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Wild Blood

Novel by Nancy A Collins (USA) 1993.

Constructed with all the style and panache that we have come to expect from Nancy Collins, this does not, however, have much of her usual innovation. The central character is Skinner Cade, a young college student with unusual golden eyes. Whilst mourning the death of his mother he opens an envelope left for him which details his adoption at an early age. A strong urge to find his real parents leads him firstly to Butter Junction, the tiny town where he was adopted; and then to an old medicine woman who serves the local Indian reservations, who originally brought him to the foundling home. But then it all turns sour, and Skinner finds himself in the nearby Los Lobos Correctional Facility.

The only reason this is not a basic rites-of-passage story is the fact that the 'hero' is a werewolf and his path to knowledge is obviously quite different from standard procedure. The only reason this is not a pointless novel is the extra background detail to the vargr, mentioned in Collins's vampire novels, and the addition of the coyoteros to her list of Pretenders. And the only reason you should read this is that it's not a bad novel, just not up to Collins' usual standards.


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