If Twilight left you loving vampires, werewolves, and fantasy, but craving something a bit more “adult,” get your paws on The Last Werewolf out tomorrow in audiobook for US and Canadian libraries. (The eBook is already available to libraries in the UK.) With an unforgiving tone, dark humor and sophisticated language, it’s what mature, fantasy-loving readers have been longing for.
Jake is a werewolf experiencing a midlife crisis. (He is 200 years through his 400-year life expectancy). He has just found out that the tragic death of his only contemporary has left him the last of his species. Sinking into a lonely depression, Jake contemplates suicide from the very start of the story; however, doing so means the end of a species that has become a legend for thousands of years. Although Jake has decided it’s time to let go, international groups are hunting him and will not rest until he is captured—alive.
Through the action and drama, readers will appreciate a sensual element of the novel. Although Jake must turn into a horrific, murderous monster once a month, he is still oddly sexy—a werewolf for present day. Sex, eager and fervent, is a major part of Jake’s life (and a major benefit of being a werewolf as opposed to a vampire).
And deep sentiment reminds us that Jake is innately human. He can slaughter an innocent human, even a friend, without feeling guilt, but the next day feels regret and suffocated emotion so deep, he nearly lays down his life to the vicious hunters who have rid the world of the rest of his kind. He relives his actions each day through disturbing consequences for his horrific actions.
Seriously graphic, Glen Duncan balances his prose with warm beauty and thought. A brilliant character piece about living and dying with equal parts desperation and hope, The Last Werewolf will not disappoint readers of any genre.
Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.
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