This is my first book review in a while (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click HERE). Hopefully I haven’t lost my touch. Well, here goes…
I first got this book a while back. At first glance, I thought it looked OK, but I had been to the library so I was heavily stuck into one of the 20 books I had just borrowed. So, it got put on my to read pile, and sat there. After a while it finally got put into my bag to read on a long trip. Usually in these trips I pack about 20 books and read about 10, but this time I hadn’t been to the library (shocker) and I only had 10 books. A few hours into the long and arduous drive, I pulled out The Wolf Wilder. After a few pages, I was hooked.
The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell, is set in Russia many years ago (when there was still Tsars). It is about a young girl, a Wolf Wilder in training named Feodora, who has to travel across part of Russia (in Winter) in less than a week to save her mother (also a Wolf Wilder). If you have no idea what I mean by Wolf Wilder, neither did I, but the book explains it well. When the book was set, and for a very long time before that, and probably still today, wolves were considered pets for the rich, and brought so called luck and money and fame. But as wolves are wild animals, they eventually bite someone or something which was not expecting to be bitten. So, as killing a wolf is considered bad luck, they are sent to a Wolf Wilder, to train the wolf to be wild again.
Katherine Rundell has written an incredible book. Perfectly built characters and beautifully described scenery are only a few of the fantastic things that make her a great author. At most parts of the book I could almost feel Feodora’s pain, or hear the wolf’s howl, or see the snow-covered trees. Sometimes I felt that some parts of the story were introduced too late, or were a bit random, but I can definitely look over that. I am certain that this is the best book I have read this year, and I read a LOT of books.
Oh and by the way, Merry Christmas to you all. I hope that next year brings WAY more posts. My next post should be up in the New Year, so yeah, check the website next year. See you then!