What If Werewolves Were Real?
Yes, What If They Were Real?
Have you been to the movies and seen a horror flick depicting blood-thirsty, shape-shifting people who transform into vicious wolves at the full moon? Do you think there is any truth to such stories, even if only a tiny grain?
How do such tales begin? It could be that people with rare deformities, or abnormal gowth of hair (hirsutism) were persecuted and whispered about, back in the bad old days when things such as witch trials were held.
The study of them is known as lycanthropy; there is even a branch of psychiatry dealing with humans who fancy themselves to be werewolves.
It seems humans have an irrational fear and hatred of anything different; unlike themselves. What a pity. What a boring world it would be if everyone were exactly alike. But, on the other hand, if we cannot learn to get along with those who are different, then boring would at least be peaceful. Or would it?
I’ve pondered this often, and it is doubtful that Utopia is all it’s cracked up to be. It seems to be bound into human nature to find something to gripe about. The weather. The food. The size of someone else’s property. Money. It’s everywhere and all consuming.
What Would Werewolves Actually Do?
If you are curious, and have a liking for fantasy and the pseudo-paranormal, you might like to explore this question in a marvelously crafted series of books by author Nicky Charles.
The books are hard to categorize by genre, being part sci-fi,/fantasy, part drama, part romance, and part "horror," although that aspect is minimal.
Within their pages, she has created an entire complex society of weres, and she has done so skillfully enough as to make the stories believable: the sort of book you are sad see come to an end because you were so immersed in the story, and empathizing with the characters.
The books can be read in any order, but make the most sense if read in sequence.
How Do They Manage Their Families?
In the first book, The Mating, she explores pack life, and alliances between packs. Pack structure is also well explained and interaction between members is explored as well, giving a background structure for the subsequent books. Some of the characters are followed through the series, sometimes playing a major role and at other times being merely a reference point.
The picture of pack life is painted as groups of families living together on a large compound, just as human families might do. The weres, though, live in more remote areas, and keep to themselves to avoid being discovered for what they are. This, even though they spend the majority of their time in human form, even holding jobs outside the compound.
Past prejudices nearly wiped out the species, and there are strict laws in place to manage self-preservation. They are not depicted as bloodthirsty killers, but rather as a separate species who enjoys shifting into their wolfen forms more on a recreational basis for a romp through the woods.
What Would Happen if They Were Discovered?
In the next book, The Keeping, we find the law that determines what happens if the human population finds out about the pack. Rather than being brought in, questioned, possibly tortured or used in laboratory experiments, they will quietly disappear. How? You’ll have to read the book. No spoilers here!
Do any humans even know about them? Some do--a very few carefully selected and trusted individuals. But the packs have their own medical clinics and practitioners, as their unique physiology cannot be allowed to be seen by standard medics.
This is a strong species with amazing healing and restorative powers in any case, and their ability to heal from even fairly serious wounds in short order would surely have human doctors buzzing, and before long, they would no doubt be hunted down for laboratory study. That cannot be allowed to happen.
Are Any Weres Unaware of Who They Are?
Sometimes there are lone wolves who may or may not know their heritage. In most such cases, they are depicted as having been adopted or found, and raised with humans. At a certain age, their wolf sides begin to emerge, and they may be confused and scared.
In The Finding, the next book in the series, this entire scenario is explored in great depth, and again features characters familiar from the first two books, Kane, the Alpha of one of the packs, features prominently, as does a turncoat within their midst.
Again there is a set of carefully prescribed protocols in place for dealing with these unfortunates, helping them to adapt and understand their unique biology.
What Happens if a Wolf Sours?
If some circumstances cause an individual to turn his back on the group, and go off on his own as a lone wolf, he is known as a Rogue Wolf, and is considered dangerous both to the surrounding community and to the survival of the pack, lest he cause them to be discovered.
Very complex actions are set in place to find this individual, and that is explored in the next book, Betrayed: Days of the Rogue.
Within this volume are hinted at other species of creatures that normally blend in with the human populations, mainly the Fae. I have to wonder if Ms. Charles is contemplating a new series dealing with them.
Just One Warning:
I must caution you, however: this is adult reading material.
While there are precious few incidents of blood and gore within the entire series, there are numerous very steamy, erotic and graphically described encounters between the characters.
Is There More?
You bet there is! I’ve provided only teasers here; a brief overview. The characters are all complex and well-developed, and the story lines are engrossing. These are books that are hard to put down until read through to the end; real page-turners.
Collectively, the series is subtitled “Law of the Lycans,” for Lycans are what werewolves call themselves, and all of them are available for e-book readers, and some of the titles are also to be had in hardcover and paperback.
By the end of the series, the reader is almost disappointed that these characters are products of the author’s vivid imagination. She makes them seem like folks you’d want to meet.
Do you think you would enjoy this series?
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© 2014 Liz Elias