This would have been a really fantastic book if the author's editor had sat her down and explained that writing is NOT the SCA, that no, you do NOT need to have every filial relationship detailed, you do NOT need to give us a course on the Heraldry of the characters, and that adding characters does NOT make the plot better. whole near CHAPTERS on said heraldry and inheritance and even MORE side plots and it becomes far too rich for a single book.
But what makes me want to say a few words about it anyway is the unusal heroine, Firekeeper. She does so without adding the typical female heroine vulnerabilities.
The plots, worlds, characters, and stories all felt like they were being pulled out of the indispensable magic hat of epic fantasy writing. When I picked up Through Wolfs Eyes I was going on a huge leap (more like head first plummet) of faith. She balances high political intrigue with human and wolf nature. The biggest thing about Through Wolfs Eyes are its characters. This book reminds me why I always come crawling back to the Epic Fantasy genre. It proves that new authors can still come up with great storiesmaybe even beating out some of the legends of the genre. All of the characters will become like dear friends, and none of them are just stereotypes of the EF genre.
I fell in love with the characters, the medieval setting and the mystical animals with subtle hints of magic. I like that it doesn't rely on magic to sell it's characters and story...
What they find however is a wild girl, raised by wolf who might just may be the prince's daughter and potential heir to the kingdom of Hawkhaven. Add to that a whole load of supporting characters all with their own ideas, motivations and feelings and you've got one hell of a good novel.
I realize much of the information at the beginning is vital in understanding the political standings of every possible heir to the throne of Hawk Haven, but it still dominated the book - whereas the interesting content - action, etc. I enjoyed this book some but I do not know if I will continue on reading this series.
Okay, so, to start: This book includes (1) a world map, (2) a royal family tree, and (3) a glossary of characters. There was a scene in which one cousin recounts to another HIS WHOLE FAMILY'S NAMES.
Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolfs Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880's Egypt). Lindskold has also had published over sixty short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, including a critical biography of Roger Zelazny, and articles on Yeats and Synge.