Twilight of the Wolves is an epic fantasy following a man cursed by a dying god's blessing, a mute eunuch carrying the dead to the Goddess of Death, and a young girl saved from a burning metropolis only to be raised by the cursed man and two wolf gods. These three lives intersect and become bound together as they walk with gods, watch them die, and hide from the terror that is humanity's lust for violence and destruction. Wandering across countries and cultures, the characters discover the cacophony and contradiction of visions and values that define humanity. They see the collision of cultures highlighting the definitions of civilization and try to find their place within and without them. The past, present, and future haunt the people of this world as they wander on, hoping to find an answer to the questions buried deepest.
"This is a dopamine-creating book for those who love language and cerebral stimulation exploring realms of ineffable reality-music. Twilight of the Wolves is a little somepn' somepn' for your euphoria and redemption-of-humanity needs. You can re-read any random spot for renewed joy because it's not just there to get across a plot: each sentence juxtaposes surprising, pleasing word combinations that live full-on, avoiding anything resembling cliche or default language. The confidently consistent unique voice makes the breath get bigger, the visual field brighter." Read the rest of Tantra Bensko's review at Speak Without Interruption.
Edward J. Rathke wrote Ash Cinema [KUBOA Press, 2012], Twilight of the Wolves [Perfect Edge Books, 2014], and Noir: A Love Story [Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014]. He edits at The Lit Pub and Monkeybicycle.
Perfect Edge Books' page
What Are Perfect Edge Authors Up To?
Twilight of the Wolves follows three people's journey through a world ravaged by war as they try to understand what humanity is.
The Life and Opinions of Edward J. Rathke
It began from a simple vision I had alone at night in Korea, while staring out into the mountains past my window. I saw a child following a man with wolf ears through a forest, and that’s still a central image to this novel, but so many more visions fell inside it, including the vision that’s in everything.
Edward on Twitter