End of the Wild

Jason Taylor
Lone Tree Press
ISBN 9781980917526
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/19)

“End of the Wild” by Jason Taylor is an adventure that begins when a woman named Amy teams up with a man named Ian on a sailing journey that will take them up the British Columbia coastline, from Victoria to Alaska. Ian’s refurbished antique sailboat is his most prized possession and is dismayed when it capsizes and lands the two on Hurst Island which was originally inhabited by the Salish Indians. The island appears to be empty because the vacation season has ended and Amy and Ian have to trek across it to get to a closed resort in hopes of finding supplies and access to help. They are frightened when they see encounter a male being that is not human. Fortunately, he lets them pass by undisturbed, but little do they know how aware he is of their presence and they he has plans for them. When help does arrive, a fog lands the whole group back on the island, stranded. The rescuers tell them about the history of the island and the importance of Sasaheva, the wild man, and Tsonoqhah, the wild woman. Relying on old local traditions, it is believed the only way they will be able to get off the island is to send Amy and Ian on vision quests. The quests take Ian back to the past and Amy into the future. Both vision quests are disturbing, and Amy learns that the natural beauty of the area is in danger of being destroyed by humans. They soon learn their roles in how they can prevent this from happening.

“End of the Wild,” tells an amazing story about the history of an island off the coast of Vancouver, in an area that was originally inhabited by the Salish tribe. The author Jason Taylor did an excellent job of incorporating local folklore and true history into this spine-tingling adventure. Readers will appreciate that Taylor offers resources for further information about the history of the Salish and the area, because his story generates a lot of interest.

Taylor also has a gift of being able to vividly describe scenes that bring them alive and make them feel real. For example, when the characters had to spend a night out in the cold, I found myself wrapping up in a blanket, and worrying about spiders. When they were boating through the eerie fog, I felt like I could feel the chill and had some goosebumps as well – and I live the in the southern California desert! When Taylor writes about events involving the mythological beings, I felt like I was right alongside the protagonists who were encountering them, and I felt afraid! 

“End of the Wild,” is one of those tales that will have an impact on readers, even after the story ends. Unless you don’t mind weird dreams, I don’t recommend reading it right before bedtime! I am still processing what I experienced. Readers who enjoy thought provoking fictional stories that have both mysticism and well researched history incorporated into the narrative will love “End of the Wild” by Jason Taylor.