Review – “Wolf Bound”
A year after suffering a disastrous end to his relationship with his partner, teacher Jon Anderson trades his apartment in the city for a lake house in the country. Told there is an author living nearby, Jon, who dreams of being a writer, goes in search of him and finds the attractive older man in a small, rustic cabin on a tiny island on a neighboring lake. Harrison Kalmes shows Jon around, but makes it clear he’d rather be left alone. Jon respects that wish until the night he and his friend, Suzie, drink a little too much scotch and impulsively decide to visit the island. What happens then is the start of an incredible journey that will eventually take Jon all the way to mysterious and seductive Transylvania in Romania, where he searches for answers that will save someone’s life while setting him on the road to rediscovering his own. Beware the woods. Transylvania isn’t only about vampires.
I devoured Wolf Bound last night. And no, that wasn’t meant as a clever nod toward the subject of the story. It had more to do with how quickly I tore through it. That’s a fairly remarkable feat, because shifter stories aren’t usually my thing. I’ve read a handful and they all pretty much seem the same. Another werewolf story? *snore* I know they’re hugely popular but for whatever reason, they rarely pique my interest. If I hadn’t read other work of Theo’s before, I probably never would have read this story. As always, Theo put a unique twist on what I feel can be a tired genre. Wolf Bound was fresh and interesting and kept me guessing until the end. Theo never quite goes in the direction I expect and I enjoy that immensely.
Ultimately, this is more of a review of his work in general than Wolf Bound in particular. I loved Transgression and the entire Precog in Peril series. Theo’s writing is clear and spare without ever feeling stale or boring, and every story is unique. If you haven’t read his books yet, what are you waiting for?