Wednesday 9 July 2014

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan


I have read an abundance of Urban Fantasy werewolf stories but this is Wolf done a la literary fiction and done very well indeed. The plot is simple and doesn’t suffer from the usual story killers such as a too many characters, a hundred sub-plots, cheesy B-film dramatics or awkward dialogue.

Instead the simplicity is also what makes the story so powerful. It is driven by just one character and his inner beast.The author had both man and his relation to his inner animal down to a fine art.

So much so, that if I didn’t know any different I would be taking a close look at Mr Duncan during specific lunar phases. It is really so in-sync with the thoughts, emotions and actions of Jake and later on with Talullah, it was quite impressive.

The reader gets a real sense of the hunger, the need and the utter helplessness when it comes to the inevitable change. The feeling of despair that invades his mind at the thought of being completely alone without a kindred spirit and no possibility of a mate, all whilst battling for control with the beast within him.

It was a compelling read with an unexpected ending and most certainly a series I will be following.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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