The Dark Ones (Black Werewolves Book 1) by Gaja J. Kos is a richly detailed and exciting werewolf novel in which a pack of Black werewolves attempt to uncover who or what is murdering White werewolves. Rose, the leader of the Black werewolves, enlists the help of Veles, lord of the Underworld, and finds herself falling for him. To win the war, the Black werewolves must become The Dark Ones – the brutal, violent pack of their ancestors – or risk having all werewolves wiped out forever.
A Slovenian author writing about a Slovenian setting, the book has an authenticity not often present in this genre – a feeling as if this paranormal battle could actually be occurring. Though there is romance present in the novel, it is not at the forefront as much as the battles the Black werewolves face, and how much they Black pack bond with each other. It is a novel as much the Black pack’s friendship, which is a refreshing change from novels where the paranormal setting is just an excuse for some sappy romantic yearning.
Make no mistake, there is plenty of romantic tension here, but the characters have lives outside the romance, and very serious challenges they must face. When combined with the intricate and innovative setting, this is a strong entry into the werewolf genre.