Thursday, September 26, 2013

REVIEW - Secrets of the Wolves

Secrets of the Wolves
Author - Dorothy Hearst
Series - Wolf Chronicles #2
Genre - Anthropomorphic fiction
Pages - 384

Description From Goodreads 

The rules of the Wide Valley wolves were clear: Never consort with humans; never kill a human unprovoked; never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live. But they were rules destined to be broken. 

Now, in the second riveting installment of The Wolf Chronicles the stakes are higher than ever. Young Kaala of the Swift River pack shattered the rules of the valley and exposed the lies hidden beneath them. Now, responsibility for the consequences rests with her. Along with her young packmates and the humans they have befriended, she must find a way for the wolves and humans of the Wide Valley to live in harmony. If they succeed, Kaala will finally prove herself worthy of her pack. But if she fails, the Greatwolves who rule wolf-kind will kill every wolf and human in the valley. 

Told from the wolf's point-of-view and set 14,000 years ago in a time when the cultures of wolves and humans were not so different, Secrets of the Wolves transports us to a world where instincts are our only compass and cooperation between potential enemies could mean the difference between life and death.

Secrets of the Wolves left off where the last book ended. Kaala is till trying to unite the humans with the wolves and the Great Wolves are still trying to thwart her. This time though, there are many secrets the Great Wolves have hidden and its up to to Kaala to find them and keep the humans and wolves from warring with each other and destroying all that is in the Wide Valley.

 Kaala and her pack are back and really not much has changed. Kaala is still regarded as Drelshik (unlucky) and is shunned by some wolves but loved by others (Azzuen, Marra, Pell) and of course the humans NiaLi and TaLi. This time the Great Wolves have given Kaala and her group a challenge: Make the humans accept the youngwolves into their homes by 3 moons past or else all the wolves in the wide valley will die by Great Wolf teeth and claws and everything will go back to the way it was, with wolves ignoring humans and humans ignoring wolves.

 In the beginning it looks like Kaala and gang will succeed and I was so happy for them, until we learn that Malsindra, a great wolf will do anything to make sure they fail, even if it means driving the prey off! I was so discouraged because they were doing so well, wolf and human were hunting together and taking down big game, even sitting side by side at fires. 

Then we learn a great thing that Kaala and Tlitoo the raven can do and it got very interesting, and helps Kaala along her way to finding out the secrets the great wolves harbor. The ending though sets up very well for the third book and it had me reeling! I want to know what happens so badly! If you enjoy books told through the eyes of animals or mythical creatures then I believe this novel and the one before it will capture your attention and heart.


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