By: Tamora Pierce
When humans start cutting down trees and digging holes in peaceful Dunlath Valley, the wolves know that something is wrong. They send a messenger to the only human who will listen -- Daine, a fourteen-year-old girl with the unpredictable power of wild magic. Daine and her closest companions heed the wolves' cry for help. But the challenge they are about to face in the valley is greater than they can possibly imagine...
Here's the deal, this book was slightly less enjoyable than the first in the series. In the middle it got a bit dull and a bit repetitive. That being said it was still a solid read. I still love the new characters and the new aspects opening up in Tortall.
In this book we see more of Daine's flaws. This made me love her even more, even in the times when she was annoying or impulsive. I love when books in a series still have the characters showing realistic, but evident growth within the space of each book. Daine is not the Daine that we first met any more. She knows how to use her magic, how to change herself, yet she still has a lot of things to figure out about her life in Tortall.
One of the most interesting parts of these books is the Immortals. I like being introduced to new kinds of Immortals, it keeps things interesting and immersive. You never know what kind of creature could pop up next. In this book I loved the addition of Tkuu the basilisk. We see more of Kitten (Skysong the dragon), too.
Overall the plot of this book was good. Its pacing, however, left a little to be desired. I wish there had been more time dedicated to the resolution and a little less to the build-up. The build-up was the part that stretched out too long and left some of the middle sections sort of boring.
Despite its minor problems though, this book was great in Tamora Pierce's typical style.
"...one thing I've learned is that humans cling to their first knowledge of you, particularly if they have no experience of you once you've changed."
"It is not just for food that you need a pack. It is for warmth, and the pack song. The wolf who sings alone is not happy."