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GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls Kindle Edition
"GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls, by Jane H Wood presents a charming combination of animal fantasy and adventure. Wood has created an empathetic character in Edmund, the newly qualified ranger. I really identified with his longing to be reunited with his animal companion, GoldenEars, and eagerly followed his mission. A riveting read."5 Star Review by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite.
From the Author
If you have not read the first book in the series, please take a look at GoldenEars: The Whispering Mountain. The story acquaints the reader with the age-old conflict between man and wolves. The wolf population teeters on the brink of extinction... until fate intervenes... pups are born to the alpha female, Mira. Two of her pups are special... born with golden ears...
Quote from the book: "You are my friend boy. I will always be with you."
The wolves depicted in both my stories have anthropomorphic qualities and are like characters in such books as - Watership Down and Black Beauty.
Jane H Wood is an animal rights advovate, and is a supporter of many charities involved in animal welfare, environmental and conservation issues, specifically those seeking the protection of wolves in the wild.
For more information about Jane and her books, and to read her short story blog called: Tag 9560, please go to Jane H Wood's official website.
- ASIN : B08V1SPRRF
- Publisher : The Book Guild (January 25, 2021)
- Publication date : January 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2185 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,175,545 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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All of you who are reading my review of The Pale Skulls, please also read my review of The Whispering Mountain to see why I’m helplessly in love with this story. I can’t think straight, I am choking with emotions. And it’s fine, it’s all good because I know GoldenEars will never be erased from my memory.
This book picks up where the first one left off and once again harks back to the age-old bond between man and animal. While I liked the first book and found myself immersed in following the wolf packs, I was less impressed by the second one.
SPOILERS: This will contain spoilers from the first book.
The beginning of the story starts off slow, with Edmund returning home after completing his training and graduating as an official forest ranger. He still mourns the loss of GoldenEars and is doing everything in his power to find out where all the wolves could have gone. During his long hours of research, he meets Joe, an Indian who's able to give him insight about his bond between GoldenEars and Edmund also finds out that he's a Shadow-Follower and that GoldenEars is a Seer. Not only that but he discovers that the wolves were led to the Spirit-World, a haven free from hunters and suspended between life and death, space and time. However, when the rift opened, it also led monsters from the Spirit-World out, shadow creatures they call Pale Skulls. And here is where the plot picks up a bit. With the Pale Skulls wreaking havoc on the human farming communities, Edmund and his fellow rangers go in search of the Spirit-World and GoldenEars. This ultimately leads to a reunion between Edmund and GoldenEars but he also discovers that in the time apart, both he and the wolf have changed in different ways. The fight against the Pale Skulls is one that will have to involve the wolves, the rangers, and the townsmen if they have any hope of surviving.
I found Edmund to be a one dimensional character, ranging from despondent and depressed to impatient or angry. His character was somewhat trying in the first book but a bit more so in the second. He seemed to have immature outbursts right and left with his fellow rangers, Joe, and even GoldenEars. His jealousy of GoldenEars's relationship with his mate, Neeka, and his brother, Glyth, was also irritating, although it does abate towards the end.
Joe proved to be my favorite character in this book as he is a wealth of information about the wolves and the Spirit-World. He also develops a strong friendship with Edmund and becomes something between a spiritual advisor and friend to the boy. When it comes to fighting against the Pale Skulls though, he's also invaluable as he saves the rangers' and Edmund's life several times.
I was expecting to see more of GoldenEars and the rest of the wolves in this book and I was disappointed that it didn't follow their perspective as much as the first book had. Instead, much of the book focused on Edmund. I really liked that Glyth was brought back, although I wasn't initially pleased at how his character was going, I appreciate how it was emphasized that his actions came from a place of fear and loneliness.
The Spirit-World that the author built was impressive and I liked the feel of folklore that was interwoven with the reality. The ending was surprising but satisfying for both Edmund and GoldenEars as they both look to their future and the part they must play in it.
*Special thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
💫 All ratings and review are my own personal opinion.
All age groups from young adult upwards would enjoy reading Golden Ears: The Pale Skulls. Author Jane H. Wood crafts a surprising plot and provides upbeat pacing throughout the story that demands the reader continue on to see what happens next. Valuable themes of family, friendship, and loyalty pervade this work, driving home the message and leaving the reader uplifted. It is with excitement that I look forward to more from this author.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoyed many aspects of this book: the unique worlds that the author creates, the compelling characters, and the unwavering bond between man and wolf. The author plays with my emotions with this one as each scene is played out. I was frustrated at Edmund's naive nature, saddened by loss, but ultimately happy by how everything played out in the end.
Although it started off quite slow, The Pale Skulls takes us on an exciting journey to the darker side of a spirit world, and it ends in a satisfying place for both Edmund and his wolf as they learn the part they must play in their new future.