Top 19 Best Werewolf Books: The Definitive List

Being a werewolf is hard. There are many people who want to kill you, and it’s difficult to find others like you. It can be really tough, but it’s worth it in the end because you get superpowers!

We all know how much fun these books can be, so we’ve put together a definitive list of the 19 best werewolf books for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for an exciting read, look no further than these fantastic tales of lycanthropy! Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy reading about these amazing creatures!

1. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Briggs, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 295 Pages - 01/31/2006 (Publication Date) - Ace (Publisher)

Who doesn’t like a super awesome, supernatural heroine that can totally lay waste to any threat that comes her way?

That is the premise of this book by Patricia Briggs, featuring Mercy Thompson, one of the best protagonists in all of werewolf fiction.

The story involves Mercy living a normal life, even though she is a shifter and was raised by werewolves, who is thrust back into that reality when a newly-bitten werewolf teenager arrives at her door.

2. Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson

Cycle of the Werewolf: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • King, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 114 Pages - 08/13/2019 (Publication Date) - Gallery 13 (Publisher)

We can’t really include any supernatural or horror-related list here without including Stephen King. And while he is probably not known for being a werewolf-type author, he is still one of the best in the business, and he does have a werewolf book.

Stephen King worked with Bernie Wrightson to create Cycle of the Werewolf, which is their take on the genre.

The story follows a typical werewolf frenzy where people are being attacked in a small town, making it a classic whodunit novel.

3. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Last Werewolf (Last Werewolf Trilogy Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Duncan, Glen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 353 Pages - 07/12/2011 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

This is a thriller written by Glen Duncan that is kind of a character exploration involving a werewolf named Jake Marlowe. The book goes deep into this character’s psyche as he has an existential crisis related to his condition.

It’s one of the better books on this list, and an absolute classic if you’re looking for amazing werewolf stories.

4. Kiss Of Snow by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling Book 10)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Singh, Nalini (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 433 Pages - 05/31/2011 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

If you’re looking for a spicier take on the werewolf genre, then this book may be for you.

The story is full of action and excitement, making it one of the most popular books in this genre.

Kiss Of Snow is just one installment in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, which also includes a lot of other werewolf stories. So if you like her work in this book, there are plenty more for you to try as well!

5. On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder

On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Holder, Nancy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 258 Pages - 07/17/2012 (Publication Date) - MTV Books (Publisher)

This is another great book for werewolf lovers who are looking for a more YA-oriented story.

The novel follows the life of a teenage werewolf named Scott McCall, and it’s filled with action, adventure, and romance.

It’s definitely one of the better books in this genre, and it’s perfect for young adults who are just getting into this type of fiction.

This book ties in to the popular TV Werewolf Drama, Teen Wolf, so if you like that show, you should definitely check out this book.

6. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Briggs, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 321 Pages - 07/29/2008 (Publication Date) - Ace (Publisher)

The second book by Patricia Briggs on our list is Cry Wolf, and it’s a great read if you’re looking for more action and adventure.

The story is set in the same universe as the Mercy Thompson books, and it follows a different set of characters.

It’s a great read if you’re looking for some more werewolf action, and it will definitely leave you wanting more.

Patricia Briggs is quickly becoming one of the best authors in this genre, so be sure to check out her other work as well!

If you liked Moon Called, then you’ll definitely want to check out this book!

7. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Singh, Nalini (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 456 Pages - 06/13/2017 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

Another book by Nalini Singh and set in the Psy-Changeling universe is Silver Silence. The book follows a protagonist named Silver Mercant, and Valentin, who is the leader of a changeling pack.

The book has all the classic elements you would expect from Nalini Singh’s work including romance, action, adventure, suspense…etc. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable werewolf story

It’s definitely one of Nalini Singh best books out there, so if you’ve read any others by her then I highly recommend checking this one out too!

8. The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo

The Wolfman
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Pekearo, Nicholas (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 287 Pages - 05/13/2008 (Publication Date) - Tor Books (Publisher)

This is another thriller that I recommend if you like werewolves. It follows a protagonist named Marlowe Higgins who is himself a werewolf. As he tries to avoid killing people every full moon, he finds a serial killer killing young girls all across the country. But when he tries to intervene, everything goes horribly wrong.

It’s a great thriller with plenty of action and adventure, so if you’re looking for more werewolf stories then definitely check this one out.

9. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jones, Stephen Graham (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 302 Pages - 05/10/2016 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

This book is a little bit different from the others on our list, as it’s more of a horror story than an action/adventure tale.

It follows a youngster who was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. He lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, people who perseveringly strive to make their way in a society that does not comprehend or accept them. They are mongrels with a little of everything, neither this nor that. The youngster in Mongrels must choose whether he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle or among the citizens on the other side of the tracks.

This book was a finalist for the Bram Stoker award in 2016, and it’s definitely one of the best books out there for werewolf stories.

If you like horror novels with a lot of suspense then this is definitely one to check out!

10. The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore

The Werewolf of Paris
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Endore, Guy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 11/15/2021 (Publication Date) - Pegasus Books (Publisher)

Now we get to a werewolf classic on this list. The Werewolf of Paris was originally published in 1933, and it’s still one of the best werewolf novels out there.

The story follows a man named Paul who turns into a werewolf after being bitten by a gypsy woman. He then goes on a rampage across Paris, killing anyone he comes across.

It’s definitely an older book, but the story is still very well written and enjoyable to read. If you’re looking for some classic werewolf fiction then this is the book for you!

11. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (An Otherworld Novel Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Armstrong, Kelley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 539 Pages - 09/07/2004 (Publication Date) - Plume (Publisher)

This is a more recent entry on our list, and it follows Elena Michaels who is the only female werewolf in the whole world.

She prefers instead to remain human… And yet when her pack leader calls for help from across the country, she can refuse him nothing.

It has all the classic elements you would expect from Kelley Armstrong including romance, action & adventure…etc so if you’ve read any other books by her then definitely check this one out too!

12. The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Andrews, Ilona (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Now if you’re looking for an action-packed werewolf series then this is the one to check out.

The Kate Daniels Series takes place in a world where magic has returned, and it follows a mercenary named Kate who’s trying to carve her way through life by taking down monsters that are plaguing Atlanta. All of these creatures come from another dimension called The Dead Zone…

And when she encounters mysterious beings with powers beyond imagining, she realizes that not all supernaturals are willing or able to protect humanity. So now it’s up to Kate to stop them before they destroy our entire planet.

It definitely gets really exciting as the story goes on so I would recommend checking this series out!

13. Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Wright, Suzanne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 428 Pages - 02/19/2013 (Publication Date) - Montlake Romance (Publisher)

This book is the first in a new series by Suzanne Wright, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint.

It involves Taryn Warner, a female wolf shifter, who encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a bad reputation, and she’s determined to resist his attractions.

So if you’re looking for an exciting new series to read then definitely check this one out!

14. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Sharp Teeth: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Barlow, Toby (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 10/13/2009 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins e-books (Publisher)

This is another werewolf novel that was originally published in 2009.

It takes place in a world where the wolf population has exploded, and it follows a pack of wolves who live on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

The story revolves around Toby, a recent transplant to the city who quickly becomes embroiled in their dangerous yet intoxicating world. He soon falls for one of the female wolves, but when he learns about her dark past he’s not sure if he can handle it…

If you’re looking for an interesting take on the werewolf genre then definitely check this book out!

15. Cabal by Clive Barker

Cabal
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Barker, Clive (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 189 Pages - 01/30/2014 (Publication Date) - Crossroad Press (Publisher)

This is a horror novel that was originally published in 1989.

It follows a man named Harry D’Amour who is contacted by a mysterious figure known as The Tall Man to help him rescue his friend from a group of demonic beings known as the Cabal.

The story gets really dark and twisted as it goes on, and it’s definitely one for horror fans out there!

16. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Stiefvater, Maggie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 402 Pages - 08/01/2009 (Publication Date) - Scholastic Paperbacks (Publisher)

This is the first book in a young adult series by Maggie Stiefvater.

It follows Grace, a girl who has been living with her father since the death of her mother. One day she meets a boy named Sam who tells her about the wolves that live in the forest near her home.

Grace doesn’t believe him at first, but when she starts seeing the wolves for herself she realizes that they’re not like any other animals…

The story definitely pulls you in and keeps you hooked until the very end, so if you’re looking for an exciting new YA series in the vein of Twilight, then definitely check this one out!

17. Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson

Darker Than You Think
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Williamson, Jack (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 255 Pages - 04/12/2011 (Publication Date) - Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (Publisher)

This is a classic horror novel that was originally published in 1940.

It follows Will Barbee, who when he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell, he quickly falls for her.

However, he soon realizes that she’s not what she seems and that she has a dark secret…

If you’re looking for an old-school horror novel to read then definitely check this one out!

18. Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

Pride Mates: A Shifters Unbound Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ashley, Jennifer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 322 Pages - 04/26/2010 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

This is the first book in a new shifter series by Jennifer Ashley.

It follows Liam Morrissey who has learned that there’s a lot of danger in trusting humans, and it all goes back to being afraid of what we don’t understand. But when lovely lawyer Kim Fraser enters Shiftertown alone to defend her client’s innocence, Liam’s alpha nature compels him to extend his protection.

19: The Best Werewolf Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Werewolf Anthology

The Best Werewolf Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Werewolf Anthology (Best Short Stories 1800-1849 Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Crowe, Catherine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 170 Pages - 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) - Bottletree Books LLC (Publisher)

This short story collection features classic werewolf stories from Catherine Crowe, Frederick Marryat, Sutherland Menzies, Leitch Ritchie, Richard Thomson, and Andrew Barger.

It features a wide variety of short stories that all take place in different time periods and locations, so if you’re looking for a good werewolf anthology then definitely check this one out!

If you’re looking for a collection of classic werewolf short stories to read then this is the perfect book for you!

Final Thoughts

Werewolves are definitely a popular topic in the world of books, and there’s no shortage of great stories out there to read. So if you’re looking for a good werewolf book to read then definitely check out some of the titles on this list! You won’t be disappointed.

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