Wolf Tower (Claidi Journals 1)
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Wolf Tower (Claidi Journals #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  7,472 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Quick-witted Claidi, orphan-handmaiden to royalty in the oppressive House, finds herself swept into a plot to free Nemian, an intriguing stranger trapped in the House prisons. But after a long journey with Nemian through a perilous land, the tables are turned when Claidi discovers that she is a pawn in a conspiracy brewing across generations.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 19th 2000 by Dutton Juvenile (first published November 11th 1998)
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Sandy
I loved this book. I first picked it up because of the beautiful cover and then I loved the idea of a girl in a poor position escaping from the horrible place to be free and travel. But don't worry this is not a poor Cinderella who was rescued by a prince and lives happily ever after. No this is story is filled with adventure, surprises, betrayal and true love. In fact this isn't a Cinderella story at all but a world filled with wonder and magic :).
Veronika Turner
I was at the library a week ago and I saw this book, remembering that I had read a it couple years back, and decided to give it a try once again.

SPOILER ALERT, READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK o.o

I like the beginning, and how the author beautifully describes Nemian, the Prince who changes Claidi's seemingly doomed life and whisks her away on an adventure that would change her life forever. "...his hair looked like golden flames itself..he had a gleam to him...life had polished the man. Being alive. L...more
Marishka Valentine
Dec 21, 2013 Marishka Valentine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults/teens, extremly mild dystopia/romance fans
I enjoyed this book immensely when I was younger, and for a while after but, as an adult, (and not having read it for years) I’m not sure how much enjoyment I would get out of it these days. I believe I would still enjoy it, but just not as much as when I was still young. It was written for young adults, and therefore (probably) best enjoyed by them.

That being said…

I liked the way it was told through diary entries. I’ve noticed that this doesn’t always work in books, as sometimes the writing see...more
Chelsie Unicornkind
Jul 06, 2008 Chelsie Unicornkind rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alice in Wonderland
Shelves: fantasy
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Anne Osterlund
Claidi is trapped. Her life--as the maid of a selfish daughter of a selfish lady in the sealed community of the Garden--promises nothing but looming punishment and eternal drudgery.

Until He arrives. When a balloon is shot down over the garden, the balloonist--a young man named Nemian--is taken prisoner. How dare he enter the Garden’s sacred space! His future appears likely to be short-lived.

Unless Claidi helps him escape.

Wolf Tower is a fast-paced initial installment in a fantasy series by Tanit...more
Samantha Jones
I am going to write this review for the entire series instead of writing a review for each one. This series will always be so close to my heart. I don't remember how or where I discovered it when I was younger (early teens probably) but I loved this series so much, I read the entire thing again not long after first reading it. Being so young it was my first taste of the Dystopian novel, and I was fascinated. Looking back, I am still awed by what an impact these books made in my life and in my ow...more
Josie
Claidi is the funniest, most adorable heroine I've ever met. (Well, read about.) I love this series to pieces, but this book is my favourite because there's actually a happy ending.
Starlight_miss
Loved this series! Her adventure through the four books is unique and intriguing.
Meredith
The Claidi Journals follows the life of Claidi, a servent living a harsh life in a house catering the nobles. She doesn't know what life lies beyond this House, other than a desert that the nobles say is filled with death. But one day, Claidi gets a chance to find out for herself what really is out there. And she takes it. This is where her journal begins.

My absolute favorite thing about these books is the character of Claidi. She is just so different from any heroine that I have encountered be...more
Maureen E
Wolf Tower
by Tanith Lee

I enjoyed this book when I read it—it got a little star in my book notebook which is the equivalent of about a four star rating—but now that I’m thinking about it later, I’m realizing that this was essentially an apathy rating. I wasn’t blown away by it but it was solidly good. There were a few quibbles I had.

First, Claidi’s voice seemed a little unsettled to me, like the author wasn’t quite sure how old she was or how old the readers were. Sometimes it seemed very young a...more
Mackenzie
Claidi,a maid at the house, is swept away when she sees a young man crash in a hot air balloon, but no one could suspect the trouble hed bring. When the Great Princess who is extreamely old calls her and tells her she is a princess, she con barely believe her ears, and when she is told she will accompany the man in the hot air balloon to a place that her mother could be she accepts.Along the way they face many challenges, and when they met a bandit named Agural, there seams to be a connection, b...more
Isana
I'm kind of sitting here like, what really was it about this book. The story was pretty interesting, but it was just beyond the type of believable that makes good fantasy, even YA. I liked Claidi and the rest of the characters, but her problems never seemed life threatening enough. I mean, we have some obvious betrayal and a kind of out of the blue romance, since the second wasn't set up all that well in my opinion, even if it was really, glaringly obvious. Maybe the obviousness of everything wa...more
Elevetha
I read this years ago but this is what I remember.

This book, while there was definitely nothing wrong with it, just never grabbed my interest.

I was fairly bored with everyone and everything that went on.

Even though it was set up as a diary, which usually annoys me, this one was well done so I didn't really mind.

I liked Claidi to a point. At times she would have a funny quip or a good moment but I never really cared.

The romance was just...there? They could end up together or they could not. I did...more
Becky
Cute story, but obviously meant for a younger audience. Something I would have loved when I was eleven. It was still interesting, good pacing, solid plot, and the characterization wasn't half bad either. It's one of those books where I don't think stars are fair because it was a good story and the younger generation would probably really enjoy it but it wasn't exactly for me. I don't want to bring the star rating down because it wasn't to my personal preference.

Oh well, hopefully a lot of peopl...more
Stephanie
I would suggest this book to all who liked Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Its writen in a type of dairy form and is exciting with every turn of the page. It is a little hard to get hooked at the beginning though, you just have to wait until around the 2nd chapter for it to start getting really interesting. Its well worth your time and patience though, Trust me!
KZ
Short enough to be readable. Good for a YA audience; not so much for adults who are looking for something more satisfying. Will not be reading the next ones.

Nemian was one of the more annoying characters I've ever come across. In the end it was not necessarily a bad thing 'cause he was (view spoiler) so we didn't really have to like him. But I found him pretty confusing—I felt like his behaviors didn't really make much sense compared to the way Claidi felt about him...more
Nellie225
This book is really good and that it's about a girl named Claidi who have this journal with her all the times and that she help this person name Nemain escape.
Christine
I absolutely loved this book. When I first read it, I could feel every twinge of emotion and every thought of her's was my own. I loved this book!
Sabrina
This was such a good book. It was totally different from any book I've ever read . . . in a good way.
Athena Madison
this book was indeed very good and i am excited to read the second in the series
Allison
Apr 06, 2014 Allison added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every fantasy lover. Ever.
Shelves: fantasy
This series is tied with a few others for the absolute best, most superb fantasy books (or indeed, any books) that I've read, and Tanith Lee one of the absolute best authors. Along with Lee's Piratica, the book that introduced me to her (and perhaps one of my favorites of all time), as well as Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, this is one of those sort of books that made me realize I hadn't known how much I could love a book until I read it. This series helped shape my love of reading, and I don't beli...more
Janice
What a hero. Ah....
Ана Хелс
Имам един сън, естествено събуден от прекомерното фентъзи – четене , а именно че съм кралица в моя замък – библиотека ( отбележете кралица, преди беше принцеса, но с времето схванах в чии ръце е властта ) , и имам свой собствен не шут, или бард, ами писател. Задачата на придворния писач е разбира се да отгатва моите най-искрени кралски нужди и мечти, и да ги претворява по своя си начин в идеални романи, хем коренно различни в сравнение със всичко друго познато и написано под слънцето, хем ярко б...more
Stephanie
Tanith Lee stands alone in her style of world-building, but readers who enjoy an interesting realm of fantasy, romance, royal plots, and self-discovery will enjoy this book.

Claidi dreams of adventure outside the walls of The House, a strict caste society in the middle of the desert where she has been a servant her entire life. Feisty and curious, Claidi is secretly chosen to help a mysterious stranger escape The House and return to his city far across the harsh sands of the desert. Along the way...more
Mandeep
I picked up the edition where all 3 stories were in one book at a second hand book sale. This author was new to me and I found that I loved the books! I will def be checking out more of her work - unfort, I'll have to buy the 4th book in this series used online since Amazon and Chapters don't have a new copy.

Anyways, back to Book 1. It's written in a journal format - which worked well. The main character is a naive teenager, with a blend of mulishness and innocence that rings true. And being a s...more
Sarah
I loved this! Such a cute, original story. I liked the sort of slapdash, hasty way it was told - even though it made it quite confusing at times (I had to read some sections multiple times and still couldn't really work out what was going on). But it seemed realistic, like the sort of thing you might scribble down in a rush between adventures. I loved Claidi, she was so funny - "I didn't know what to do, so I just stood there like a twerp." The way she described things so bluntly made me laugh....more
Robin
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Keri
After finishing, I am still not sure what to think of this book.

Wolf Tower is the story of Claidi as she makes her ways through a mysterious land, known as the Waste, with a prince in order to get him to safety. The story is basically about their adventures together.

The first thing I must say is that the world Tanith Lee creates is amazing. It is so creative and even a little "out there." Between the sheepers and the Law, this author has a wonderful imagination. My only complaint is that I hardl...more
Victoria
This was a pretty good, normal old fantasy. A nice way to pass the time, with interesting characters and a plot with open ends for future books.

Claidi is a much-abused slave in a great palace known as the House. She believes this is what her life will be, until a handsome and interesting prisoner named Nemian is captured one day. When the chance to escape with him is given, Claidi seizes on it and begins a quest into the unexplored land known as the Waste. There, she will encounter many differen...more
Nicole
This was one of those books that was on sale online for a dollar or two, and I picked it up, because why not? It was a high fantasy. Heroine runs off to create a better life. Sounded like I could like it.

I was wrong.

It's not that Wolf Tower is all terrible; there's a reason I kept reading until the end of the book. There's a handful of side characters that I actually enjoyed. The world that Claidi lives in actually interests me -- I liked learning about it.

But Claidi, Claidi, Claidi.

Now, I know...more
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Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She is the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She has also written four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a...more
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