Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: TJ Klune
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.
Fans of this author know that when you pick up one of his books you can expect to have your emotions pulled through the ringer. Wolfsong is no exception so make sure you have plenty of Kleenex nearby. Mr. Klune has put a whole new spin on the shifter genre, with a shakeup in the normal mythology we see in these books.
Wolfsong also introduces the main characters when they are just kids. Ox is sixteen and for the last few years it has just been himself and his mom. He’s had to grow up faster than most kids his age, yet at the same time there’s innocence about him. Jo on the other hand is a pre-teen who has not spoken in two years. During the beginning of the story there are hints of something bad happening that caused Jo to stop talking but the details don’t come out until later in the story. The author spends a lot of time flushing out the history of the main characters and their families, which gives the readers a chance to get to become invested in not only Ox and Jo, but also their families.
As Wolfsong moves forward, the relationship between Ox and Jo takes many different forms. It is interesting watching them move through the stages from friends to lovers, especially given the ages the boys were when they met. On top of everything else the boys are going through, Ox finds out about shifters, both the good ones and the bad. When tragedy strikes, the boys’ lives change in ways they never saw coming and so does the book.
I have been a fan of Mr. Klune from the first book of his I’ve read. I expected Wolfsong to be good and it exceeded my expectations. I could not put the story down. I loved the new world the author created, especially some of the change ups done to the mythology. I was shocked by what befalls some of the characters in this story; however, since it follows the flow of the story perfectly it was easy to accept. I hope the author will treat this book as the first of a series, as I would love to see more of Ox, Jo and their pack.
If you are looking for a book that is full of action, romance and suspense. One that is full of shifters, yet different from what you usually read, then you really need to pick up Wolfsong by TJ Klune.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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