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When a stranger is captured by the Guards of the House and Garden where she has worked all her life as a slave and maid, sixteen-year-old Claidi helps him escape and sets out with him to journey to his home city through the dangerous Waste.
Posted November 20, 2014
** spoiler alert ** This was a quick and enjoyable read. The main character was very likable, and I found myself rooting for her the entire time. There were times I was confused as to who I wanted to see her with, as the one male does a great job in deceiving not only Claidi but the reader as well! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!
The author describes a new world in a way that the reader can picture exactly what Claidi sees. I am curious as to how the House and Garden, the Waste, and the other cities all came to be. I hope that we are rewarded with this history in the following books.
The writing is endearing; it is Claidi writing in her stolen journal, and the words are definitely that of a young girl writing her feelings. I enjoyed how she used "filthy word" when she refused to repeat swear words that were spoken. There were also a lot of (?)s and (!)s to accompany observations that she made. The reader also was allowed to witness her slowly understanding new phrases and ways of life.
Posted December 6, 2012
This was one of those books that was on sale online for a dollar or two, and I picked it up, because why not? It was a high fantasy. Heroine runs off to create a better life. Sounded like I could like it.
I was wrong.
It's not that Wolf Tower is all terrible; there's a reason I kept reading until the end of the book. There's a handful of side characters that I actually enjoyed. The world that Claidi lives in actually interests me -- I liked learning about it.
But Claidi, Claidi, Claidi.
Now, I know Claidi hasn't seen much of the world. Slave her whole life, whatever. But the minute she escaped was when I stopped liking her, not when I started!
In the first chapter, when she's trapped as a slave, she's annoyed with the world, doesn't trust anybody. She's fascinated by the outsider -- different appearance, perhaps a way out of her life -- and tries to protect the other slaves around her from getting hurt. She's no fragile flower.
But the minute she leaves?
Oh, clearly she's in love with the newcomer! Everybody can be trusted except the people who obviously can't be trusted because the newcomer doesn't like them! Oh, love love love do whatever he wants loyalty yay!
Her and Bella Swann would get along greatly in the "fall-in-love-faster-than-humanly-possible" bit.
But I'll give Bella this -- it took her more than 24 hours, and she didn't entirely trust him at first.
Claidi? Not so much.
Posted January 5, 2012
I read this book more than 8 years ago and I'm back. Buying the entire series and rereading it. They are wonderful books! Inspired me to keep my own diaries. There can never be enough girl power books and no collection of such books will ever be complete without this book and series. My only hope is that when I have daughters they will love these books as much as I did and do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2009
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Back as a teenager, I LOVED this book. I recently gave it to my 15 year old niece to read, and she loves it as well. I'm not going to lie, my 23 year old self read it again, and I still love it! I've read some reviews saying that the writing style is simplistic, and it is. It's in a journal format, but it works out that way. Tanith Lee is a very talented author and does not skip out in any details of this book. It has wonderful imagery and something that is written "as if by an amateur" would not bring to mind even years later the colors and sounds that I remember from this book. It has a wonderful plot. The other books in the series get a little wild, but I will always love the first book. When Claudi fell in love with Argul, it was so strong that I fell in love with him too. 5 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2009
Posted April 27, 2008
This book might be a bit boring ,but if you read the rest of the series it is really good.You find out Argul has a brother and that his mother is still alive.
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Posted September 26, 2007
If you're looking for a good fantasy title, don't bother picking this one up! I've enjoyed Tanith Lee's novels in the past, but this one was a great disappointment. The writing was choppy and poorly composed, and many of the phrases were difficult to understand simply because they were so badly constructed. The prose shifts tenses erratically (something tolerable in amateur writing classes, perhaps, but certainly not in published literature!) and it's nearly impossible to tell when any of the events are happening because the author jumps around so much. The characterization is cliché and unbelievable, and character bumble around painfully until they finally make it to the inevitable (and utterly predictable) conclusion. Thank goodness I checked this one out from the library. I'd be even more disappointed if I paid money for this disaster.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2007
Simplistic, boring, and absolutely ridiculous. I couldn't take anything that happened in this book seriously. The writing style was hilarious, the character development was not believable, and I just didn't feel like wasting my time with the rest of the series when I could be reading something much deeper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2007
This is a really, really, really good book. I really liked it when I first read it, and I still do. At first I did not know it was in a series and when I found out that it was I was super excited! If you like ordinary people who become heroines, read this book! And if you like some funny stuff mixed in, you will love this book!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2006
I loved it. I just started the series and read half of it in one day. It really pulls you in. The beginning is not that great but then in the middle, you can't stop reading it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2005
ok, first i want to say that i would reccomend this book (as it was to me)to every girl who loves an adventure story(boys to i guess) and who also likes to read about love that unfortunately gets ripped to pieces so to all you people who like that (like me) then read this awesome bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2005
This book is simply amazing. I enjoyed reading it completely, and couldn't put it down until I finished it. Of course, as soon as I did finish it, I was complaining about how I hadn't bought the other books in the series, and how I would have to do that right away. Anyway, a few things I know I look for in books are: Realistic, true characters... You know, with real, complex personalities... Continuing, though, an interesting, entertaining plotline, and a great overall feel to the book. Wolf Tower definitley hit all those and more. The main charater, Claidi, is interesting and real, with a definite personality. You also don't just have 'good' and 'bad' people in this book, just like you don't have 'good' and 'bad' people in real life. Each person is somewhere in between, and I appreciate that. The plot was unlike any other book that I've seen before. You see, when I read books, I like to analyze things. Through this book, I was pleased to find out that when I had decided a certain thing was going to happen, a new twist was thrown into the plot, and it happens that I guessed incorrectly. Not that many books do that to me nowadays, and so I'm always tickled pink when I can find a book so... Different. And just overall, this book had a wonderful vibe to it. You can just tell that Tanith Lee enjoyed writing The Claidi Journals through her writing. It radiates, the magical feel of this book. It simply radiates.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2005
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Posted October 4, 2005
I thought the book seemed to copy a lot of characteristics from a couple of other books. Also, I think it got confusing a couple of times. It is fast paced too, because of the journal style writing, with not enough description. For example, I don't remember ever reading about what Claidi looked like. For all that, it was still amusing but, I wouldn't buy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2005
i thought this book was out standing how she made every seen as if u were there i could find my self going to bed and wanting to turn the light on and pick the book up agian it 1 that i wont forget its is put together in such a great way it just fits all the seens the romantic love for her friend argul and all the tradgedy she had to face and yet got up agian this book is the most wonderful book ever i think im 14 and had fun this summer enjoying this book by tanith leeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2005
I loved this book sooooo much that when I finished it (the same day I bought it) I begged my dad to take me back to B&N. I don't usually like journal style books, but this one was great! I got so into Claidi's character and only put the book down once when Claidi did something I thought she was idiotic for (actually, I threw it across the room, but quickly retrieved it to see what happened, lol). This book also had just the right amount of fluff (romance).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2005
I didn't know what to make out of this story. It's brillantly written and theres a nice plot but it was confusing. The Girl's perpective problably was the result becasue she didn't know what was going on so no one knew. Also I thought that this book was about love. I certainly didn't feel that bond. All that it said was that he kissed her. Allright but wheres that bond? Wheres that pull that says they really love each other and nothing is getting in their way? I especially hated the part with the Prince Nemian. He is such a PIMP! But most importantly I didn't think that Claidi knew the meaning of love at all even though she says that she loves him. In conclusion I believe that yeah sure you should read this book but check it out in a library. Don't buy it like I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2005
This is a wonderful story about a girl who frees herself from a cruel palace and goes on an epic adventure. This story is so wonderful because everything is so unexpected! It involves humor, a surprise romantic twist, and a lovely descriptive insight from an average teenager all girls can relate to! This is a must read for all fantasy lovers. Tanith Lee has left a masterpeice in her legacy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2004
This book really surprised me. I didn't think i would like it so much! Just the different world, you could really imagine it. I thought it was really cool that you could relate to what she was thinking. I don't know if it's just me, but i didn't get on to look at the reviews to get a lesson about heaven. I sort of would like to know about the book. People have different opinions, and I think some people (really long review somewhere below mine) should respect that and keep their spiritual lessons for a more appropriate occasion but, that's just me. Anyway really good book, really differentWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.