Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 5th October 2016
Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
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.
Wolfsong is a paranormal/shifter story with a hurt/comfort theme in its initial premise, yet it is sooooo much more. It is an epic love story told from when young Ox and Joe first meet, when Joe needs to know why Ox smells of “Candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome”. To the dawning realisation they have years later, of who they are and what they mean to each other. This is a tale of family, friendship, pack and bonds. The ties that bind us together and the impact and effects of shattered ones. It is woven with magic, revenge and abandonment and make no mistake, it will make your heart hurt. It is very angsty in places, ‘wookie cry face’ is a given. It is also about love and forgiveness and healing from your past. Recognising who you are and that you are capable of so much more than you were told was possible. It is about the strength of the family unit, the family we are born into, the one we choose and the one that chooses us. It will fill your heart full of love. There is some humour but not as much as in some of Tj’s other books.
It is beautifully written. The sometimes simplistic and repetitive language that TJ uses is very evocative, especially in his use of imagery with colours. I could smell and taste the colours and feel the emotion each colour had. The pack bonds were equally well explained in this way. That is very powerful storytelling. We know there are other books planned in this series and I cannot wait for some of the other threads to be expanded upon. It is a beautiful, emotional, action packed book that everyone should either read or listen to. I loved it and cannot recommend it highly enough. For a much more in depth review of the story please read Debra’s post here.
Kirt Graves has such a lyrical quality to his voice, it is beautiful to listen to. I felt like I was being soothed by a lullaby, I could listen to it forever. It is very soft and calming without being soporific. This is a very long book to listen to at over eighteen and a half hours long (great value for money) but the narration is never boring and you never switch off. Kirt does such a good job with both Ox and Joe’s young voices and captures perfectly, the menacing tone of Richard Collins. That voice sent chilling shivers down my spine. He also manages to keep the accents of some of the characters like Gordo and Rico throughout, never slipping. Each character has a distinctive voice and I was always able to tell who was speaking, an integral point for the listener. This is a brilliantly narrated debut audio book and I will certainly look out for him as a narrator in the future. A definite recommendation.
Meet TJ Klune
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)
Tj can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.