The Wolf Road has been all over the interwebs as of late. Of course, I had to see what the fuss was all about. I won’t lie, it doesn’t disappoint. But man, was it dark. Keep scrolling to read my The Wolf Road review.
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Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.
But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.
Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.
The Wolf Road Review
The Wolf Road is set sometime in the future after the Damn Stupid (aka war – assumedly nuclear) has decimated much of the population and life has reverted back to something similar to the 1800’s, at least in Elka’s BeeCee (I’d assume British Columbia, Canada). She lives with a grandma until age 7 because her parents went north for the gold rush. Elka has a bit of a Dorothy moment when a thunderhead (a massive storm caused by the bombs dropped during the war) rips her out of her little home and drops her miles from home in the woods. She is found by Trapper, a man living on his own in the woods. He heads to the closest town to see if he can find anything about her grandma and comes back saying she was dead. Trapper takes Elka under his wing and teaches her how to live in the woods; hunting, trapping, etc. She thinks she has a decent life, even if her “daddy” is a little cold.
But Elka’s life changes when she goes to town as a teenager to do some trading and sees Trapper’s face on a wanted poster for murder. That act starts the true story as Elka decides to leave her life with Trapper behind and head north to try and find her parents. We follow her trials and tribulations as she tries to get to her ultimate goal, to find her family.
As Elka travels, you quickly see that she has all the practical skills to get to where she is going. However, the her social skills are sorely lacking. She is taken advantage of, thrown off course, and almost killed. But she continues to persevere. Her strength and ability to adapt are amazing. That is the core of this book. Not only that, it is also the relationships she has with others. While some are toxic, like with Trapper, there are wonderful friendships with others.
But overshadowing everything is that Elka knows that Trapper is coming after her. He won’t stop until he has her back. The longer that she is away from him, the more she recalls from her childhood with him. And it isn’t pretty. While she continues to run, she knows that she will have to face him, or everything around her will turn to ash.
The ending is satisfying, with both positives and negatives. I would recommend this book to anyone, but be prepared for darkness and adult themes. One other note, the writing isn’t in “proper” English. It reads as Elka talks, which is with slang and poor English. At times I found it kind of annoying, but it does add to the overall feel of the book.
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Overall: The Wolf Road Review
This was a fascinating book. You have strong characters, an interesting setting, and a storyline that pulls you in. I would recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars