Five years have passed since the monster Alfred released to trap Jean Rene claimed its freedom. Alfred, wounded during his failed coup of the Wolfe Hunters, has finally regrouped, and moved his band of hunters into a new estate. The Wolfe family is split, Thomas has sworn fealty to the Sun Wolf and his White Queen and heads the king's guard, The Odin. Jean Rene and Diana's reign over the European wolves has been uncontested and they live in Jean Rene's childhood home - a castle - happily surrounded by a family made not of biology but a shared love and loss.
"Teeth closing around sinewy muscle, warm blood filling its mouth; the last of the man’s life drained from his body. When the slow, steady squirts of blood ceased when the heart stopped beating the beast roared in frustration. The man had been homeless and half starved. There had been little meat and he’d died too quickly. The beast liked eating while its prey’s heart beat strong within its body. He always saved it for last, relishing it like a piece of soft candy. Chewing the last of what was in his mouth he buried his snout in the opening in the man’s stomach, burrowing upward, beneath the ribcage, until he reached the heart. Still so warm that it was easy to imagine it pumping.
He was born a werewolf. He was made a monster."