Wolf Who Rules

Wolf Who Rules

by Wen Spencer
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Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer

The popular fantasy novel Tinker introduced the inventor-heroine of the same name, who lives in a near-future Pittsburgh, which shares an interdimensional border with the land of the elves. In this sequel, Wolf Who Rules, the elven noble whose destiny is intertwined with Tinker, finds himself besieged from all sides. Viceroy and head of the Wind Clan, he had been able to guarantee the safety of everyone in his realm, but faced with an oni invasion, he has had to call in royal troops and relinquish his monopoly of Pittsburgh, which is now entirely stranded on Elfhome. He now struggles to keep the peace between the humans, the newly arrived Stone Clan, the royal forces, a set of oni dragons, the half-oni children who see themselves as human, and the tengu trying to escape their oni enslavement. Meanwhile, Tinker strives to solve the mystery of a growing discontinuity in Turtle Creek. She's plagued with inexplicable nightmares that may hold the keys to Pittsburgh's future. The only clue from the Queen's oracle to help Tinker is a note with five English words on it: Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Oni, and dragons and tengu — oh my!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416573814
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Series: Tinker Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 358,053
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 4.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

The 2003 John Campbell Award Winner, Wen Spencer spent twenty years living in Pittsburgh, so its only natural that she sets her stories there. Currently she's living outside of Boston with her husband and son. She's a fan of Japanese anime and manga, and it flavors her writing. Tinker, prequel to Wolf Who Rules, won the 2003 Sapphire Award and was nominated for the Romantic Times Review Choice Award for Best Fantasy. Anne McCaffery has listed Wen on her website as one of two recommended authors.

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Wolf Who Rules 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first in the series 'Tinker' and 'Wolf Who Rules' just delivers more. It is a very fast paced book that takes up just where 'Tinker' stopped. I must say I do feel for the main character Tinker as it seems as it is a non stop action packed week to 10 days were she must again save the world. I love the elf culture that the author has created and want to see much more of it. I just love 'Wolf Who Rules' and 'Pony'. The author creates fascinating and well rounded characters that seem so real that I would immigrate to Pittsburgh in a minute if they were. I certainly hope that Wen Spencer gives us several more books that cover Tinker's life because 2 are certainly not enough.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Elven Viceroy of the Wind Clan, Wolf Who Rules struggles with keeping his people safe as an Oni invasion is imminent. He brings in outside forces to help in the upcoming battle, but soon finds himself pondering if there is a better way as his allies squabble. Instead of planning for war, Wolf Who Rules plays peacemaker between the factions that make up his force (his clan, humans, the Stone Clan, and the royals).------------------ At the same time that civil war looks probable even before the major clash, the Oni struggle with their breeding experiment as their half-breed children (at least the human side) demand freedom Tinker investigates a weird expanding discontinuity in Turtle Creek and her nightmares, that she assumes are visions, just might save Pittsburgh from a fate worst than losing a Superbowl. Her only clue outside of her dreams comes from the enigmatic unreliable Queen's Oracle whose advice is ¿Follow the Yellow Brick Road¿. Tinker thinks this is Pittsburgh not Kansas so what yellow brick road to skip on is the question even as she and Wolf Who Rules cross paths again with two realms at stake.----------------- As he did with the prequel TINKER, Wen Spencer provides a wild satirical fantasy that brings a whole different meaning to Pittsburgh. The story line is action-packed and somehow seemingly faster than its predecessor, which had made the speed of light seem more like slow motion. Tinker is terrific as she and WOLF WHO RULES must combine forces to stop overwhelmingly superior forces. Once again tongue in cheek satire at its most exciting, humorous and irreverently biting best, that is worth a second joy ride that the current Superbowl champions has not seen.-------------- Harriet Klausner
SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
I gave a rave review for "Tinker" and continue to do so for "Wolf Who Rules". I did find it somewhat funny that Ms. Spencer decided to call the book after Wolf, as there is actually very little of his presence in the book. He is mostly playing politics throughout the book, until the end, when you finally get to know a bit more about him, and come to realize just how special he really is, given the society in which he was raised. He is developing to be a truly good and kind person, and I like that - a LOT. ***********SPOILERS ALERT************************************ Tinker herself learns a lot more about her family in this edition. Unlike some of the reviewers, I really, really liked the Alice references, AND the dream sequences. Dreams have often been a huge part of fantasy, as well as aural and mythological history. Ms. Spencer's grasp of mythology and history are excellent, and utilizing the dreaming sequence to develop the Tengu characters, as well as the space scene was, in my estimation, some of her best work in this book. Tinker has had to learn an incredible amount, incredibly quickly. Ms. Spencer is developing her relationships with the new people in her life slowly, while allowing her to learn from her mistakes, and take more time thinking before she 'jumps'. This should stand her in good stead as she chooses her own Hand. I also love how Ms. Spencer has brought Tinker so close to Discord and Pony. Pony is entirely loveable, loyal, and dedicated - honestly, my favorite character besides Tinker. Discord is right up there with him, a perfect foil for Tinker's tough yet gentle persona. It will be interesting to see whom else Tinker chooses for her Hand. I am thinking Cloudwalker, but we shall see. THANK GOODNESS she can turn down Blade - what an ASS. The situation with the Tengu, in my estimation, could not have been handled better. Unlike other writers whom I could mention (do NOT get me started on Hamilton's Anita Blake series . . . grrrrr) Spencer doesn't have her heroine offer protection to others, then go out of her way to make her leave her protectees hanging out to dry! (Oh, Please oh, Please oh, PLEASE Ms. Spencer, don't let that happen in Elfhome!) I also look forward to Wolf and Tinker, as well as the other elves and the Tengu, protecting the oni halfbreeds and the humans who were so brutalized by the oni. Kill the oni? Oh, Hell Yes! But a child is not their parent, and shouldn't be punished for the horrors and brutalities they have been forced to survive. There is a point, near the end of the book, where Wolf is rescued by a half-oni (I won't say whom, so it won't totally ruin things for you if you haven't read the book and still read this review) in which these lines are said: "Wolf had never considered that the half-oni wold think of themselves as human. How could he refute the difference that mind-set made in a person? . . . If the half-oni had the capacity for human compassion, then it had to be logical that they could be revolted by the oni's lack of it." I LOVE that series of lines. They set out, in three sentences, what I feel is the whole point of the difference between Wolf and the other elves. Wolf can see, truly See, that there IS a difference - that just because you are born of a monster and a human, that does not automatically make you a monster. Hooray for Ms. Spencer for her insight, and for allowing her main characters to grow, learn, and use their strengths to protect the weak. Hooray, hooray, hooray! I also hope we see more of Oilcan in the next book. He is a very special human being, with unique talents of his own, and his relationship with Tinker has been shown somewhat, but I would really like to see him have a bigger part in future books, as well as Lain and some of the other characters that we have met, and not yet truly come to know. Love it, love it, love it. Off to the shopping cart to buy my copies, and a preorder for "Elfhome", then am going to curl up in bed and re-read starting with the first page of "Tinker". I don't need no stinkin' sleep! LOL
Devon More than 1 year ago
The writer could use more experience. She attempts a chummy lose style but can not pull it off. Feels childish in many parts but not enough to out right ruin the book. The emotional depth, for me, never felt authentic. The flow seemed at moments disjointed by either over explaining or lack there of. Nowhere does the writing score a true hit, and it was near impossible to invest any attachment to the story or to the characters. Oddly it is the mediocrity that saves it from the waste basket - all aspects of Spencer's writing prowess are even. Good consistent mediocrity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How much more trouble could Tinker cause? Snicker
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Tinker the first book in this series introduces an intelligent, strong, clever female protaganist. The wolf who rules continues Tinker's story as she drawn deeper into the lives of the elves of this altenerate world that Pittsburgh has been pulled into.
breezembhm More than 1 year ago
Love this series, wish she would continue it! Great characters!
glenda50 More than 1 year ago
tinker and wolf who rules are very good..with just enough personal involvement with players to give an idea of them without becoming sappy..it is amusing with enough suspense without going overboard.. i hope spencer comes up more and makes this a long series.. a very amusing read..
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