A fantastical take featuring legendary heroes, Celtic folklore, religious history, and love. A story that finds the intersection of religion and fantasy, Rachel Atwood’s Walk the Wild With Me tells the story of a boy with a mysterious past who is thrust into an important role in a battle between Fae and Wild Folk. Nick must decide where his loyalties lie, with the Church or with a new and unlikely family, to help rescue a mortal woman trapped by the treacherous Queen Mab. Atwood does a commendable job of using all of these elements that, for some, have long been thought of as opposites, religion versus fairytale and Catholicism versus paganism, and used them to work together. Through Nick’s journey, we see that people possess a capacity for duality: a man of God can have a heart filled with magic; a magical creature can understand its own mortality, despite what legend tells, as well as the relevance and importance of God.
Unfortunately, more questions were left by the end of the book than answers. 290 pages were spent building this complicated and interwoven world, with a very abrupt conclusion that left the fates of most of the characters a huge question mark. This could be a set up for sequels and spin-offs, as it did leave the reader wanting, but these loose ends were more frustrating than enticing.
Atwood has put together a world of fact and fiction, legend and history, lore and real life, that manages to complement itself without contradiction. Despite its fantastical nature, it is a true exploration of human desire. The constant wanting of something—for love, acceptance, revenge, redemption—is all present in this journey between worlds.