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.
Author: T.J. Klune
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: How To Be a Normal Person
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: June 20, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Most first person point of view books leave me curious about what the other characters in the book are thinking. In the end I am usually left wanting to see something from a different angle. I want to see the world from other eyes. That didn’t happen this time. The cast of secondary charters here is enormous. I hope the author will revisit this world. I enjoyed them and would like to see more of their lives. T.J. Klune managed to write Ox and his life in such a way that only his point of view was enough for me.
Wolfsong encompasses fourteen years of Ox’s life. Ox has a rather simple life in the beginning. He goes to school. He tries to be a man for his mother. He goes to work at a mechanic’s shop to try and fill some of the gaping hole his father left. Things change when the Bennett’s move into the empty house at the end of the lane. The Bennett’s are different in a different way than Ox is different. They welcome Ox as one of their own even though the differences are something that will take Ox years to fully understand. Not much is questioned by Ox, he’s just not built that way. The Bennett’s don’t question too much about Ox either because Joe choose Ox.
This is such a beautiful tale. There is so much to love about this story. One of the things that really worked for me was the pacing. I was so pleased that I got to know ten year old Joe, fourteen year old Joe, seventeen year old Joe, and the man he grew into. Now this is a paranormal romance and a romance featuring a ten year old boy would be awkward and weird. Wolfsong is epic and awesome so the romance takes some time to get to. It worked though. There is mystical moon magic at play within these pages. I’m so pleased that I read it. I loved how epic of a love story Ox and Joe had.