werewolves in it, or if it’s just a coincidence that books involving lycanthropy has been popping up on my reading list. As I’ve told my friend the other day, I’m seriously re-considering my opinion on werewolves in general (wherein my opinion was based on Jacob Black from Twilight and thus not-so-good–though don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoyed portions of the first two books in Meyer’s series).
So yes, specific type of fantasy/supernaturalness here we go!
Top Ten Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read About Werewolves
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) – Patricia Briggs
So I actually just started this series last week and finished Moon Called within a few days. I don’t know why it took me so long to get acquainted with Mercedes Thompson and her world, but I’m glad I actually did! Also, Mercy is a were-coyote with an extended family of really awesome werewolves, and two potential love interests that are just Alpha-delicious. (It also came to my attention that the series has a graphic novel adaptation as well! Kyaaaah I want!)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling
Well, I’d probably recommend starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone of the series, because HP is meant to be started from the very beginning. Still, it’s in PoA that we are introduced to Rowling’s werewolves for the first time. It’s also my favorite book of the series, so of course I was going to recommend it!
Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce
Retold fairy tale in a YA urban fantasy setting? Game on. I wasn’t particularly gung-ho on this because I saw what happened when movies YA-fied Little Red Riding Hood, and I hated it. That said, I enjoyed this book, particularly on how Jackson Pearce personified Red Riding Hood into a sister duo with highly specialized werewolf-fighting skills. Talk about badass.
Fables: Legends in Exile (Fables Vol. 1) – Bill Willingham
This one’s a graphic novel series that focuses on retelling fairy tales. Again, this is also a modern take within an urban environment, though I wouldn’t say this was done in a YA fashion. While the series doesn’t necessarily focus on Bigby Wolf (the werewolf in question), I’d say at least the first several volumes give the badass wolf some storytime.
The Silvered – Tanya Huff
Werewolf romance isn’t new, there’s a whole lot of that in paranormal romances the world around. But I did love this book because it was mostly a focus on a magic system, a rescue mission, and a world of strife. The werewolves have interesting bonds with humans, and their powers aren’t so much a disadvantage but a gift used to its highest potential (unless, of course, you’re someone from the Empire, in which all werewolves are deemed abominations…but that’s a different story).
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) and Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) – Gail Carriger
I recommend both because technically they utilize the same world. I will say, however, that Soulless had more of a focus on the supernatural beings, much more so than E&E would. That said, Gail Carriger writes wonderful supernatural characters. And for those wanting a bit more brevity in their stories (without sacrificing depth), I’d definitely go with either book.
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) – Jim Butcher
Admittedly, I read this story as a graphic novel adaptation by Mark Powers and Chase Conley, not the actual book. The first book in Butcher’s The Dresden Files is actually Storm Front, but while I liked book 1, I actually am more fascinated with the werewolf-on-werewolf crime of Fool Moon. Honestly, I don’t think you really need to read the first book to figure out that Harry Dresden is a wizard, but that’s just me.
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) – Kevin Hearne
Hounded is one of the more hilarious and awesome urban fantasies I’ve come across. Atticus, being a druid, has had several connections with the mystical creatures living in the modern world. In fact, one of his friends is Hal Hauk, who also happens to be his daytime lawyer and occasional sparring partner, Hal being a werewolf and all. I like Hal and his pack, they’re very thorough.
Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
One of my very first werewolf books! I probably would not put this in such high esteem today if I reread it again (it being a YA with an incredibly annoying love triangle), but considering this book practically got me into an argument about the merits of the wolf pack in stories with a friend, I would probably say this story stuck with me for a while.
I’m pretty sure there are other really popular werewolf books out there, and seeing as I’ll probably make quick work (by quick, I mean by the end of the year) of the Mercy Thompson series, feel free to send me werewolf book recommendations if you have any I might try them out! 🙂
9 thoughts on “TTT: For Those Who’ve Never Read About Werewolves”
So many authors I adore here–Briggs, Carriger, Hearne, Huff, and Pearce. 🙂
Have you taken a look at Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series? If you do read it, start with the Alpha and Omega novella–it’s in the anthology On the Prowl, or on its own online. The series makes so much more sense that way.
I actually got an ARC copy of Briggs’ Shifting Sands, and “Alpha and Omega” is in it! The book itself is one of my current reads, so I’ll definitely get to it first before I get up to the Alpha and Omega series.
I just added Soulless to my to-read list on Goodreads. It sounds so intriguing! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂
Awesome! It is a great book, so I hope you enjoy it 😀
It seems like it would be! I keep seeing it around on people’s lists.
That cover for Sisters Red looks pretty rad! If anything, it’d be a contender to be framed as wall art for me (not too sure about reading it though haha).
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
Haha, the cover was actually what drew me in the first time around. A good friend wrote a review of it afterward, which was why I actually read it.
I didn’t enjoy Fables, which really saddened me. I got into it after playing the game “The Wolf Among Us.” If you get a chance, you should check out light|dark. There’s a short story / novella in there by Andrea Edwards that’s a great werewolf-esque tale. The Full Moon series by Steve Lake is also great. 🙂
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Thanks for the recs! I’ll definitely take a look at those werewolf-esque stories when I can. And shame about Fables. Admittedly, it was an acquired reading for me, because I didn’t start really liking the series until sometime after volume 2. My friend, who’s a big fan of A Wolf Among Us (something I should really play at some point), also wasn’t too crazy about the comics, but I can understand it being a hit or miss for people.
I’ve been on a DC Comics/Vertigo spree lately, and it helps that my library stocks shelves of comic books. That said, your top ten did remind me that I should probably start perusing a few of the Marvel lines. Nice top ten!