fantasy · LGBT+ · romance

Wolfsong by TJ Klune – 5 Star Book Review

Title: Wolfsong
Author: TJ Klune
GenreFantasy / LGBT
Publication Date: June 2016

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 little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane. (Goodreads).

THIS BOOK. It took my by surprise and then proceeded to steal an entire weekend. A situation I was happy to abide by!

First off, this book is long. Like, much longer than I was expecting and yet the story flowed with great pace and character development. The sheer amount of events in this was a tad bit overwhelming (in a good way!) and every page felt necessary. Which isn’t always the case for books of this length (600+ pages).

The story follows Ox, bless his kind heart, and his encounters with the Bennett Pack of wolf shifters. Ox’s steadfastness and kindness truly captured my heart. He was the pure definition of a protective, gentle giant.

I have to be honest, for majority of the story I actually forgot that this was going to be a romance. While I adored Joe, the young individual Ox meets, I mostly enjoyed the growth of Ox and Joe as friends over the years. Klune managed to expertly convey their growth as individuals, friends, family and finaly mates. I adore the fated-mates trope but find that it usually involves insta-love. That wasn’t the case for this book. This was pure gold slow-burn.

While I was initially a bit uncertain of the romantic undertones in this story due to Joe’s age when Ox first meets him, Klune handled this so well. Almost a decade passes over the length of this book and the character development is astounding. By the end, Ox and Joe feel incredibly mature as characters and nothing untoward happens until that point to make you uncomfortable as a reader.

What made this book a soaring 5 Star read was the side characters. They came to life in this book and felt unique. Klune kept things unique and original which I really enjoyed.

I say this book stole my weekend but in reality I read, devoured and LOVED the sequels Ravensong and Heartsong as well. I CANNOT WAIT for Brothersong in October, 2020.

5 Stars.

12 thoughts on “Wolfsong by TJ Klune – 5 Star Book Review

    1. I hope you like it! It’s definitely a long read but I felt every page was worth it. I was happy, sad, teary, angry, frustrated, then happy again… the whole lot. Which is generally a sign that I enjoyed the book ❤

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  1. Wow, that synopsis really doesn’t give anything away but I love your review! I can tell how much you enjoyed this book and I’m now really curious and going to add it to my TBR 😀 I have the eARC for two of Klune’s books and I can’t wait to read both of them because I’ve heard some pretty amazing things about this author and his books! Apparently he weaves his magic so well everyone finishes his books feeling super happy and content! Fab review 😀

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    1. Ah you have the ARCs?! I didn’t even know they were at that stage yet – you’re so lucky (and I’m so jealous, haha). His writing can be a bit… odd at the start but it really grows on you. Well, it did for me. I adore his character development. It makes up for any drag in writing or oddness in writing tone (which I grew to enjoy anyway). Happy reading Dini 😀

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    1. I knowww, it’s a commitment that’s for sure! It was worth the read though. But that said… I still haven’t attempted Priory of the Orange Tree due to its length so I can’t judge, haha.

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