Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin

When Joran sees his wife consorting with his neighbor, he orders her out of his house and tells her to go to her family and think about her vows.  She tries to talk to him, but he doesn't listen.  He knows what he saw.  But when she suddenly is missing and just "vanished" on the wagon ride to the other community, he decides he'd better go find out what happened to her.

The subtitle to this book is:  Gates of Heaven Series Book 1.  It is from AMG Publishers under the imprint Living Ink Books.  I got my copy from Net Galley as an ebook for review.  (Thanks to both of you.)  This book was published in trade paperback in June and is currently available at your local bookstore.

Even if the title didn't include Book 1, you'd know that this was just the beginning of an epic journey.  Joran is having nightmares about trying to save his wife, who seems to be held captive by the Moon.  When the little stocky woman who sells goose eggs at the market tells him she can see his dreams, he doubts her.  But when he can no longer function because the dreams overwhelm him, he visits her for advice.  She tells him to travel to the house of the Moon for his answers.  Not quite sure where that is, Joran begins his adventure.

He helps save a wolf right at the beginning of his journey, and they travel together.  He not only visits the Moon, but visits the Sun, too.  And his journey still isn't over.

This is a comprehensive fairy tale with strong characters.  They aren't always right, they have their own internal challenges to conquer, and the route they take is dangerous.  But they maintain their belief it can be accomplished, help each other, manage to overcome the problems they encounter.  Joran even finds he can do something that he abhors doing because he must. 

This book is being marketed for adults, but I believe young adults would enjoy it, too.  The author takes you through a gauntlet of emotions and keeps your attention all the way through.  The feeling you get at the end of book is that the future is hopeful.  I'm sure the next book in the series will have some magic involved, too.

I enjoyed this read.  Why not get a copy and "taste" it yourself?

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