The Wolf of Dorian Gray by Brian S. Ference || Review

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Last week author Brian S. Ference contacted me with the question to review his first book The Wolf of Dorian Gray. Since I absolutely love the original story by Oscar Wilde I got very curious, but also a bit sceptical because of the literary masterpiece that is The Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s hard for a beginning writer to come anywhere near the originality of a work like that of Wilde, especially if you use exactly the same main character and storyline as the original does. All this didn’t take away my curiosity though!

Blurb
This expanded edition of the classic philosophical fiction by Oscar Wilde, features all-new scenes in a compelling tale of love, lust, and the werewolf spawned by the evil of man. The story, set in late 1800’s England, follows the life of Dorian Gray, who through ancient Romani magic’s and the skills of an astonishing artist has had his fate and soul irrevocably linked with the last remaining wolf in the forests of England. Dorian revels in the experiences of first love, delights in the art and beauty of the world, relishes the freedom of his youth, and is awakened to the many pleasures of life. His friend and mentor, Lady Helena, provides a guiding hand as he struggles with his conscience and the purpose of living. Meanwhile, the wolf begins to grow and change into a hideous monster that is ravaging the countryside.
(source: Goodreads)

About Brian S. Ference
BRIAN S. FERENCE lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with his wife Rachel and two children Nathan and Lena. He has always had a passion for reading and writing from a young age. Brian loves new experiences, which has included operating his own company, traveling the world, working as a project manager, diving with sharks, and anything creative or fun. He is always up for a new adventure such as writing or other artistic pursuits.

His first book is titled: The Wolf of Dorian Gray: A Werewolf Spawned by the Evil of Man. You can learn more about book two in The Wolf of Dorian Gray series: Purgatory of the Werewolf, as well as any other upcoming books or projects at http://brianference.com or http://thewolfofdoriangray.com.
(source: Goodreads)

Review
It’s been quite a long time since I read the original story, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, but I still knew the key points and themes of the story. Wilde’s story is one of my favourite classics, so as I said earlier: I was a little sceptical when I started this book.

To not do something because of fear is really just a deception of self.

Luckily, The Wolf of Dorian Gray started off in a very different way. The first thing you get to read is a mysterious flashforward, which made me very curious about the development of this modern, expanded version. And that’s exactly what it is, an expanded version. The rest of the story is almost exactly the same as the original story (except for the ending!!), but of course, this time a werewolf is added to the story.

BUT! That’s not the only thing that’s been added. In The Wolf of Dorian Gray you get to see a wholly new side to the person that is Dorian Gray. I never would’ve thought that Dorian could be so … sensual. So, that was a big plus gehehe. Okay, I have to add, that was a plus until he became the biggest ladykiller ever. Literally.

What does it profit someone if they gain the whole world, yet lose their soul?

So, I really liked reading The Wolf of Dorian Gray, mainly because of the beautiful writing style of the author. But, I think the thing that makes me love a book is its originality and because this story was practically the same as the original story by Oscar Wilde, it lost a lot of my love. I think this story would’ve been a really great one if it wasn’t an expansion, but a retelling. A retelling with new characters and with only a hint to the original story.

3-/5 ★

*I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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