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The Wild Ways (Gale Women #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,649 ratings  ·  203 reviews
"The Gales are an amazing family, the aunts will strike fear into your heart, and the characters Allie meets are both charming and terrifying." -#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Daw Books
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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 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
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
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'
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
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)
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.
I read the audible version of this book, and I have to say, the last few years has produced some really poor edited books from audible. I've never run into any books packed with audio glitches as the last couple I've read. Admittedly, 2011 isn't lately, and hopefully, I just ran into two of them by chance, but still). However, the audio editing quality aside, I really liked this one. I'd read the first one in the series years ago, and had never gotten around to getting the second one. Hopefully ...more
Tim Hicks
The book is really about Charlie and Jack coming to terms with their powers and capacities. That part is very well done.

The whole Gale world is about special people who have the ability to control other people, and that is creepy just as much as it is when political and religious people do it.

Continuing the free-sex approach of the clan, but low-key this time, enough that it isn't a political statement, it's just something that the characters do, no biggie. Good. And not really much mention of
Loved the first one, and bought this one immediately after finishing it. And though I enjoyed reading this book, it was only a passable read. I enjoyed the selkie story, but the catastrophic reason for aunt Catherine to bring them out this time was barely covered, like an afterthought -- for the whole book it is unclear why Charlie was lured to the Maritimes, why her aunt would work with the oil company when it is said over and over that the Gales don't care about anybody else. At the end I was ...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

"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
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"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
Nov 04, 2011 Estara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Nov 15, 2012 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 th ...more
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
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
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
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
I think what I really like about this series is how quirky the Gale family is and how everyone is afraid of the Aunties, I especially love how the younger girls acknowledge that someday they are going to be the scary Aunties.

With this book Charlie and Jack come into their own. Charlie, with the help of a bad Auntie, manages to tap into her talent and think outside the box to take care of problems. I was surprised where Charlie found her allies in the battle, but when you think on it the people
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
I avoided this one for a while because The Enchantment Emporium is one of my dearest favorites, and I generally don't take well to switching viewpoint characters in a series.

Still. I liked Charlie in the previous book, so I gave it a shot.

All in all, great fun. I love Charlie, and I adored Jack's viewpoints. This book had some interesting expansions on the worldbuilding (like Selkies!), and the climax/conclusion were both exciting and satisfying.

It definitely got off to a slower start than Encha
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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