A series of novels by Martin Millar who also wrote the award winning The Good Fairies of New York. A teenage werewolf named Kalix is alone in London, and the best case scenario for a lone werewolf is to stay hidden. Otherwise hunters tend to come after you. Of course, Kalix has just sold the charm that was designed to keep her hidden, because she lacks any skills that would allow her to hold down a job, and has a laudanum addiction. What's worse is that a new vote has come around for the new leader of the clan and, whether she's there or not, she has a seat on that council, and will until she dies. When it comes down to a tie, the council has a problem, and when you hold a seat for life, people start thinking the obvious.The eponymous first book of the series was released in 2007. The Second book in the series called Curse of the Wolfgirl was released at the end of July 2010. In this The Avenaris Guild takes a collective level in badass, Kalix and Agrivex try to attend college as normal human students, Markus throws a charity event, Thrix tries to keep her fashion house solvent in the recession, and Malveria's past comes back to haunt her.The third book, The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf, came out in the UK on August 1st 2013.
Contains examples of:
Abusive Parents: Both of Kalix's parents. Physical from her father and mental and emotional from her mother.
Malveria is also emotionally abusive to her adopted niece, in her case it is unintentional and gets better when she is called on it.
In Curse Kalix's mother, Veresa, does lament how she screwed up her kids and is shown to be trying to make amends, just too little and too late.
Aerith and Bob: Moonglow and Daniel (and you could argue Markus for the MacRinnalch Clan as it is just an Xtreme Kool Letterz version of "Marcus" a rare, but normal name, compared to the clan names of Thrix, Sarapen, Dominil, Kalix, etc).
All-Loving Hero: Agrivex. Loves everyone and everything, especially deranged, self destructive werewolves? Check. Constant inspiration to others? (Well, just Kalix so far.) Check. Acting on most pure motivations and values in world of Black and Gray Morality ? Check.
Aloof Ally: Dominil (and to a lesser extent Thrix)
Becoming the Mask: Dominil becomes Beauty and Delicious's band manager first because she's told to keep an eye on them and to try and bribe them to support Markus, but genuinely comes to like them and her job.
Werewolf hunter Easterly in book 2 sets out to make Thrix fall in love with him, with predictable results.
in book 2 Decembrius and Kalix also have a fair degree of this after the former's Heel-Face Turn. Theirs is a more comedic Takahashi Couple version as opposed to Sarapen and Dominil's more dramatic and sinister version.
Fire-Princess Kabachetka works a spell that simulates an eclipse for the set-piece battle for book 2.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Malveria may seem to be a brainless fashion-obsessed Ditz, but she climbed to power through ruthless, bloody battles and rebellions; is an extremely capable administrator of her realm.
Her Ditziness does get her into trouble in book two when someone comes back to haunt her.
"The artist has no idea what a werewolf looks like and should be forbidden to draw anything ever again, and also sent to prison. The editor of this comic is obviously mentally defective for letting such rubbish go into print. The story is the most stupid story ever written, and the heroine, Arabella Wolf, is the most annoying person ever. She should be punched in the face. Also, it's not true that werewolves eat children. Very few children have ever been eaten by werewolves. Maybe one or two, but it's not a big problem. The comic should be withdrawn from sale before it poisons people's minds."
Vanishes again in Anxiety,, as the Avenaris Guild murders her offscreen.
Chick Magnet: Would someone please tell me Sarapen, the second-most psychotic, Axe Crazy and sociopathic werewolf in the clan (Absolute most of all those goes to Kalix) managed to have Dominil, Marwanis, and Kabachetka pining after him?
Enemy Mine: In book 1 Kalix, Dominil, and Sarapen team up to kill a load of hunters who have arrived to kill Dominil and the twin's band. That was also Sarapen's goal as well, but he wasn't going to let a bunch of humans do it. After the hunters are killed they call a brief truce until the next time they meet.
Everyone Can See It: Hell, even Kalix can see that Daniel is absolutely spoony over Moonglow (and tells him word for word to his face), and that Moonglow has feelings for him as well.
The Fashionista: The Hat of the Fire Demon with the dueling fashions of Malveria and Kabachetka being an important subplot in book 1. Being a fashion desginer this is pretty much justifed in Thrix's case. And then there is Markus...
Freudian Excuse: In Curse Distikka's is pretty good. Malveria had killed her entire family after all.
Gambit Pileup: in book one. Kabachetka uses Sarapen to destroy Malveria's clothes, Sarapen is using Kabachetka to spring a trap on Kalix, Beauty and Delicious, Thrix is using Kalix, Daniel and Moonglow to hide her designs, Dominil is using the sisters to get a chance to kill Sarapen, Markus and his Mommy dearest are using everyone to gain the Thaneship or so Markus thinks as it's his mommy using him to use everyone else, Malveria is using Agrivex and Daniel to get Moonglow to confess her love for Daniel knowing that Moonglow traded that earlier in the book for [Malveria's] entertainment value, and Thrix is using Gawain to to work out her issues about being a Christmas Cake.
Book 2 goes for a more straightforward Batman Gambit and a stronger villain.
Good Is Not Nice: Dominil, has no patience, and tends to be brusque at the best of times. However Curse reveals she was genuinely nice to Kalix when she was a child, singing her nursery rhymes and playing with her, and does her best to look after Beauty and Delicious even if it is in a snarky way.
She did want to kill Sarapen with a forbidden weapon, but we're guessing that probably applies to a lot of people where Sarapen is concerned. He's that kind of guy.
Grey and Gray Morality: No one is really heroic in this tale, Kalix killed her father, Sarapen is batshit insane, the rest of the werewolves downright callous and manipulative, Moonglow cheats on her boyfriend, Daniel is trying to be a Dogged Nice Guy to Moonglow, Malveria a Retired Monster, and the Avenaris Guild are trigger happy sociopaths.
Last Episode New Character: The Fairy Queen Dithean shows up in one of the last scenes in book 1, then gets an expanded role in book 2. Susi Surmata in book 2 also has shades of this, though since there's no word on a third book yet, who knows?
The Masquerade: as per standard in this genre, Lampshaded by the werewolf hunters acknowledging "but I thought they were a werewolf" not working as a defence in court if they nail a human instead of werewolf-in-human-form.
Middle Child Syndrome: Thrix gets hit pretty hard by this the clan not really contacting her unless they want something, her father preferred Sarapen, her mother Markus, but at least she isn't treated like her younger sister Kalix.
Mundane Fantastic: Not too "mundane," but this is the kind of series where two college students trying to get cable shares as much page space as the politicking for a new leader of the high clans of the werewolves.
Our Dragons Are Different: There are no dragons left in the Fire Elemental's realm because Malveria killed tham all and turned them into dragon-scale dresses. A fact that Distikka's half-dragon co-conspirator really ought to have borne in mind when he goes all One-Winged Angel in Curse.
Parental Incest: It's hinted that Markus's relationship with his mother flirts with this trope, whether the line is crossed or not Markus definitely has Mommy Issues.
Performance Anxiety: One of the biggest problems Dominil has acting as manager for werewolf punk-rockers Beauty and Delicious is preventing them getting completely drunk due to their stage fright. Yep, werewolves with stage fright.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: A curiously literal version is performed by Kalix in Lonely Werewolf Girl when she transforms fully into her wolf form to look cute for Moonglow at one point.
Retired Monster: Malveria, she only has time to be a fashion obsessed ditz because all her serious enemies are long dead. One of her titles is Persecutor of Mankind, but that is a bit old hat these days.
The Runaways: Kalix loves there music, and it was Daniel having a Runaways Album that helped her to think about giving up her homeless lifestyle. She also likes to fantasise that Joan Jett is her real mother.
Sacred Hospitality: Whenever Werewolves meet it is considered absolutely essential that they offer each other some whisky. Refusing to do so is considered as bad as murder.
This is also the moral of the Werewolf fairy tale of Robber-Wolf and Poor-Wolf. While Poor Wolf got into trouble by helping Robber-Wolf, because she gave him shelter he comes back in the middle of winter with a meat feast to repay her Hospitality.
Satellite Love Interest: Gawain, who is defined primarily by his longing for Kalix, his somewhat creepy feelings for Kalix (he had sex with her when he was 18 or so and she was 14.) and the fact that he Can Not Spit It Out. Possibly why he dies early in book 2 to make room for the more interesting relationship between Kalix and Decembrius.
Scotland: The Werewolf castle is located somewhere in a Theme Park Version of the Scottish Highlands, and the Werewolf King is called "Thane", an old Scottish title.
Self-Made Orphan: Kalix through murdering her father. We never hear his side of the story but by other characters descriptions, he probably deserved it.
His ghost is briefly met in book 2, yeah he deserved it.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Kalix looks pretty good when she's not abusing the hell out of herself with sleep deprivation, starvation, drugs, and cutting.
Snark Knight. In book one this is Thrix's role, but by Curse she has been replaced in this by Dominil.
Daniel likes to think he is one, but really is fooling no one but himself.
Team Mom: Moonglow is so Kalix, Daniel, and Agrivex's mother-figure.
Took a Level in Badass: In Curse the Avenaris Guild take a collective one from the more or less ineffectual villains of book 1, and at the climax Agrivex in both her defence of Malveria's realm and the cancelling of the curse on Moonglow and Daniel.
True Companions: Kalix, Daniel, Moonglow, Agrivex, Malverie, and Thrix eventually make a pretty good group despite a lot of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork along the way, as does Dominil with Beauty and Delicious.
Tsundere: Kalix, she shifts from type A to type b over the course of the book.
Undead Tax Exemption: The Fire Demons and centuries long lived werewolves can live and integrate just fine with human society, no questions asked.
The Unfavorite: Kalix. Although this seems to be changing a little by book two, but even then it is noted in narration her mother has pretty much given up on any sort of relationship.
Yandere: Male version, Albermarle from book 2, an adorkable friendly comic-book Otaku who is also a creepy Stalker with a Crush on Dominil who just wants her to admit he was attractive at University (and that she stole his place on the quiz team), and then to humiliate and kill her.