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.
This is told is sections, years apart.
llya and Volyk meet of a sort when both are very young. Over the death of Volyk father being hunted and killed.
Then again years later as IIya is being beaten by his brothers. Volyk saves him, but in doing that turns him with out giving him a choice.
As these two navigate these new worlds, life and love for each other. The original pack shows up and both must fight for what they know and love.
Even though, I love shifter books and have read a ton of them, I have to say this is a unique style for me. It’s more on the violent side, and again for me, because it was so short and we had so much going on I felt like these two didn’t have time to connect with each other. So I didn’t get to connect with them.
The violence from both sides was a lot for me, both the shifter side of the original pack and the human family. Seemed like someone was beating on someone all the time.
What I did like was the way that even throughout the childhood to adulthood to shifterhood, llya never changed. He started being a gentle soul, turning from blood sports and meat eating and even in wolf form turned his noise up to meat. I also loved that Volyk saw and understood this, never forcing the issue, just helping and guiding. I just wish we had more time, before and or possible after to develop that relationship.