“The Wolf Road” is a beautifully gritty story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Elka, the main character, is searching for her parents while being chased through harsh environments by a revenge-lust sheriff, Lyon and a ruthless serial killer, Kreagar that raised her for the past ten years. From being raised by Kreagar, Elka saw him as a father figure until on an unexpected trip to a nearby town, she found out who he really is—a killer, and the sheriff believes that she may have been an accomplice.
Written in a unique western dialect, most of the story deals with Elka being on the run and trying to survive and not get captured. It seems so cut-and-dry, but it’s not and that’s what I loved most about it. There are so many unpredictable twists that kept me hooked and thoroughly entertained that I literally couldn’t put the book down.
One of my favorite things was the relationship between Elka and Penelope. Elka is wild, practical and a loner, while Penelope is beautiful, outgoing and sometimes high-maintenance. Both girls seem so different from each other, but as the story progresses we see that they do have similarities, and a beautiful, unforgettable friendship blossoms between them.
Only negative thing I can say is that because it’s written in an unique western-like dialect, sometimes I had to reread things because I didn’t understand it. But that didn’t happen too much.
Overall, I loved it. It’s now one of my favorite books, and I’ll definitely be re-reading it soon. I’m really hoping that there will be a sequel.
ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.
But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.
Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.
The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.