My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mother of Wolves is the first book in a fantasy series called ‘Evalyce Worldshaper’ written by J. Aislynn d’Merrickson. I came across this book because I’ve been a follower of the author’s blog for a few years. Although I’m rarely a fantasy genre reader, I wanted to see what a novel would read like from this author. What I got was a lovely tale full of magic, striking creatures, good writing, and the possibility for a wonderful future.
The thing I found most intriguing was the use of mythology in the book. While it’s not an ode to classical Greek or Roman myths, there are lots of components in the story that clearly trace back to stores our ancients would tell around a fire… at least that’s the impression this book gives off — it’s in preparation for the upcoming second, third, et al books in the overall series. This is a great beginning because we see things that happened from ~1500 years in the distance (past or future, it’s hard to tell!). Technology isn’t quite present, yet there are traveling ships. Reincarnation is hinted at. Animal and human interaction, friendships, and potential transfiguration? Maybe I’m seeing more than there is at this stage… but between what I’ve read thus far and the cover, I sense a much more complex story in the works.
Kalla is our main character. We get to know this strong female well. She is likable but acts quickly. I enjoyed the relationships she developed and the intrigue surrounding her quest. It ends in a place where you know it’s just the beginning. Not being a regular reader in this genre, I struggled with understanding the larger picture and connecting some of the names, as well as knowing if this is part of a larger fantasy realm I should know more about. That said, as a stand-alone book just based on story, character, and setting, it was very good. I look forward to seeing where this one will go.
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