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Wolf's Blood

by Jane Lindskold

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This was, all in all, a rather disappointing end to the series. The plot, six hundred pages in the making and truly epic, was resolved altogether too neatly in seventy-five pages, and the final few chapters were devoted to an attempt at tying up a loose end or two from the other books.

On top of that were inconsistencies that floated around, in both plot and character. Whether it was because Lindskold wanted to change things around or because she had grown sloppy I can't tell, but for me, it doesn't reflect terribly well on the series. I want to leave satisfied, but all I had since the previous two books (Wolf Captured and Wolf Hunting) was a feeling of wanting to return to the world encapsulated in the first three books and then seemingly forgotten and cast aside in favor of creating a huge world. I would have loved to have more time spent in the world that was more fleshed out and more concrete in the author's mind, and I would have also liked to return to those characters that inhabited the world rather than just having a reuniting-of-sorts as they do near the end of this book.

The writing at least was solid if not the most exhilarating prose I've ever read. It tended to be stilted, but Lindskold captured different methods of speaking well enough to be able to differentiate between characters and to have flowing dialogue. A few editorial errors leapt out here and there—"soom" for "soon", a different error for "surprised", the wrong it's/its—in addition to a lack of commas that made reading jarring at times didn't detract from the plot. Much to her credit, I have been up late reading through the last two books because their plots have been enthralling: I'm sitting here writing this review at a quarter to four in the morning after having spent the last 3.5 hours finishing the book.

In short, compelling plot, serviceable writing, but when compared with the rest of the series, quite disappointing as a conclusion due to too many loose ends and too neat of a wrap-up. ( )
  raistlinsshadow | Jan 3, 2010 |
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Firekeeper stood, feet planted slightly apart, head held high, and looked from her past into her future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765353741, Mass Market Paperback)

Raised in the wild by intelligent, language-using wolves, in her teens Firekeeper was abducted back into the lands of men, where her upbringing as a wolf helped her survive the deadly intrigues of human beings.
 
One of the first things she learned in Hawk Haven was that magic was a thing to be feared and despised. Long ago, all the human kingdoms were ruled by powerful sorcerers. Then a plague came and the sorcerers died.  Nobody misses them. Much was lost—but still, nobody misses them.
 
Yet as Firekeeper has traveled and grown wiser in the ways of human beings, she’s learned that the true story was more complex. In coming to the country of the Liglim, she, Derian Carter, and Blind Seer discovered that magic is still working in the world, and that it isn’t always the evil they’d been warned against. But it also turned out that the old plague specifically targeted magic users.  And when Firekeeper and her friends learned to open the gates between worlds, the plague came back with them.
 
Firekeeper, Blind Seer, and Derian Carter survived the plague: not unchanged, but still themselves. Now Firekeeper is determined to learn the nature of the plague--and if she can, to end it forever. What happens next will be the culmination of the remarkable fantasy epic that began with Through Wolf’s Eyes.

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"Raised in the wild by intelligent, language-using wolves, in her teens Firekeeper returned to the lands of men, where her upbringing as a wolf helped her survive the deadly intrigues of human beings." "One of the first things she learned in Hawk Haven was that magic was a thing to be feared and despised. Long ago, all the human kingdoms were ruled by powerful sorcerers. Then a plague came and the sorcerers died. Nobody misses them. Much was lost - but still, nobody misses them." "Yet, as Firekeeper has traveled and grown wiser in the ways of human beings, she's learned that the true story is more complex. In coming to the country of the Liglim, she, Derian Carter, and Blind Seer discovered that magic is still working in the world and that is isn't always the evil they'd been warned against. But it also turned out that the old plague specifically targeted magic users. And when Firekeeper and her friends learned to open the gates between worlds, the plague came back with them." "Firekeeper, Blind Seer, and Derian Carter survived the plague: not unchanged, but still themselves. Now, Firekeeper is determined to learn the nature of the plague - and if she can, to end it forever. What happens next will be the culmination of the fantasy epic that began with Through Wolf's Eyes."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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