Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/24/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Volyk learns very young that he has to hide what he is—oboroten’, shape-shifter—after his father is killed and skinned by a hunter, and the pack that takes in his pregnant mother is hostile to his kind. When Volyk is ordered to fight the pack’s beta to prove his fitness, but instead obeys his hormones and tries to mount him, he’s declared an abomination and forced to flee.
Ilya, too, hides a secret. Being young and gay in modern Russia is dangerous, and he knows it. But the truth eventually gets out, and his brothers lure him into the forest to kill him. They’re stopped by Volyk, who hides the mortally wounded Ilya in his den. The only way to heal the human is to turn him into an oboroten’.
Unfortunately, Ilya’s gentle nature is ill-suited to the life of a wolf. But when Volyk’s old pack returns, seeking to take away Volyk’s magickal den, Ilya will have to embrace—truly become—the wolf Volyk made him to save both his mate’s life and his own.
First Edition published as “Ilya and the Wolf” by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
Technically Wolf, Becoming by Rory Ni Coileain is a second edition. I have no idea what has changed since the first edition, apart from the cover and title, since I never read the first edition. What I can tell you, however, is that you need to read this book.
Wolf, becoming is far from your “typical” shifter story. This is not a formula tale of fated mates. There is nothing formula about it. There is magic, wolves, and sex, of course. But there is also fighting and fear and bravery and so much more. There are secrets and prejudices. Wolf, Becoming is a very visceral story. Parts of it told from the perspective of a wolf at his most instinctual.
Ilya and Volyk come from very different worlds. One more wolf than man and the other more man than wolf. They have to adapt and adjust to make things work. They have to learn from each other and protect each other. They also have to find themselves within their coupling.
Wolf, Becoming reflects Ni Coileain’s love of linguistics with the Russian language and culture around which the story is built. You feel like you are dropped in a Russian forest. I can’t wait to see where else Ni Coileain wants to take us.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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