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A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear
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A Companion to Wolves (edition 2008)

by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette

Series: Iskryne (1)

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Title:A Companion to Wolves
Authors:Elizabeth Bear
Other authors:Sarah Monette
Info:Tor Fantasy (2008), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Id-tastic. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
I tried to like this, I really did, but it was just too grim for me. It was creative, well-written fantasy, but their lives seemed so awful, I couldn't get past the first third. So no rating from me.

One weird thing: kind of unusual that two female writers wrote a book with no female human characters and a totally male dominated society. Maybe more women show up later in the book.
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
This is not a nice book, and it needs a pretty explicit content warning. And it does not engage well with the topics which require said warning. But it is solidly written, in a way that caught hold and made it hard to put down.

Fascinating world building at the higher level, a bit icky lower down (and the feminist message of "maybe we don't respect our women enough" got a bit heavy handed at one point), some interesting explorations of gender, engaging characters.

Really should be four stars based how I felt when I finished it, but the problematic parts preclude that. ( )
  fred_mouse | Oct 12, 2017 |
When Njall Gunnarrsson is sixteen, the wolfcarls come seeking their tithe of young men. He is the son of a jarl, a local nobleman, but status is no protection in these dark days, when trolls roam the forests and wyverns have been spotted in the mountains. All that stands between these terrors and the common people are the wolfcarls: warriors who have bonded with the great trellwolves and devoted their lives to keeping the land safe. And yet the people fear them: there are scurrilous rumours about what these landless men get up to, and Njall’s father clearly believes the worst; but an obligation is an obligation. Njall must go. His father’s only hope is that Njall won’t be chosen for the bond and can come back home, away from the corrupting influences of the werthreat. But this wouldn’t be a fantasy bildungsroman if the hero simply came home again. Instead, when the alpha female Vigdis (the konigenwolf) gives birth to a litter of pups, Njall is immediately smitten with the fierce little bitch-puppy Viradechtis. As soon as she crawls towards him, he knows that he would sacrifice his life for her...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/14/a-companion-to-wolves-sarah-monette-elizabet... ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 14, 2017 |
How could I pass up this cover? ( )
  on_elc | Aug 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076535778X, Mass Market Paperback)

A Companion to Wolves is the story of a young nobleman, Isolfr, who is chosen to become a wolfcarl -- a warrior who is bonded to a fighting wolf. Isolfr is deeply drawn to the wolves, and though as his father's heir he can refuse the call, he chooses to go. 

The people of this wintry land depend on the wolfcarls to protect them from the threat of trolls and wyverns, though the supernatural creatures have not come in force for many years. Men are growing too confident. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords give them less respect than in former years.  But the winter of Isolfr’s bonding, the trolls come down from the north in far greater numbers than before, and the holding’s complaisance gives way to terror in the dark. 

 Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, must learn where his honor lies, and discover the lengths to which he will to go when it, and love for his wolf, drive him.

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'A Companion to Wolves' is the story of a young nobleman, Isolfr, who is chosen to become a wolfcarl - a warrior who is bonded to a fighting wolf. Isolfr is deeply drawn to the wolves, and though as his father's heir he can refuse the call, he chooses to go. The people of this wintry land depend on the wolfcarls to protect them from the threat of trolls and wyverns, though the supernatural creatures have not come in force for many years. Men are growing too confident. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords give them less respect than in former years. But the winter of Isolfr's bonding, the trolls come down from the north in far greater numbers than before. Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, must learn where his honour lies, and discover the lengths to which he will to go when it, and love for his wolf, drive him.

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