A Whisper of Wolves – Kris Humphrey

Whisper-of-Wolves-Kris-Humphrey-Stripes-Publishing-Redaraptor“Alice hurried through the narrow streets of Catchwood. Today was market day and the village was packed with traders from all over the mountainside; boots, hooves and cart wheels rumbled across the hard-packed mud. Alice clutched a heavy wicker basket and the jars and pots within clanked together as she wove through the market-day traffic.”

When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer – a guardian of the wild. After many years of peace in the kingdom of Meridina, rumours are spreading of a planned invasion – could the demonic Narlaw be returning from the darklands? It is up to the Whisperers and their animal companions to defend Meridina, protect Princess Ona and stop the Narlaw from destroying their world.

When hunters from her village disappear without a trace, Alice suspects that something sinister is at work. With the help of Storm, her wolf companion, Alice fights to save her village. The Narlaw are on the attack and it’s up to the Whisperers to stop them…

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It’s so long since I read something the whole way through for myself that I think I’ve forgotten how to review it! However I will try!

A Whisper of Wolves was my first port of call when looking to ease myself back into the world of fantasy in YA. I wanted something quick and easy to read but that would satisfy my need for adventure and magic. Its about a whisperer, who is almost like a mage, and her wolf companion, Storm, and their fight against demons.

It was an easy book to read but thats mainly due to its size (My copy was a mere 190 pages) and the fact that its a simple fantasy world to get to grips with. Theres natural magic, and communication between animals and the whisperers but other than that its an oldie-worldy type place with kings and mountainside villages.

The storyline intrigued me and I wanted to know more about this fascinating life that 12 year old Alice lived which is what kept me going. The Dawn parts of the book also intrigued me but haven’t been fully developed yet and I am looking forward to reading more of the series to see what happens there. I loved that this book was about strength of two female characters and there was no romance involved for them anywhere and I kinda hope that carries on throughout the series.

A Whisper of Wolves was just an introductory book to the series and you can tell. There was the start of the Narlaw wars and it set the scene for the plan of attack that the Narlaw may follow, attacking the smaller villages then drawing in on the castle as the war goes on, so I don’t think we’ll see much of Catchwood in the next book. But at least Alice and Storm will be present.

A Whisper of Wolves was published in March 2015 by Stripes Publishing. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

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