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Koan (Wolf's-own #3)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  254 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Still recovering from the events in Ada, Fen and Malick have apparently gotten all the reprieve they're going to get on their voyage to Tambalon. Shortly after stepping ashore, old ghosts resurface and new dangers arise.

Dealing with past lives and legendary beings is somehow just as critical as tracking down the vicious creatures that have been abducting and murdering citi
Paperback, 1st Edition, 290 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 20, 2012 LenaLena rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mm
Fen is done with Fate and the gods, but they are not done with Fen.

Everybody wants something from Fen. Everybody thinks they know what's best for him. And while they argue, Fen's grip on reality is slipping away.

And that is how we start a new story arc in the Wolf's Own series. You could have stopped after #2, but I think you'll be glad you didn't. This one starts a few weeks after the end of book #2, when Malick, Fen and their friends and family are settling into their new city of residence.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

This review contains spoilers for those who haven't yet read Ghost and Weregild.

4.5 stars

It is a bit difficult to review this book. As one half of the second part of the series, it really is like a beginning, but without all the needed character and world building required in the very beginning. I think if I had reviewed the first book, Ghost, on it's own then it may have gotten this same rating. I certainly really like them, but it's hard to get the whole pi
May 26, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So fantastic! There's tons I want to say about this book but I'm afraid I'll write something that might give something away so I'll just say this... I hope Jacin keeps getting stronger, I hope Joori gets his shit together, I hope Morin gets his own book 'cause he cracks me up with his caustic brilliance, I hope Shig finds someone who gets her and Samin? I love Samin most of all (OK...almost most of all). Flawless once again, Carole. Thanks! :)
This is the sort of book where you read a chapter or a paragraph and then need to read it again, just to fully absorb it and make sure you take everything in, because you don't want to miss a thing and know that every single word Carole put in is there for a reason. I love the Wolf's-Own series and I'm looking forward to the next and last installment.

I did however, miss Malick, who is absent for a large part of the book, although I loved how Samin came to the forefront more and took on a father
Jun 11, 2012 Shinsetsu rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Going into this book was difficult for me. After the first two in the series, the characters were in a good place and the plot had wrapped itself up pretty nicely. Yeah, it wasn't HEA, but as a reader, I was left the impression that things were going to be alright. So I knew that any continuation of the story was going to be hard to get into right away, and thus subconsciously I delayed purchasing my copy. But eventually, I decided it was time to return to this series, suck it up, and give it a ...more
Gah! I think this series is wonderful yet it's so damned heartbreaking at times. When I read Ghost, I thought that I had never come across a character like Jacin, who so plainly suffered at the hands of gods and mortals alike, yet who was always so determined to do the right thing, especially for those he loved.

Jacin, in this novel, finds himself deeper than ever in his personal pit of despair, as he finally learns why he is who he is. Haunted by the ghosts of his past till he can no longer dete
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
4 1/2 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Oh Fen, poor, poor Fen. Your creator has it in for you. But, god damn, she does it in such a way that we all love you and want you to have a perfect life. Fen thought it was over, the voices of the Ancients are gone, the Jin are on their way to freedom and he has his brother’s back, but the gods haven’t finished with him yet… far from it.

Carole Cummings, I don’t know whether to love you or hate you, becaus
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Need I say more? This book just wow-ed me...All the revelations about Malick's previous life (at last we got to know him more), Jacin's deteriorating mental condition, the gripping plot, unexpected twists...

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“There is no trade anymore, you're not nothing, you didn't kill Caidi, you're going to be the most beautiful-dangerous Incendiary the gods have ever seen, and I fucking love you. Deal with it."

*melts into a puddle*
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Still recovering from the events in Ada, Fen and Malick have apparently gotten all the reprieve they're going to get on their voyage to Tambalon. Shortly after stepping ashore, old ghosts resurface and new dangers arise.

Dealing with past lives and legendary beings is somehow just as critical as tracking down the vicious creatures that have been abducting and murdering citizens of Tambalon. With the threat of banpair all too close, Malick is put at odds with those who should be his allie
Ornella (Nyx)
Dec 03, 2013 Ornella (Nyx) rated it liked it
There was not enough Malick and Jacin was breaking my heart while Joori and Imara kept pissing me off to no end. At least there was Morin and Shig.
Megan Lillian
May 29, 2013 Megan Lillian rated it it was ok
Too much inner babble. Almost didn't make it through. Hope it ends on a better note in the next/last book.
Aug 28, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series! All of the books, so far, have been fast paced with well-realized characters. I think the world building is well done. I love Jacyn. I love the way the author has given him such vulnerability and innocence even though he is a real killing machine when it's called for. The books in this series are not stand-alone novels. They pretty much all end with some sort of cliffhanger and each one takes place pretty much where the last one leaves off. I seldom read a series of book ...more
May 28, 2012 Lady*M rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m-romance
4.25 stars - This is temporary rating until the final book is published. I'll try to write something more coherent later, but for now...

There is something rotten in the city of Tambalon. In more ways than one. Not only the banpair of old magic are killing and kidnapping the city's magical beings, but Fen has withdrawn into himself again and it seems he is getting worse. Eaten away by guilt, he is tortured by the ghosts of his past and only Malick can anchor him to the reality.

I read author's bo
Eden Winters
Simply astounding, if "simply" can be used to describe Carole Cummings' delightfully complex prose. Never high-handed, she manages to string together ordinary words in such a way as to make them extraordinary.

A lot of time is spent in various charactar's heads in this, the third installment of the Wolf's Own series. Rather than action-driven or character-driven, Wolf's-own: Koan is thought-driven. Dang! How well she put me inside Fen's confused mind, teasing out little hints until I believed I
Donna Cooper
Nov 30, 2012 Donna Cooper rated it it was amazing
Since I consider ‘Wolf’s Own – Koan’ and ‘Wolf’s Own – Incendiary’ to be one book, this review applies to both.

Again, as always, Carole’s prose is delicious. The woman can turn a phrase and paint a picture with words. And she can also create extremely complex, deep, and tortured characters. This continues the story of Jacin, the tragic and tortured hero, and Malick, the demi-god who loves him, and the family that has formed around both of them. And these two books drag us even deeper into the t
Nov 15, 2014 Scarletine rated it really liked it
LOVED THIS! I ate this book up in a couple of days. Fen Jacin -Rei, once an 'Untouchable' and channel for the voices of the ancestors has had a shocking time of it. Used as a tool and manipulated by all he trusted, he survived the unsurvivable. Now in a new city with Malick, Samin, Shig, Morin and Joori, he is trying to peice his fragile mind in to some semblance of order,Ghosts natter and remind him, he is unloveed, unlovable. But Fen is loved, wether he bloody well likes it or not, by Kamen Ma ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
I got through the series and forgot to stop after each one and leave comments. oops. Now I have to remember where the each left off and such. Okay, let's see... unfortunately, in my memory, this book totally blends together with the next book in the series (Incendiary). I had to go back and quickly skim to the end to see where this one left off. All I can say is "Malick!" :-(

I like everything about these books except that the characters spend waaay too much time in their heads thinking thinking
Mar 23, 2015 Shakal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first two of the series were OK, but the author made this third one a little too dramatic and a little too inside poor Fen's head.

I rated it with two stars because it is not really the worst, but it was not OK either. I think the rating system should contain one more stage, between the first and the second stars, saying without enthusiasm: "... yeah, it was fine".
Serena Yates
Jun 14, 2012 Serena Yates rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This was the first book of the series where I began to have the feeling that the characters MAY one day become their own people, rather than someone else's pawns. They still have a long way to go, but I continued to be fascinated enough to keep reading. I still cannot get myself to like the books, but the epic fantasy-feel is good and the tone and feel of the series is coming together well. The language is sweeping, and things happen slightly more quickly, but much of what goes on is still extre ...more
May 29, 2012 Kym rated it it was amazing
AAaaaaaaarrgh! Just... Aaaarrgh! You're really going to leave me like this? When is 'Incendiary' being released? 'Cos... I'm kinda dangling...

Of course this is a good thing, because if I didn't care about the plot, I'd hardly be hanging right now, and if I didn't care about the characters I'd hardly be worrying about what hideous things the plot had in store for them would I?
So what is that scary old man with the creepy lizards doing to my Fen Jacin? I hope it's just old age and lack of people s
Nov 24, 2012 Seregil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slash-fantasy
The previous book could have been the end of the story, but you still wanted to know what will happen next. In this third installment there is a new danger and a new identity that Fen Jacin has to deal with. For the first half of the book Mal is being loving but secretive and Fen is depressed and seems unable to adapt to normality as he keeps hearing and seeing people that are supposed to be dead.
Then Mal manages to get himself killed and all hell breaks loose (and by that I mean that Fen goes
Leonard Ericka
Well written, intriguing but too ansgty for my liking.......
Jun 23, 2012 DL rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I just love the world that Ms. Cummings has built. I think I've said that before but it bears repeating. I love her characters, their strength and their vulnerability. I love how devoted Malik is to Fen even when he doesn't want to be. I love how Ms. Cummings' prose is poetry. But I ended up having the same complaint that I've had before with these series; the first ones are all action and I'm swept away. The last ones are all introspection and I kind of get pulled under. Still, a beautiful book ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Jaime rated it it was ok
This book is written in a lovely lyrical style, as was the first. Like with the first in this series I was bored to tears. I skipped the second book hoping to find excitement in the story here. Unfortunately that was not the case, and we were left with yet another cliff hanger. I will not be reading the fourth installment of this series because if I just wanted to read pretty words that don’t mean anything to me I could just hangout in the greeting card aisle.
Jan 20, 2015 Laurynne rated it it was amazing
Koan was, as the first two books, an emotional read, but not as fast paced. I give it 4.5 stars, because it was not as gripping as the first two books.

The beginning of Koan is a bit slow and the pace only picks up 2/3 through it. But at that time, I couldn't put it down any longer.
Apr 29, 2015 momokaachan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, series
I hate cliff hangers.
May 21, 2012 Sagajo added it
I hate cliff-hangers.
Adrian Anderson
May 28, 2012 Adrian Anderson marked it as to-read
God the cover is great! :D
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“There is no trade anymore, you're not nothing, you didn't kill Caidi, you're going to be the most beautiful-dangerous Incendiary the gods have ever seen, and I fucking love you. Deal with it.” 1 likes
“And that voice. Malick would never say so, because the circumstance that had wrought it had been...rather terrible, but Fen's rough-raspy voice really did things for him. Really did things for him. It kind of made up for the missing braids. Which he also wouldn't say out loud.” 1 likes
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