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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Weariness of Were-Wolves by Chrys Cymri is the seventh book in the Penny White series. Penny, Clyde, Morey, and Morey’s family are stranded in Lloegyr now that all the thin places have closed, and they have no way to return home. Now, she must discover what this means for her future and how she fits into this new society she may be a part of indefinitely. She takes up a new position at Saint Raphael’s which is a place for not-weres and is run by the charming Father Llewelyn. Her new position allows for her to get to know the not-weres and understand the traumas they face while she and Clyde take up helping a warren of were-rabbits. She receives a shocking proposal just as her relationship with Raven has changed with his sudden interest in meddling in her life. As if that’s not enough on her plate, she and her family have a fight ahead of them to help Clyde fulfill his dream of becoming a priest as the Church may not be ready to see a snail shark in the priesthood.
Once again Chrys Cymri shines with another Penny White adventure that continues to explore the world of Lloegyr while seeing the return of several favorite characters and the introduction of some new faces. The magical creatures in focus are weres which introduce several varieties, though were-wolves and were-rabbits play a more prominent role in the events that take place. Change is the primary theme explored and is something each of the characters must face now that they’ve experienced a drastic change in their lives. Cymri has explored change as a constant theme throughout the series as Penny’s life has constantly changed with her going from being a parent to her little brother to becoming a widow and from being a priest in human society to discovering magical creatures in another world. She’s facing yet another major change in her life as the thin places have closed, and she’s forced to find a new role for herself in a society that follows different rules.
The quirky and often nerdy humor is maintained as seen in the first books in the series with Cymri keeping you updated on the latest Doctor Who news and even taking time to weave in some fun Harry Potter moments. Refugees are at the heart of the story as Penny and the other humans are stranded, which means they’re separated from their homes and families, have to find jobs and housing, and are having to ask for help from creatures that aren’t naturally known on earth so that they can integrate into a new society. The Weariness of Were-Wolves is a poignant and emotional new adventure in Penny White’s journey with new dynamics while exploring the themes of change, the struggles refugees face, and intolerance in society while never missing a beat with its humor, charm, life lessons, religion and, as always, the love of Doctor Who.