For really the first time in a while, this book brings the werewolf pack back into the thick of things. But what I think Armstrong did really well was integrated the werewolves in with the other characters that have taken centre stage the last few books, bringing them together to sort things out as a group.
I really liked this book, because it combined my favourite things about the first one in the series with new characters and situations. I was really rather taken with the “new” Elena – the smart-mouthed, fiesty one – and was really happy to see more of her in Stolen now that she’s decided to stick with the Pack.
By this point in the series, Affliction was a welcome shift back to a primarily action-based novel. There is a great deal going on in this series, and the introduction of this “other” kind of zombie was another addition, but a welcome one. It was nice to see Anita and her guys in fighting mode for such a prolonged period of time in this book. It had almost gotten to the point where this had taken such a backseat to the romance that it felt like a revival to see it again.
To be honest, I mostly could’ve done without this book. Asher spent most of it being a whiny baby, with everyone else trying to tiptoe around his feelings until finally they had just had enough. There was just too much relationship drama going on for me.
To be honest, I felt a little bit let down by this novella.