Wolfsong by T.J. Klune
Published by Dreamspinner Press on June 20th 2016
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Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
Wolfsong is a story to savour and not rush. It recounts the story of two young men finding their place in the world against adversity. Both were misled into believing they were not valued. The cruelty of suggesting such a mistruth to a young person is one of the worst atrocities a person can bestow upon another. Thankfully both Ox and Joe were good kids who grew into fine adults, despite the damning thoughts fed to them in their formative years.
I told myself that when I got friends, we wouldn’t be mean like they were.
It should have been obvious. It should have been obvious what they were, but then I wasn’t looking for the incredible buried in the ordinary.
The friendship with the Bennetts came about through a chance meeting when their youngest Joe met Ox along the side of the road. Ox spent time with Joe, and they immediately bonded. The boys were a few years apart in age, and their friendship remained that of a young boy admiring a slightly older teenager. Revered or adored is probably a closer description of what Joe felt for Ox. In return, Ox feels an unworthy recipient of Joe’s attention, but sticks by his friend and Joe’s family accept him wholeheartedly.
The Bennetts are werewolves who live with the threat of a crazed wolf determined to destroy their Pack. Young Joe was kidnapped as a young child in an attempt to break the pack. It didn’t work. Their Alpha, Thomas Bennett and his wife Elizabeth are both level-headed and while distraught at what happened, let routine, love and common sense direct their decisions.
The bonds were there. Between us. The bond to my Alpha. The bond to my Joe. We stayed there for hours and didn’t say a word.
At times I struggled with Joe and Ox’s relationship, a slow, considered and never rushed courtship where Ox always had Joe’s best interests at heart. He faltered but never intentionally. It wasn’t only Joe that needed the time to be ready before they could consider mating, I needed the time as well. I needed to see Joe and Ox as equals. Their extended periods apart provided the time for them both to be ready for each other. Whether circumstances will allow them to be is the catalyst of the story.
I did find aspects of the werewolf traits in this story not what I would usually encounter. The calibre of the story more than compensated for the differences in what I expected to happen and what was presented. The secondary characters supported the story, and I was excited to read on Goodreads that we can look forward to their books which we’ll hopefully hear more about in 2018.
Wolfsong requires an investment in your time. I spread reading this book over almost a week and was rewarded for my efforts. The reward was more than a love story. It is the story of selfless love and how legends are born.
What I struggled with:
- Negative parenting
- The harsh realities of growing up
- The extended periods of absence
- Reading about another Elizabeth Bennett. Only a little niggle because that name is synonymous with Mr Darcy in my mind!
What I loved:
- Seeing the world in colour (I was tempted to write my review with different coloured font LOL)
- Sunday dinners
- Traditions and the stability they provided
- Heightened awareness
- Gordo and Thomas being surrogate fathers to Ox
- Acceptance and the welcoming of others
4 Legendary Stars
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