The Werewolf and His Boy, by Warren Rochelle
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.
Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin’s since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can’t find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry’s other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry’s attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.
Paranormal (Werewovles, Gods)
Secondary Character Death
This was an incredibly difficult book to review.
The plot concept was excellent. Two boys, each with powers they don’t fully understand, meet when they start working together and it’s immediately obvious that there’s a strong connection, both physical and magical. The source of the magic quickly becomes clear: Henry is a werewolf, and Jamey is descended from a god. Their physical connection is related: there’s a prophecy, fate, and of course two boys tentatively discovering their sexuality.
I wanted so badly to love this book.
Unfortunately, the execution was less than satisfactory. In fact, to put it nicely, it was a complete mess at times. Part of the problem is the writing and editing, which alternated between being confusingly vague and mind-numbingly specific. The biggest problem, though, is that there’s just too much going on.
There are witches. There are bad guys who are… I’m not entirely sure? Demons? But also humans? And they’re not evil, except they are? Yeah. And there’s magical politics, and two boys trying to figure out their attraction to each other. And on top of that is this weird religious background with Jamey’s family, which honestly detracted from the plot by simple virtue of being too much and too over the top.
Also, okay, I’m sorry but the year is 2009. You’re telling me that two 19 year old boys in 2009 have NO KNOWLEDGE of how to use cell phones, computers, or email? That they can’t find free internet anywhere, and that email is expensive? WHAAAAT?!
There were just too many plot holes, too much focus on issues that didn’t add to the plot, and too many moments of sloppy writing.
The plot concept is fantastic. Hands-down, 100% I am here for books about magical boys trying to find their way. It just didn’t work for me.
Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001.
Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.
Find him online at http://warrenrochelle.com/
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