The Windwater Pack
is a five-volume 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 Speaks Fluent Wolf Shape-shifter
“spirit sister” Ashtree Waxwing. 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: Zephyr to Ashtree’s children, despite being an Honorary Uncle. Ruger too.
- Dead Guy Junior: Moonstream and Riverstar are named for their grandmother, Moonriver. Starla for her sisters Riverstar and Layla. Just to name a few.
- Deadpan Snarker: The reason Ashtree says 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 when he encounters the coyote that killed his pups is to shred him quite literally. The only thing that saves the coyote's mate is that killing her would leave their son an orphan, like Zephyr himself was.
- 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
- Honorary Uncle: Ashtree is introduced to Zephyr’s first litter as their Aunt; Zephyr gets the same treatment with Ashtree’s children
- 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. He won't allow any threat to his family, as Carlos found out first hand.
- The Patriarch: Zephyr is this for the Windwater Pack, at least in his childrens 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: Certain series (Avalon:Web of Magic, The Circle Trilogy) and songs/singers are referred to now and again. In some cases, good luck figuring what Zephyr's talking about.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Ashtree, though she is limited to canines originally.
- Talking to the Dead: Ruger receives guidance from his sister, Riverstar, who died in her first hunt.
- True Companions: Zephyr and Ashtree, which he extends to her mate and children.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Ashtree due to her Transformation Trinket.