Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road

Beth Lewis

The post-apocalyptic world in The Wolf Road is fascinating but always in the background, and that’s okay, because the characters — especially Elka — are so captivating that the end-of-the-world setting just drops away.

The Wolf Road follows a young girl named Elka, who is one of the strongest female characters I’ve encountered in fiction, shaped by a tragic past in a tragic world. Her growth throughout the story is believable. She is independent, likeable, and flawed: a heroine that readers should get to know.

Elka loses her way as a very young girl and is adopted by a mysterious man she comes to know as Trapper and over a span of years, we see her grow from a precocious child to a precocious adult. She learns how to survive in the wilderness — in ways meticulously detailed by the author — but of course, Things happen and Elka finds herself on a journey filled with memorable characters and other Things that happen.

There are a few twists; some are predictable, some are not. The writing is smooth and the dialogue flows. This is a book that’s easy and fun to read. Go read it and fall in love with Elka.

Read/Don’t Read Verdict: READ IT!

Five Books to Read in July 2017

Four fantasy and sci-fi titles arrive this month to help you celebrate the summer and include a continuation of a long-running urban fantasy series and the conclusion of a dark fantasy series. These are the four books you should read this July.

July 11th 2017

Dichronauts

Greg Egan

Dichronauts by [Egan, Greg]

I don’t understand most of the science going on in Greg Egan’s books, but I enjoy them nonetheless. Dichronauts, which releases July 11th, looks to be more of the hard sci-fi fare that Egan is known for.

Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga 1)

Carrie Vaughn

Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga) by [Vaughn, Carrie]

Bannerless combines post-apocalyptic dystopia with murder mystery — fans of either genre of fiction will be interested in this book, which releases on the 11th.

The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files 8)

Charles Stross

Spies, magic, laughs — the books in Charles Stross’s Laundry Files never disappoint. The latest entry in the series, The Delirium Briefreleases on the 11th of the month.

July 18th, 2017

Strange Dogs

James S. A. Corey

Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (The Expanse) by [Corey, James S. A.]

Strange Dogs, a novella set in the Expanse universe, is here to sate our thirst while we anxiously await the release of book 7 of James S. A. Corey’s space saga.

July 25th, 2017

The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor 4)

R. Scott Bakker

The Unholy Consult: The Aspect-Emperor: Book Four by [Bakker, R. Scott]

R. Scott Bakker is one of those rare dark fantasy writers who complete their books in a timely fashion and release them as scheduled. On the 25th, The Unholy Consult concludes the Aspect-Emperor series.