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VINE VOICEon 24 November 2002
This is the begining of the story of Firekeeper, a girl who has been brought up by wolves since the destruction of the human habitation established by a prince of the neighboring kingdom. When the old king is aging, and with no direct descendant, a party goes off to find the town which established by the prince, which has long ago been destroyed. When all that the party finds is a young girl, the leader of the group, Earl Kestral declares her to be Lady Blysse, the daughter of the prince, and brings her back to one of his castles to learn how to act like a human. (She has been brought up by wolves, and has forgotten how to communicate and act among humans. One of the wolves, Blind Seer (so called because of his blue eyes) comes with her, and after initailly hiding in the woods for his protection, joins Firekeeper (the name given her by the wolves) indoors. These two with the help of a peregrin and a young man named Derian, who is trying to raise his fortunes and those of his family, but who genuinly likes his charge, and tries to protect her by explaining human ways, and intricacies of court; come to the court of the king as the adopted daughter of Earl Kestral. This gives her a place at court without the old king declaring her to be his heir, but also with that option left open.
The king has some greedy relatives waitng for him to drop off, and leave the ruling of the kingdom (and all the wealth and power) to one of them. Firekeeper must learn who she can trust and when, and how to deal with all of the shifting alliances being formed around her.
This is a nice piece of writing, which you want to continue. The tale of Firekeeper is written in sucha way that you are allowed to know more than any of the characters, but since they don't know, the plot is kept in suspence. There is a great deal of intriuge, which Firekeeper sees from a unique perspective, brought up in a world of those who are strongest rule. She doesn't understand the politics always, but she understands that she needs to find a way to survive, without comprimising herself.
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on 15 November 2002
Having stumbled across this book in a store and read it, I have immediately ordered the sequel 'Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart' via Amazon. Firekeeper has been raised by Royal wolves - bigger, stronger, more intelligent than their 'cousins' - since she was 5 years old. Her home is on the outlying fringes of Hawk's Haven territory, and now the monarch of that kingdom, now without heirs, has sent a search party to investigate his disowned son's venture to find and establish a keep of his own. Unfortunately the investigating team find the remains of the fire that burnt out the small settlement, but due to the natural curiosity and courage of wolves, Firekeeper reveals herself to them. Knowing that the Prince had a daughter, the team take home the potential heir and her attendant brother wolf.
This is a big book in more than pages, largely political (which is a bit weird when more than one of the central characters are under 20 years old) and as with politics, and intriguing mix of story lines, motivations and machinations for power. The two strengths of the work for me are firstly that Firekeeper really IS a wolf. She thinks of herself as one, although she longs to be a wolf in body as well as in spirit, and her pack of wolves also think of her as a wolf. She is able to communicate with the wolves on wolf terms, which is a major strength for Firekeeper as of course the other humans are unable to 'speak their language' and much wisdom is purveyed by the animals. The way Firekeeper looks at people and their behaviour is always coloured by her upbringing, which is extremely interesting as a reader as Firekeeper's perceptions are so altered from human. Even other animals such as the falcon Elation often describe Firekeepers behaviour in wolf terms. It is wolf strengths that she admires most in humans - she comes to respect King Tedric because in spite of his weaker appearance (which would not make him strong in the wolf world) he is clearly a One wolf - primary in his pack.
Firekeeper is only fifteen - although very mature due to her survival in the wild - and a wolf, so it is necessary to have other characters tell the tale as well. This is the other strength of the book for me - Lindskold lets the reader know as each line of the story develops the full motivations of each character - what they are planning, why they are doing it, and the outcome they dream of. Sometimes this can be a mistake - there are few surprises, and no sudden twists here, events seem to unfold as a natural progression of the knowledge which has been revealed to the reader - but not in this case. Each person is very distinct to the reader because we get to know what makes them tick. There are so many threads weaving the fabric of the story together that the more we know about each character, the more colourful and complex we find the tale.
I did find it difficult to keep the characters straight sometimes, especially the lesser characters that did not have their own voice in the story, and there are a lot of people in the tale. This was resolved in part by the Glossary of Characters in the back (although it can interrupt enjoyment of a book to have to refer to such - a small price to pay). I found 'Through Wolf's Eyes' a complex blend of character and plot driven work, and I enjoyed it tremendously.
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on 11 July 2007
'Through Wolf's Eyes' purports to tell the story of Firekeeper, a girl raised by Royal Wolves (larger and more intelligent than ordinary wolves), who returns to human society at a troubled time for the kingdom - the ageing king is choosing an heir, and it is believed that Firekeeper may be a princess who went missing many years before.

I was looking forward to reading about Firekeeper's attempts to interpret the behaviour of her fellow humans 'through wolf's eyes', but after the first couple of chapters she fades into the background somewhat. Her integration into human society is glossed over remarkably quickly, and she seems to have little difficulty learning human customs or fitting in.

At the forefront of the book are the political machinations of numerous members of the royal family, all trying to manoeuvre themselves or their offspring into the best position for being selected as heir. This tangled web of interrelated characters, all constantly plotting, scheming and stabbing each other in the back, makes for rather tiresome reading, and by the time it was revealed that Firekeeper is not, in fact, the princess, and the heir is chosen, I had almost lost interest.

I would not recommend this book if you are considering it out of an interest in wolves or people raised by animals, but if you enjoy political wrangling and intrigue, this is the book for you.
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on 17 July 2013
My first reading of one of Jane's longer stories. I will certainly be looking for more. It is really easy to identify with the characters and the desire to 'just read more' to find out how the plot develops is always there.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 November 2012
A young girl was raised by intelligent, telepathic wolves and now people have come to seek out what remains of the settlement from which she came. Known as Firekeeper, the teenager realises she needs to go back to society with the people and try to live in their world. She is accompanied by a huge wolf known as Blind Seer and he protects her as well as makes her feel more confident.
The settlement was led by a prince, and his daughter as well as other children were thought to be lost. So there is considerable doubt as to who Firekeeper is and whether she should be treated as an heir. She is kindly received in the palace and political machinations begin at once. The two neighbouring countries are putting pressure on this kingdom and alliances shift as war looms. The world outside the palace is large and unconcerned with the girl, but she has to learn as fast as she can if she is to survive.
I enjoyed the tale and while I would have liked more time spent among the wolves the human characters are also very interesting, well drawn and ambitious in different directions. The battle is believable and hard-fought. It's a good read.
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on 27 August 2003
This is on the face of it a fairly standard fantasy book, the outsider comes in, and shakes everthing up. That said it is done with imagination, and style that makes you want to read more and more.
The politics are well done, as are the battles, and the confusion, and motivations of the two main characters are exceptionally well done.
All n all a very good read.
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on 17 August 2004
I read this book on holiday and was slightly disappointed. The premis was sound, but something about the way it was written failed to hold my attention.
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