Thursday, September 15, 2011

Secrets of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

#2 Wolf Chronicles
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: fiction
Pages: 371
Author's Website
My rating: 3.5/5

Simple Description: 
This book picks up where Promise of the Wolves left off.  Kaala still believes that it's her job and the job of other wolves to help the humans.  They must help the humans get the food they need while keeping them from killing all the prey in the valley so there's enough for the other wolves and animals.

The Greatwolves give Kaala a challenge. She must be friends with the humans they must live with the humans within a certain time period or all the wolves and humans in the valley will be killed.  Kaala and some of her other wolf supporters/friends must find a way to get this to work.

Kaala must figure out how to get the human tribe to allow the wolves to live with them. While at the same time deal with some of the Greatwolves doing everything they can to make her fail.

My Thoughts:
This is such an interesting take on a book.  I love that the story is being told from the wolves' point of view, something that definitely makes this book stand out from others.  One thing that was interesting to see in this story, that I don't remember from book #1, was the dynamics of a wolf clan compared to that of a human one.  How the wolves respond to an alpha wolf/leader as compared to how the humans respond to their leader, etc.

The book was a good follow-up to Promise of the Wolves and kept my interest.  We get even more information on the history of the wolves and humans as well as why it's so important that they join forces again.   Of course, the book is left wide open so you know there's going to be at least one more book in the series.  What is it with my luck lately, nothing but cliff hangers.

I feel the author has a very good writing style. It's very easy to follow what she says and keep all the characters straight.  I did notice a lot of grammatical errors in this book, which is disappointing, but it happens.  It didn't ruin the book for me but felt the need to mention it.

Definitely recommend this book to others, especially if you read Promise of the Wolves.  If you read that one I think you'll enjoy the follow-up.  If you haven't read either one, then I recommend checking out Promise of the Wolves as you would need to read that one before this one.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing this book for review.

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