Published: 2004 by Firebird
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“Wolf Moon” is one of Charles de Lint’s earlier novels. It was first printed in 1988. It’s a bit different than other things that I’ve read by him, as it has a traditional fantasy setting rather than an urban one.
The novel tells the story of Kern, a werewolf who is being hunted by a mad harper. After being wounded in a confrontation with the harper’s mystical demon pet, Kern is dropped off by some woodland fairies at an inn. While recovering from his injuries, Kern falls in love with the innkeeper. Kern fears that if she learns that he is a werewolf she won’t like him anymore, based on his own past experiences. Kern feels like an outsider–not accepted by society because he’s not entirely human, but not accepted by wild wolves because of his human nature. At the inn, he feels like part of a family for the first time in his life. Meanwhile, the harper continues his pursuit.
The author’s intention with this book was to tell a small story within a high fantasy setting. I think that he succeeds in doing that, but de Lint’s writing isn’t as polished as in his later novels, especially in the beginning of the book. His Newford stories are a lot better, but it was interesting to see some of his earlier work.