I might be a little biased, but when I see a Werewolf: the Apocalypse novel with Bill Bridges name on the front cover, I expect greatness. His previous work has always been excellent, breathing life into the setting, and showing how Garou culture 'works' on a day-to-day basis. This has served as inspiration for RPG sessions, and I take Mr Bridges novels to be just-as-canon (if not more) than source books.
'Song of Unmaking' does not disappoint in any way. The novel provides a masterful cross-over between Werewolf, and Mage: the Ascension in a manner that positions the cross-purposes of both groups in a logical collision course. Favourite characters such as Albrecht, Mari, and Evan return, and a host of other characters new and old all add their individual responses to the looming threat. The depiction of spirits (two in particualr, I shan't ruin it) shows the sometimes erratic nature of these entitites, and demonstrates that spirits are not always 'easy-access fonts of knowledge' - that sometimes that knowledge is hard-won.
In addition, the threat posed by the Wyrm forces is credible and creative, weaving contemporary technology and scientific progress into recongnsable mythos. It is this skillful mesh of science and myth that makes parts of Werewolf so appealing, and it is delivered in a manner that left me very pleased with the overall plot.
I would leave only one consideration with the fiction line from Onyx Path, and that is to consider an 'enhanced fiction' line, wherein some of the spirits, talens, and the like are given game-mechanic treatment in an appendix. It would be great to see the fiction line not only enrich the story via these tales, but the game through ready-made items. This is, however, merely a suggestion, as I cannot fault the book.
I look forward to my print copy, which will be placed next to my well-worn copy of 'The Silver Crown'.
[5 of 5 Stars!]