Curse of the Wolf Girl (2010) – By Nic Brown

Love is a complicated affair. Work in werewolves, fire elementals, murder, political intrigue, revenge, jealousy, obsession, drug addiction, mental disorders, financial problems, curses, werewolf hunters and a band called “Yum Yum Sugary Smacks” and it gets even more complex. Martin Millar takes all these elements and drops them into the mix in his novel “Curse of the Wolf Girl”.

A follow up to his novel “Lonely Werewolf Girl”, “Curse” finds teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch still living in London with her human friends Daniel and Moonglow. Kalix, born in wolf form on the night of a full moon, is possibly the most powerful werewolf alive today. Unfortunately, when she’s not in werewolf form, Kalix is a depressed anorexic, a mostly illiterate teen with an addition to laudanum.

But Kalix is doing her best to get by. She and her friend Vex, the nearly adopted niece of Malveria, Queen of the Hiyasta Fire Elementals, have even started remedial studies at a local college. Unfortunately for Kalix, she’s made many enemies in her short life. The Great Council of Clan MacRinnalch want her brought in to face justice for the murder of her father the Thane. Several of her late brother’s lovers, including a Hainusta Fire Elemental Princess and Marwanis, a member of the Great Council, just want her dead. Kalix, for her part, wants to be left alone, and maybe to see her former love Gawain again.

Whatever she wants, Kalix is at the center of a web of political intrigue that could lead to the fall of the Hiyasta Queen, the rise of the werewolf hunting Avaris Guild to unprecedented power, her own death, and possibly worst of all (at least to her fashionista sister Thrix) the end of her sister’s fashion design business.

gCurse of the Wolf Girl” is a wild and humorous ride through the world of the supernatural. Millar expertly mixes action and humor to keep the reader hooked from start to finish. The book is broken down to over 200 short chapters, which at first may seem odd, but it works well to allow the story to skip from one story to another much the way a film would cut from scene to scene. Despite the large number of characters and the complex web of plots they are all involved in, Millar ties them all together nicely. He also resists the urge to neatly solve every problem. Like life, some things just don’t seem to work themselves out, and for everything that does, there are consequences. The characters, although many of them are supernatural, are very human with flaws and complexities that defy the stereotypical mold that some of them are cast in. Ultimately, “Curse of the Wolf Girl” is a good book which, despite its complex storyline, is generally easy to read and follow. So if you are a fan of the supernatural, fashion, werewolves, action, humor or all of the above, check out Martin Millar’s “Curse of the Wolf Girl” a fun novel with great characters. What more do you need?