Wolf's Brother (Reindeer People 2) Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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Praise for Megan Lindholm:
‘A bright new talent in the fantasy field’
Charles de Lint
‘Lindholm has created a refreshingly different magic’
‘Fascinating, absorbing and well written’
From the Back Cover
A two-part story of primitive magic set in an ancient and savage land reaches its dramatic conclusion
Kerlew stared at the immense stone that jutted up from the tundra. Power radiated from it like heat from a fire. It attracted the boy and filled him with fear. There was a brush of sound, of dark moving shadows and then the sudden flash of a glistening eye. He pressed his palms back against the stone's rough surface and faced the night creatures that surrounded him.
Every day Kerlew's magic grows, reaching out to his guide the Wolf. But the magic also calls to Carp, the evil old shaman, who is pursuing Kerlew and his mother, Tillu, across the frozen wastes. Meanwhile, someone – or something – is committing terrible atrocities in the village that Tillu now calls home. With fear and suspicion at fever pitch, a strange old man appears, with an offer of help…
"Lindholm has created a refreshing different magic"
"Fascinating, absorbing and well written"
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Top Customer Reviews
Expanding upon the use of the Wit and the pack relationship this book follows a young boy on both a journey of self discovery and a coming of age as he and his mother travel with their steps dogged by as evil a villain as you could wish in the old shaman (indeed if there's a fault to this book it lies in the stereotypical nature of the villan)
If you've enjoyed Robin Hobb then you must pick this up if you've yet to experience it then this and Alien Earth are the places to start
However, I have to admit to feeling slightly deflated with the final weaving together of all the plot threads in this concluding 234-page story. I believe both `The Reindeer People' and `Wolf's Brother' were originally intended to be released as one volume (`The Saga of the Reindeer People') and while I don't feel the story suffers with being split into two parts, for me there is a disparity between the magical acts (particularly in the final scenes) and the very practical, bordering on `ordinary' world that Lindholm has so carefully cultivated throughout both novels. Unlike the skilling, wit bonds and wizardwood magics of Hobbs trilogies (this author's other alias) that are so vividly explained and believably introduced into the `mundane' reality of the protagonist, I couldn't quite decifer Kerlew's particular brand of shamanistic magic and so when he eventually utilised his powers it was to my mind a bit of an anti-climax and consequently the final reveal didn't really excite me the way I expected it to.
Yet still, this is a fantastically engaging and at times brutal world that Lindholm has brought into being and one that I was left wishing I could know more about. Tillu, Heckram, Kerlew and of all the herdspeople are a heady combination, so I'm at a loss now that the curtains have been drawn on yet another unique land imagined into being by this talented author. More please.
After vicious Carp has found her again, Tillu agrees to join the reindeer people and become their healer during their migration to the Cataclysm. She takes Kari, the herdlord’s daughter, as apprentice.
But soon the herdlord and his family fall ill with the plague. When his son Rolke dies, Joboam, the local bully and lick-spittle, blames Tillu.
Meanwhile, Kerlew is all but snatched by Carp, who imposes himself as the herdfolk’s new shaman, and becomes his disciple. Following a vision, the young boy one day climbs the vertiginous Najd’s Steps and Heckram has to fetch him back down.
In this second volume, Tillu tries to fit in and becomes very close to Heckram. Together they would like to find out what happened to Elsa the night she was attacked. Tillu also struggles to protect her son from Carp’s influence and get his affection back, alas without much success.
I liked this duology very much. More than Megan Lindholm’s Ki and Vandien series. There was a nice balance between magic, romance and mystery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as enjoyable as the fools series.
Still quite exciting though.
Described as the thrilling sequel to The Reindeer People, and it didn't disappoint. Fast paced with twists and turns. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs Yvonne O'Hara
I love everything she writes either in this name or Robin Hobb. I am slowly working my way through her catalog. Book arrived as described and on time.Published 18 months ago by Alex
From a slow start into a gripping story. I thought that I could guess what was to come, but I was pleasantly surprised.Published 19 months ago by ray evans
I quite enjoyed this, although not as much as the Robin Hobb booksPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer