The Wild Ways

The Wild Ways

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by Tanya Huff
     
 

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"The Gales are an amazing family, the aunts will strike fear into your heart, and the characters Allie meets are both charming and terrifying." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil

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"The Gales are an amazing family, the aunts will strike fear into your heart, and the characters Allie meets are both charming and terrifying." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family...

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Zingy characterizations and a quick pace are the book’s strong points.... Fans of the previous book will hit the ground running.” —Publishers Weekly

"Combining Celtic folklore, musical references, and a love of nature and magic, this sequel to The Enchantment Emporium will appeal to Huff’s many fans and to readers who like their urban fantasy with more depth and character development.” —Library Journal

“Timely environmental themes can easily draw in new readers.” —RT Book Reviews

“It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.” —Locus

Quintessential Huff — sharp, clean, funny. A heady mix of music, place and people that rings true on every level. Once again, I find myself hoping that this is a series that will go on.” —Green Man Review

"Combined with Huff’s ability to blend ancient traditions seamlessly into the modern world and making them seem perfectly normal and characters who are appealing and fun to hang out with, you’re in for an amazing read. A perfect example of how there’s more to urban fantasy than teenage girls swooning over the undead and how so many others are failing to exploit the genre’s full potential.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Publishers Weekly
Canadian author Huff cranks up the supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in this helter-skelter sequel to 2009's The Enchantment Emporium. Charlotte "Charlie" Gale faces off against the legendarily tricky Aunt Catherine, a fellow Wild Power who's joined forces with an aggressive oil company that plans to drill in the middle of local Selkie territory. Working to save the Selkies while wrangling a bored 14-year-old cousin who's also a dragon, Charlie has to come to terms with who she is and what she's capable of doing. Zingy characterizations and a quick pace are the book's strong points, moving the reader past often-convoluted family interactions with aplomb. Unfortunately, the most interesting plot twists rush past as well, giving short shrift to Aunt Catherine's role as a master manipulator. New readers will find it tough to get up to speed, but fans of the previous book will hit the ground running. (Nov.)
RT Book Reviews
“Timely environmental themes can easily draw in new readers.”
Locus
“It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.”
Green Man Review
“Quintessential Huff — sharp, clean, funny. A heady mix of music, place and people that rings true on every level. Once again, I find myself hoping that this is a series that will go on.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Combined with Huff’s ability to blend ancient traditions seamlessly into the modern world and making them seem perfectly normal and characters who are appealing and fun to hang out with, you’re in for an amazing read. A perfect example of how there’s more to urban fantasy than teenage girls swooning over the undead and how so many others are failing to exploit the genre’s full potential.”
Library Journal
Charlotte "Charlie" Gale is a Celtic musician living with her extended family in Calgary. As an inheritor of the Gale women's "Wild Magic," she possesses talents more powerful and less controllable than those of her "Aunties." In a bid to win offshore drilling rights, an oil company hires Auntie Catherine to steal the sealskins belonging to a family of selkies in Nova Scotia. Now Charlie must face off with the one family member with powers equal to, and older than, her own. Huff ("Blood" series) is one of the pioneers—along with Charles de Lint—of urban fantasy, bringing an earthy wholesomeness that elevates the genre above the steamy eroticism so common to other series. VERDICT Combining Celtic folklore, musical references, and a love of nature and magic, this sequel to The Enchantment Emporium will appeal to Huff's many fans and to readers who like their urban fantasy with more depth and character development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407636
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Enchantment Emporium Series, #2
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
300,130
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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The Wild Ways 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Besides humans, the world contains several paranormal species like vampires, goblins, pixies, and hoberts, etc. however on top of the food chain are the Gales. They look human, but are not human and they possess the power to topple empires. The most powerful Gale is Charlotte, but "Charlie" as she is called prefers playing her guitar with her road touring band. Charlie loves music but also uses music to focus her power, which explains why several other bands want her to join their group. Nobody is as surprised as she is when she helps the Selkies who had their pelts stolen by her Auntie Catherine who was hired by an oil company. Assisting her is fourteen year old Jack who is a Gale Draconian Prince and sorcerer. The person who wanted to control the Selkie is Amelia Carlson who wants to control the selkies as they belong to an environmental group Two Seventy Five N that presses government to deny off shore drilling permits to Amlia's company. Charlie and Jack search for the stolen pelts, try to prevent the drilling, and prepare for battle against a powerful family member. The latest Gales urban fantasy (see THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM) is wonderful thriller due to the strong cast who make selkie and Gales seem genuine. The story line is fast-paced but character driven as the aunt and niece are on different sides of the drill baby drill controversy; which anchors the plot in a real contemporary debate. Readers will appreciate Tanya Huff, known for her military science fiction, as The Wild Ways is a terrific read, one of the best urban fantasies I have read in years. Harriet
Read_Compulsively More than 1 year ago
I was so glad to see this book! I picked up the Enchantment Emporium a couple of years ago just by chance and couldn't put it down. I immediately started searching for other books about the Gales, but didn't find any. Again, just by chance, checked recently and there it was. This family is weird, wonderful, scary, and just totally wacked - I hope Ms. Huff brings us more and soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read every word, no skipping or skimming. Totally needed this refreshing story!
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Merrymoon More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyable urban fantasy book. The series started with The Enchantment Emporium, which was great as well. This is a stand alone story, but reading the first book helps with some background. I love the Gale family and its quirky characters and magical plot lines. Tanya Huff is a great writer, I have enjoyed other series by her, of which the Valor series is my favorite, but this one is quickly rising and if she continues with more books, might surpass how much I enjoyed the Valor books.
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