Companion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls
By Maggie Stiefvater
Available now from Scholastic Press
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Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpeper return in the long awaited conclusion to their relationship that began in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I'm very happy that Maggie Stiefvater waited until she was inspired to write their story, because SINNER is sun drenched, sexy, and the story these characters deserve.
For those who just want to jump in, it is possible to read SINNER without reading SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER first. Cole even starts by warning the reader that he's a werewolf so that wouldn't surprise the uninitiated. Grace and Sam are briefly mentioned, but they're off doing their own thing. However, SINNER is most satisfying if the reader knows how Cole and Isabel's relationship originally went sour (not to mention what happened to Cole's drummer).
I really liked that Cole is still dealing with his addiction issues in SINNER. He might've gotten clean during the series, but being sober is an ongoing process. And Cole is a master at finding new addictions and new ways to self destruct. It's even more difficult to keep control since he's agreed to be on a reality webshow and his producer wants drama. Isabel might bring the drama, but she won't sign a release. (Smart girl, as always.)
Cole and Isabel are such a wonderful pair. The both hold themselves aloof, but Isabel does in coldly while Cole reaches out through a persona. Isabel is pretty good at seeing through Cole's mask, but he's pretty terrible at seeing through hers. It isn't easy between them, but it could be worth the effort.
I think Maggie Stiefvater just keeps getting better and better. SINNER is a wonderful story about two damaged people helping each other and learning what lies beyond their passion for each other. It's a story about art, and family, and grief. I expect the fans who have been waiting for more about Cole and Isabel will not be disappointed.