A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne Series #1)

A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne Series #1)

by Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear
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A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne Series #1) by Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429965491
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Series: Iskryne Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 106,640
File size: 325 KB

About the Author

Sarah Monette is the author of Melusine and The Virtu. She was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.

Elizabeth Bear is the author of the Hammered trilogy, and Blood and Iron She won the Campbell Award in 2005.


Elizabeth Bear shares a birthday with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. This, coupled with a tendency to read the dictionary as a child, doomed her early to penury, intransigence, friendlessness, and the writing of speculative fiction. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in central Connecticut with the exception of two years (which she was too young to remember very well) spent in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the last house with electricity before the Canadian border.

She's a second-generation Swede, a third-generation Ukrainian, and a third-generation Transylvanian, with some Irish, English, Scots, Cherokee, and German thrown in for leavening. Elizabeth Bear is her real name, but not all of it. Her dogs outweigh her, and she is much beset by her cats.

Bear was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is the author of the acclaimed Eternal Sky series, the Edda of Burdens series, and coauthor (with Sarah Monette) of the Iskryne series. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.


Sarah Monette is the author of Melusine and The Virtu, and with Elizabeth Bear is co-author of  A Companion to Wolves. She was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.  

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A Companion to Wolves 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, not only because of the mythological aspects, but also because of the complex relationships between the characters. New and interesting, this book grabs you and does not let go. A little graphic at times, but still amazing. I hope profoundly that there will soon be a sequel.
Bob_the_Director More than 1 year ago
A very original story of Vikings, wolves and the men who love them. Great Gay Romance.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book I have ever put down before finishing it. The first was Salmon Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which is still the worst reading experience of my life. This book is a very VERY close second. While I don't mind strange or unfamiliar names, people changing their names, who is or is not a wolf, alluding the male on male rape, oh GOD I just couldn't stand anymore and I really REALLY tried. This is the first book I have ever deleted from my Nook instead of just archiving it. It was so bad that I didn't want to take up valuable reading space. I wasted my time and my money on this one. Sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book , but if you are not a fan of gay sex scenes,you will not like it, it didnt ruin the story for me but i could understand if someone duslikes it or could not get into it because of that
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line was indeed good and the characters well done but the graphic homosexual scenes were way ovedone and unnecessary.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Wolfcarls are men who fight the trolls and wyvern when they come down from the north and are telepathically bonded with their warrior wolves. There has not been a major Troll excursion in almost a century so the ranks of men and wolves are below full strength. They live apart from the community as the wolfhealls and the males must bond. Njall is picked as part of this year¿s tithe, an honor that makes him defy his father who orders him not to go. He bonds with konigenwolf Viradechtis, an alpha who will grow up to lead her own wolfheall along side of Njall, now called Isolfr. He learns what it means to be a wolfcarl, as major aspects of his life has changed, but his love for his wolf makes him feel it is worth any hardship. However, the trolls invade the land, killing all who stand in the way of their horde. Isolfr and Viradechtis risk their lives to stop the raiders, but will fail unless a recluse who wants no part of them helps and even then they may still lose. --- This collaboration between two greats has led to a fascinating and unusual fantasy. Although the story line follows much of the usual coming of age quest saga, the plot goes much deeper especially into the relationship between the wolfcarl and his wolf than most Scandinavian mythos based tales thus the audience learns how wolf society works. Not for the squeamish. A COMPANION OF WOLVES is a delightful sexually graphic (running the gamut) save the realm fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 5 months ago
I found this a very well written, well developed book. The characters were intriguing, the world immersive, the prose both violent and poetic. Everything I want to see in a coming-of-age fantasy. Fair warning, there are strong homosexual themes. Those who do not care for such things should not read this book. I think the sample makes it clear enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, my two favorite things in one book!
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