““I wonder if she knows her fury will kill her, if maybe she’s fine with that, maybe she would charge toward oblivion rather than return to whatever she fled.”
Inti has always been called to the forests, to the wildness of animals. She has always been called to the wolves.
Now an expert in her field, she is charged with rewilding the Scottish Highlands where the forests are dying out due to a predominance of deer—and a lack of wolves. The locals, whose livelihoods depend on livestock and farmland, could not be less enthused. What they are, is fearful.
As humans collide with the wild and a man goes missing, Inti begins to wonder if they were right to be.
Peopled with complex characters, troubled histories, and covering antagonistic terrain, this is a bounding, breathless novel of the wilderness and the wild, of trauma and healing and rewilding what has been suppressed; this is a triumph.”
CW: domestic abuse, rape
Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed—inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is mauled to death, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then is something more sinister at play?
Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves—if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.