The Black Wolves of Boston
by Wen Spencer
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Review by Mel Jacob
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781481482462
Date: 07 February 2017 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer offers an exciting and humorous tale for young adults of a young werewolf and his unwilling acceptance of his heritage. When ten classmates are torn to piece, only the unconscious Joshua survives, but powerful enemies want him for a blood sacrifice.
Spenser's werewolves are not the traditional ones of legends. They are not ruled by the moon and, while strong, are not invincible. They protect the world against monsters from a realm of chaos that would destroy the world of humans. In particular, the wolves fight a group of Wickers, witches who use blood magic and are dedicated to destroying the werewolves.
Arrayed against the Wickers are Virtues, a vampire, and the werewolves. The Virtues are beautiful angel-like people who use long blessed knives, guns, and the power of the deity to defeat magical creatures who arrive through the rift and the Wickers. Some have killed vampires and other magical creatures.
Until the slaughter of his classmates, Joshua was a nerdy boy considered too small for most sports, but adept at judo. After the Wickers' attack, Joshua wakes from the slaughter in the hospital and discovers he is stronger than before. With his new strength, he inadvertently causes all sorts of destruction. Beloved by his parents with his sister constantly on his case, he fears he will hurt his family, so he flees. A compulsion takes him to Boston.
Once Joshua reaches Boston, Decker, a vampire with strange powers, discovers him running in the dark. He manages to calm the boy when a phone call arrives from a colleague, a Virtue named Elise. Decker and Joshua rush to help Elise who is under attack by a huntsman, a magical construct created by Wickers.
When Decker questions Joshua, he tells him of big man who turned into a wolf and was attacked by his classmates. The wounded wolf bit Joshua and disappeared. A hunt for the wolf ensued.
Seth, the werewolf Prince of Boston, senses his cousin, the injured man/wolf, needs help. Elise also is on the trail and eventually locates and rescues the dying wolf. The need to keep Joshua who is actually the lost son of a royal werewolf drives the action.
The novel centers on the plot of the Wickers to create a rift in reality to allow monsters to take over Boston and to destroy the werewolves protecting it. Joshua is key to such a takeover. Spencer delivers plenty of magic, action, and humor as Joshua grows into his heritage.