Lycanthrope by Conway Rowell

Lycanthrope by Conway Rowell puts an urban twist on the typical supernatural story line. Each month the city of Megapolis finds itself victim to two seemingly unconnected monthly events – murders and a Lamborghini speeding through town. Agents at the local police department, however, begin to see more than coincidence in the fact that it is only during the full moon that the mysterious Bronson checks into the luxury hotel for two days – the same days during which murders occur throughout town. Bronson is not the only one hiding a secret, as main character Ebony soon finds out. Ebony, unknowingly, is about to find herself in the midst of a mess but she might uncover some important things about her family as well.

Lycanthrope, unfortunately, is a novel that falls short of its potential. Though the story line is unique, the execution is poor. The narration is very difficult to follow as it jumps between several characters and settings. Even halfway through the novel it is still difficult to keep track of the characters and the connections between them, as well as the events and history of the story. This is disappointing because the mythology surrounding the characters are truly interesting – in fact, it can be argued that the history of Bronson’s family and lineage is the most exciting aspect of the story. Despite this, the intrigue to the story is real – Luken in particular is a fascinating character and even as you may struggle to keep track of the plot and characters readers will find themselves continuing on simply to learn more about Ebony and Bronson. The plot and the characters are in place for a stellar novel – the execution just needs some improvement.