One of the reasons this reader has returned back to Maggie Stiefvater as a writer is that she makes the young adult werewolf novel real and new. In a publishing world lately flooded with young adult paranormal books and series, Stiefvater manages to bring “normalcy” to her paranormal making her work different and inviting to a larger group of readers. Her latest addition in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy once again promises to be a great read and lead up to the final book in which all loyal followers of the series questions will be answered.
In Linger, her much anticipated second book to last year’s adored Shiver we once again are taken into the everyday world of werewolves. The world where wolves in your backyard seems normal since it has been that way since childhood and shifting as a medical occurrence is beginning to be better understood by the pack itself. The ultimate couple Sam and Grace is still blissfully in love after coming through their latest struggles together. Sam’s cure has worked and he is no longer shifting, living the life of constancy he has always craved while Grace continues to simply shine in his presence. Unfortunately Grace’s parents are not once as neglectful as they used to be and now seem to want to lead her in a direction away from the one young man who is truly meant for her. However the saddest twist of fate may be what threatens to separate the two lovers in the end.
Additionally all is not as it seems with the new wolves created by Beck, they are un-predictable and not reacting, as they should to their new lupine bodies. As the aloof Isabel mourns the loss of her brother Jack, she also finds herself pulled in by one of the newest of the pack Cole. A face that is familiar in a very famous way. Could the secret be close to becoming known due to this famous face or will something much more sinister tear apart the seams of life for one small group of individuals.
In Linger Steifvater has created a deeper plot filled with more dynamic and intense characters that will only draw readers in closer to her tale. We become more involved with them, more concerned for their lives and what will ultimately happen. Forever the final novel of the trilogy already has many holding their breaths in anticipation and it promises to be a long exciting wait until July 2011 for this amazing saga to come to an end. In the meantime lingering over Linger will simply have to be enough.