Author: Melissa Haag
Series: Judgement of the Six, Book 4
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
I left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast. That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep. However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.
While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay. However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe. Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.
Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgments.
The leading protagonist in the forth installment of The Judgment of the Six Series is a bit different compared to the previous Judgments we have met. Actually, it is not the protagonist that is so different, but the timing of when her story unfolds. Charlene’s story is revealed out of chronological order. The events that occur when we first meet Charlene and then when her life intersects with the supernatural, actually take place many years prior to the telling of the other Judgments’ experiences. In fact, we were introduced to Charlene’s formidable sons, Emmit and Jim during Michelle’s story, (Mis)fortune in Book 2.
While reading Charlene’s story, we discover she is only 15 during this major turning point in her life. Despite being the youngest of these rare insights when her path converges with werewolves, Charlene has a maturity far beyond her years. In fact, Charlene seems to have a sixth-sense in understanding the statement made popular by Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben when he said “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.” The unusual maturity Charlene exudes at 15 establishes a premise of others looking to her for innovation and leadership. Her nurturing spirit and her impressive abilities, even the ones she dutifully conceals, influence her position among her adopted family or more specifically, pack. Charlene holds her secrets tightly, withholding the extent of her powers even from her mate, and werewolf Elders! I believe her ability to mask the extent of her powers, is a testament of Charlene’s strong mind: Fitting, considering she is Strength among the Judgments.
Just like Bethi, young Charlene took the extreme step to leave her home and family, a desperate action to protect loved ones and maybe a decision also made out of self preservation. Similar to the previous three Judgments’ struggles, Charlene is learning to deal with her amazing abilities while navigating the world in isolation. (Un)bidden is a refreshing episode in the series because in all of the other books up to this point, we learn tidbits of information along the way. In Book 4, we get an education and not only on Charlene’s back story. We discover the creation, specifically of this unique pack, how Charlene integrated into werewolf lives, influenced their future and even guarded their survival as a species!
Charlene’s story is an ongoing saga as the other Judgment’s narratives are released. Because I can’t remember so many details from these books from when I read them a couple years ago, I am anxious to read the remaining installments and relive revelations and understand the ones not yet explained. Isabelle’s story is up next in Book 5 and then I’ll finally get to read the conclusion in the recently released Book 6, Olivia’s tale.