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Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

When I change I change fast. The moon drags the whatever-it-is up from the earth and it goes through me with crazy wriggling impatience . . . I’m twisted, torn, churned, throttled—then rushed through a blind chicane into ludicrous power . . . A heel settles. A last canine hurries through. A shoulder blade pops. The woman is a werewolf.

The woman is Talulla Demetriou.
She’s grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret.
The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over—until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun . . .
What follows throws Talulla into a race against time to save both herself and her child as she faces down the new, psychotic leader of WOCOP, a cabal of blood-drinking religious fanatics, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire.
Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other, the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.

My Review

In the authors first werewolf novel ‘The Last Werewolf‘ I liked the way he put you in P.O.V mode of the character and the memoir way we learned of the werewolf. I liked The whole interview with a vampire styled way it read like. There was more a faster pace change and was written differently with a stronger male character. Here in this novel, which can be read without reading the first, the werewolf is a female protagonist Talulla who’s expectant. Most of the story captures your interest in the ensuing search and possible rescue of her son and the fate of her twins in general from the clutches of vampires and other dangers. These old Vampires who go by the name of ‘The Disciples of Remshi’ they require her child werewolf for a ritual of very high significance to their leader in order to achieve full power. The story is written well and has his usual humour and deep self reflection on being a werewolf. The story starts of with a slower approach in the first half and the last half picks up momentum as she find herself captive and having to endure very brutal circumstances. She, alongside others, faces tests, rape and torture. The first novel, I mentioned in my review, features high libido activity, this one by far less due to the main character being preoccupied mostly in care of her baby daughter and keeping them in safety from the danger of those that want blood. The time is limited she only has time to the next full moon-eclipse to find and save her son from ruin. The libido activity only comes while stuck in certain situations with others where she finds time to endure her carnal requirements. All around the story was good but felt slightly short in satisfying my expectations left from finishing the first book in expecting more horror and thrill to come.

The Guardian Newspaper features a good review on this novel: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/05/talulla-rising-glen-duncan-review?newsfeed=true

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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 07 April 2012

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