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Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld Series #1)

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A thrilling new series for Ranger's Apprentice fans!

Imagine a world ruled by Werelords—men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King's throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew's the only one who can unite the kingdom in a massive uprising against its tyrant ruler, Leopold the Lion. But the king ...

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Overview

A thrilling new series for Ranger's Apprentice fans!

Imagine a world ruled by Werelords—men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King's throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew's the only one who can unite the kingdom in a massive uprising against its tyrant ruler, Leopold the Lion. But the king is hot on Drew's tail and won't rest until he's got the rebel wolf's head.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this thrilling middle-grade debut, first in the Wereworld series, British author/illustrator Jobling (the designer of the Bob the Builder TV series) creates a memorable new setting in which were-creatures rule. When Drew’s mother is attacked by a monster, Drew’s true nature as a werewolf is unleashed. Driven from his home through a misunderstanding, he goes on the run, finding trouble around every corner. As the last of the royal werewolf line, Drew has been marked for death by the werelion Leopold, who currently rules the Seven Realms. Trying to stay alive, with a wereboar scholar and a feisty werefox princess-to-be as his unlikely allies, Drew careens from one adventure to the next, almost accidentally sparking a revolution against the corrupt leaders of his nation. Jobling’s characterizations are solid, his world-building is complex and fascinating, and the combat scenes are suitably exciting. The book’s themes are familiar—lost prince in exile, voyage of self-discovery, young heroes rebelling against injustice and evil—but Jobling uses them to tell a thoroughly enjoyable adventure that makes particularly inventive use of its shape-shifter elements and mythology. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Drew of Dyrewood lives an expected life as the son of a farmer, until a creature bursts into his home killing his mother and evoking feelings that had only barely begun to surface. His father and brother return to find Drew cradling his mother's body. His father believes that Drew has turned into a "monster," murdering his mother, and he brings forth a scythe like weapon cutting into Drew, ending his life. Only the scythe doesn't kill him and as he runs from the only home he's ever known he feels his body take over, healing him and releasing a newfound destiny. Drew is a therianthrope, a lycanthrope and the last of his kind living in a world led by the Weres of the Seven Realms. Drew is the last of the Wolves. His true father was a King and was savagely murdered by Leopold, the Werelion. Drew struggles with the knowledge that he is taught from the unlikely Weres that he meets on his journey, Duke Bergan, the Bearlord, his friend and healer, Hector, the Wereboar and the beautiful, but opinionated, Gretchen, the Werefox. His future was foretold in fables from the past, but can he become the leader of the people? Can he defeat the cruel and deadly, Leopold and save Gretchen from a life of unhappiness with her proposed husband, Prince Lucas, Leopold's son? With the Wolfshead blade, the very sword that threatened to end his life, he takes on a battle to change all of Lyssia. Wereworld is full of action from the first page to the last. The reader is an immediate ally of the wolf who would be King. We fight alongside him as he tries to return to the normalcy of the life he once led, only to discover that his future has grander ideas for him. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
Kirkus Reviews

When a monster breaks into his house and kills his mother, and his father accuses him of the murder, 16-year-old Drew Ferran must leave home and find his own way in the world.

Drew lives in the wilds, and it turns out that not only does he not know where home is any longer, he doesn't really know who he is, though he has long suspected there's more to him than he had imagined. For Drew is a therianthrope, a lycanthrope, the last of the Werewolves, and in his land of Lyssia, there are many kinds of Werelords heading noble households—the Werestag, the Wereboar, the Werebadger, even the Wererat. But it's a kingdom ruled by King Leopold the Lion, who is ever eager to kill Drew and end the line of wolves. Jobling's debut initiates a sure-to-be-long series of Wereworld tales, pure fantasy adventure with plenty of horror in the mix. Though the writing is sloppy, with no shortage of wordy and awkward sentences, readers will no doubt be zipping along too quickly to notice. Familiar themes of home, identity, destiny, friendship, loyalty and taming the beast within will satisfy lovers of fantasy.

Pitched to an audience younger than Twilight's, this will find broad appeal among lovers of adventure fantasy, especially those mourning the end of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice. (Fantasy. 10 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142421086
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Wereworld Series , #1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 88,238
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 4.92 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis Jobling is best known as the designer of the BAFTA-winning BBC show Bob the Builder. He is also the creator/director/producer of Nickelodeon's Curious Cow animated shorts and the author and illustrator of several picture books. He resides in Warrington, United Kingdom.

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    A fresh start for the fantasy adventure genre!

    After several months of eager anticipation, this UK novel finally found its way to US shelves. The first thing about this novel that I came to like was the writing style, which was not overly complicated nor immature for the directed audience. This made for an easy, enjoyable read. The second thing- Let's talk werewolves.

    The werewolf novels you might find today on the shelves seem to be filled with the "just a big wolf" werewolves. If that's what you're hoping for with Curtis Jobling's Wereworld I implore you to seek a different read, because Wereworld's "Therianthropes" are monstrous man-beasts that thrive on their baser instincts to bite, tear, and rip their way to victory over their adversary. These beasts cave into blood lust, and do not refer to their "therianthropy" as a curse to feel sorry for themselves over, but more as a gift- even a right.

    I immensely enjoyed Wereworld and its immersive environment of lovable characters, budding romances, incredible plot, daring sword-fights, and big twists that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    MUST READ!

    I didn't know what to think when I first received this book. The cover art made me think of the Conan, and like, books on my Dad's bookshelf. But I'm one to try anything, and I'm glad I did. Not only is it a Must Read, but definitely one of the best books I have read thus far this year. The beginning had a slow start, but in the way a storm builds. You can feel the pressure changing in the air, sense the approaching darkness. At the moment everything is quiet, peaceful, but in the back of your mind, you know things are about to shift. You can't explain it, you just know.

    Drew Ferran, knew nothing of the outside world that flowered along the edges of his family's farm. And he was content with that; living the life of a farmers son, herding sheep. But when Fate, has other plans, there's nothing you can do about it. Left at home with his mother, while his father and brother head off on an errand, Drew is unaware of the impending danger. That a beast is lurking in the darkness, with the intent to spill blood. A beast, similar to the one Drew, has hidden within himself. Before the night is through, Drew will come face to face with the creature. Not as a boy, but as one himself.

    Drew, suddenly finds himself being wrongfully accused, by his very own father, for the atrocious murder of his mother. With his father and brother turning on him, Drew, is left with no other option, but to flee. The life he once knew is forever lost to him now. Entering into a series of life altering events, Drew, will embark on a journey of self discovery. What he learns will shock him. Even more, the world he knew nothing about, is depending on him to survive. For he, is their last hope.

    Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf, is an amazing book. Not only did Curtis Jobling, prove that he has supreme world-building skills, but that he is equally talented in developing characters. A rare find amongst fantasy writers, or really any writers. The world he created, Lyssia, is so wonderfully designed, that I found myself envisioning it as a real place. More astonishing than that, are his characters. Each one is not only unique, but Curtis Jobling, has a way of bringing them to life. I love how even the small mentioned characters have development. You continue to remember them long after they're mentioned, as much as you would the main and secondary characters.

    Curtis Jobling, did extremely well, when it came to writing his main character Drew. Drew's development throughout the story is captivating. Each action, consequence, thought, that Drew, takes or has, shows the depth of who and why he is such a noble character. So many times when faced with difficulty, that would normally cause others to turn away, he silences that inner-taunting voice and stands strong. The best part, is Curtis Jobling, provides us with detailed actions, leading the reader to develop this understanding, rather than just 'telling' the reader, who Drew is.

    Same can be said for all his other characters. I enjoyed witnessing Drew's influence and the affect he had on others. How he was able to show Hector, a friend found during the most distressing time, how to live. The way he was able to get under the skin of Gretchen, a snob in everyway possible, and break her down. A character, you enjoy to hate in the beginning, yet find yourself loving in the end. And that is only mentioning few of many.

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    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Loved It!!!!

    I bought this book and I loved everything about it. It had action, adventure,fantasy, and animals.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Wereworld

    Wereworld is a must read book

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    The first Wereworld middle school fantasy is a fabulous brisk twisting coming of age quest thriller

    Sixteen year old twins Drew and Trent Ferran live on a farm with their parents. The siblings are close though they look nothing like brothers. The father and Trent set off for Tuckborogh to sell goods. However, while they are away for the day, a monster attacks and kills his mother even as Drew turns into a werewolf to try to save her. His dad returns home to see evidence that makes his son a killing beast. He drives the lad into the woods.

    Drew is unaware that he is the only living lycanthrope as his native land Lyssia has been ethnically cleansed of his species by werelion King Leopold, who rules the Seven Realms and obviously wants him dead too. He finds allies with a wereboar Lord Hector the scholar and werefox Princess Gretchen while struggling to survive the were-assassins sent by the monarch to finish the extinction of the werewolf line.

    The first Wereworld middle school fantasy is a fabulous brisk twisting coming of age quest thriller. The story line deploys the frequently used theme of the return of a young hero to fight against injustice and survive assassins but is made fresh by the shapeshifter hierarchy that make up the Seven Kingdoms. Tweeners will enjoy the Rose of the Wolf as the exiled prince returns home.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Was very good

    Jobling had me hooked from start! Had to pick up info as i went, though

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    awesome

    awsome

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    ¿

    OK i found this at barnes and nobel and since i Absolutly LOVE werewolves, I thought this is my type of book. I got a sample.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Excellent!

    Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf tells the story of Drew and the world that he suddenly finds himself inhabiting. Drew was an ordinary boy on an ordinary farm living with the people that he believed were his family. But what happens one night shakes his belief of his existence to the core. His mother is mauled to death and his father and brother both believe that he was responsible for the actions of that night. Confused, Drew flees the life that he knows into the darkness of the Dyrewood. As suddenly as he left the world of his people, Drew is just as quickly catapulted back into the land of the living after months of living on his own. He in embroiled into politics that he was never aware of and into people that he can neither trust or understand. As the story progresses, Drew becomes a rallying cry for the people against a powerful rotten king.

    At the first beginnings of the story, I was a little concerned that it was following the normal train of events that some fantasy stories tend to do. And, to be honest, several elements are there: the boy who has a hidden destiny and parentage, the quest for understanding, the move from a lonely existence to one of prominence, and rejecting a rotten king. But what Jobling does with the elements makes it turn into a darker, more realistic story. First of all, the story moves along at a realistic rate, with months and events all happening that seem not to be related to the central storyline but allows both the reader and Drew to be enlightened as to the situation that is going on around him. Drew also meets some truly interesting characters and enhances the story in ways that make it a much more interesting plot. The hesitation that Drew has as he is propelled from event to event that is often not of his own doing adds a nice level of realism. The book is, also admittedly darker than you would first guess, especially as to what Drew experiences in the hands of the enemy. But, it is nice to see that side of it as well, many authors would not have put that in, and it really adds to the story.

    Overall, this is an excellent novel, and is one that I will enjoy re-reading and I cannot wait until the next installment.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    AWESOME

    Totaly AWSEOME

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Great series

    This is a fast pase-book and and is a great family read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Awsome

    It's a very awsome!!!!
    If you like action and fiction.
    This is a book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    This is is my favorite book series of all time now!! I highly re

    This is is my favorite book series of all time now!!
    I highly recommend!!!
    I read this to my mom (she is in her 30s) and my sister (She is 10) and they both loved it!
    I think anyone who likes action Will love this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    A must read!

    This book is defiently a MUST READ! This book took me by suprise at first when i got this book, i thought it would only be for adults but when i read the first two chapters, well just say, IT LITERALLY BLEW ME AWAY!
    I loved the action, the suspense, the drama, and the adventure. It is like all my favorite thing wrappe all into this book! I would recommend this book to anyone who is 11 and up ( plus if you have a strong stomach and can take some gruesome things in). But this was truly a great book. It will make you want to read it again ad agian!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf is a very magical book that i love g

    Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf is a very magical book that i love greatly. I like how the author used the idea of doing the sort of switched at birth type of thing to instill in Drew the ideas of a common man. Making him more likable by the people of Lyssia. I like the way Drew keeps trying to escape his fate, just to be pulled back again. There really isn't anything about this book i don't like. I would recommend this book to anyone i know.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    One of the best books I have ever read. If you are a fan of Eragon this is the best book to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    One of the best

    This book combines my two favorite things animals and a good fantasty! To any one who is a eragon fan i suggest you read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Awesome book

    This is an amazing book
    If you liked it you should check out shark wars
    Or maybe alex rider

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    The best book ever

    The stars say four but I say 4.5 just because of the amount of gore and death but otherwise the best book I have ever had the pleasure to read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    The best books

    Amazing! I love books that show action, an unraveling plotline, and what seems to be a budding romance, and it totally fulfilled!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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