Havoc's Cry by Loren Weaver has left me with extremely mixed feelings. While the writing improved as the book went on, the first four chapters were extremely slow and no real plot introduction or movement was noticeable until the fourth chapter. Even then, it was a while before any mention of the murders took place and Victoria (or any of the other characters) had a real purpose.
Ms. Weaver creates a complex world where paranormals and humans coexist. The detail of the differing paranormal worlds can be appreciated, but the same descriptions occurred repeatedly throughout the book, particularly changing in and out of wolf form and the lycanthropes' need for touch. There was a great deal of 'telling' rather than 'showing' which slowed down the pace and disconnected me from the characters. The writing style in the beginning of the book was awkward and included a great deal of filler.
Take this excerpt from Chapter three, for example:
Through the howl, his power shivered across my skin. Lycanthrope magic is warm. The power felt like a warm hand caressing my skin. Light enough almost to tickle from the promise of an almost-touch. My whole body gave a fine, trembling shudder.
Trey gave me wide eyes at that shudder, but something on my face must have reassured him. I'm not quite sure what expression I gave him; but the power rush felt wonderful, all warm and comfortable , so it was probably a good expression. I think I was swaying ever so slightly, as if I were dizzy even while sitting down.
This could have been reduced to 2 or 3 sentences to make it cleaner and less cumbersome for the reader.
That being said, the book certainly got better as it went on. Once the plot became clear, it moved quickly, in a good way. I enjoyed Victoria's personality. Being a writer of strong female characters myself, I truly appreciated her toughness and accomplishments due to her resolve, determination, and abilities. The magic system was unique, though sometimes a little too convenient. The tension between the characters, be it human/paranormal or paranormal/paranormal, was well done and gripping. I think that even with the issues I stated above, this would be an enjoyable read to fans of the paranormal.