As she proved with the first book in this series, Elizabeth Jade has a gift for writing for children. With the follow-up, she has created another heart-warming story that continues the saga of Akea, Kazakh and their husky/wolf offspring. As Akea strives to keep her family safe while watching out for the rest of the pack, she must also deal with wayward Salvador, who is more difficult to control. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s the legendary Great White Wolf to worry about, too.
There’s a difference in the quality of the writing this time round – as well as being more thoughtful and descriptive, some passages are quite beautiful. Ms Jade perfectly captures the atmosphere of life as part of the wolfpack and its many challenges. I’ve said before, her stories remind me of Jack London’s ‘Call of the Wild’ and with ‘His Mother’s Son’ she proves she not only has a knack for creating realistic and powerful characters, but a talent for describing the wild settings they inhabit with a natural confidence that is quite charming.
Together with delightful illustrations by Anthony Wallis, this is a lovely book that will have a wide appeal.
This is the second book in the series, and I loved it. As an adult I’m not the right demographic for these books, but I’m a sucker for a good animal story. The story it’s self is well paced, a real page turner. With two story lines there’s enough to keep a child interested in the story it’s self. If you’re an animal lover you’ll love this series. A great story for kids too.
Akea. His Mother’s Son is the second book in the Akea series featuring wolves and huskies. I haven’t read the first book but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this one.
Akea, who is a husky, is the Wolf Queen alongside her partner Kazakh, a wolf. Together they have four pups, Gwenevier, Fayth, Adair, and Salvador. When humans come into their home they capture Salvador and take him to a wildlife park.
Will Akea ever see her son again, and what about the pack that is approaching her land to overthrow her from her throne?
The first thing that I noticed when I began reading this book is how you suddenly feel like you are there with the wolves and listening to them having conversations, it is like you have channelled your inner wolf.
The book is beautifully written and at only 94 pages long it was easy to read in one sitting, which is good as I didn’t want to put it down once I began.
The wolves (and huskies) are all such perfect characters. It makes you think about their lives and also about the animals in zoos/wildlife parks.
The book shows children about never giving up, about facing adversity and also about family. There are some wonderful black and white illustrations throughout which was great to see as I’m a big believer in that all children’s books should contain illustrations as it helps children to connect to the plot.
It is lovely to see a book told through the eyes and hearts of such beautiful creatures. This is an amazing story and well deserves my five-star rating.
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I looked forward to reading the sequel to The Power of Destiny which I really enjoyed. This is another powerful, well written novel that will appeal to adults and children alike.
I remember reading Call of the Wild by Jack London when I was at school and Elizabeth has a way with words and descriptions that take the reader into the wolves lives so vividly.
When Akea's son Salvador is kidnapped and taken away to live in captivity, she is bereft and also has the worry of another pack of wolves invading their territory. How will this all pan out? The vivid descriptions and talks amongst the wolves and huskies draws the reader into their world.
If your child reads this, he or she will hopefully get an insight how to learn to cope with adversity. Plus how wild animals behave when placed in captivity.
The beautiful illustrations by Anthony Wallis add to the charm and delight of this novel. At only 94 pages long, an adult can read easily in one sitting.
I look forward to the next chapter in Akea's life. Elizabeth Jade is a very talented author.
For me, I've been waiting for this and I wasn't disappointed. We catch up with Akea a few years down the road, she and her mate have had pups, they seem to be living the quiet life, until humans find them. This is a fantastic read especially for kids as it engages them by letting them see things from the animal POV, Elizabeth hasn't been afraid to go into the nitty gritty behaviour that wolves display, nor was she afraid to show that humans can be nasty too. I highly recommend that you buy this book, especially if your child is a lover of animals.
This beautifully illustrated story is exactly the kind of tale that will engage children as they set off on their reading journeys. Elizabeth Jade gives her wolves human characteristics but she has also carefully researched true pack behaviour and isn't afraid to include the realities of hunting and fighting for leadership in her book. Once caught up in the adventures of Akea and Salvador, it is a natural progression for young readers to move on to other classics set in the cold, wild North or to other animal sagas. This makes Elizabeth Jade's series the perfect introduction to travelling in ones imagination to unknown destinations. There surely couldn't be a better Christmas stocking filler than these books.