“Lindskold uses her knowledge of wolf pack behavior to good advantage, both in the actions of the wolf Blind Seer and in the engaging character of Firekeeper.” Publishers Weekly
“Rich details and intriguing characters.” Library Journal
“Lindskold provides us a second marvelous opportunity to see the pecularities of human society through the eyes of intelligent beasts. Her wild and wonderful magic thrives in this volume.” Booklist
“This engrossing tale of feral myth and royal intrigue offers plenty of action as well as fascinating anthropological detail . . . . A beautiful and complex book.” Publishers Weekly on Through Wolf's Eyes
“What do you get when you mix lost magic and feral children with dynastic politics, wolf social dynamics, treason, and overambitious, social-climbing parents? You get Jane Lindskold's new novel Through Wolf's Eyes and another stay-up-to-finish-the-last-page read.” David Weber on Through Wolf's Eyes
“I adore Jane Lindskold's writing, and Through Wolf's Eyes is her best book yet. Courtly intrigues that would make Dorothy Dunnett proud shouldn't mix so well with the story of a feral child, but they do, they do. Lindskold's novels are a rarity for me--fat, engrossing novels that still don't seem long enough.” Charles de Lint on Through Wolf's Eyes
“Through Wolf's Eyes combines the mythic resonances of a feral child raised by wolves with a fascinating fantasy of a freshness and originality that makes all the legion of mock-medieval clones look pale and faded. Her characters live--they're real, but they are different. And the world they live in lingers in the mind; heroic, squalid, and exotic everyday I was convinced that it went on by itself when I turned the last page. Bravo!” S. M. Stirling on Through Wolf's Eyes
Rustling beneath the apparent happy ending of Through Wolf's Eyes were a host of festering feuds and rivalries. In Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart, they burst snarling to the surface, endangering the hard-won peace. To stabilize the situation, the powers of the world ask Firekeeper to retrieve forbidden magical artifacts from all the nefarious schemers. Fast-paced action and eye-catching characters.
Human behavior and the pack mentality remain at intriguing odds as Lady Blysse Kestrel, aka Firekeeper, plunges deeper into the workings of human society in this stirring sequel to Through Wolf's Eyes (2001). Though she has progressed in her understanding of bipedal folk, Firekeeper, a human raised by intelligent wolves, still considers people unnecessarily convoluted in their ways. She has little tolerance for court life, and her language skills haven't improved much at all. She would rather be running with the pack than prancing before royalty. Luckily, with the aid of her animal friends, Firekeeper helps to foil an assassination plot, which in turn leads to the gathering of old allies in a quest to regain lost magical items. With loads of chutzpah and not much to go on, the group heads out into unknown territory. Firekeeper's animal companions show more of their nature here than in the previous novel, bringing their own needs and skills to the mix and adding an extra layer to the romantic plot. Lindskold uses her knowledge of wolf pack behavior to good advantage, both in the actions of the wolf Blind Seer and in the engaging character of Firekeeper. A few loose plot strands will presumably be tied up in the next installment. (Oct. 2) Forecast: National advertising in Romantic Times will help expand sales beyond the fantasy market. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
As King Allister of the Pledge seeks to unite the lands of Hawk Haven and Bright Bay into one kingdom, his rival, the exiled Queen Valora, plots to recover her throne by stealing three magical artifacts from the royal treasury. The task of retrieving the stolen items falls to the young woman named Firekeeper, raised since childhood by intelligent wolves and newly introduced to the society of humans. Lindskold's sequel to Through Wolf's Eyes draws its greatest strength from its feral heroine, whose animal sensibilities lend a unique perspective to the foibles of human society. Rich details and intriguing characters make this fantasy series a good choice for most libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Second installment in Lindskold’s epic fantasy about a young woman of royal descent raised by wolves starts even more slowly than Through Wolf’s Eyes , 2001) as Firekeeper becomes the salvation of, and hero to, a bewildering array of human and animal characters. Having warred with each other previously, King Tedric of Hawk Haven and King Allister of Bright Bay want to seal their truce with the wedding of Princess Sapphire Shield and Prince Shad Oyster (Lindskold’s use of common nouns as aristocratic family names becomes even more precious when we meet, at the wedding, twins Minnow and Anemone Oyster). After helping to save the bride and groom from assassins, Firekeeper and her wolf sidekick Blind Seer are summoned by the peregrine falcon Elation to a faraway meeting of animals, where she’s told (having been reared by animals, Firekeeper can converse easily with them) that a human has discovered three magical objects so powerful that they threaten the animals’ uneasy relationship with mankind. Firekeeper must find the objects. What could have been a simple story in which Firekeeper, who feels she’s more animal than human, learns more about the eerie relationship between these not-so-separate kingdoms, becomes far too complicated as Lindskold piles on stuffy subplots detailing romantic and political entanglements, and as the conniving Queen Valora, who stole the objects from Bright Bay’s treasury, recruits the easily corrupted Lord Waln Endbrook and some nasty seafaring smugglers. Valora forges a secret alliance with Hawk Haven’s Queen Melina, who magically manipulates four of her five children by touching the jewels on her necklace. Valora then tries to enlist sorcerer types in the nearbykingdom of New Kelvin to unleash the objects’ power. It all concludes with Firekeeper becoming the epic’s strong but even more alienated moral center, with enough villains left on the loose for a third volume.
Firekeeper remains Lindskold’s only compelling character in a story buried in monotonous subplots and overly familiar high-fantasy intrigues.