We know what happens when a werewolf bites a man. But suppose a werewolf bites a wolf? Imagine turning into a man every full moon - a man who has no idea of how to be a man.
Some lightweight fun from Peter David. The basic idea is not enough to carry a whole novel of course so it gets more complicated as the pages turn. But enough spoilers.
Not exactly classic literature - David was still finding his novelist's voice here - but a fast and pleasant read with that unique twist. And just maybe a favorite guilty pleasure.
Long ago humans waged war against werewolves and drove them into hiding among ordinary humans. Now the werewolves are looking to make a comeback.
I first read this novel in the late 1960s when it was already twenty years old, then again in the 1980s. The fact that it has been reprinted numerous times, including even later than my last reading, is indicative of its status as a modern classic in the fantasy genre. It is full of ideas that remain interesting even today, such as unique views of the witch mania of the dark ages and the subsequent victory of rationality. And the denizens of the tale are really were-anythings, not just wolves, and practice a quasi-science akin to magic. But for me the main attraction, the factor that left an impression on me that is still potent today, is the feel of the story. Anyone can talk about becoming an animal and running through the wild. But Williamson makes you experience it. And then there is the ending, which as promised is Darker Than You Think it will be.
My original copy has long since turned to yellowed fragments and my second copy was loaned at work and never returned. But now that I am remembering it, I may just have to go buy it again.