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Book 1 of the Secret Texts series is set in a world considerably more urban and urbane than traditional fantasy quest epics. Dirigible balloons ("airibles") coexist with Machiavellian plotting, Borgia-like malevolence, and deadly family rivalry resembling that of the Montagues and Capulets in Romeo and Juliet. There's magic, too, forbidden but still furtively used: Each clan has its concealed corps of "Wolves," black magicians who conduct cruel sacrifices and may become physically monstrous from spell backlash. Young heroine Kait is a diplomat trainee and secretly a shapeshifter--that is, accursed and marked for death if ever exposed. After a horrific clash of wizardry and assassination that almost wipes out her clan, she takes ship in search of the ancient Mirror of Souls, which according to legend can bring back the dead. But legends may be booby-trapped: Kait and other characters become guided by helpful spirit voices, gods with their own agenda and no love of humanity, and the Mirror's real function may be altogether different. Meanwhile, a long-dead sorcerer who opposed the gods with his own white-magic cult awaits rebirth. The magic and its transforming side effects are exhilaratingly horrid; the novel ends with a whopping cliffhanger. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk
In a well-depicted fantasy world, Kait Galweigh, a young noblewoman and diplomat, discovers a sinister plot by both human and magical forces against her family. Unfortunately, she can defeat it only by using her own powers, which are considered so accursed that her kin would kill her on the spot if she revealed them. She has to flee for her life, with demons pursuing her, friends turning into foes and vice-versa, and intrigues multiplying at almost every turn of a page. In spite of its comparatively conventional development and being the first volume of yet another fantasy saga, The Secret Texts, this is absorbing reading. The action is brisk, the characters are--as we have come to expect from Lisle--offbeat, the realistic detail does not tilt overboard into grunge, and the villains are really villainous. Definitely a page turner, certain to please Lisle's established fans, it is also an excellent work with which to make first contact with a fantasy writer who deserves greater repute. Roland GreenSee all Editorial Reviews
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 14 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 18 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