GOODREADS BOOK BLURB:
This is the second book in the last month where I’ve gone in with a half-formed idea of the plot, only to be proven incredibly wrong. Like Fable, I’m happy to be wrong when it comes to Once There Were Wolves.
Once There Were Wolves is overwhelmingly dark and disturbing. While there are almost elements of magical realism here due to Inti’s mirror-touch synesthesia and the folklore of wolves as a species, the truly scary part of Once There Were Wolves is how mundane and pervasive the danger is. Because it’s our society and the villains who hide in plain sight that make it so hard to trust anyone.
These characters are so wonderfully human. They have histories that influence their personalities and shape their complexity. Likeable characters are not always likeable and brash characters may have moments of grace. People make mistakes, and others try to fix them, often making them worse. Misunderstandings and miscommunication abound, but they occur naturally and not due to a lack of discussion or attempted explanation.
There is some unnecessary, though almost understandable, violence that makes it difficult to connect with some of where this story ends – or maybe it’s just how it is dealt with that is difficult to accept. So while it provides closure in a ‘full circle‘ sort of way, it’s not pleasant or easy, and it’s certainly not the outcome you hope for these sisters, the wolves, and even this community.