The Tempering of Men (Iskryne World #2)
In Iskryne, the war against the Trollish invasion has been won, and the lands of men are safe again…at least for a while.Isolfr and his sister, the Konigenwolf Viradechtis, have established their own wolfhaell.Viradechtis has taken two mates, and so the human pack has two war leaders.And in the way of the pack, they must come to terms with each other, must become brothers
We see the problems of the third book building, how will they remake themselves, what are we going to do about the not!Romans, etc. I think the t...more
3.5 Stars - What both authors gave me was well worth reading and waiting for and everything about the book was solid and well-executed. And yet while virtually every page had something for me to highlight, applaud, commend, and/or appreciate in terms of writing or world-building skills... There just wasn't a lot that I could just flat-out love, gush, and/or rant about in a happy, gleeful way.
For example, I appreciated the importance of the wolves as well as th...more
And now I kind of feel cheated of my expectations out of this book.(view spoiler)[ I was ready to continue the adventures alongside Isolf and Viradechtis. Instead they only played a secondary role (at best) while everyone else took stage front center. My attention was spread between each adv...more
We Ran Out of Trolls, Now What?
I find it interesting how A Companion to Wolves was a strong stand alone book, but The Tempering of Men is anything but stand alone. It leans heavily on both the first book and a book that hasn't even been written yet.
It's not that the plot is thin. The plot is quite thick. It's that the plot isn't remotely finished. Oh, we reach AN ending point by the time the book closes and its not even a forced ending. It's a fine ending. It's just not the...more
And number three, and my biggie: WTF is up with Vethulf, Skajldwulf, and Isolfr? I get that Isolfr is uncomfortable with attraction to men, but in A Companion to W...more
HAHA say the authors, TIME FOR LOTS OF POV CHARACTERS, NONE OF WHICH ARE ISOLFR!
Also, gah. The plots were less developed and interesting this time, probably because there were three distinct plots going on. The characterization was also worse. Maybe it's because the POV swapped around too much for the authors to really get deep into...more
This is clearly the middle book in a trilogy, so don't expect a resolution. What surprised me (happily...more
I really enjoyed this book, too, which is a credit to the authors, because it's pretty piecemeal. You get the idea that the authors thought they were done after one book, and the readers said, "More!" And the authors were like, "Really? Because what comes next isn't that exciting." And the readers said, "We want to know anyway!" So the author's said, "You got it."
This book deals...more
More wolves! More swartalfs! More territorial wolfjarl pissing contests, many many journeys, and not quite as much – but still quite a lot – gay wolf-bonded viking sex. Good times. I really like the unique premise of these books and that they don't play coy with some of the more controversial issues. And I enjoy the sly sense of humour shared by many of the characters. I could explore this world for quite a bit longer than the books actually spend playing in it (but...more
Plotwise (the sex is a minor element in this one) the wolf pack is worried that they’ll become obsolete since there are no more trolls to fight (another parallel with Dragonriders of Pern). Luckily a new enemy appears in the form of a pseudo-Roman invasion force. The end...more
The entire book is a platform for the third book to s...more
All that to say, I did like Skjaldwulf and Vethulf, but the whole thing was just an exercise in lack of follow through from the authors. Why set up this whole relationship at the end of Book 1 if you're going to spend...more
A wonderful visit back to the Iskryne world. It's such a fascinating civilization. I love what Monette/Bear do with the sexual politics and gender roles. Yet while those issues never overtake the story itself, they greatly inform the plot and culture. Vethulf and Skjaldwulf's stories really shed a lot of light on their characters. It was great to learn more about them, and their relationship dynamics are so interesting. I found myself reading slower and slower as the book progressed, so...more
Oh I love this series! The 1st book was left open ended but with a great conclusion so it didn't even occur to me that they would be writing another book. This one only spans a couple month, whereas the first spanned many years, which isn't a bad thing. The narrative shifted between three different characters (none of them Isolfr) so the shortened time period was necessary to cover all that went on in three different locations. This book greatly expands th...more
Though "Tempering of Men" is decently engaging, it's not nearly as revelatory to read as the first. The first book had a robust, self-contained story; this one is much shorter and spends more time setting up the next book than it does develo...more
Everything I liked about the first book was in this book. The subtle politics of the wolf pack, the exploration, and the sensitive portrayal of gender-queer and homosexual individuals make this book a real stand out.
In this book another interesting gender topic comes up. The introduction of sworn-men; an analog of the Sworn Virgins of...more
I did like this book. These are the same fantastic settings and characters that I loved from before, and we get to learn more about their fascinating world and follow on more of their crazy shenanigans. And there were some awesome new things; brilliant layers added to this alrea...more