I sort of enjoyed the story within this book - partly, but felt it `flitted' from story book to too true nature too intensely and too frequently. I'm not quite sure what the author's intention was here, but if I'd read this as a child, I may well have been upset - perhaps that's too strong a word; `distracted' may be a better one, by the all too easy lull into the savagery and cruelty of the real animal kingdom too suddenly after reading passages and passages of a child's view of animals in general.
I'm never quite sure of books that flit between these two mediums; I sometimes feel it may be better to write about animals from a child's view or perspective only - especially when you have them `too' human-like, as the characters are within this book. It is easy to forget at times that one is reading about animals when they are using their paws like hands, and talking and communicating as humans do.
This is the story of a wolf pup who's abandoned because it is born with a disfigured paw. The wolf is adopted by a grizzly bear and learns the ways of both wolf and bear mixed. Up to this point, one could be forgiven for thinking one is beginning a very delightful story for children. After becoming parted from the adoptive mother; Faolan (the name the wolf is given) in his treks to be reunited stumbles upon a friendly owl who guides him back to a wolf pack.
Parts of this novel could be said to be aimed at very young children, but it ought to be pointed that much would be too coarse for such innocents when it comes to the detailed killing and deaths of other animals...
I don't think I shall be purchasing the rest of the series, but I have purchased (but not read yet) the first in the owl series based on the character of the owl within these pages.