Benighted: A Novel by Kit Whitfield

Benighted: A Novel

byKit Whitfield

Kobo ebook | August 8, 2006

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“A fascinating and unique tale in an alternate reality where being human is a hindrance. Kit Whitfield has created an astonishing read.”
–Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the Dark-Hunter series

“Kit Whitfield has created a unique and powerful twist on the werewolf mythos, an eloquent parable about the profound effects of prejudice and violence on both perpetrator and victim. Benighted will leave you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page.”
–Susan Krinard, author of Touch of the Wolf

It is a world much like our own, with one deadly difference: ninety-nine percent of the population is lycanthropic. When the full moon rises, humans transform into lunes, bloodthirsty beasts who cannot be reasoned with or tamed. Those few born unable to change are disparagingly known as barebacks, and live as victims of prejudice and oppression. All too often, they are targets of savage mauling and death by lunes who break the law to roam free on full-moon nights.

Twenty something bareback Lola Galley is already a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities. When her friend loses a hand to a marauding lune, then is murdered before the attacker is brought to trial, Lola is desperate to see justice prevail. But the truth is seldom simple–and Lola may not like the shocking answers she uncovers.

“An impressive debut, Benighted is a well-written and well-thought-out examination of prejudice as seen through the lens of the werewolf novel.”
–Tananarive Due, author of Joplin’s Ghost

Title:Benighted: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 8, 2006Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345495500

ISBN - 13:9780345495501


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rise of the Werewolves! I read this book a couple of years ago, but ever since then, I have always wanted to buy it, then I forget, see a new book, but in the end I always come back to this book. This is the first book about werewolves, vampires witches etc. that actually places the werewolves as the majority. In this book ,if you are born a human, you are the one that is "cursed" and is seen as the race that needs to be ashamed, instead of the other way around. Although the main character is still the "underdog" of society, she's human, I still love the position Kit Whitfield took. The only thing that I would change about this book is maybe the narrative being a werewolves. Over all though, I reccommend this book to anyone who loves the genre!
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an alternate werewolf world I read this on the recommendation of a friend, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. A re-working of the werewolf mythos, the tale is much more involved than I initially gave the book credit for. The world is struggle and pain and yearning, but also lovely distilled moments of clarity. The wolves are beautiful and vicious. There is murder and love, torture and triumph. I would read more by this author.
Date published: 2008-10-21