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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407636
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Zingy characterizations and a quick pace are the book’s strong points.... Fans of the previous book will hit the ground running.” — Publishers Weekly

"Combining Celtic folklore, musical references, and a love of nature and magic, this sequel to The Enchantment Emporium will appeal to Huff’s many fans and to readers who like their urban fantasy with more depth and character development.” — Library Journal

“Timely environmental themes can easily draw in new readers.” — RT Book Reviews

“It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.” — Locus

“Quintessential Huff -- sharp, clean, funny. A heady mix of music, place and people that rings true on every level. Once again, I find myself hoping that this is a series that will go on.” — Green Man Review

"Combined with Huff’s ability to blend ancient traditions seamlessly into the modern world and making them seem perfectly normal and characters who are appealing and fun to hang out with, you’re in for an amazing read. A perfect example of how there’s more to urban fantasy than teenage girls swooning over the undead and how so many others are failing to exploit the genre’s full potential.” — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

About the Author

Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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I can't wait for the next book in the series assuming there is one!!
anna mack
Overall, The Wild Ways was a pretty fun read, with interesting characters and a unique magic system.
rantboi
In the Wild Ways the main character is Charlie, who was a secondary character in the first book.
Robin L. McLaughlin

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tanya Huff does not disappoint her fans, new or old, with her latest Gale family offering, The Wild Ways. Huff's earlier Gale family work The Enchantment Emporium told the story of Allie Gale (Alysha Catherine) who inherits an antique emporium/junk store from her grandmother (Auntie Catherine) in far from home Calgary Canada. Allie with the help of a friend Michael, her cousins Charlie & Roland, her brother David, the "Aunties", a leprechaun named Joe and a sorcerer's assassin Graham who is the 7th son of a 7th son save Calgary & possibly the world from the Dragon Queen & rescues Jack, the teenage son of a sorcerer and said Dragon Queen (the sorcerer doesn't fare as well.).

The events in The Wild Ways follow about six months or so after the Enchantment Emporium ends. Jack who is now living with Allie & her partner is bored as only a 14 year old half dragon prince/half Gale Boy teenager can be. He isn't the only one. Charlie (Charlotte Marie) Gale, who as a Wild Gale cousin can not be held down to a place, is also bored with her country music band and her life in general. By various means Jack & Charlie end up on the other end of Canada in Halifax participating in the Celtic music festival scene & getting involved on the side of a "save the seals" environmentalist group who are protesting an offshore shallow water drilling project. It goes without saying I hope that Selkies, Goblins, Trolls and other fey creatures are integral to the plot ;-).

I was afraid at the debut that Huff would sacrifice the story & characters for some heavy handed political/environmental message but I had no reason to fear.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As The Enchantment Emporium is one of my favourite Tanya Huff books (and trying to pick one is rather like deciding which dark chocolate truffle you like best) I was really looking forward to the next book in this series coming out, and I was not disappointed. This story focuses on Charlie, a character from the first novel and her adventures with Dragons, Oil Companies and Selkies, Oh My!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Besides humans, the world contains several paranormal species like vampires, goblins, pixies, and hoberts, etc. however on top of the food chain are the Gales. They look human, but are not human and they possess the power to topple empires. The most powerful Gale is Charlotte, but "Charlie" as she is called prefers playing her guitar with her road touring band.

Charlie loves music but also uses music to focus her power, which explains why several other bands want her to join their group. Nobody is as surprised as she is when she helps the Selkies who had their pelts stolen by her Auntie Catherine who was hired by an oil company. Assisting her is fourteen year old Jack who is a Gale Draconian Prince and sorcerer. The person who wanted to control the Selkie is Amelia Carlson who wants to control the selkies as they belong to an environmental group Two Seventy Five N that presses government to deny off shore drilling permits to Amelia's company. Charlie and Jack search for the stolen pelts, try to prevent the drilling, and prepare for battle against a powerful family member.

The latest Gales urban fantasy (see THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM) is wonderful thriller due to the strong cast who make selkie and Gales seem genuine. The story line is fast-paced but character driven as the aunt and niece are on different sides of the drill baby drill controversy; which anchors the plot in a real contemporary debate. Readers will appreciate Tanya Huff, known for her military science fiction, as The Wild Ways is a terrific read, one of the best urban fantasies I have read in years.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin L. McLaughlin on November 18, 2011
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I really liked The Enchantment Emporium a lot. The Gale Aunties are a unique contribution to the urban fantasy genre. They're funny, powerful, meddling, and pretty scary when you pause to think about it. I love that Huff just presents them as they are, without making moral judgments about what they do or how they do it.

The Enchantment Emporium was a difficult book to get started because Huff just tosses you into the deep end and you have to do a lot of treading water to get caught up and understand her world building and what's going on. The advantage of reading the sequel is that you already did the hard work with the first book and know what you need to know, so can strap in for the ride right from the start.

In the Wild Ways the main character is Charlie, who was a secondary character in the first book. I actually think she's a more interesting character and that probably has quite a bit to do with why I liked this one even better than the first book.

The Wild Ways is fast-paced, and I tore through it in no time. There are a lot of things going on in the book, yet it never drags or seems like there's any extra fluff. All of the mythical creatures are interesting and fit nicely into the plot, and I really enjoyed how traditional music was also woven into the story. It was great to finally understand more about what Charlie being Wild really means, and of course there was plenty of Huff's trademark humor to keep me laughing out loud as I read.

The Wild Ways can be read as a stand alone novel, especially considering that The Enchantment Emporium was pretty confusing at its start and I enjoyed reading it anyway. But I still recommend reading them in order to get the most out of the experience and avoid unneeded confusion.
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