Author: Dorothy Hearst
Amount of Pages: 335
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publishing Year: 2008
Geared Towards: Ages 12+
Summary (From front flap):
WHAT IS THE PROMISE OF THE WOLF?
NEVER CONSORT WITH HUMANS
NEVER KILL A HUMAN UNPROVOKED
NEVER ALLOW A MIXED-BLOOD WOLF TO LIVE.
At least that's what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Until a young wolf dares to break the rules-and forever alters the relationship between wolves and the humans who share their world.
This is the story of such a wolf. Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and an outcast after her mother is banished, Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River Pack. But her world is turned upside down when she saws a human girl from drowning. Risking expulsion from their pack and exile from the Wide Valley, Kaala and her young packmates begin to hunt with the humans and thus discover the long-hidden bond between the two clans. But when war between wolves and humans threatens, Kaala learn the lies behind the wolf's promise. Lies that force her to choose between safety for herself and her friends and the survival of her pack-and perhaps of all wolf- and humankind.
Wdebo's Review: If it wasn't for PulseIt, I doubt I would have even picked this up to read it. I confess I am a serial book-judger-by-the-cover. *cowers from embarassment*. But I guess that's why I love PulseIt, it makes me read books that I would usually never read and I usually fall in love with them, Promise of the Wolves was no exception. It's so interesting to read from an animal's prospective then a human's. The animals all see things in a diffrent light then us our world amazes them and their world amazes us. Amazing huh?
Pro: Oh, the characters were amazing, the story was also amazing. I loved reading from Kaala's point of view, her view was very naiive but slowly but surely she grew up right in front of our lives and her observations must sometimes have still been very childish but they slowly turned more and more mature. I could feel exactly how she was feeling, she wore her heart on her...paw, if she was angry you could almost see her teeth barred, her hackles raised, her fur standing up. And if she was happy you could see her tail wagging and her tounge lolling around happily. Yeah! Love Kaala!
Con: I found the prologue to be boring, even though it was really well written, I don't know, I couldn't get into the book until the first chapter. So, after I read the prologue, I was thinking "Oh wow, this is going to be a loooong read." I also found the middle to end to be dragging and boring.
Favorite character (new feature!): I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tiltoo, he's Kaala's gaurdian raven "angel." He is always there to help her out even if he does it in a very snide and sarcastic manner, I guess that's what was fun about reading about Tiltoo.
All in all, this was a wonderful book for all those who loves animal books and even those who didn't. How do you know you don't like something until you've tried it?