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A COMPANION TO WOLVES
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This is a compelling, fascinating and utterly original take on companion animal fantasy. Isolfr is sympathetic and intelligent, and his bond with his wolf is interestingly and thoroughly described. The worldbuilding is superb, and fans of gritty, realistic fantasy will find themselves pulled into the northern landscape and will only exit it reluctantly.
Isolfr, a young nobleman, finds himself telepathically bonded to a wolf, Viradechtis, and drafted into the centuries-long war between the humans and wolves and the terrifying and bestial trolls. The people of the wintry land have come to rely upon the wolfcarls for defense against the trolls, even if they don't respect them.
Shortly after Isolfr and Viradechtis bond, the trolls come - in greater numbers than ever before - and the holdings' reliance on the wolfcarls becomes painfully clear as they find themselves besieged and nearly helpless against the incursions. (Tor, Oct., 304 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: October 2007