The Wolf Road, by Beth Lewis

4 loved the writing stars!!

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I feel this is one of those books you should go into knowing little to nothing about.  It was so well written.  I felt that Beth Lewis had the character’s nature and language down pat.  This story has a really bad villain in it, yet he isn’t the main focus of the book.  The whole story focuses on the young girl he trained to be his daughter and submissive. There is some slight foreshadowing in the book but it wasn’t over bearing.

Elka lives with her grandma since her parent’s took off to stake a claim in what would be a gold rush.  I’m not sure what era this is supposed to be since it’s such a mash up of era’s.  Elka’s grandma is more of a tough love sort.  She doesn’t seem to happy to have her around getting in the way.  One day a big storm comes and sweeps Elka away.  She lands in the forest far from home.  She has no idea where to go except she must try to get to town.  While she is in the woods she comes across a hut that has jerky hanging.  She is so hungry she doesn’t care who it belongs too.  Then enter’s Trapper he seems to take a liking to Elka. Trapper comes off as a super scary guy.  He teaches Elka everything he knows about hunting and living in the woods.  One day Elka runs into a lawman who tell’s her who Trapper really is and Elka is on the run.

Ooops guess I just kind of gave you a synopsis but honestly I loved Elka’s character.  She is one of those strong young women who talks with almost what I imagine a backwoods accent. She just does what needs done.  You would almost assume at some points that she doesn’t have any feelings.  However once she meets people along her journey you see she does care.  I really wish the Wolf of wolf road would’ve been in it a little longer.  She is just trying to live minute by minute because she is being hunted by someone who doesn’t care whom he hurts.  The thoughts this poor girl has while be hunted are awful.  I can’t imagine having to think about being hunted for days/weeks at a time.  I can’t even believe that she slept at all.  This book was constantly moving with all the twists and turns.. Here’s a little snippet..

I don’t much like roads. Roads is some other man’s path that people follow no question.  All my life I lived by rules  of the forests and rules of myself. One a’ them rules is don’t go trusting another man’s path.  No matter if that’s a real one trodden into dirt or all them twists and turns his life has taken.  People do it, they do what their mommies and daddies did, they make them same mistakes, they have them same joys and hurts, they just repeating. Trees don’t grow exactly where their momma is; ain’t no room, ain’t enough light and water so they end up wilting and dying off.  It’s the same with us humans, though you wouldn’t know it to look at them moth a’ the time. Ranches and stores are passed father to son, momma to girl, but there ain’t no room for it.  Son tries to run things like he wants, father ain’t having none of it, they start feuding and soon that family ain’t no more. 

Thank you Crown Publishing and Blogging for books for this copy for my honest review.  I would very much recommend this book.

goodreads link here.

book blurb..

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Crown (first published June 30th 2016)
Original Title The Wolf Road
ISBN 110190612X (ISBN13: 9781101906125)

In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn’t her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires–everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements–and each other. 

Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. 

But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, she’ll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he’s turned her into.

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