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The Wereling

April 1, 2010

If you’ve known me since middle school (or before), you’ll know that I loved reading books.  I was classified as the “class bookworm” in fourth grade (yay, right?).

However, I still read books that update series that I’m really interested in, such as The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr).  Right now, that’s pretty much the only non-complete series that I’m waiting for.  Recently, however, I came across a pretty good author: Stephen Cole.

—Caution: Spoilers of The Wereling ahead.  If you don’t intend to read this series, go ahead.  If you have already read this series, go ahead.  If you don’t care, go ahead—

He’s written a lot of books, just search him up in Wikipedia.  He’s written a trilogy titled The Wereling.  It’s about a kid named Tom Anderson who’s just a normal teenager until he goes on a camping trip that is supposed to be the last trip with his family.

He gets into an argument with his family and stomps off angrily.  He wants to prove his dad wrong about anything, and when he sees the river, he remembers his dad’s statements of how dangerous the river is and how he shouldn’t go swimming in it.  So Tom, being a teenager, jumps right in.  He nearly drowns and has a near-death encounter with a bear.

He’s saved by a family that seems normal at first.  However, he meets the girl that’s about the same age as him.  She seems a freak, secluded and surrounded with “magic” and mystical crap that no one believes in.

Anyways, it turns out the family is a bunch of werewolves and Kate is the only normal girl.  Tom has been turned into a werewolf with the mother’s “herbs” that were supposed to be healing him.

So, Tom and Wesley, Kate’s sister, have a fight and they both transform.  Tom kills Wesley.  Kate and Tom takes off.

At this point, I think I should stop summarizing the plot.

Obviously, we can all see what’s coming between the couple: a hopeless romance that will never work because Tom is a werewolf and Kate is kind of normal.  Kind of cliche, isn’t it? This cliche kind of pops up everywhere – whenever the main characters are a boy and a girl, you know automatically that they’re going to end up falling in love and going on this long, long journey together and getting together after it or whatever.

This series is pretty much betrayal after betrayal, as each of their benefactors turn out to be werewolves hunting for them or are killed.  Or some actually stay true to them.

It’s an extremely interesting series, in my opinion, better than Eragon, etc. because its attempts at “romance” actually don’t end up in disaster.  Paolini really needs to stop attempting all that romance.