A Companion to Wolves

A Companion to Wolves

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"A Companion to Wolves" is the story of a young nobleman, Isolfr, who is chosen to become a "wolfcarl -- "a warrior who is bonded to a fighting wolf. Isolfr is deeply drawn to the wolves, and though as his father's heir he can refuse the call, he chooses to go.
The people of this wintry land depend on the wolfcarls to protect them from the threat of trolls and wyverns, though the supernatural creatures have not come in force for many years. Men are growing too confident. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords give them less respect than in former years. But the winter of Isolfr's bonding, the trolls come down from the north in far greater numbers than before, and the holding's complaisance gives way to terror in the dark.
Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, must learn where his honor lies, and discover the lengths to which he will to go when it, and love for his wolf, drive him.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765318169
0765318164
Branch Call Number: FANTASY MONETTE
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bear, Elizabeth

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Aggravaine
Jun 11, 2013

I am fascinated by wolf-tales and most mythology. I found this story compelling once I got into it- although the early sexual content did catch me by surprise! It is very explicit and - being a 63 yr old woman - not exactly my style. However, there is more going on here than just porn from the Dark Ages. This book - and it's follow-up "The Tempering of Men" - both explore ideas of intolerance and prejudice. Preconceived notions of worth, strength, and ability are all questioned - not only of these men, but also of women and other races. Can a contribution be seriously valued if the contributor is despised? A great story - well told. Just not for the very young - or the easily shocked.

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the_golux
Sep 28, 2011

I enjoy Sarah Monette's work a great deal, and have a lot of respect for Elizabeth Bear's writing, and so even though what I knew of the concept of this novel didn't catch my attention, I hoped to enjoy it anyway. Unfortunately, although it is well-written, it's not the book for me. The politics of sex and dominance among men (and I do mean *men*) and wolves leave me cold. I think it could be a very good read for other readers - and for that reason, I can't begin to rate it. If the concept appeals, I suggest checking it out.

m2 Feb 03, 2011

Intense and memorable otherworld fantasy set in Germanic/Nordic mythological world. The story of a teen boy who bonds with a wolf in a community of men all bonded with wolves. I LOVED it, but graphic sexual content precludes recommending it to teens.

I am a big fan of Sarah Monette and through her have also read and enjoyed Elizabeth Baer (who co-wrote this book.) The trolls and svartalalves are fully realized creatures in this book, distinct, fascinating and rich in detail. Hope these 2 authors write together beyond The Tempering of Men, their sequel.

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Jun 11, 2013

Aggravaine thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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