Wolf’s-own: Book Two
The amorality of gods makes it hard to tell bad from good and right from wrong. Fen Jacin-rei doesn’t care. All Fen cares about is saving his family, and he’ll sacrifice anything that gets in his way. Including his own soul.
No longer willing to wait for the machinations of the gods’ minions, Fen accepts the trade Kamen Malick offers. Together they set out to rescue Fen’s family and kill the man who betrayed them. But Fen is an Untouchable, one whose mind hosts the spirits of long-dead magicians, and with Voices of the Ancestors screaming in his head, Fen finds it harder and harder to stave off madness.
Malick has his own reasons to hand over everything Fen wants and equally compelling reasons to withhold everything Fen needs. In over his head with his timing as bad as ever, Malick must devise a way to do his god’s bidding without breaking his god’s lawsand keep Fen sane and on Malick’s side in the bargain.
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, March 2012
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Since I consider ‘Wolf’s Own – Ghost’ and ‘Wolf’s Own – Weregild’ to be one book, this review applies to both. First, Carole’s writing style is gorgeous – nearly edible. It is her greatest strength as an author. I love to read her stuff just for the luscious and descriptive language. Second, her characterization is amazing. Like her writing style, she excels at building and examining complex characters in detail – getting inside their heads and taking the reader with her. Jacin, the tragic hero, is nearly insane, fragile yet, at the same time, amazingly strong and talented. Malick, the cocky hero, is complex, hard-to-read, flawed, tough, but with a (somewhat tarnished) heart of gold. And both Jacin’s real family and Malick’s adopted family, are full of equally complex, three-dimensional characters with their own stories to tell. Carole’s world-building is extremely detailed, almost overwhelming at times in its complexity because it is so thoroughly developed. A lot of the reviews here mention the multiple POVs and flashbacks. Personally, I find the multiple POVs and flashbacks a bit confusing, but I am very left-brained and I tend to be rather linear when I read. It is a matter of preference, in my opinion, and doesn’t detract from the story if you are willing to, as a more linear reader, knuckle down and spend some effort to keep up. There is humor and passion, adventure and intrigue, and most of all, a complex, exciting story. It is darker than my usual read, but Carole’s writing skill and characterization kept me intrigued. Oh, and the art on the covers is yummy too!