- Series: The Legend of All Wolves (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492661872
- ISBN-13: 978-1492661870
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Debut author Vale has created a paranormal community in the modern world, and it's a standout...a dense, gooey chocolate cake in page form. A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre." - Kirkus
"As Vale begins her The Legends of All Wolves series, her outstanding worldbuilding makes this sensuous tale of life and love in the Pack, a werewolf society, well worth reading. Spellbound readers will watch for the next installment, A Wolf Apart." - Booklist, STARRED review
" Vale has created a world unlike any other that is full of mythical creatures and unlike any other stories I have read. I highly recommend THE LAST WOLF to anyone who loves a good paranormal romance that really stands out long after you read the last page." - Fresh Fiction
"The dark, rich world of Vale's debut novel is instantly engaging, and will hold plenty of draw for fantasy and sci-fi readers, as well as readers of paranormal romance. Her wolf shifters have history and depth, and the individual members are all well crafted and compelling in their own right...the rich characters and their powerful connections make this book a fascinating one that offers a good deal of promise for future books in this world." - RT Book Reviews
"Cleverly conceived and thoughtful story...The unique, believable world-building, flashes of humor, and Old Norse references make this exceptional debut of a promising series a solid choice for all paranormal readers and collections. " - Library Journal
"The dark, rich world of Vale's debut novel is instantly engaging, and will hold plenty of draw for fantasy and sci-fi readers, as well as readers of paranormal romance. Her wolf shifters have history and depth, and the individual members are all well crafted and compelling...the rich characters and their powerful connections still make this book a fascinating one that offers a good deal of promise for future books in this world." - RT Book Reviews
"a terrific world filled with hierarchy, devotion and rituals...a[n] enchanting unusual story." - With Love For Books
About the Author
Maria Vale is a journalist who has worked for Publishers Weekly, Glamour magazine, Redbook, the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world.Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.
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I won't say that I have totally given up on the series, because I think there is something there, the author just has to pull it out. The story is intriguing but the voice simply falls flat. So when the next one comes out I'll be in line to buy it but I will go in with a bit of trepidation and maybe more than a little hope!
Silver lives in the Great Northern Pack in Canada, a secluded society of wolves who have lived there for hundreds of years. She's just emerging from juvenile status and is at risk of being kicked out of the pack when she comes across a man wounded in her forest. That man, Tiberius, will either be her savior or her downfall.
This is not your ordinary shifter romance novel. Oh there's shifting, and there's romance, but this is more like Rhiannon Held's Silver in more ways than just the main character's name. Vale's Silver is also crippled, lowest of her pack, but she also holds a vast love for her Pack, the land, and the experience of being wolf. The two books also share a focus on pack politics (Held's Silver focuses on national pack politics and intrigue in the U.S. while Vale's is mostly centered on one pack in Canada).
Don't let the prologue fool you. The author in her bio says she has a habit of trying to insert Beowulf language into her stories, and since the prologue is set in the past, at first I wasn't getting into the story. Just as soon as we hit Silver's POV though, I got swept up in her and Tiberius' struggle to be accepted into the Pack despite her crippled status and him being a half-Shifter (who typically prey on wolves).
We are immersed in Silver's POV here. There isn't alot of angsting around. She does what needs to get done and she accepts the consequences. But it's the way Vale manages to portray her fierce heart, both for the Pack and for Tiberius while not flinching away from the uncomfortable implications of what it means to be low on the Pack totem pole.
I finished the book at 1:00am and then went and ordered the next one. It seems to feature different wolves but Ti and Silver also will appear. Vale is now on my insta-buy list.
"As a wolf, the world is filled with cues: the dry crack of a branch under the weight of snow, the smell of fungi, a quiet rustle of a nest that once housed a sapsucker and now a squirrel in a tree that is dead and not just for the winter.
As a human, the world is filled with commands: YIELD, DO NOT PASS, WATCH FOR CHILDREN, KEEP CANADA CLEAN, IT'S CHOCOLATE TIME AT TIM HORTONS."
I can hardly wait for book two, coming August 2018.
There are also plenty of scenes where there is delightful prose.