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  • Jul 7, 2010
To start with, I absolutely loved this book.  I thought the premise of a story written from a wolf's perspective to be an interesting view.  It made me think of other novels like White Fang and Call of the Wild, which I also enjoyed.

Upon starting the book, I found that I was instantly drawn into the world of Kaala and her pack.  The more I learned about the traditions and customs and history of the wolves, the more I wanted to learn.  The interactions between the different levels of power in the packs as well as within the spiritual world were interesting.

I enjoyed having a strong female (albeit, canine) lead who had to use her strength and wit to make tough decisions.  She often considered the other members of her pack as well as the other creatures living in her valley.

The connection between the humans and wolves was both touching and alarming at points.  You were rooting for their bonds because instinctively you know that is what's "right" and that these wolves led to our modern day dogs.

This book ended well, but it leaves the reader wanting more.  You want to know what happens next with the wolf pack and the humans.  And what happens generations later.  The book did have the subtitle mention of  "The Wolf Chronicles" which causes me to believe (and hope for!) more books to follow.

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I married my high school sweetheart in 2006. We just bought our first home near where I grew up. We have a kitty named Essence and a dog named Hoover. I have a B.S. in Psychology & Criminal Justice. … more
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The debut of former Jossey-Bass senior editor Hayes is a crackling foray into a dangerous past, the first of a projected trilogy. On Wide Valley plain 14,000 years ago, wolf Kaala is born into the Swift River pack—a half-breed outcast with Outsider blood. As she grows into adulthood, the spirited pup continues to come into conflict with pack leader Ruuqo. She also sneaks off to be with humans, who are encroaching on wolf territory and who often drive the wolves from their kills. Fraternization is strictly forbidden, but as Kaala's mother has foreseen in dreams, it may also be the key to saving every wolf and human in the valley. Hayes's remarkable fluency when writing in Kaala's voice is immediately absorbing. The mythologies of the societies she invents are underdeveloped, but the relationships between the human characters and the wolf characters are keenly felt, and the conflicts sharply imagined. Hayes's keen interpretations of wolf behavior, senses and sensibilities will enchant paranormal fans and animal lovers alike.(June)
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