Wolfsong by T.J. 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.Goodreads
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After I read The House in the Cerulean Sea, I wanted to read more TJ Klune. I had heard raves about Wolfsong, and I completely understand why.
Woldsong centers on Ox, a boy who doesn’t see his worth. A lot of the time, characters like this annoy me, but not Ox. Even though he refers to not being good enough a couple of times, he doesn’t obsess over it. Ox is just well Ox. He’s kind and protective and the type of person you always want in your corner. There were quite a few characters in this book, and though usually, that would get confusing, it was easy to know who was who. I really enjoyed all of them, and it was especially nice seeing all of them grow.
Wolfsong is action-packed, heartwarming, and heartbreaking at times. The story is terrific, and I have to admit that since I didn’t know anything about this before I picked it up, the story went in a direction I did not expect. There was a fantastic paranormal element to the story with quite a bit of werewolf lore. But at its heart, it was about a boy growing up and finding his value. That is something I always enjoy reading.
Wolfsong was a book I wanted to reread as soon as I finished because knowing what I did at the end would make the book even more enjoyable. I know that this will be one of my favorite reads of 2021. I can’t wait to read more books in this series.