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The Boy-Wolf: Mary Patterson Thornberg

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    Posted: 03 May 2014 at 6:34pm
The Wolf inside is a familiar theme in fantasy of course but this story comes at it from the slightly different angle where the girl in the hood is a young witch coming into her full power and the boy-wolf's human persona is fatally flawed.
Well-written and observed, with more than a nod towards the true natural integrity of the intelligent pack animal from which our most loyal and devoted pets are descended, there's a fresh feel and spirit to this too-short novella. I also liked the way that the education of witches is handled in a much more organic and ancient manner which made a nice change from collegiate methods, so much so I was delighted to learn that Vivia, the heroine has returned in a full-length novel, A Glimmer of Guile, so that's next on my shopping list.

The stars - this is a very high 4 and the most I've ever scored a short story/novella which is a form I'm not too fond of as stand alones.
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Noted!!!
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