Wolfsong by T.J. Klune is an oldie for sure, but after hearing som many good things about it, reading it and being completely awestruck, I just need to share my thoughts on it.
Because this story is utterly overwhelming, there’s just so much to process and appreciate. It’s bloody fabulous is what it is.
Objectively, Wolfsong is an M/M shifter romance. But it’s so much more than that. I wouldn’t want this amazing novel to be limited by such a restrictive description. Yes, it’s a love story and yes, one of the guys is a wolf shifter. But this story is about so much more. It’s about growing up, about family and trust. It’s about anger and loss. And love. Above all, it’s about love and not only the romantic kind.
So, the blurb. I can’t possibly describe the story-line of this book in an adequate way, but I’ll try.
The main character is a guy named Ox. It’s about him growing up in a small mountain town, in a poor, broken home, in the middle of the woods. It’s about how his life changes when meeting the large, close-knit family – the Bennetts – that moves in next door. And about his intense friendship with Joe, the youngest boy of the family. Ox is embraced by his new neighbours who are protective of him in the extreme. But he knows they’re keeping secrets from him. When he discovers what they are, it also means that he becomes the target of other beings that wish to destroy the Bennetts. And his awakening feelings for Joe will have to be put on hold until their enemies are defeated.
I admit, for the first few pages I was a bit put off by the writing style. At a first glance, it appeared too crude and simple. Too abrupt. Almost child-like in the telling. But pretty quickly, I realized how wrong I was. The writing is nothing but brilliant. Apart from the fact that the short and concise style is the perfect fit for Ox’s personality and self image, and the fact that it’s a genius way to convey the world from Ox’s point of view, it also makes for some truly hilarious conversations. I high-lighted so many exchanges between Ox, Joe and his brothers just so I could go back and laugh some more. Simply brilliant.
This story is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if paranormal isn’t your preferred genre, it doesn’t matter if you’re skeptical to read about a love-story between two men. This read is a definite must-read. So emotional. So lovely. So raw. It’s a true slow-burn romance – and I mean sloooooow burn – it takes ages before they even kiss. But it’s magnificent. Personally, I would have liked some more hot man-on-man action, I mean who wouldn’t? But Wolfsong is pretty tame with the physical stuff and not very explicit. Basically the contrary to what I usually like, but it’s still one of the best books I’ve ever read. And I’ve found a new favourite writer.
I can only quote ten year-old Joe when rating this book. It’s “candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome”. Yup that’s what it is.