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.
“Monsters are real. Magic is real. The world is a dark and frightening place and it’s all real.”
This book was angsty as fuck. I was surprised because I read his book How To Be a Normal Person which was not, like at all. That book had zero angst. Regardless of where his books land, whether serious or light-hearted, they always have this sense of humor, and Wolfsong did not disappoint. This book also had a very unique writing style. It was filled with vivid imagery and had a lot of repeated lines, I honestly thought this was a fantasy for a while and not paranormal because I’ve never seen this type of writing in a paranormal book.
But what made this book amazing was the characters. I think it’s pretty special when I love the supporting characters just as much as the main ones. Literally every single character served a purpose, they were never stereotypical clichés, and were each developed in their own way.
Our MC is named Oxnard “Ox” Matheson. I adored him, ok. He was such a pleasure to read about. He’s a little quiet but has a heat of gold, he doesn’t fit in, and at 16 his life changes forever when he meets Joe Bennett. I loved the way his mind worked, I loved his relationships with every single character, his mom, Gordo, his friends at the garage, and obviously, the entire Bennett family. He’s very kind, always accepting people exactly as they are and loves himself exactly as he is.
“It’s always the ones who are the quietest who often have the greatest things to say.”
Then we have Joe Bennett. He meets Ox when he and his family move into the town, and they all embrace Ox with open arms. This family was really special to read about; they will literally do anything for each other and I loved reading the pack dynamics.
Joe and Ox had such an epic romance as well. I will say that there were some things that certain characters did that I didn’t like, but I’m happy the other characters never gave them a free pass or forgiveness too easily.
“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.”
I haven’t even said anything about the plot. But I’m not sure what to say. There definitely is a plot. There are shapeshifters and witches and humans, lots of bad guys and fight scenes. But overall it’s about people. How they interact with each other. It’s about family, love, and friendship. I have a lot of feelings. I am a sucker for well-developed relationships (whatever type they might be!).
T.J. Klune wrote a really emotional and beautiful story here. This was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Angst ridden and humorous. I was hooked from the first page.