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Diplomacy of Wolves: Book 1 of the Secret Texts Paperback – November 1, 1998
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Holly had an ideal childhood for a writer...which is to say, it was filled with foreign countries and exotic terrains, alien cultures, new languages, the occasional earthquake, flood, or civil war, and one story about a bear, which follows:
"So. Back when I was ten years old, my father and I had finished hunting ducks for our dinner and were walking across the tundra in Alaska toward the spot on the river where we'd tied our boat. We had a couple miles to go by boat to get back to the Moravian Children's Home, where we lived.
"My father was carrying the big bag of decoys and the shotgun; I was carrying the small bag of ducks.
"It was getting dark, we could hear the thud, thud, thud of the generator across the tundra, and suddenly he stopped, pointed down to a pie-pan sized indentation in the tundra that was rapidly filling with water, and said, in a calm and steady voice, "That's a bear footprint. From the size of it, it's a grizzly. The fact that the track is filling with water right now means the bear's still around."
"Which got my attention, but not as much as what he said next.
" 'I don't have the gun with me that will kill a bear,' he told me. 'I just have the one that will make him angry. So if we see the bear, I'm going to shoot him so he'll attack me. I want you to run to the river, follow it to the boat, get the boat back home, and tell everyone what happened.'
"The rest of our walk was very quiet. He was, I'm sure, listening for the bear. I was doing my damnedest to make sure that I remembered where the boat was, how to get to it, how to start the pull-cord engine, and how to drive it back home, because I did not want to let him down.
"We were not eaten by a bear that night...but neither is that walk back from our hunt for supper a part of my life I'll ever forget.
"I keep that story in mind as I write. If what I'm putting on paper isn't at least as memorable as having a grizzly stalking my father and me across the tundra while I was carrying a bag of delicious-smelling ducks, it doesn't make my cut."
Top Customer Reviews
What has impressed me first in these three books is the setting. I finished this serie with the impression that Matrin was real and that, given the chance, I could find my way in it: this is what I call impressive worldbuilding. Matrin also includes very distinct territories inhabited by all kinds of different (you could say esthetically challenged but very functional) people. Those features alone would make it worth the trip, but what makes Matrin all the more interesting is that there is a frightful explanation for these variations. No, you can't blame it on the weather...
The characterization of the Falcon's and the Dragon's distinct magics is also admirably rigorous: You can't have nothing if you don't give anything first, and Ms. Lisle has given the Falcons and the Dragons drastically different ways of respecting this principle in the use of their magic. The result is magic you can make sense of; no annoying deus ex machina in Matrin's magical systems, and no offense done to the reader's intelligence.
As for the characters, well, I liked Kait and Ry, of course. But Ms. Lisle's Secret Texts are filled with endearing second roles.Read more ›
I suppose that, in a way, she was right. There were parts that, taken on their own, I would likely classify as brutal, but I don't think that the book as a whole qualifies. It is, however, definitely a dark fantasy; one in which no excuses are made and evil is given almost as much attention as good. This is not a typical fantasy book.
I think, though, that is a lot of its appeal. It was almost refreshing to read a book that was unapologetically dark, one that did not necessarily offer hope of a brighter tomorrow. It certainly isn't the type of book I would want to read all the time, but it did make a nice change of pace from my normal reading habits.
In <u>Diplomacy of Wolves</u>, Lisle weaves a world full of forbidden magic and intrigue, yet one with so much detail and thought that it seems real. Lisle is a talented world-builder, creating a believable place with many cultures and a solid history. Into it, she puts well-developed characters involved in complex, detailed plot that draws the reader in.
All in all, I would say that <u>Diplomacy of Wolves</u> is a very strong, well-written book.
The one thing that I had a problem with was part of the characterization of Kait, one of the main characters. For the most part, she is well-developed, with both flaws and strengths, and is actually a rather likeable character.Read more ›
Heeding a voice telepathically talking inside her head, Kait travels to a remote area of the planet, seeking the mystical Mirror of Souls, which has awakened after a millennium. On her trek, Kait is followed by an unknown enemy, who plan to add her death to their body count. As Kait struggles to survive, she learns that she has the shape-shifting ability of the detested and feared werewolf. With the help of one of her kind, Kait battles for her life as the beginning of a war of magic threatens to destroy her home planet.
DIPLOMACY OF WOLVES is a great opening gamut to Holly Lisle's "Secret texts" trilogy. The story line brilliantly mixes politics, betrayal, and magic into a coherent, fun to read speculative fiction novel. Matrin feels like a real planet and the magical aspects come across as if they are a form of physics. However, what makes Ms. Lisle's novel appear to be the tale that takes her to the top of the genre (if justice prevails) is Kait, an enchanting, complex, and genuine person, who will steal the souls of readers.
Harriet Klausner 11/8/98
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I have never read a book written by Holly Lisle before but I enjoyed this first book Diplomacy Of Wolves it was so different to what I thought the story was going to be about it... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been looking in bookstores everywhere for this book. Found the two sequels for it but for some reason never the first. :) Great adventure story. Couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tara
First off I have to preface that I do not generally care for fantasy. I hate the name dropping of nonsense the author doesn't bother to explain,"He grabbed the Phazledwkene and... Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by arianna
Holly Lisle is a long time favorite read, another adventure to enjoy and enchant, good fun over too soon. Engaging fantasy fiction, finds my pleasure center.Published on January 1, 2012 by walter r machnicz
Fascinating world, interesting heroine and hero with a curse, deadly family rivalry, quest for a magic item, chase across the world... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Koivula Tommi
This book really frustrated me. Sometimes I loved it and other times I skipped entire sections. The beginning of the Diplomacy of Wolves is told from the main character Kait's... Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by Ithlilian
And what a cliffhanger of an ending! Set in a world called Matrin, with a map only slightly resembling our own, this is a detailed novel set in a land rich with its own history,... Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
Follows the journey of a young woman, who has a new job being a sort of chaperon for her family...while struggling with a secret she's kept from those to whom she now protects.. Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Rantings Of a Girl
This was a strange book for me. I read about 100 pages of it in the library, and never checked it out to finish the book. Read morePublished on August 24, 2006 by Charlotte Lenox