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Wolf's Blood [Hardcover]

Jane Lindskold
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  • Hardcover: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (20 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765314800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314802
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,103,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Ending 22 April 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to say, that I enjoyed the first three books in this series, much more that I did the last three. This is the last book in the "Firekeeper" series, book six, and that is both a relief and a pity. A relief, because, once the characters had moved, in the most unlikely fashion, from the setting of the first three books, the story seemed to have a desperate quality to it. Almost as though Ms Lindskold had bitten off more than she could chew, in committing herself to a six book series. A pity, because the characters were so strongly written, that even in their new setting, it was they, rather than the story, which kept me reading. After all that, however, this being the final book, it was an extremely weak ending, which almost begged not to be an end, but a pause while another instalment, that hopefully didn't contain quite so much waffle and babble as the previous three, was being created. Wonderful, engaging characters, and a thoroughly entertaining storyline in the initial trilogy, but let down in the second half by a weak storyline, which let the character down as much as the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to the Firekeeper story 25 Oct 2013
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hadn't bought this last installment of the "Firekeeper Saga" until my son asked me to. We had read the previous five novels together and he really wanted to know how it was all going to end. Reading together is an experience more people should be able to enjoy. As I have said before, this is one of the major advantages to having a child with dyslexia.

Jane Lindskold made "Wolf's Blood" as much fun to read out loud as she had made the other five. Her language is intelligent and her vocabulary varied. Again I found myself forgetting to follow the plot as I got so caught up in the intense experience of tasting Lindskold's prose. That didn't really matter because I had cheated and read through the novel on my own before reading it to my son.

One thing I have wondered is how the "Firekeeper Saga" can appeal to both an eighteen-year old and a 48-year-old at the same time. What is it about these characters that the two of us find so fascinating?

Firekeeper and Blindseer

Part of it most definitely has to do with Firekeeper and Blind Seer. The whole idea of our wolf-girl trying to find her place in human society and making sense of us all works for us. That Firekeeper often finds herself flummoxed by human society is understandable. All of our various religions and political views are confusing and usually you have to be an insider to understand all of the unwritten codes that rule us. She is an alien and will remain an alien for the rest of her life. But Firekeeper is an alien with a foot in human society and with people who love her and Blind Seer to bits.

I've been trying to figure out how Firekeeper was changed by querinalo. In "Wolf Hunting" we see that something did happen to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firekeeper Expands Horizons 14 Sep 2007
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Wolf's Blood (2007) is the sixth fantasy novel in the Wolf series, following Wolf Hunting. In the previous volume, Firekeeper and Blind Seer foiled a group of Nexans attempting to open a gate to escape from the island. Afterward, those from the New World called a general meeting of the Nexans to decide their next move, giving them the choice of cooperation or exile. Meddler asked for a favor from Firekeeper, taking a kiss to allow him to manifest on Nexus.

In this novel, five months later, the conquerors of Nexus are stymied due to the dangers of querinalo -- the Fire Plague -- to any newcomers with magical abilities. Having no way of identifying those with magic, reinforcements cannot be brought in from the New World. Since Blind Seer caught the illness, they are even afraid to bring in more yarimaimalom.

Meddler interrupts Firekeeper's dreams to suggest that she search for the source of the illness. The Nexans start looking through their archives, but the ruling council also sends Firekeeper to the New World to ask for assistance from the maimalodalum. The combined searches indicate that querinalo is really a curse developed by a sorcerer named Virim. Firekeeper and Blind Seer set off to find Virim or his descendents.

Firekeeper and Blind Seer travel back to the New World through a gate terminating in New Kelvin. After exiting the gate, they discover Grateful Peace and Citrine waiting for them. Explaining their presence, they arrange for periodic contacts through the gate and resume their journey.

In this story, the Old World nations discover that the Nexus gates are blocked. King Bryessidan of Mires is one of the first to be informed and he calls a meeting of interested parties to discuss the situation. Six other nations send emissaries to the meeting in the Kingdom of the Mires.

The ambassadors, emissaries and Once Dead at the meeting conclude that the government of Nexus has changed hands. They decide to force the gates and invade Nexus. King Hurwin suggests a simultaneous sea invasion of the island. Planning and plotting begin immediately.

This story brings several plot threads to resolution, but not to any final conclusion. Magic seems to be destined to play a more prominent part in the expanded culture of the Old and New Worlds. The new plot elements really deserve a sequel.

Highly recommended for Lindskold fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of magical powers, realpolitik and unusual relationships.

-Arthur W. Jordin
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected 12 May 2007
By Ande - Published on Amazon.com
Wolf's Blood isn't really what I expected. I couldn't wait to read the others in the series; but this one seems to have gotten off track some how. I read 3 other books while reading it. Kinda a let down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version 8 July 2011
By Dan Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed these stories from the first book. Although I'm not finished with this last one, I had to comment about the Kindle versions of Wolf Hunting and Wolf's Blood--the only two I've purchased for Kindle. These are two of the WORST electronic books I've tried to read. Although an occasional glitch in punctuation or capitalization is not uncommon in ebooks, I have encountered more of these than usual in the Wolf books. The most disconcerting error has occurred in Chapter 12 of Wolf's Blood. One "page 2" the narrative switched in mid-paragraph from what looks like one chapter to another...changed characters and topics all together! I have no idea how many pages are missing.

I feel like asking for a refund!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, but this last book was a slog at times 23 May 2010
By Pat Aca Cia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first four Firekeeper books are fantastic. I liked the multiple POVs, the politics, the application of wolf pack logic to human society, the supporting characters, the way the two main wolves have each other's back, the unpredictability of the romances, the mistakes made by the protagonists, the lack of character bloat, and the view of human values and customs by an outsider. But I didn't like books five and six (this book is six) as much, primarily since their main new character - the Meddler - smacked of a convenient and unnecessary Deus ex machina at times. And to be more honest, he annoyed the s**t out of me. Still, I appreciate the amount of space Lindskold gives to wrapping up loose strands at the end. I am very glad I read this series, even if the last two books were sometimes a slog. And don't get me wrong - this book still has Firekeeper's wry comments on humanity.

"True enough," Elise said. "Ah, that's good . .."
This last was addressed to baby Elexa, who had spit milk up all over the cloth Elise had spread over her shoulder. Firekeeper, who had done a little watching of human children. but never of an infant this small, found the entire procedure mystifying.
Was this some sort of offering from baby to mother? Wolves regurgitated their food, but that was at the pup's demand...

Come to think of it, there weren't enough bits like this - perhaps that's what I missed the most after the first four books. In any case, you'll need to read at least book five to understand this book. But if this is the first time you've heard of this series, go read the first four books and only read the last two if you're up to it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent End 30 April 2007
By GetxthexPoint - Published on Amazon.com
I just wanted to write to say how much I have truly loved this series. I find myself now at the end of it feeling that wolf society is perhaps a bit better than the human society I have so long clung too. I'm of course being silly, but I suppose what finally hit me in this last book was just how well written these books are in terms of Firekeeper being of a completley different society in that fundamental things that we just naturally expect in human society don't apply to her and I thought Lindskold did a great job in really seperating that out. I think it's quite challenging for an author to protray a culture that is so different, an animal culture as it were, and to be able to keep them distinctly and honestly different. I'm not sure if I'm being clear but at the end of this book it finally hit me how different firekeeper really is, how different she's always been, and now I just want to be able to read more and more about her.

I will say though that it's probably a good thing the series is coming to an end as I'd found both with this book and with Wolf Hunting that the beginnings of the books were becoming more strained or at least more difficult to get into. But thankfully once I did get into them I was utterly entranced.
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