Wolflings and Wizards is the second book in Abigail Hilton's TheProphet of Panamindorah series. What I found particularly engaging about this book was exactly what was lacking from the first book. The elements of political intrigue, the betrayls and surprises drive the plot as much as the character's motivations and their histories (which were not fully explored in the first novel). Hilton provides deeper insight into the psyche of many of the secondary characters making them much fuller and rounder characters. By the book's end, a multitude of those characters and their storylines have become just as important as Corry's. The novel becomes just as much about the people as it does about their histories and the political dealings (and double dealings).
Of course, Corry's story takes prime focus, but Hilton brings other subplots to the reader's attention, and they prove just as interesting as Corry's need to find out who and what he is. At this point, the king of the wood fauns has allied with the leader of the cats, Lexis. Distrustful of the cats, one of the wood faun generals, Syrill, makes an unholy alliance with the centaurs in order to see the eradication of their enemies. Chance and Laylan are on the trail of the wolflings and hope to seek the destruction of a particularly wily group, the Raiders. And Caprica has gone missing. What could possibly happen next? A lot!
A much darker element has also been introduced in Wolflings and Wizards. Though the first book, Fauns and Filinians, skirted around the issue of tortue, willful neglect, and poisionous hatred, this novel tackles these issues head on. Hilton provides some very detailed description of tortourous physical acts and even gives the reader something to chew on in the form of psychological torture too. These incidents so impress themselves upon the bodies and minds of those tortured that it offers the perfect motivation for revenge (and justice?). The reader can't help but root for and like these characters even when they are engaging in acts normally deemed reprehensible. Justice will be done, and this reader became very invested in seeing that justice served--cold.
While the first novel left a little to be desired, this book pulls the reader in from the very start. Hilton obviously hits her stride when she delves deeper into the "action" of her story. The back story and character angst takes a back seat to the more immediate threats that arise. The action is thrilling, and things are just as heated in the third novel Fire and Flood, whcih is the perfect wrap-up for the series. If you're looking for something fun and entertaing, you should definitely explore this series.
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Things have gone horribly wrong for the fauns at the spring festival of Lupricasia. A princess has been kidnapped, and visiting feline dignitaries have been blamed for the kidnapping. Corry, the young wizard shape-shifter who saw the kidnapping, has been sent hurdling over a waterfall at a deadly height.
Meanwhile, the wolfling bandits who unwittingly hold the clues that would explain the kidnapping are about to be discovered by a bounty hunter and his employer, bent on their destruction.
This is the second book in The Prophet of Panamindorah trillogy.