book review

Review: The Last Werewolf (Bloodlines Trilogy #1)

Glen Duncan - The Last Werewolf

“Then she opened her mouth to scream–and recognised me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you–and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely. 

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide–even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive. 

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend–mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century–a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human. One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.

I didn’t enjoy this book. I was hoping I would, because I usually love things about werewolves and hunters and the supernatural in general. But I had two big problems with this book which stopped me from really getting into it. Firstly, I didn’t like the writing in this book at all and secondly, I couldn’t connect to the main character.

I felt that the writing in this book didn’t flow at all nicely, and sometimes it seemed as if the sentences didn’t make sense. I found myself rereading some sentences to make sure that I understood what was going on. It really made me not want to carry on reading the book. There were also times where there would be a page of Jake’s thoughts before a conversation continued, and I kept losing track of what had been said. However, I did keep going because I was quite interested in the actual plot of the book. Although I felt it was a bit slow, it was good, and I’m glad I kept going because the ending did surprise me a lot.

The other thing that put me off this book was the main character himself, Jake. I just couldn’t connect to him at all as I was reading and this was quite a big problem because the book is told in first person from his point of view. Although I did enjoy the history of how he became a werewolf, I didn’t like much else about him and so I did get fed up of his PoV. However, other characters did keep me reading – I much rather the villains in this book because they were really interesting, and I loved Talulla when she came along towards the end.

Another smaller problem that I had was the amount of sex scenes in this book. I was expecting a few, but that was basically all Jake had on his mind and it was probably one of the reasons that I got so fed up of him. I did like the fact that he spent a lot of time in Wales, but that’s just me being biased.

I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series because this wasn’t my sort of book at all.

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