Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Wolf, Becoming
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Heroes: Volyk & Ilya
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 91 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Volyk learns very young that he has to hide what he is—oboroten’, shape-shifter—after his father is killed and skinned by a hunter, and the pack that takes in his pregnant mother is hostile to his kind. When Volyk is ordered to fight the pack’s beta to prove his fitness, but instead obeys his hormones and tries to mount him, he’s declared an abomination and forced to flee.
Ilya, too, hides a secret. Being young and gay in modern Russia is dangerous, and he knows it. But the truth eventually gets out, and his brothers lure him into the forest to kill him. They’re stopped by Volyk, who hides the mortally wounded Ilya in his den. The only way to heal the human is to turn him into an oboroten’.
Unfortunately, Ilya’s gentle nature is ill-suited to the life of a wolf. But when Volyk’s old pack returns, seeking to take away Volyk’s magickal den, Ilya will have to embrace—truly become—the wolf Volyk made him to save both his mate’s life and his own.
First Edition published as “Ilya and the Wolf” by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
When Volyk’s father is killed, he’s determined to care for his pregnant mother. But then he encounters a pack that forces him to fight the beta and ends up mounting him instead. Declared an abomination, he runs and lives as a lone wolf until he sees Ilya. Ilya has a secret he can’t share with anyone and especially not his family. When his brothers try to kill him, though, he’s saved by Volyk who’s only way of healing him is by turning Ilya into an oboroten’. Now Ilya must learn to live as a wolf because he can never be human but when the other pack finally catches up to them, Volyk will need Ilya to become his wolf. Will he finally be able to accept that part of himself?
When I read Ilya and the Wolf, I really enjoyed it. I wanted to explore more of the world, more of Volyk and more of Ilya and Volyk together. For the most part, this second edition answered all of that. We get to see more of Volyk’s history – of how he became to be a lone wolf and what it’s like being a wolf and then human. We get to see Volyk and Ilya after they’re together and see Ilya as a wolf. It was interesting to see the different ways they thought. Volyk is pure wolf in mannerisms while Ilya is so timid and not wanting to embrace his new self.
It made me really love this story because we got to know both Volyk and Ilya. BUT now I find I want to see more of Ilya after he embraces his wolf. I know I’m being super greedy but it took Ilya so long to accept his wolf that now I want to SEE him after this point.
In the end, I absolutely ADORED this book. I loved seeing Volyk and Ilya again and getting to know them both deeper. I’m glad the author considered extending this story because it’s definitely a uniquely, intriguing tale. I hope this won’t be the last we see of them, especially since I want Volyk’s brother’s story now! Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a different kind of shifter story!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*