A Fantasy Series Book Review
Genre: Epic Fantasy, 16+Prince Barden, chafing at being the third son of King Tedric of Hawk Haven, leads an expedition across the Iron Mountains to form a colony and make a new name for himself. He is never heard from again. Years later, the secession to the throne is being hotly contended, King Tedric has no surviving blood heirs so Earl Kestrel leads a party into the mountains to discover the whereabouts of Prince Barden. What he finds is a feral child, raised by Royal wolves at the dying behest of her mother. These wolves aren't like their lesser cousins. These are three times the size and three times the intelligence. Wolves straight out of myth, and the child, last of Prince Barden's expedition, knows herself only as Firekeeper, two legged wolf. With her Royal companions, Elation, a huge peregrine falcon who was briefly a captive of humans and Blind Seer, a pack mate named for his unusual blue eyes, Firekeeper must journey to the land of men to discover if she is truly the King's granddaughter and heir to the throne.
Publisher: Tor Fantasy (June 17, 2002)
Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
This story is delightful. Firekeeper stays true to her character throughout the entire book. As far as Firekeeper is concerned she is a wolf. You can dress her up, style her hair, teach her courtly manners but you can't change how she views herself. On top of that, Jane Lindskold has done her research. The insight Firekeeper brings to the story from her unique perspective of having learned survival from wolves is charming.
In true Epic Fantasy tradition, this is a very "busy" book. There are tons of characters, all with a part to play. I had no problem keeping all the subplots straight but be warned, this is not a light read. There is a lot of political intrigue, a touch of sorcery, a dash of treason, intense maneuvering within the ruling classes jockeying for position as the next monarch and then there is the underlying mystery. Is Firekeeper Lady Blysse? Sole remaining blood heir to King Tedric's throne?
There is one pitfall to the shear volume of subplots. At the end of the book the suspense of how they each are going to wrap up will drive you crazy, or at least it did me, I couldn't for the life of me put it down!
I didn't read anything really objectionable in this book. It is pretty complex though, there is alot to keep track of. I believe this is the reason that its rated for age 15 and up. Excellent read!
Other books in the series
Shelfari Rating 4+/5
Librarything Rating 3.94/5
Amazon Rating 4 out of 5 stars
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