Yes! Yes yes yes yes! Yes and more yes!
When the Otherworld Series ended, I was deeply saddened because this series had so many more books left in it. In particularly, of everyone’s stories, I wanted to know Elena’s. Not because she was my favourite of the Otherworld protagonists (that would be Paige), but because her story was the one that had the most meat left in it. Everyone else could certainly have more stories told about their lives and experiences, but it was Elena’s that screamed to be continued
We saw hints of it in some of the short stories – but those hints made me want more. I wanted to see Elena and her expanded Pack as she gathered more numbers to replace the decimation of the very first book. I wanted to see her develop her pack with new ideas and principles. A pack that moves on from the horror of before, a pack that is more open, more cosmopolitan, a pack that sees Mutts as more than vermin and a pack that is part of the greater supernatural community. A pack that thinks and cares while still being skilled and ruthless
Elena’s pack. Elena taking the foundation that Jeremy began and taking it to all new levels. That is what I wanted and this is it – what I always thought the series needed and here it is
So yes, much glee
And it’s awesome. It’s everything I wanted. The pack has grown, it has numerous female characters who have been added to the pack through love and family; not werewolves but equally powerful and dangerous and skillfull and useful. The pack is richer for their presence
And it’s richer for having Elena in the lead. Elena seeing werewolves beyond the Pack. Elena who sees the greater supernatural community and the place of the Pack within it. Elena who understands the modern world. Elena who is leading the Pack to a true golden age – and it’s really excellent to see. She is a brilliant Alpha
I love how she mixes both her new progressiveness with the continued traditions of the pack and the Alpha traditions still that keep the pack as werewolves. She’s still the Alpha, she still eats first, there are still ways and means to speak to the Alpha. Not that you can’t disagree with her – but there’s a means: she combines the two. Both an Alpha you can disagree with - but still an Alpha, an Alpha who must be respected.
This is all shown off excellently well with Malcolm. The epitome of the old pack, of what the old pack stood for, of everything that was wrong with the old pack (and, maybe, just a few shreds of what was right as well). He constantly questions and every time we see why Elena is right, why the new Pack is better, why her way is better