To Taj a home is someone to share it with and now a civilian he can freely admit that he wants to share his life with a man that captivates him. In search of said man he has entered the urban jungle, that doesn’t really care for his ex-military bearing, in the hopes that one of it’s nameless bars would house the man he has yet to meet. Finding a snowy owl that seems too smart for it’s own good and can see through a one way mirror is something that he did not expect, but after it is scared away he meets Alder and knows right away the white haired man is the owl that had fascinated him.
After three months of keeping company with the shapeshifter, Taj invites him over the cook spaghetti and learns even more about the enigmatic owl. Alder makes Taj a better man, but when Alder loses his ability to change and fly after making a promise to Taj there is no going back, only forward into the future.
This story got off to a very rough start for me, and I didn’t really care for the way it was written. The point of view seemed off somehow, more telling than showing, and I found it hard to enjoy the story because it was written in that fashion. I have to say, however, that I did find the idea of the story intriguing as well as the emotional journey of Taj and Alder which is worthy of note even if the reader misses out on the middle of the journey which would have brought the reader closer to both characters. It’s one I’m sure many couples would recognize as the partners try to make a relationship work that has cost them both in the hopes of finding something better in each other. I think Willa Okati’s ideas show promise, however, I would like to see her skill in portraying those ideas improve quite a bit as this one did not reach the potential it presented.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Changeling Press
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-60521-040-7
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