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Guest Blog by Dana Cameron, Review of Hellbender and Video Interview - April 2, 2015


Please welcome Dana Cameron to The Qwillery. Hellbender, the 3rd Fangborn novel, was published on March 31, 2015 by 47North.







Fangborn world-building

          One of the hardest things I did when I started writing UF was realizing that I had to break away from the goal that I'd striven for all my career as an archaeologist: to keep strictly to the available data. Mind you, I'd already written six mystery novels and a short story, so you'd think writing more fiction would be a snap. It really wasn't. When Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner asked me to write a werewolf story set at the holidays, I was delighted. Then terror overtook me as I realized that the first part of my process for writing fiction was missing.
          When I went to my office, I found I had no reference books on werewolves. None on vampires either. My other fiction was either rooted in history or in my own background as an archaeologist, and I'd wanted to keep as much to realism as possible, to get the reader behind the scenes of a dig. So how could I possibly write this story? I had novels about vampires and other supernatural creatures by other authors—would I just pick one of them to imitate?
          That's when I had what a major breakthrough. I could just make up my own world. This seems laughable, but it contradicted all my training and previous work. But it was like snapping the restraining bolt off R2D2, and suddenly, you couldn't stop me. A flock of short stories followed that first one, “The Night Things Changed,” and then the novels featuring archaeologist (and Fangborn werewolf), Zoe Miller: Seven Kinds of Hell, Pack of Strays, and now Hellbender.
          I decided to turn all the usual conventions upside-down. The Fangborn were superheroes, working in secret to protect humanity. I decided that I didn't need to chuck the archaeology, in fact, I'd start looking for images or stories about shapeshifters, wolves, snakes, ravens, or eyes in folklore, art, and artifacts. In a few instances, I even incorporate other fiction about the supernatural. In my short story, “The Curious Case of Miss Amelia Vernet,” a Sherlockian pastiche with a Fangborn twist, I use lines from the Sherlock Holmes canon to create the idea that there's more going on at 221B Baker Street than meets the eye. I use historical and archaeological evidence about supernatural creatures (“vampire” burials, especially). By doing this, I am able to create a “history” for the Fangborn. Combining my fictional elements with famous stories, architecture, or objects that the reader might recognize, make the existence of the Fangborn plausible.
          It's also a lot of fun to twist history around to suit me. That's another thing I was not allowed to do as an archaeologist. Speculating with no basis in fact, creating stories just because I liked them, taking things out of context—that's the principal no-no right there. And yet, with just a bit of history, I can create my own worlds. The trick is to keep telling the truth, as accurately as possible, most of the time, so that your fiction fluidly enters the reader's mind.





Hellbender
Fangborn 3
47North, March 31, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 272 pages

I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared?

Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn enemies in the Order of Nicomedia forcing their hand, Zoe and her supernatural Family have no choice but to step into the spotlight. But that decision has garnered the attention of the powerful and otherworldly beings known as the Makers. They claim to have created the Fangborn—not as saviors, but as predators. And it seems they have their own plans for Zoe…and for the fate of all the Fangborn.

Filled with stunning twists, Hellbender takes the Fangborn series to a thrilling new dimension.


Qwill's Thoughts

Hellbender is the 3rd novel in the Fangborn series by Dana Cameron. The Fangborn have often planned to reveal themselves to the humans but world events have until now made the timing impossible. Now the Fangborn must reveal themselves before it is done for them in the most damaging way possible by the Order of Nicomedia.

Hellbender starts off immediately at the end of the prior novel, Pack of Strays, during a battle between the Fangborn and the Order. Zoe is once again struggling to control her powers as she gains more and more of them. The story ranges from Japan to Alaska back to Boston (with additional stops along the way).

Cameron introduces a new element to the Fangborn story - the Makers. With them comes quantum mechanics and spooky motion at a distance along with some other fun science. Zoe and her closest "Normal" human and Fangborn companions are trying to figure out who they are. Eventually Zoe takes steps to protect the Fangborn from the Order and the Makers. She has grown tremendously in her power, with a much deeper understanding of what she is capable of doing. She makes some incredibly tough decisions that affect all the Fangborn and her personally. Enemies are made and new allies acquired. Zoe is growing into her role as protector of the Fangborn. Consequently romance takes a back seat to everything going on. Zoe has more important things to deal with at the moment. However, one of things I like most about Zoe is her compassion and internal struggle to be human.

With its mixture of urban fantasy, action/adventure and science theory, Hellbender easily could be called genrebender and mindbender. I think this adds a great deal of depth to Zoe's story and that of the Fangborn without being overwhelming. I hope we've not seen the last of the scientific exploration regarding the genesis of the Fangborn. Additionally, there are several really well done action scenes and the pacing is crisp throughout.

Zoe Miller is a very compelling heroine. With its fine cast of supporting characters, tons of exciting action, and its exploration of the Fangborn origin story, Hellbender is my favorite novel in the Fangborn series.




Dana and I talk about the Fangborn series, among other things, at NYCC 2014:





About Dana Cameron

Photo by James Goodwin
Dana Cameron can't help mixing in a little history into her fiction. Drawing from her expertise in archaeology, Dana's work (including traditional mystery, noir, urban fantasy, historical fiction, and thrillers) has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards and earned an Edgar Award nomination. Her third Fangborn novel, Hellbender, was published in March 2015 by 47North. Her most recent Fangborn short story is a Sherlockian pastiche, "The Curious Case of Miss Amelia Vernet.” Her story, "The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars," featuring Pam Ravenscroft from Charlaine Harris's acclaimed Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, appears in Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse. Www.danacameron.com


Website  ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter @danacmrn





Previously

Seven Kinds of Hell
Fangborn 1
47North, March 12, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself.

Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil.

To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.


See Qwill's review here.


The Serpent's Tale
A Fangborn Story
47North, September 10, 2013
Kindle eBook, 40 pages

“The Serpent’s Tale” is a Fangborn story set in 13th-century England from the award-winning author of Seven Kinds of Hell.

When the villagers of Godestone report a series of bizarre and troubling events, Sir Hugo, his heavily pregnant wife, Lady Alice, and her distant kinsman Father Gilbert are honor bound to investigate, for they are “born to the Fang,” shape-shifters dedicated to fighting evil in secret.

And the events are worrying indeed—stolen farm implements, a mutilated goat, and now a missing child. Their investigation is further complicated by the arrival of Robert Fynch, who was drawn to the scene by the tales of mysterious happenings in the village. A member of the fanatical Order of Nicomedia, he is bent on tracking down and killing those “born to the Fang,” believing the shape-shifters to be demons, rather than the protectors of humanity they truly are.

Can Lady Alice, Sir Hugo, and Father Gilbert stop a murderer in their village without their true nature being discovered?


Pack of Strays
Fangborn 2
47North, April 15, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 346 pages

The second exciting novel in the Fangborn series.

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. Now she’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind.

But Zoe is also noticing disturbing changes in herself—new and unique abilities. Her visions are intensifying too, drawing her to faraway places to find more artifacts like the bejeweled bracelet embedded in her wrist.

In a world of dizzying shifts, who can Zoe trust? For while her former lover wants to turn her in, her former adversary seems dedicated to helping her mission succeed…

The second novel in Dana Cameron’s Fangborn series, Pack of Strays takes the fast-paced adventure of Seven Kinds of Hell to a whole new level!


See Qwill's review here.


The Curious Case of Miss Amelia Vernet
A Fangborn Story
47North, October 14, 2014
Kindle eBook, 49 pages

From the award-winning author of Seven Kinds of Hell comes an intriguing new tale that brings the supernatural thrills of the Fangborn world to Sherlock Holmes’s nineteenth-century London.

On the surface, Amelia Vernet appears to be the great detective’s quiet sixteen-year-old cousin. But her innocent exterior conceals an important fact: Amelia is a member of the Fangborn, a secret family of werewolves, vampires, and oracles sworn to protect Ordinary humans, and she uses her Fangborn werewolf gifts to help Holmes solve the curious cases that cross the doorstep of 221B Baker Street.

When the Baker Street Irregulars show up at Holmes’s residence with an unconscious boy in tow and reports of a kidnapping, the detective and Amelia spring into action—but the case quickly proves to be most perplexing indeed. And when they realize their new enemy’s terrible intentions, the pair must fight back with all their wits and strength before their lives—and those of all Fangborn—are destroyed forever.


Fangborn short stories may also be found in

"The Night Things Changed," in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner (Hardcover, Ace Hardcover, October 7, 2008; Trade Paperback, Ace, November 2, 2010 );

"Swing Shift," in Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris (Hardcover, Berkley, April 6, 2010; Trade Paperback , Berkley, April 5, 2011);

"Love Knot," in The Wild Side edited by Mark L. Van Name (Trade Paperback, Baen, August 2, 2011; Mass Market Paperback, Baen, June 26, 2012);

"Pattern Recognition," in Murder and Mayhem in Muskego edited by John & Ruth Jordan (Trade Paperback, Down & Out Books, October 27, 2012)

"Finals," in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (January/February 2013

"The God's Games" in Games Creatures Play edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner (Hardcover, Ace, April 1, 2014; Trade Paperback, Ace, April 7, 2015)

Melanie's Week in Review - July 13, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review - July 13, 2014



Dear Authors

I am writing to apologize for not reading your books sooner. I have no excuse for missing the release other than my overly jam packed TBR. I have been making a concerted effort to pay more attention to my unread books and came across your novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. For what I really thought read on.

I promise to try really hard not to miss the release of your future novels but if I do please forgive me.

Your humble reading servant

Melanie



Melanie's Week in Review - July 13, 2014
I started my week by finishing Seven Kinds of Hell which is the first in the Fangborn series by Dana Cameron. Qwill reviewed this same book back in March 2013. I was quite lucky that I was able to receive a copy from NetGalley even after all this time.

I enjoyed this novel but I think I have over indulged in urban fantasy where the heroine has a hard, deprived/abusive upbringing. This story's heroine, Zoe Miller has had just that upbringing. A transient lifestyle, always on the run, struggling to make friendships but when she does something evil jeopardises it all. She was believable and it was easy to empathize with her and her situation. I also had a hard time imagining what some of the characters looked like, especially the snakelike vampires. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read so much urban fantasy recently. I will still continue with this series but give it a couple of months before I tuck into Pack of Strays.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 13, 2014A few months ago I requested book 3 of the Everness series by Ian McDonald from NetGalley. I realised after I requested it that I should really do the series justice and read book 2 so I bought Be My Enemy a couple of weeks ago. I really liked Planesrunner (book 1) and thought it was one of the few series aimed at younger readers that was accessible to adults. Book 2 starts immediately after the events of book 1 with Everett and the crew of the Everness alone in a frozen, alternate version of Earth trying to find his Dad. We are also introduced to Everett M who is an alternate Everett that has been by turned into a cyborg boy by the evil Charlotte Villiers in order to locate the real Everett and steal back the Infundibulum. Multiple alternative universes, 2 Everetts, some seriously evil baddies - this book has it all.  The action is almost non-stop and there is further development of Everett (the original) but more so of Sen, his teenage shipmate. This is great for any age.

Melanie's Week in Review - July 13, 2014
I rounded out my week with Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell. How have I missed this book?  I LOVED IT! Qwill also wrote a review of this book back in 2012. What have I been doing for the last 2 years to have missed out reading it? Powell has everything  - great characters, a fantastic plot and an interesting world. I could wax lyrical a bit longer about Ack-Ack and friends but I can't think of anything new to say that Qwill hasn't already (and in a much more eloquent fashion).

That was it for me. I am hoping to update you next week on everything I have read but I am off to Edinburgh with my sister and brother-in-law and may not get my WIR written. In case you don't hear from me Happy Reading for the next fortnight.

Release Day Review: Pack of Strays by Dana Cameron


Pack of Strays
Author:  Dana Cameron
Series:  Fangborn 2
Publisher:  47North, April 15, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 346 pages
List Price:  $14.95  (print)
ISBN:  9781477819777 (print)
Review copy: Provided by the Publisher

Release Day Review: Pack of Strays by Dana Cameron
The second exciting novel in the Fangborn series.

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. Now she’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind.

But Zoe is also noticing disturbing changes in herself—new and unique abilities. Her visions are intensifying too, drawing her to faraway places to find more artifacts like the bejeweled bracelet embedded in her wrist.

In a world of dizzying shifts, who can Zoe trust? For while her former lover wants to turn her in, her former adversary seems dedicated to helping her mission succeed…

The second novel in Dana Cameron’s Fangborn series, Pack of Strays takes the fast-paced adventure of Seven Kinds of Hell to a whole new level!


Qwill's Thoughts

Pack of Strays is the 2nd novel in the Fangborn series by Dana Cameron. The Fangborn were first found in a several short stories. Fangborn are vampires, werewolves and oracles who are dedicated to protecting humanity from evil while humanity knows nothing about them. Seven Kinds of Hell was the first novel published in the series. Pack of Strays picks up where the first novel leaves off. Zoe Miller has escaped the clutches of the Theodore Roundtree Group or TRG (a secret US governmental entity) that was experimenting on her. In the first novel she had found a Fangborn artifact that became a part of her body. The TRG wanted to find out why and what it was doing to her.

In Pack of Strays Zoe is being called to find more artifacts. She can't avoid the call and must go after the various artifacts which continue to change her body. While she has embraced that she is a werewolf,, something altogether different is now happening to her. She doesn't understand what it is and neither does the reader though there are hints that she may be fulfilling a Fangborn prophecy.  She travels the world and over the course of the novel picks up a number of Fangborn who want to aid her for various reasons - old and new allies. Not only is Zoe up against the TRG, she is fighting the Order of Nicomedia ("Order") who have sworn to wipe out the Fangborn.

There is a wonderful amount of action in Pack of Strays as Zoe hunts for artifacts and is chased at various times by the TRG and the Order. The Order is up to something really awful and Zoe is determined to stop it. In addition to Zoe, there are Fangborn that we met in the prior novel along with some new characters. There seems to be a bit of love triangle developing with Zoe, her ex-boyfriend Will and Adam Nichols (who worked for the TRG). The romance takes a huge and appropriate back seat to saving the Fangborn. Zoe simply does not have time to deal with her love life in full at the moment. Zoe is becoming a more complex character as the series goes on. She is still somewhat out of her element, but is trying to be a leader while figuring out what is happening to her. For a werewolf she seems very human.

Once again Cameron uses her knowledge of archaeology to enrich the story. Zoe is an archaeologist and this plays a pivotal roll during Pack of Strays. The writing is crisp and the story unfolds nicely from start to finish with much pulse-pounding action, some humor, and mystery. If you haven't read the first novel (and you should), Cameron gives the reader enough information to catch up quickly. Pack of Strays ends on what can be construed as a cliff-hanger. I don't mind cliff-hangers in general and did not in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed Pack of Strays and Zoe Miller's story so far. I am really looking forward to the next novel in the Fangborn series.



Read an April 9th interview with Dana Cameron here. The interview includes a list of the short stories.

Read my review of Seven Kinds of Hell here.

Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014


Please welcome Dana Cameron to The Qwillery. Pack of Strays will be published on April 15th by 47North and is the second novel in the fabulous Fangborn series.



Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014






TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When did you start writing and what is the most challenging thing about writing for you?

Dana:  Thank you, Sally! I started writing crime fiction while I was still working in archaeology. Someone pulled a gun on a friend and me while we were working on a site in Maine. He eventually left, but the experience led me to write six mysteries featuring archaeologist Emma Fielding; the first book came out in 2002. When Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner invited me to write a story about werewolves at the holidays for Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, that was my first encounter with the Fangborn. I had so much fun with that concept that there are now two novels and seven short stories featuring them, with more in the pipeline!

The hardest thing for me is plotting. I find the plot only after writing a lot of scenes and seeing how they fit together.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Dana:  As you can probably tell from above, I am a total pantser! I've had to outline in the past and it not only makes me miserable, it kills the writing process for me. Some friends prefer the term “organic writer,” but I think “seat of the pants” describes very accurately the amount of adrenaline that is produced by writing this way. However, my friends who outline say they have the same worries—will I find a story this time? Can I make it work?—and since writing each scene as it comes, in whatever order, works for me, I'll stick with that.



TQ:  Rather than ignore existing mythology you weave the Fangborn mythology into existing mythology. Why?

Dana:  I love going to museums and seeing how different creatures—including wolves, snakes, and ravens—are represented across cultures. I also wanted to play around with the idea that the Fangborn hadn't been totally successful in concealing themselves from humankind, that maybe at different times, someone saw a werewolf performing a feat of superheroism and that got worked into the existing folklore. From a story or a myth, the idea finds its way onto a piece of pottery or a statuette, and we get a tantalizing glimpse of what might be the Fangborn sneaking through human history all across the world.



TQ:  What are the Fangborn?

Dana:  The Fangborn are vampires, werewolves, and oracles secretly dedicated to protecting humanity from evil. The werewolves tend to “track and tear” and the vampires “heal and conceal.” The oracles have a variety of weird abilities, like precognition or luck. Both shapeshifters can take on several forms—the werewolves can turn fully wolf or be half-human/half-wolf or human—and the vampires have a serpentine aspect. It's not a traditional take on these supernatural creatures, and it's been fun to play with those conventions and make them my own.



TQ:  Tell us something about Pack of Strays (Fangborn 2) that is not in the book description.

Dana:  It turns out that certain Fangborn, especially vampires, can evolve into an even more powerful form. And Zoe's worried that might be happening to her too, a little ahead of schedule, a little too permanently. It makes her an even bigger target for the Order, who are out to eradicate the Fangborn.



TQ:  The Fangborn series combines elements from more than one genre. How would you describe the series?

Dana:  I describe the books and short stories as urban fantasy adventures with a big dash of archaeology and history.



TQ:  Which character in the series so far has surprised you the most? Who was the easiest to write and why? Hardest and why?

Dana:  So far, the character who's surprised me most is Sean. I can't say more than that. Spoilers, sweeties!

It used to be that Gerry was the easiest character to write, especially in the short stories, because he was my first Fangborn character in “The Night Things Changed.” I figured him out at once. But now, because of the things Zoe is discovering, a lot of his beliefs are being challenged. That's not sitting well with him, so as I explore that, he's becoming more difficult to write. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up.

For similar reasons, ever since her introduction in Seven Kinds of Hell, Zoe's becoming easier to write. The more I throw at her, the more danger she's in, the more she has to think on her feet and make decisions that will have long-range implications. But even while she's becoming more confident, the obstacles are getting bigger, and whatever she decides to do may cause a lot of trouble—big, global-sized trouble.



TQ:  Where can we find the Fangborn short stories?

Dana:  They are all over! I mentioned “The Night Things Changed” (in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe) above and here's a list of the others:

“Swing Shift” is in Crimes by Moonlight (ed. by Charlaine Harris)
“Love Knot” is in The Wild Side (ed. by Mark van Name)
“Pattern Recognition”is in Murder and Mayhem in Muskego (ed. by Jon and Ruth Jordan)
“Finals” is in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January 2013
“The God's Games” will be in Games Creatures Play (ed. by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner)

AND! There will be three short stories (the first of which is “The Serpent's Tale”) that are Kindle originals published by 47North. Whew!



TQ:  What's next?

Dana:  I'm feverishly working on Fangborn Novel #3, a short story that is a Holmesian pastiche, and a sekrit project I can't discuss yet. I'm also very excited that I have a short story in Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories From the World of Sookie Stackhouse, an Audible original, which will be out in May. I chose Pam Ravenscroft, and had a LOT of fun with her.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Dana:  Thank you so much for having me, Sally! These were great questions!





Fangborn

Pack of Strays
Fangborn 2
47North, April 15, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 346 pages

Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014
The second exciting novel in the Fangborn series.

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. Now she’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind.

But Zoe is also noticing disturbing changes in herself—new and unique abilities. Her visions are intensifying too, drawing her to faraway places to find more artifacts like the bejeweled bracelet embedded in her wrist.

In a world of dizzying shifts, who can Zoe trust? For while her former lover wants to turn her in, her former adversary seems dedicated to helping her mission succeed…

The second novel in Dana Cameron’s Fangborn series, Pack of Strays takes the fast-paced adventure of Seven Kinds of Hell to a whole new level!



The Serpent's Tale
A Fangborn Story
47North, September 10, 2013
Kindle eBook, 40 pages

Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014
“The Serpent’s Tale” is a Fangborn story set in 13th-century England from the award-winning author of Seven Kinds of Hell.

When the villagers of Godestone report a series of bizarre and troubling events, Sir Hugo, his heavily pregnant wife, Lady Alice, and her distant kinsman Father Gilbert are honor bound to investigate, for they are “born to the Fang,” shape-shifters dedicated to fighting evil in secret.

And the events are worrying indeed—stolen farm implements, a mutilated goat, and now a missing child. Their investigation is further complicated by the arrival of Robert Fynch, who was drawn to the scene by the tales of mysterious happenings in the village. A member of the fanatical Order of Nicomedia, he is bent on tracking down and killing those “born to the Fang,” believing the shape-shifters to be demons, rather than the protectors of humanity they truly are.

Can Lady Alice, Sir Hugo, and Father Gilbert stop a murderer in their village without their true nature being discovered?



Seven Kinds of Hell
Fangborn 1
47North, March 12, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages

Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014
Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself.

Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil.

To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

Read my review of Seven Kinds of Hell here.





About Dana

Interview with Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series (and more) - April 9, 2014
Dana Cameron can't help mixing in a little history into her fiction. Drawing from her expertise in archaeology, Dana's work (including traditional mystery, urban fantasy, noir, thriller, and historical tales) has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards and earned an Edgar Award nomination. Her second Fangborn novel, PACK OF STRAYS will be published in April 2014 by 47North. A Fangborn short story, "The God's Games" will appear in Games Creatures Play in April, and her story, "The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars," featuring Pam Ravenscroft from Charlaine Harris's acclaimed Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, will appear in Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse in May.


Website  ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter @danacmrn





Review - Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn 1) by Dana Cameron


Seven Kinds of Hell
Author:  Dana Cameron
Series:  Fangborn
Publisher:  47North, March 12, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9781611097955 (print)
Review Copy:  eARC provided by the Publisher

Review - Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn 1) by Dana Cameron
Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself.

Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil.

To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.





My thoughts:

Zoe Miller, the main character of the novel, has a problem.  She doesn't know that she's a werewolf. She knows she turns into something different on occasion. She thinks she may be crazy. I really like Zoe. Despite everything she is a very strong character.  Does she always make the right choices? No, but she has courage and tries to do the right thing.

I really love the mythology and archeology in Seven Kinds of Hell. You can tell right away the Dana Cameron knows her stuff. For me this is a major plus. It wasn't until after I'd finished the novel and read about the author that I found that she had trained as an archaeologist. This high level of proficiency with part of the subject matter of the novel made it more alive and more real for me.  The mythological constructs of the Fangborn world are very well done. I really enjoy how the mythology that already exists is woven into Fangborn mythology and vice versa. I also really like that we learn about Fangborn world along with Zoe.

There is a terrific ensemble of characters as well. Some of them on Zoe's side, some utterly evil, and some misguided (or not). Ms. Cameron does not skimp on secondary characterization which helps give the novel depth.  There is the Russian kidnapper (mentioned in the description) who is evil and awful. He's very well done and the catalyst for much of what happens. 

In addition to being a coming of werewolf story (in a way) this is also a thriller that takes us from America to Europe and beyond. There is also a touch of romance, which does not overwhelm the novel, and is very nice.

The story often moves at breakneck speed and the pacing is good. Seven Kinds of Hell ends with things to be done. Not a cliffhanger, but you'll definitely be looking forward to the next novel in the series.

Seven Kinds of Hell is all sorts of thrillery mythological terrificness in a lovely Urban Fantasy wrapper.  I'm putting Dana Cameron's Fangborn novels on my must buy list.



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