Literature / The Windwater Pack

The Windwater Pack is a book series about three generations of leaders in a pack of wolves. Its key characters are Zephyr, a Raised by Humans Papa Wolf, his mate Sequana, his sons Ruger, Cian and Julian, his daughter Layla, and his grandchildren Legacy and Calaway. The first book can be read here. A film adaption of said book is in the works, and more information can be found here.

TROPES IN THE WINDWATER PACK:

  • Animal Talk: Referred to as “common speech”, though each species also has its own language, and understanding humans is a learned behavior.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ashtree for Zephyr, Zephyr for Ashtree when she becomes Sín Nara, despite considering her his big sister.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Both played straight and subverted by Zephyr in Spirit Brother: His father Stone Voice is at the top of his list (see Freudian Excuse below) and he never hesitates to let him know it. However, when he has the chance to really put him in his place, he simply says “Good-bye” and walks away. A Crowning Moment of Awesome, too.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Cian’s declaration of love for Moira is messed up enough that she Lampshades it.
  • Cool Uncle: Ruger and Julian
  • Dead Guy Junior: Moonriver is named for her grandmother, just to name one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The reason it's said sarcasm is Zephyr’s first language. Apparently an inherited trait i.e. Layla and Cian. Sequana has her moments too, as does Moira.
  • Disney Death: Zephyr in Homebound Drifters
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Zephyr’s reaction to most attacks on his loved ones.
  • First Girl Wins: Moira is this for Cian. Maybe Sequana for Zephyr, as she is the first unattached she-wolf he meets.
  • Freudian Excuse: Poor Zephyr. It’s so sad his dad… er, sire didn’t want him, his littermates starved, his mother was shot when he was he was eight-weeks-old, and his hatred of said sire made him too blind to do the right thing so his cousin/half-brother had to sacrifice himself to keep his birth pack intact. Still doesn't excuse ripping the throat out or tearing to shreds people that threaten his loved ones.
  • Happily Married: Zephyr and Sequana, as well as most of the mates
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Zephyr never really gets over Cypress's death, or his mother's, and losing his pups just digs the wound deeper
  • I Uh You Too: Cian’s confession of love to Moira amounts to him accidentally quoting his dad before he gets the words out.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ashtree and Zephyr have this vibe.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: This gem from Zephyr’s Legacy: Eclipse growled in pure fury. “Leave it to him to destroy a well-balanced pack! That –” She let out an unprintable stream of curses.
  • Meaningful Name: Most of the characters have names whose meaning are somehow indicative of their personality.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Nicodemus, Ruger, Layla
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Every wolf (except Zephyr at times) is a Largely Normal Animal.
  • Noble Wolf: While they are portrayed semi-realistically, most of the characters fall under this trope.
  • Official Couple: Zephyr and Sequana, Cian and Moira, Julian and Eclipse, Legacy and Legend
  • Overprotective Dad: Zephyr all the way. Slightly understandable given his past.
  • Papa Wolf: Zephyr, no contest.
  • The Patriarch: Zephyr is this for the Windwater Pack, at least in his children’s eyes.
  • Raised by Humans: Zephyr, as a result some of his traits confuse his fellow wolves. His grandparents too to a lesser extent.
  • Retired Badass: Nicodemus. Jagger is a non-Retired version.
  • Savage Wolves: Subverted, big time. The wolves are portrayed as close to real life as they can be, but they aren't blood-thirsty monsters.
  • Shout-Out: To certain series (Avalon:Web of Magic, The Circle Trilogy) and songs/singers are referred to now and again. In some cases, good luck figuring out what Zephyr's talking about.
  • Talking to the Dead: Zephyr receives guidance from his brother, Small Spark, who died shortly after birth.
  • True Companions: Zephyr and Ashtree.

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