I just love the plot and the writing. Before the first chapter even ended, I was hooked, and the story did not disappoint. It was interesting to watch the setting build up, his fathers words playing back during the whole thing, and how, interestingly, they ceased sometime after meeting Bone. I love how difficult hunting is portrayed to be in winter and just generally integrated into the story, whether it’s the fox doing the act, or man.
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But my god, probably may favourite part is the bittersweet ending. It was perfect. Sad, but perfect. From the start to the finish, the idea of it being in the direction of the setting sun, to the mantra of “West. Always west.” that’s included in, if not ever, then most chapters. But the hint of where this land is in the second or third last chapter with the dream... I immediately got a gut feeling and called the ending. But how does “Wanderer” visit several times? That’s what I’m confused about, it wasn’t that clear to me.
The epilogue made me want to cry, laugh, smile, all at the same time. It was short, but the last paragraph made a lasting impact.