What happens when a man starts life as a corpse?
Two hundred years ago, Frank Victorsson awoke as a semi-dead, monstrous abomination reanimated by his hubris-ridden father, Victor Frankenstein. But Frank refused to become the infernal hate his father spewed at the world. He walked away from his origins — and into a small, Minnesota town overflowing with magic.
Now Dr. Frankenstein's other sins want revenge.
The Nordic elves of Frank's new home call him family. The werewolves call him friend. And when the town's vampires disappear and innocents die, Frank realizes the demon responsible might be the one force on Earth faster and stronger than him — and the one foe capable of pulling to the surface his long-suppressed rage.
Now Frank must stop a rampaging evil bent on murdering the people he loves the most. But can he save his town without losing himself to the monster he once tamed?
A Good Read
An interesting mix of the Frankenstein myth with modern urban fantasy.
I am a great fan of Kris Austen Radcliffe. This book, a departure from her dragons-and-fates norm, was a surprising and satisfying entry into a new genre. In this new series, she weaves together elvish mythology, vampires and werewolves, and the Frankenstein story. As a plus for me as I lived in Minnesota, she places it all in modern-day setting of the state, is frankly a stroke of genius. Kris makes Frank more than just "Frankenstein's monster”. He is a person with feelings of love and laughter for his family and friends. The characters around Frank are well developed and pull you into the story of a close-knit group of non-normal friends and family. The ghosts of Lizzy and Rose brought a bittersweet sense of closure to Frank's pain of loss. I did not expect the villain’s identity at all. Good solid plot twists, and the moment of the big "who is this" reveal was a huge one. Never saw it coming -- but it's exactly what it needed to be. "Monster Born" is clever, excellent writing. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Book 2!