Animals · Fantasy · Read-Reviewed-2018

Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. (2008).

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Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. (2008).

(Wolf Chronicles #1)

*4 out of 5 stars*

This book is the first in the ‘Wolf Chronicles’ trilogy. I first read it in 2009 and it’s one I’ve never forgotten and always meant to read the rest. I’ve finally just reread it and now in the middle of the second book. I like this one because it seems different to the average fiction novel. The book is set 14,000 years ago and from the perspective of a wolf cub. I know that sounds a bit random but it works pretty well. Kaala (the main character) is a mixed-blood wolf which is forbidden in her pack and so although she is allowed to live, she is feared/resented by numerous other wolves. Also forbidden is contact with any humans, Kaala breaks this rule by saving a drowning child and the events that follow this could lead to an all out war between wolves and humans.
This isn’t the best book in the world by any means, but it is an enjoyable read and worth having a look at. It would make a good ‘holiday read’. Unfortunately there is some language here and there that is not clear of the meaning, I think the book would have benefited from a glossary at the end.

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