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The Wild Ways (Gale Women #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,174 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Charlie Gale heads east to join a Celtic band on the summer circuit, but faces Aunt Catherine instead. An offshore oil-drilling company hired Catherine to steal Selkies' sealskins. Charlie must teach being Wild to Jack - a Dragon Prince trying to be a real boy - and commit corporate espionage with a sobbing seal-wife and every fiddle player in Nova Scotia.
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by DAW
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Is it fair to compare one work against an author's entire body of work? I think so, but not everyone agrees. A. Lee Martinez discussed the "not their best work" review at http://www.aleemartinez.com/bestish/b... Ultimately, had Huff not impressed me with the first in the Gale series, The Enchantment Emporium, I would not have been so disappointed in the sequel. This was not her best work--it wasn't even in the top three runners-up.

Charlie, the wild Gale sister, is playing in a band when she star...more
Jeremy Preacher
I positively squeeed with joy when I heard that the sequel to The Enchantment Emporium featured Charlie, who was far and away my favorite character. And I was not disappointed - on the one hand, it's a Celtic-music-flavored adventure through eastern Canada complete with extremely hot and damnably unavailable women, evil corporations, some goblins, and a troll, and on the other hand it's a thoughtful look at what it means to be a "free spirit" when you have rather a lot of power and privilege beh...more
Lightreads
More cheerfully queer poly incestuous Canadian capers, this time with bonus seal people.

So this book helped me identify a squick I didn't know I had. See, the prequel freaked me out. Which was weird, because I also quite enjoyed it. It wasn't the mind control that got me, and it wasn't the deer semi-beastiality (though, for the record, ….??????), and it wasn't the incest. Actually, it was all the family. Which is weird, because I love stories about intense, close-knit groups of people, and that'...more
Jensownzoo
I *like* this series. I thought maybe I was biased toward the first book, The Enchantment Emporium, because I like stories in that kind of setting -- the quirky bookshop/curio shop -- but I liked this next installment just as well.

This book moves on to one of the other Gale women, Charlotte, who was introduced in the first book. In this novel, Charlotte explores what it means to be a "Wild Power" while touring the celtic music festival circuit with her new/old band. Plus someone is stirring up p...more
Jamie
3.5 stars. This is a nice sequel to The Enchantment Emporium - I don’t think it would stand alone very well, and it’s best read shortly after you finish the first book.

As much as I love Tanya Huff’s work, and as much as I enjoy the Gale family, I was not optimistic about a storyline that included Selkies and a controversy over offshore drilling. I should have known that Huff would make it work for me.

I find the Gale family's brand of magic to be utterly charming (which is appropriate, I suppose)...more
Li
I liked this book, but didn't connect as much with Charlie and her story as I did with Allie in the previous book, The Enchantment Emporium. The eventual ending was great, but the fantastical elements of the world itself didn't really capture my imagination this time around. I would have loved to have seen more of the family as well (loved the very teenage cousin Jack!).

All in all though, I hope Tanya Huff continues with this series - I want more of the Gale family.
Blodeuedd Finland
Anyone who have read book 1 know that the Gale's are a bit strange, and for you who haven't, well then you are in for a surprise and I will not say more.

Book 1 was about Allie and now it's her cousin Charlie's turn. Charlie is a wild power and has not really found herself (in the magical meaning). So she becomes involved with helping some selkies, and no she does not go there on her own free will. A meddling aunt is behind it. Charlie was fun, full of live, loving her music and family.

The plot a...more
Warren Rochelle
In Enchanted Emporium we first meet the Gales of southern Ontario , a matriarchal clan dominated by the Aunties who could, if they wanted, dominate the world with their magic. Allie Gale, one of a tribe of cousins, inherits a Calgary antique emporium/junk shop, whose clientele include many of the fey, among other strange beings. She and other cousins, her brother, a leprechaun, and Jack, a teenage Dragon prince, wind up saving Calgary . The story of this otherworldly family is continued in Wild...more
E.
Apr 25, 2012 E. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy

"The Wild Ways" by Tanya Huff continues the tale of Charlotte (Charlie) Gale, one of the rare Wild Powers in the Gale family. Charlie has adjusted from the events that occurred in "The Enchantment Emporium" and continues to do as she pleases, despite the input from the Aunties in the family who have their own plans for her. She agrees to participate in a Celtic music festival as events seem to coalesce to involve her in the struggles that a group of selkies are having with a major oil company th...more
Meridel
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Jo
"The Wild Ways" begins a few months after the events of "The Enchantment Emporium", and features Charlie (Charlotte) and Jack who were a secondary characters in The Enchantment Emporium. Charlotte is restless and drawn out of the Gale family fold to the Maritime Provinces. Jack is as bored as only a 14 year old boy (& dragon prince) can be once the excitement has seemingly died and he jumps at the chance to accompany Charlie as, sort of, a roadie for a band of the Celtic festival circuit. We...more
Estara
Nov 04, 2011 Estara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Canada, folk music, Cape Breton, selkies, dragons and strong women
Recommended to Estara by: I enjoyed The Enchantment Emporium - and have previously enjoyed other Tanya Huff books
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2011
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Lianne Burwell
The Wild Ways is a sequel to The Enchantment Emporium, but focusing on a secondary character from the first book (Charlie -- a Gale girl -- who plays guitar in a country band), and moves the story from Calgary (where the character from the first book has settled into domestic bliss with her husband and half-Gale/half-dragon prince foster son, complete with teenager moodiness from the second) to the Maritimes.

A company run by an agressive female exec (trying to prove wrong the people who said tha...more
Ryan
Nov 15, 2012 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brittany, Katherine
First, there is a dragon - I love dragons - and not just a dragon, but one who is also a 14-year-old young man who was raised as a dragon and trying to adjust to sometimes being human. Which is probably the best description for most 14-year old males. People. At 14, most of us had to figure out how to fit in our skin. And it was probably good we couldn't turn into dragons, though I am pretty sure my parents thought I did it regularly.

The main character, I suppose, is Charlie (Charlotte) Gale, an...more
JoyfulK
This is a good all-round read with adventures, suspense, and a bit of character growth. And as always, one of Tanya Huff's strengths is presenting social systems where straight, lesbian, gay, and bi characters are all part of the interwoven fabric. This book, set in the Cape Breton music scene, adds musicians, MBAs, and Selkies to an already quirky mix of characters established in the first book, The Enchantment Emporium . Now, if you haven't read the first one yet, start there, both because the...more
Mirjam
The Wild Ways is another superb urban fantasy by Tanya Huff about the quirky and fascinating Gale family I have fallen in love with in The Enchantment Emporium. Whereas Alaysha Gale was the main character in the first book, her cousin Charlie is in this one's driver's seat. A free spirit and a musician, Charlie is a very intriguing character. In this book Charlie stumbles across selkies whose sealskins have been stolen by her aunt Catherine, who is assisting an oil company in their efforts to ga...more
Gwyneth Stewart
If there is a sub-genre for funny urban fantasy, Tanya Huff is a master of it. I loved her Summon the Keeper series. And now this book is her second about the Gale family, a large and close knit tribe that practices very old magic. They are run by the old women of the clan, known to all as the Aunties. If that sounds cuddly, rest assured that they are anything but. What the aunties want, they usually manage to make happen, no matter how much they have to manipulate people or the time-space conti...more
Ruth
c2014: FWFTB: rock-band, Selkies, oil, aunts, music. So, as per the series title, this is the 2nd book about the Gale women and I was even more lost than with the first one. I had the feeling with the first book, and even more with this second one, that somehow I am missing ou on some vital information. It has now gone beyond the intriguing and into the plain annoying. That being said, I didn't stop reading the book and some information is casually dropped in fits and starts. The description of...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Gale Women paranormal fantasy series and revolving around a family of strong witchy women. The focus is on Charlie, a Gale woman with a Wild Power.

My Take
As irksome as the lack of background is, you can't help but laugh your way through this, I do love Tanya Huff. I fell in love when I read her The Enchantment Emporium , and I devoured everything I could get my hands on, and I gotta say that Huff has a wide range of tales to tell.

I wasn’t as irked with The Enchantment Emporium as I...more
Heather
The Wild Ways is a sequel to Tanya Huff’s delightful The Enchantment Emporium. No matter which series Huff is writing–her military SF Confederation books, her urban fantasy Gale books, or her urban fantasy Keeper books, among others–she’s a delight to read. She has a knack for providing laugh-out-loud quotes. Her writing is whimsical and unique.

Huff’s characters come to life on the pages. My favorite in The Wild Ways is Jack, the fourteen-year-old Dragon Prince and Gale boy. He’s still trying to...more
Cissa
3.5 Stars.

It's not a bad novel, and i enjoyed the reading of it.

However- I just do not find the Gales as entrancing as Huff seems to assume i will. pretty much all of them are piece3s of work, and their almost-infinite powers do not seem to come along with any sort of respect for others or ethics, necessarily. And when they do- it seems almost accidental.

I guess the whole "specialness" of the Gales really puts me off. it starts to sound almost like a cult. "Gale girls" and "Gale boys", and they...more
Kim Aippersbach
Supremely satisfying. You know how there's a spot in the brain for chocolate, and when you eat chocolate it zings right to that spot and your brain goes, "yes! That's exactly what I needed."? There's a spot in the brain for a great plot, and when I finished The Wild Ways my brain said "yes! That will do nicely."

It's not profound in any way; it's a fun romp with some standard fantasy and plot elements (Celtic music and magic? Yeah, they kind of work well together)(evil environment-raping corporat...more
Annette
So, I gave book 1 in this series a mere 2 stars. Why, therefore, did I even pick up "The Wild Ways?" Um... well, it was on the shelf at the library, and none Huff's other series openers were. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :}
Anyway, while "Ways" is by no means undersexed, in comparison to its predecessor it is downright tame. Perhaps Huff felt that she had proved her point and was able to move on - at least a Little?
Huff is an excellent character writer. While Charlie is star of this s...more
Lynn Calvin
Really liked this contemporary fantasy. Liked the Gale women, a feminist sensibility, and the rather edgy bits about such things having a dark side. Not so much the rainbow sparkles. I'd start with the first book "The Enchantment Emporium" if it's the sort of thing that interests you. It probably slots into the urban fantasy as a genre, but it has an older sense of fantasy, recast into a 21st century setting. Recommended strongly enough to write something rather than just mark read and rate it.
Unwisely
This book was another one that expected me to remember everything that happened in the last book. And I have to say, I didn't. I picked it up by partway through (which is better than some books I've read recently).

I had major problems with several parts of this book, the eye-rollingly annoying Gale family (concept *and* execution) being the major thing, and I get why people can't stand it. That being said, I stayed up too late three nights in a row to read it, because Tanya Huff apparently hits...more
Sandra
Wasn't particularly enamoured with this one. The whole Gale family concept and their incestuous relationships weird me out. I was able to overcome some of this in the previous book as I liked the heroine Allie. Unfortunately I just don't care enough about Charlie, or any other character in this story (with the glaring exception of Jack who was far and away he best character in this book) to get me past the squicky feelings. I was also very uncomfortable with the seal people's version of love whi...more
Maya
4.5 stars, if only because I have missed Huff like mad, and Charlie was my favorite character in the first book of the series. She has since been displaced by Jack, who is amazing and hilarious and so.... FOURTEEN it hurts. I want my own fourteen-year-old dragon prince. Another thing I loved (and yes, of course I did) was all of the music-magic and the unending stream of fiddlers. I felt sort of meh about the whole Eineen thing, though I do like that Huff's characters don't always get the love i...more
Colleen
As a sequel to The Enchantment Emporium, this book was almost perfect. It brought back the same characters, but then went off and had us reading something else. This time, the story was centered around Charlotte "Charlie" Gale and her cousin Jack. Actually, the best parts of the story were about Jack.

Being a teenage boy surrounded by way too many women of all ages can seriously cramp a guy's style, you know. So Charlie grabs Jack out from under the Calgary-based smothering and takes him touring...more
Mardel
Man- I just love Tanya Huff's writing. I don't know if there's anyone that can really compare, it's so original. Subtly different than many writers out there. Huff has written more series than I've read, but each book I've read written by her, I've loved.

The Wild Ways is the second of the Gale Women series. This one features Charlie (Charlotte). She is the cousin with Wild Powers. Meaning she could go either way - evil or good, so the "Aunties" are always watching her. One of my favorite charact...more
Lori
Great fun to watch Charlotte Charlie Gale go her own way away from the aunties, Allie and Graham. The music is great fun too (though it helps to have some knowledge of Gaelic/Celtic folk tunes). We also see Jack, the young Dragon Prince, find his place in the Gale family dynamic, chase off Boggarts, deal with two of his murderous uncles and finally eat an elder god as it awakens in the North Atlantic.

Favorite quotes:
Charlie uses music to stop a bunch of Boggarts on a rampage

Mouths open, eyes wid
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