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Literature / The Windwater Pack

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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 original can be read here. A film adaptation of the first book is in the works, and more information can be found here.

Tropes present in this series:

  • 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: Ruger for all his younger siblings.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Nicodemus' son when his father breaks up a fight between him and Zephyr.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Cian’s declaration of love for Moira is messed up enough that she Lampshades it.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Moonriver is named for her grandmother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The reason it's said sarcasm is Zephyr’s first language. Apparently an inherited trait i.e. Layla and Cian. Sequana and Moira have their moments too.
  • Disney Death: Zephyr in the first installment.
  • 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: Zephyr's backstory. 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 "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: Zephyr and his human 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.
  • Retired Badass: Nicodemus after being overthrown by his son.
  • 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.