Wolfshadow, by Robert Edward Graham & Christopher S. Fuqua, is a science fiction novel that bleeds just enough into the fantasy genre to tell a particularly uplifting, if utterly depressing story.
I went into Wolfshadow without having even gone through the blurb and if I am honest, the cover had prepared me for another fantasy adventure. The cover work did serve to highlight certain elements from the book, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. All things considered, I had prepared myself for a disinteresting read.
The authors however, present an entirely new story altogether. What begins as a hard SF short story about a group of highly-trained professionals sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact from Mars slowly becomes an eco-thriller and a spiritual trek into the life and tragedies of Jim Pleasant and then slowly careens into dark fantasy territory.
While there is not a lot to be said about the language of the narrative overall, Jim Pleasant’s story is by far the meatier and most interesting part. The varied settings that the authors have crafted, from Mars to Earth to the strange worlds beyond life and measurable time make this for an excellent read. All of these things come together almost seamlessly toward a very gripping ending, despite its extremely depressing implications. Also, Jim Pleasant’s catchphrase ‘Piss on it’ sounds like a pretty great t-shirt logo idea.
Wolfshadow is published by Ursa Major Books