In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.
Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince's brother, who wants to kill him.
A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.
This is going to be a hard review to write. Do you know those books that just don’t grab your attention? You struggle to pick up the book and keep going, but you just can’t for the life of you, pinpoint what the problem is? That was this book for me. Luckily I’ve had lots of time to think about it and some help from a friend who had some of the same issues, so i’ll try and explain myself as concisely as possible.
Danny is a dog shifter descended from wolves, he used to live in the pack with Jack, the ‘wolf prince’ so to speak. Danny left because he was sick of being the bottom of the food chain and dogs have an affinity towards humans away. So years pass and... it gets cold, Jack gets kicked out of the pack and goes and finds Danny, it’s still pretty damn cold, Danny talks to his ex-girlfriend and lots of people get attacked/killed and it’s still fucking cold. Everything is obviously a bit more detailed than that but you get the general jist.
First, let me talk about the things I actually liked. I really liked Danny’s character, he was very well fledged out. I liked that we saw his insecurities but he was also confident in his differences. It was something he had obviously worked through prior to the book beginning and he had come to accept being a dog, not a wolf was ok for him.
At first I really liked the mystery of Jack and Danny’s relationship, what were they to each other? How did it end? but by the time I hit 70% i was more than ready to find out what their history actually was, which we never really did.
One super positive was, there is this a super, smoking, hot sex scene just after halfway which was all possessiveness and claiming and all sorts of yum.
I think the world building is what really got me stuck. It was a mix between myths and ancient languages by the Wolves and a contemporary setting for the humans and Danny. While that sounds kind of cool, it really just got confusing.
It would also be safe to say that there was absolutely no romance between Danny and Jack, possessiveness and a primal attraction? Yes, but romance? No. The general mystery and storyline just didn’t grab me at all, there was also way too much time spent with Danny’s ex-girlfriend Jenny, who I just didn’t care about.
In the end, I was reading this 200 page book for ten days. TEN days!!! It would normally take me two days to read a book that long if it was a good book, less if it was amazing. It became a chore to keep going and it dragged like a queens parade. So while I would definitely recommend others to give this book a go (there are some other 5 stars reviews out there) this just was not for me.
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