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To Trust the Wolf Paperback – December 27, 2011
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So begins the fantastic spin-off of Little Red Riding Hood. What a captivating tale it was too! I was a bit confused in the beginning because so much happens, but I was soon set to rights and caught up in the action.
Perdita captured my heart. She's a precocious young girl who's seen tragedy and comes out all the stronger. Her tenacity in this coming of age tale is remarkable and admirable.
The world of Raoiume is fascinating. The witches each have their own Orders and the matriarchal society has put their country under martial law. The Mundanes, those without magic, are beaten down people. This book is as much their story as it is Perdita's. Their tale is highly sympathetic yet they remain the villains, making this story all the more fascinating and three-dimensional.
Let's not forget the wolves either! The idea to use werewolves instead of just upright talking wolves seems like a fairly new idea and it fits in well with the novel. The Great Wolf War is a pivotal point of the history of Raoiume and there's much mystery surrounding it.
Many questions are left unanswered in this book and you can only hope that the next book will be more forthcoming. I'm looking forward to it since I swallowed the first one in a day! I just hope it doesn't take Birk 6 years to write it like it did the first book!
Birk did a great job pulling on my heart strings, bringing me into his world, and keeping me guessing. His character development is good and I was hooked on Perdita (LRRH). It was hard to guess whose side characters were on; which is a rare feat. Most authors have a big "betrayel" that most readers can see from the get go, but Birk kept me guessing. It was hard to guess who was just a pawn, and who truly understood what was going on. I liked that aspect of it, because it kept me on my toes. Even when you know who the "bad guy/girl" is the reasons behind that character's acts is not clear.
I will admit close to the beginning some of the reading is overly complex or unnecessary IMO and I was tempted to put it down for a while BUT I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T!!!
Perdita is a great heroine, she's super strong magically but vulnerable as all humans are. I loved watching her develop over the course of the book!! Based on the characterization, world building, and plot I not only want another book from this series (I hope it's going to become one) and would read other books from this author as well.
While the book doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, it leaves room for a continuation. I want to know what happens to Perdita and the other characters....
As an editor, aspiring author, and a speed reader I catch almost all grammatical mistakes, and I didn't notice any in this book. Yea!!! Whether you're a fantasy reader or just paranormal I recommend this book. It had me hooked, I read it in less that 2 hours because I just couldn't put it down.
I hope that Birk continues with this series, because it is much better than many contemporary fairy tales. He's a talented author, and because I have so many books to choose from I would have kicked it to the curb if I didn't truly enjoy it.
Please Peter keep with this series. I want to see what happens next!!!!
Like Tolkien's proto-European Middle-Earth, the world of Raioume is an almost-France, in which French place-names and language snippets create a distinct flavor that sparks the imagination of the reader with minimal exposition.
Like so many good adventure tales, from Star Wars to Harry Potter, it is a coming-of-age story involving a young person caught up in a current of destiny.
Like modern novelists such as Neil Gaiman or Tom Robbins, the author taps into a rich well of mythological, anthropological and religious themes and archetypes, from the virgin-mother-crone feminine trinity to the fairy-tale source material.
A plot line including constant power struggles, epic battlegrounds and magical warfare places this novel firmly in the footsteps of the great fantasy traditions.
Amidst all these familiar genre conventions, a story unfolds that reflects a unique authorial voice. The tale hinges, memorably, on certain prophecies and vision of the future that are related gradually to the reader. The backstory and prophetic predictions come into view as perfectly disorienting sliding puzzle pieces. Particularly striking are the descriptions of lucid dreams and magical telepathic encounters, in which characters gain insights and glimpses of future events, confused through the language of dreaming or the potential pitfalls and paradoxes inherent in relating to the future. As all these trajectories of foreshadowing begin to reinforce and converge on the themes of the archetypal source material, the novel shifts from "page-turner" to high art.
The result is the impression of reading something satisfyingly familiar, through an entirely fresh means of storytelling.