Goodreads Monday – Empire of Wild

Goodreads Monday – Empire of Wild

I already voted last month. I almost didn’t either because I thought it was going to take too long, and I was feeling lazy, but you know what? I just went after my doctor’s appointment because I was like – if my work is only going to give me an hour to vote and there’s been a long line of people voting, I’d better do it while I’m taking the time now before I end up being super late for work.

It ended up taking me less than 10 minutes or so, my normal time it takes me to vote on Election Day in the morning on regular years so that was interesting. Even with the social distancing protocols and extra precautions to make sure that we all stay safe and clean and whatnot. So we’ll see how it goes tomorrow for those that weren’t able to vote yet. But if you haven’t already voted… don’t forget to vote tomorrow.

Thanks to Dini @ Dini Panda Reads, I’m adding Goodreads Monday to my weekly meme schedule, and I’m excited to do this one. This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it.

Empire of Wild

by Cherie Dimaline
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Horror / Fantasy

Empire of Wild is doing everything I love in a contemporary novel and more. It is tough, funny, beautiful, honest and propulsive—all the while telling a story that needs to be told by a person who needs to be telling it.”—Tommy Orange, author of There There

A bold and brilliant new indigenous voice in contemporary literature makes her American debut with this kinetic, imaginative, and sensuous fable inspired by the traditional Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou—a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of native people’s communities.

Joan has been searching for her missing husband, Victor, for nearly a year—ever since that terrible night they’d had their first serious argument hours before he mysteriously vanished. Her Métis family has lived in their tightly knit rural community for generations, but no one keeps the old ways . . . until they have to. That moment has arrived for Joan.

One morning, grieving and severely hungover, Joan hears a shocking sound coming from inside a revival tent in a gritty Walmart parking lot. It is the unmistakable voice of Victor. Drawn inside, she sees him. He has the same face, the same eyes, the same hands, though his hair is much shorter and he’s wearing a suit. But he doesn’t seem to recognize Joan at all. He insists his name is Eugene Wolff, and that he is a reverend whose mission is to spread the word of Jesus and grow His flock. Yet Joan suspects there is something dark and terrifying within this charismatic preacher who professes to be a man of God . . . something old and very dangerous.

Joan turns to Ajean, an elderly foul-mouthed card shark who is one of the few among her community steeped in the traditions of her people and knowledgeable about their ancient enemies. With the help of the old Métis and her peculiar Johnny-Cash-loving, twelve-year-old nephew Zeus, Joan must find a way to uncover the truth and remind Reverend Wolff who he really is . . . if he really is. Her life, and those of everyone she loves, depends upon it.

I mean besides the fact that it is supposed to have a Rougarou involved, but it is also from a Canadian Metis author? I think that’s really cool and I’m so glad that she gets to tell a story from her nation and really make it her own. Now I know that I’m still not much of a horror novel person, but I still really want to read this one, and read more novels from Indigenous authors and more Indigenous stories in general. I hope that this one was received well in the Indigenous book community, although I personally haven’t seen much about it. That could just be because I haven’t been able to see a lot of accounts that talked about it – which I hope to change – but I’ll have to look more into it. Looking briefly at Goodreads, I’ve seen some people say that the ending was confusing, but hey… that doesn’t always bother me.

There’s been SOOOOOO many books that have had confusing endings for me and don’t have a continuation and it doesn’t completely bother me or make the story not enjoyable or whatever, so even though I’ve seen that come up in a couple of questions or mini reviews so far, I’m excited to see what I end up thinking about it.

This book is sitting on my shelf staring at me too! And I put it on my list to read this month… hopefully.

We will see, since I somehow read a lot of books in October – somehow. I said that twice, didn’t I? Oh well. I still can’t believe it’s somehow November.


Thank goodness. Who else is ready for it to be done with? Don’t know if 2021 is going to be any different but I think I’m okay with a new year… kind of. Don’t know yet. Maybe I’m ready for the new books that are supposed to be coming out in 2021. What about you?

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