The Soft Fall by Marissa Byfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dianna lost her mother at a young age and has been raised in a puritanical, patriarchal village of Awl-Feth by a loving but overbearing father who wants her not to make waves. He hunts the "demons" of the woods of Silbarren, massive werewolves, to keep her safe and avenge the death of his wife, and her brother, Liam, does his best to educate her and shelter her from the oppressive culture the best he can. But Dianna's sheltered life changes when one of those "demons" infects her to become one of them. Can she hide this curse? Or can she learn to embrace it?
For me this book was about change. The protagonist, a strong female character, changed not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. Yes, there's a change to that of a werewolf, but don't expect this to be like other werewolf stories. In the story things are not what they seem. And the protagonist realizes this as she goes on her journey of discovery of herself and of others. She fights a patriarchal and blind belief to open our eyes to what it really means to survive and to become part of a found-family. There is battle and blood, but there is also redemption. I highly recommend this fantasy novel.
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