To Trust The Wolf February 3, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in 4.5 stars, Fantasy.
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by Peter Birk
Raoiume is a world ruled by the Witches and the Covenant they made. A wolf mysteriously rescues Perdita Perrault after her family is brutally murdered in the woods she grew up in. The Gran Mater defends Perdita from those who would seek to destroy her for her role as the Beacon, a role in a critical Prophecy.
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!
4.5 of 5 stars