Solitude: The Change of Heart [Book Review]
Title: Solitude: The Change of Heart
Author: Partho Sen
Published Date: 2nd December 2017
Rating: 2 stars
*Thanks to the author for the review copy.*
*This is a sponsored review but all thoughts are entirely honest and my own*
Synopsis: It’s a story of a lone wolf and his journey ascending the throne of the enemy wolf clan.
The whole story is told from the point of view of a gray wolf; who was a human accepted by a pack of wolves. And when he attempted suicide he was pulled out of the river by his friends and they take him into their own world hidden from the other realms. Where, as a pack member, he watches closely the lifestyle of the wolves, their excursion, conflict, and bloodshed. With the company of the wolves he travels through the unusual forests, through the breath-taking panoramas, until the pack receives the threatening message that the lone wolf is still pursuing the royal pack of the clan for many days.
Review: Solitude: The Change of Heart was my first werewolf read in quite some time. I don’t usually read werewolf books, but when I do get around to them, for the most part I enjoy them. What intrigued me most about this one was the rival packs. I knew that was going to lead to a lot of tension and likely a grand battle finale.
And in the end, I found this read to be alright. The beginning of the novel was a bit confusing to me. Although the synopsis told me what was happening, if it hadn’t, I would’ve been lost. I felt quite thrown into the novel and the wolf world, and it took me a while to adjust. However, in the second half of the novel things started to make more sense to me, and I was able to enjoy reading because I understood everything. I especially came to enjoy the action and unexpected plot twists that happened in the second half of the novel.
I really liked how the themes of friendship and loyalty were always at the forefront of the novel. It makes sense – this one is about a pack of wolves and that means family. But even then, packs come across different packs and not all of them will be friends, but not all of them will be enemies either. It was cool to see how friendships and rivalry formed throughout the novel, and I also really liked how loyalty came into question. There was one wolf in particular, Kirk, who switched to the pack that the novel centers on, and whenever anything went wrong he was always cast in suspicion. Whether he is a mole or someone who truly just wants to join a different pack is something you’ll have to discover yourself when reading… But it really drove home the point about loyalty and the difficulty of trying to integrate into a new group of people.
At times I wanted the book to have a bit of a slower pace. Not really in relation to the events but so that the author could include more description. I feel like we got enough description of the scenery and where they were, but there wasn’t enough description of the elements that contribute to what makes these werewolves unique. Although in time I got the gist of things – how the hierarchy here works and what powers they have… it could be better explained and more sketched out. I wanted to know what made these werewolves different from others, and what were the rules and regulations of being one. What were things they couldn’t change about their wolf-form and why some things happened to them as a wolf.
There were a few grammar mistakes in this one. Not enough to ruin the entire reading experience, but it was something that always niggled on the back of my mind while reading. If the author gets them sorted out it will make this book easier to read and erase a minor problem.
I didn’t necessarily feel a deep connection with any of the characters. I did like them, and I did know who they were and what role they played in the pack. But we didn’t get much backstory to anyone, and not enough time with any of them to really feel that closeness. I did like all the action scenes though, and the suspense that was woven into the plot. So, I would definitely recommend this book to plot driven readers over character driven readers.
To conclude, even though I went into this one expecting fight after fight, it surprised me by being more about choice, and freedom. That is in relation to what they were fighting for, and the character who changed packs but found it hard to be free from the past that bound him to the previous one. Definitely some thinking material there.
Relevance to today: This book is relevant to today because it says something important about changing your mind. You can be following one path in life and choose the alternative. It doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person – it just means that what used to work for you doesn’t work for you anymore. It can be hard for those around you to trust your new choice or who this ‘new’ person might be to them. But you just keep doing you! Change is welcome, and your choice too.
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