Wolfsong By TJ Klune

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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.

“I’d loved him anyway, because I was his son.
And he was my father.
I wondered what that said about me, that I could love someone like him."

Wolfsong was so beautifully written I will definitely check out more of this author's work. It's told in a creative, narrative style most romance doesn't touch. Chopping and poetic in pieces with short chapters that sometimes jump ahead in time, I spent as much of my reading experience hooked on the story as I did enjoying the writing style itself.

I love the first part of the story. Ox is unique and draws a new family near for well, mystical reasons, without realizing it. Having been abandoned by his father, he makes sure to take care of a 10 year old traumatized child who hooks onto him for friendship and support. He's embraced by the family and slowly works his way deeper into their supernatural fold.

Throw in other supernatural twists with where he works and different races, and you get a cleverly constructed, detailed world rich with lovable, supportive characters.

It would have made a 5 star, easy, but I had issues with some of the second half. Trust me when I say the book gets even darker and more depressing as time goes on. Child abandonment is no sneeze, but living through grief is hard to do, even with fictional book form. Add to that a stressful separation and some changes in pack position, and it was a little hard to deal with.

It's a serious, somber fantasy world well structured and well played. Ox is a fascinating character and super sweet, even if I'm not crazy about some of his changes in the second half. I have no quips with any of the characters, other than some hesitation with the humans becoming too involved and knowing too much in the second half.

Ever have this weird, floaty and almost surreal feeling in the your head and heart when you read a book so epic you feel blown away? This is one of those books. It rarely happens to me with a book that's called romance, but this is above all much more than just a side crush story. It's about family and growth and personal bonds. Overcoming tragedy and embracing the future. Loyalty supernatural and logical.

Beautifully written and filled with soul, Wolfsong is a gorgeous and unforgettable book.

   Book Quotes:

“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”

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