THE WOLF ROAD
THE WOLF ROAD By Beth Lewis
FROM THE INSIDE COVER…
Trapper told me once that your head can protect you if something truly bad happens. It can make black spots and empty place what should be filled with terror.
Since the damn stupid turned the clock back on civilisation, the world has been a harsher place.But Elka has learned everything she needs to survive from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her in when she was just seven years old.
So when Elka sees a wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her trapper- Kreagar Hallet- is wanted for murder. Even worse, magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.
Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind- and she’s not the only one following Elkas every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before, and I mean that in a good way. I am an avid reader and have read so many books over the years both fiction and non fiction but The Wolf Road was incredibly intelligent and unique and stands out as something very special.
Beth Lewis writes beautifully and her storytelling skills are utterly brilliant.
From a few words in I was hooked, the story is written in the first person, from the view point of Elka whose language is both captivating and lyrical to read.This really is what sets the book apart, her unique voice captivates the reader very quickly.
Our protagonist, Elka is surviving in a post apocalyptic world having been taught to hunt and fend for herself by Trapper the man who took her under his wing when she was a young child. This man, who we can other think she loves as a father figure turns out to be a canibalistic murderer and wanted by the law, confused and horrified Elka decides to search for her parents and there begins an epic adventure across a post apocalyptic wasteland.She takes us along on a journey that is fraught with danger, we see her put into practice the skills she has learnt to survive as she meets many nafarious characters along the way , all the while dealing within her inner demons and attempting to outrun trapper, the law and the dark truths of her past. This is a perilous journey that is physical , mental and emotional, with its tense almost claustrophobic atmosphere and fast paced action, it really is a true page turner, I couldn’t leave this book alone and was sad when I reached the last page all too quickly.
I can’t recommend this book enough, I adored Elkas voice, her narrative made this a very special read, I found it dark yet thought provoking. Packed full of drama, it is also a very emotional read with glimpses of humour here and there.
Hard to believe this was a debut novel, Beth Lewis proves herself to be a stand out from the crowd author with an incredible talent. Im now passing this on to my book devouring mother and can’t wait for her comments .