Bonds of Fenris by S.J. Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An intricately detailed character study of six individuals who happen to share one constant trait: each is a werewolf, and not by choice, but by accident, or fated design. Talia, Leroy, Marlene, Pierce, and Bo constitute a pack. Corwin is a “pack” of his own-until Talia, in shifted form, encounters him one night during a full moon following a prey hunt-and discovers Corwin can shift back and forth, wolf to human to wolf and back again-right underneath the full moon!
It’s not just Corwin’s startling ability that makes “Bonds of Fenris” a very different type of werewolf story: it’s the author’s capacity to interweave Greek myth, classical Greek philosophy, and questioning and teaching that would make Socrates and Plato proud. Corwin is talented, yes, but he didn’t come by this ability either naturally or effortlessly, and when Talia insists on learning, he applies the Socratic method and puts her through some incredible testing. By the end of the lessons, either Talia-and the others who try-will understand who and what they really are-or they won’t survive.
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