Promise of the Wolves (Wolf Chronicles Series #1)

Promise of the Wolves (Wolf Chronicles Series #1)

by Dorothy Hearst
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Promise of the Wolves (Wolf Chronicles Series #1) by Dorothy Hearst

The first in The Wolf Chronicles trilogy, brilliantly weaving together original research, lovable characters and a dynamic, thoroughly engaging plot, Promise of the Wolves is a historical adventure story in the tradition of Clan of the Cave Bear and Watership Down.

Set 14,000 years ago in what is now Southern Europe, Promise of the Wolves is told from the point of view of Kaala, a young wolf born of a forbidden, mixed-blood litter. An outcast after her mother is exiled, Kaala struggles to earn her place in her pack. But her world is turned upside down when she rescues a human girl from drowning. Kaala and her young packmates begin hunting and playing with humans—risking expulsion from their pack and banishment from their home in the Wide Valley.

When war between humans and wolves threatens, Kaala learns that she is the last in a long line of wolves charged with keeping watch over humans in order to prevent them from losing touch with nature and thus destroying the world. But to do so she must solve the great paradox of wolfkind: though wolves must always be with humans, humans cannot abide the presence of wolves, and every time the two come together, war ensues. Kaala must choose between safety for herself, her friends, and their human companions and the survival of her pack—and perhaps all of wolf and humankind.

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ISBN-13: 9781416569992
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Wolf Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 571,179
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Previously a senior editor at Jossey-Bass, where she published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders, Dorothy Hearst currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California. Visit the author’s website at DorothyHearst.com.

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Promise of the Wolves (Wolf Chronicles Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 216 reviews.
Kaalathewolf More than 1 year ago
Finally a series about wolves! ( The kind that don't turn into hairy men at night)This is the best book I have read in my life! I would reccomend this book to anybody 9 years or older! Thank you so much Dorothy Hearst!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Hearst is a talented writer who combines meticulous research with a story so compelling that you never notice how much you're learning along the way. In Promise of the Wolves, she gives you a vision of the world 14,000 years ago from the point of view of Kaala Smallteeth, a young wolf in the Swift River Pack of the Wide Valley, and in doing so she teaches you about the co-evolution of humans and wolves. Kaala is an outsider, a wolf of mixed blood who is attracted to humans for their wolf-like qualities. (There's a particularly nice scene where Kaala sees human children tumbling over one another like wolf pups.) Kaala's most unusual trait is her capacity to love another species. Because of her special talent for empathy and compassion, she becomes peacemaker who struggles to prevent a war between wolves and humans. This is not an easy role for Kaala to assume, because it involves serious risk. The leader of her pack has warned her that if she associates with humans, she'll be banished from the valley forever. Kaala is brave and appealing, but Hearst has given her problems and flaws that keep her real. She's stubborn, rash, and something of a renegade; and there are times when you want to step into the story warn her that she's clearly headed for disaster. Promise of the Wolves takes place in a fully imagined world. Besides Kaala, it contains other riches: ravens who croak in haikus, spirit wolves who come to Kaala in visions, Great Wolves who are the secret guardians of human and wolf destiny, human grandmothers who can speak to animals in their own tongues. But beyond all else, this is a wolf's eye view of the moment when wolves domesticated humans and in the process became dogs. After you read this novel, you'll probably never again see a dog on a leash without wondering who's walking whom. This was a great read. I'm waiting impatiently for Book II of The Wolf Chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, Promise of the Wolves, is the first wolf book that I have ever read, and it is by far one of my top favorites. It doesn't tell of wolves as humans think they are—vicious, bloodthirsty, murderous carnivores—and it doesn't tell of them as werewolves—two-legged, hairy, filthy, slobbering beasts whos only wishes are to kill—but it describes them as they truly are: generous, loyal, loving creatures; it tells of who they are through their own eyes, all the dangers they face, the feelings they feel. Just as we do. It describes the evolution of human and wolf, with so much detail, it feels as if you were there, witessing every event; as if you were a wolf yourself. I personally recommend this book to all ages, big and small. Also, if you liked this book, you won't want to miss the book Watership Down, and another series called Wolves of the Beyond.
jawjuhh More than 1 year ago
I read this without great expectations. While I have been known to read fantasy every once in a while, I was never hugely into the whole werewolf thing. Luckily for me this wasn't about werewolves, it was about actual wolves that can talk and communicate with other animals. It was oddly compelling and written beautifully. I really enjoyed reading this and I recommend it, even if you're not a fan of the genre.
AND More than 1 year ago
I have just recently lost my one of dearest friends, a wolf/akita mixed, named Kuno. This book was a beautiful written story that had be laughing and crying as I remembered all the antics that my Kuno pulled as a puppy. I always believed that she knew what I was thinking before I did. I look forward to reading future adventures...
Sharubii More than 1 year ago
I first found this book during a trip to Singapore, and since I didn't have much else to read, I bought it. I could hardly put it down; Kaala's adventures from pup to young adult were vibrant in the storytelling, and the plot is original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as I'm concerned this book is up there with some of the best books I've read. Though written in the first person as Kaala, it transports you to view all of the action and adventure in Wide Valley in a third person aspect. You don't read this tale of the Swift River wolves so much as you imagine it along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Promise of the Wolves was an outstanding novel, and I find myself researching the second book often! Hearst defenetly has a way with words, because I could imagine everything Kaala and her family were going through. I can't wait for the second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book five times by now and it never gets old. Doroth hearst clearly knows how to write a great novel!
Volligtoll More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I was lucky to have found a signed copy at the book store:) I thought the writing was amazing and was very unique having the view point of the wolf. I'm looking forward to the next book:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not expect to like it as much as I did. I felt myself being drawn to the wolf characters. Enjoyed it and so will you if you liked Watership Down or the Redwall books by Brian Jacques.Appropriate for all ages.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kaala was born with Outsiders blood. She watched her siblings die and her mother exiled by the leaderwolf, all because of the blood and the rules broken by it.

Yet Kaala's life is spared when the Greatwolves step in for unknown reasons. Though her life was spared, Kaala is on a difficult path. Ruuqo, the leader of her pack, does everything possible to keep her from becoming pack, and there's something pulling her to the humans that she just doesn't understand.

With the help of a mysterious wolf, a raven, and two of her wolf friends, Kaala learns more about her destiny and the humans. But as war looms on the horizon, Kaala learns that she's not the only wolf keeping secrets, and without the help of those more powerful than her, everyone in the valley may face dire consequences.

PROMISE OF THE WOLVES is an action-packed book, full of surprises and turns. Though it dragged on for a bit at first, I quickly fell in love with Kaala and the life of the wolves. I found myself struggling to put the book down because I wanted so badly to find out the fate of Kaala and her pack, along with the humans.

So whether you're a wolf lover or not, I'd recommend picking up this book. You definitely won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome for wolf lovers, like me!!!! When i bought this book, i knew it was perfect for me!!! Wolves rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your friend, Silvermoon
Renamon29 More than 1 year ago
One of the best series I have read. The second book is awesome too! The characters are so dynamic and the imagination behind the story is incredible. Must Read if you like Wolves!
NotAnonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like wolves, you will absolutely LOVE this book. Dorothy Hearst puts you inside the mind of a wolf so you get a first hand perspective of being in a wolf pack while reading this book. It was a fun and exciting read and I highly recommend people to try it.
Rosey561 More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It was different taking on the mind of a wolf, and interesting to go through the day to day activities that the allowed you to in the day of a wolf. It actually seemed human in a way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book so much there was so much drama that Kaala brought to their pack and i could not put it down! i was sad, happy, shocked, and felt the suspense throughout the whole book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
because i love fantasy books, i really enjoyed the book. was fun to read, suspended belief that animals can't talk so, i really got into the book. it appears the author did a lot of research to learn the mannerisms of wolves and the way they act toward each other. i came away from the book wanting more so, immediately got the the second book in the series. am reading that now. and it's just as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something light to read and enjoy. So I wasn't expecting much. It turned to a great read that quickly sucked me in and I quickly jumped up to read the next book. She tells the story from a wolf's point of view, which at first, it was a little odd since wolves aren't as eloquent in words as humans and also just view things differently. But at the same time, it's what draws you in and you feel like you're really part of the "pack". If you love wolves (or dogs) and enjoy the story of the balance of nature and humans, then this is a great book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teaches oneself not to take what we are taught as the absolute truth. But to learn from others and use your life experinces to make the correct choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful author. I do not ordinarily read this type of fantasy book but I was captivated by this novel from the first page to the last. I then hunted the sequel and read it. As well as being a well written story line it was also very educational. I bought a copy for my 15 year old granddaughter. I am anxious to read the third book of Wolf Chronicle Series, coming out in December.
grambKB More than 1 year ago
Not sure what i expected but this book was very interesting and entertaining. Told by one of the wolves it gave me a lot to think about concerning wild animals and their interaction with humans. I am looking forward to reading second book. The story held my interest from the beginnng and hope you will enjoy also.
DebSimon More than 1 year ago
The time and effort Dorthy spent studying wolf behavior, as well as the historical perspective of how the lives of humans and wolves intertwine, really shines in this book. As a photographer I have spent hundreds of hours observing wolf behavior and I think she's nailed it. It takes a bit of getting use to the fact that that wolves speak, but very quickly I became immersed in the story line. I highly recommend the book.
HeavyReaderChgo More than 1 year ago
This series (I'm on book #2) reminds me of Watership Down so, if you enjoy stories told from the animal point of view (as I do) you'll like it! Before I begin this type of writing I usually prepare myself not to like it--speaking for an animal can easily go wrong: sappy, childish, just bad. I was happy this was not the case with the Wolf Chronicles. Can't believe I read Watership Down almost 40 years ago (Omg). Anyway.....I highly recommend this wolf series!
MistyPB More than 1 year ago
Read this well written novel and the one following but was disappointed that the third one in the trilogy was not yet available. Lovely read for both teenage and adults alike. Those of you who are against profanity will be happy to know this was a wholesome bit of fiction especially for if you are animal lovers. If you aren't averse to waiting on the final installment then I would recommend this series to you. Only gave this trilogy four stars as it indicates the final book is in progress but doesn't devulge the completion date.