Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review - Promise of the Wolves

Author - Dorothy Hearst
Genre - Fiction
Pages - 368
ISBN - 1616871202


At least that's what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Until a young wolf dares to break the rules -- and forever alters the relationship between wolves and the humans who share their world.This is the story of such a wolf. Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and an outcast after her mother is banished, Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack. But her world is turned upside down when she saves a human girl from drowning. Risking expulsion from their pack and exile from the Wide Valley, Kaala and her young packmates begin to hunt with the humans and thus discover the long-hidden bond between the two clans. But when war between wolves and humans threatens, Kaala learns the lies behind the wolf 's promise. Lies that force her to choose between safety for herself and her friends and the survival of her pack -- and perhaps of all wolf- and humankind.

Set 14,000 years ago, Promise of the Wolves takes us to a land where time is counted in phases of the moon, distance is measured in wolflengths, and direction by the scent of the nearest trail. Years of research into the world of wolves combines with mythical tale-telling to present a fantastical adventure set in a world filled with lore (description from goodreads)

What a wonderful book! I really enjoy anthropomorphic books (books told in the animals POV) especially wolf ones. It is very interesting to see how pack dynamic works and learning about the ways of wolf. Dorothy Hearst takes us on an enchanting journey through the eyes of the youngwolf Kaala, from her birth to her ascension into youngwolfhood. Along the way we get to know her other packmates, each with thier own flehsed out personalities. From the proud and strong Ruuqo, the equally strong but kinder Rissa, his lifemate, to the old and wise Trevegg.

The book is not without its tragic moments though, what would a book like this be if it were all happy? Yes, there are deaths in the wolfs pack and they are sad but they are also learning opportunities for young Kaala. Eventually Kaala befriends a human named TaLi and this is where the story really picks up. For it is in the covenent that a wolf should never make contact with a human, soon though even Marra and Azzuen (Kaalas packmates) befriend thier own humans with the help of Tlitoo the raven, they sneak off and play, even hunt with the humans.

But, there is also conflict within the wolf packs and all the valleys wolves are in danger a well as all humans, the added drama was well recieved. The energy, tension, fighting and conflict were all believable and meshed well together. I will say that there were a few dull points in the book and i found myself putting it down a bit. However, I am very glad i finished the book and even more excited when i learned the next book will be out soon (there is a little sneak preview in the back of the book)


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