Book Reviews

Wolfsong (Green Creek 1) by TJ Klune at BOATK Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Shifters / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 01-October-2019

Book Blurb

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.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2016.

Book Review

If I knew nothing of TJ Klune, paranormal genres, werewolves, or shifters, I would still know one thing. The description for 'Wolfsong' had me at hello. I only hope I can do justice to this incredible story in my review. Don't judge me too harshly if I don't. TJ Klune's writing is a tough act to follow.

I know how excited I was when I heard the author had written a shifter book, something he always said he would never do. But this isn't just a shifter book. This is a deep, emotional character study. It's about all the things we think we know and all the things we don't. It's about love in its purest form and sacrifice in the same vein. It's about never feeling right in your own skin and then realizing it isn't you, it's everyone else who doesn't fit. It's about two boys and it's about the things that change their lives. It's about simple truths.

Ox, whose father left when he was twelve and told him he was dumb, is so much more than he believes. At seventeen when he discovers the truth, it's more than the Bennetts and Joe being werewolves. It's that Gordo (father/brother/friend) is a witch and Ox has been tethered to him since he was fifteen. A tether keeps the witch and the werewolf in touch with their humanity, keeps them from becoming feral. Somehow Ox ends up tethered to two people. To Gordo and to Joe.

I had just turned twenty-two when monsters came to town. For all Gordo’s warnings about how big and scary the world could be, for all Thomas’s notions of a territory protected, nothing had ever happened. No one came. Nothing attacked. I never asked questions about other packs or what else existed if werewolves were real. I lived in a bubble in a small town in the middle of the mountains and I thought that’s where I’d always be.

Joe turns seventeen when Ox finally realizes that maybe this had been a gradual thing and maybe it hadn't been. Ox came out as bisexual when he was seventeen but somehow he seemed to have missed, perhaps subconsciously, what the bigger picture was in regards to Joe. He still isn’t sure he really understands. But I can honestly say that the scene with Joe, Ox's mom, and Ox in their kitchen had everything inside of me glowing at the joy, the beauty, and the wonder of it all. Joe courting Ox has to be one of the most fabulous things in the history of fabulous.

“Shut up!” he cried. “You know what? No. 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."

Then it doesn’t matter because Ox's entire world implodes in a single moment in time. The evil that took Joe when he was just a child comes looking for Thomas and Joe. For you see, Thomas is more than he seems and the Bennett bloodline is strong. It isn't just Ox who loses that night. His pack, his family, loses so much that the pain is indescribable. The decisions Joe makes and the way things are handled leave Ox feeling betrayed, alone, and tossed aside. None of that matters when Joe, Gordo, Carter, and Kelly leave to seek revenge. Ox is left as the tether to two men who are gone, but the rest of the pack still need him desperately.

I couldn't imagine everything that Ox went through in the three years that part of the pack is gone. But many changes happen within Ox and their pack left at home. Changes that Ox brings about. Sometimes they are things Ox isn't even sure of how they happen. It doesn't matter because he fills the role of mate to the alpha even though they haven't officially mated. More importantly, he does what Thomas always taught him. He protects the pack, his family, and he helps them to be stronger than they were, and discovers strength, and more, inside himself he never understood before.

He looked younger, almost. Softer. Unsure of himself. He said, “There was never anyone else the entire time I was gone. There was never anyone else for me. Because even if you couldn’t hear me when I called for you, the howl in my heart was always meant for you.”

Even after writing this review, I still haven't got the words to express how I feel about 'Wolfsong'. It broke my heart. In several places. It made me cry. It made me wonder at the lyrical beauty of the writing. The world building amazed me especially the way the author took different pieces of traditional lore and made them uniquely his. The secondary characters were stunning, all of them. The sense of PackFamilyHomeLoveSonBrotherMate kept me bound to every page. Ox made me proud. Joe made me feel.

For the first time in my life, a book made my soul yearn. Yearn for things I've never had and for the one thing I had and lost.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 609 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-September-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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