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Promise of the Wolves (Wolf Chronicles #1)

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Promise of the Wolves begins 14,000 years ago in what is now southern Europe, and follows the adventures of Kaala, a spirited young she-wolf who is destined to bring wolf and human clans together. Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and narrowly escaping the fate of her executed brother and sisters, the orphaned Kaala is allowed to join the Swift River wolf pack where s ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published May 2008 by Simon & Schuster Australia (first published 2008)
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May 15, 2010 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: les-animaux, table
okay i am going to pretend i am queen of the universe and i am going to set some ground rules, the first of which is that if you are an author, and you publish a book knowing full well it is going to be the first part in the series, you MUST make that explicit somewhere prominent. because i can't go reading a whole book only to find that the resolution is actually a gateway into another whole story, i can't.

this just made me more aware that donald harington loved sea of poppies and he died befo
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kaala was born with Outsiders blood. She watched her siblings die and her mother exiled by the leaderwolf, all because of the blood and the rules broken by it.

Yet Kaala's life is spared when the Greatwolves step in for unknown reasons. Though her life was spared, Kaala is on a difficult path. Ruuqo, the leader of her pack, does everything possible to keep her from becoming pack, and there's something pulling her to the humans that she just doesn't underst
Mary Mackey
Sep 22, 2009 Mary Mackey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Dorothy Hearst's work. She's a talented writer who combines meticulous research with a story so compelling that you never notice how much you’re learning along the way. In Promise of the Wolves, she gives you a vision of the world 14,000 years ago from the point of view of Kaala Smallteeth, a young wolf in the Swift River Pack of the Wide Valley, and in doing so she teaches you about the co-evolution of humans and wolves.

Kaala is an outsider, a wolf of mixed blood who is attracted to huma
I really enjoyed this YA book. This first book of the "Wolf Chronicles" trilogy is about the relationship about prehistoric humans and wolves, is told from the wolves POV, and seems to lay the foundation of how the first domesticated dogs came to be.
I liked the main character, a young wolf Kaala. She is strong, independent and stands up for what she believes in.
I've already ordered the 2nd book in the trilogy from my library, and will probably buy the whole collection once the 3rd book comes out
Dec 02, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a quote from Jean Auel on the back cover reading, "If you liked Watership Down, you must read Promise of the Wolves ." I quite liked the first few books in Auel's 'Earth's Children' series and loved Watership Down, so sat down to read with some fairly lofty expectations.

Promise of the Wolves is a lovely book. In a sense the story isn't all that new, wolves and humans learning to live in harmony with one another and the natural world. But Hearst's characterisation and the story being fro
Jessy (crazyinlovewithbooks IG)
I love this book quite a lot!

For me personally, because I was enjoying it so much, I never realised how much I was learning about wolves and humans along the way. Dorothy Hearst really outdid it with her research for the book, it's amazing!

Kaala is such a strong and stubborn wolf. She tried to prove to Ruuqo time and time again that she worthy of becoming a part of the pack but he refused to acknowledge it but that never discouraged her.

I also loved reading about Azzuen and how he was so very
Patrick Oden
The product description notes: "Brilliantly weaving together original research, lovable characters and a dynamic, thoroughly engaging plot, The Wolf Chronicles is an adventure story in the tradition of Clan of the Cave Bear and Watership Down."

And this is why I'm a little disappointed. Hearst is a good writer. She has done her research and this peeks out in ways that show a lot of insight, such as her inclusion of ravens as secondary characters. However, I didn't find the characters all that lov
Kris Irvin
Sep 26, 2009 Kris Irvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a total wolf freak and have been for as long as I can remember, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I liked this book as much as I did. Still, I can't remember being so absorbed into an animal tale in years and years. Hearst's characters are absolutely wonderful - each of them has their own flaws and weaknesses and so are believable; there are no Mary Sue wolves. The story is fast paced and engrossing, the plot is unique and there are some pretty sweet twists. Most of all I love reading ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Theresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I don't have much to say about this book other than the fact that I was happy it was over. Truthfully, had I not been listening to it as an audiobook, I wouldn't have finished it. I just felt absolutely no connection to the characters and really didn't care what happened to any of them. I found the story incredibly boring at times, almost to the point where I wanted to nod off while driving in my daily commute. The plot was very flat and the only excitement (if you can all it that) was the almos ...more
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are three promises that the wolves of Wide Valley live by.

Never consort with humans.
Never kill a human unprovoked.
Never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live.

Kaala, a young wolf pup of mixed blood, must fight for her place in the Swift River Pack. Her mother was banished for having a mixed blood litter and Kaala is all but alone in a pack that doesn’t want her. Kaala is determined to be a part of the Swift River Pack, the last promise she made to her mother.

As Kaala grows she continues to be th
I have to admit, I didn't finish this book. At first, I thought it would be unfair to the author to write a review for a book I'd only partially read, but as I've thought about it, I realized that in the first four chapters of the book, I had formed an opinion that was strong enough to make me decide to set it down, and I feel it's important to share what led to such a strong opinion. If it turns out that my reasons for setting the book down fade in later chapters, I welcome comments to this rev ...more
Yeah, it was good :) The only problem was that ... I really couldn't enjoy reading it. Not that it wasn't well written (it was great, in first person) ... not that the story was useless, I enjoyed that too ... it's just that through-out the whole book you were worried. There was never a moment you could really relax - every couple of pages, Kaala would do something impulsive, or sneak off to the humans, or disobey one of the rules (not always on purpose or by her fault) ... and of course, any se ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-completed
As someone who has a soft spot for animals, it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book. Reading about Kaala growing up is like watching puppies through a window at the pet store, which I can do all day. The early portion of the book spends sufficient time on this and helps you establish an emotional bond with the main character.

But Kaala is a wolf and life growing up in her world isn't easy. I won't get into the details involving her predicament so as not to spoil it, but if you aren't seeing and
Aug 08, 2011 fenrir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lupi avevano finito per scordare la loro Promessa.

Suona assurdo ma è più interessante l'inizio, in cui non c'è poi tutta questa azione, del finale con la guerra tra lupi e umani.
All'inizio almeno vengono delineati i personaggi, alla fine invece si vede che l'autrice ha "tagliato" così da aprire le porte ad un seguito (che neanche sapevo esistesse! non possono scriverlo chiaro che un libro fa parte di una saga/trilogia o quello che è?).
Carino comunque, allunga un pò troppo il brodo in certi pun
 Abril Sol
Agh! This book was SO boring. I was pretty surprised at the beginning of it of how great the writing was. I have to admit that I was, at first, very hooked with the story. But then... nothing. Almost nothing happened. It was VERY slow. We follow the main character through her growth and believe me, we go through her WHOLE "childhood". Too much detail for my taste. It had its potential but it wasn't for me.
Thomas Edmund
Dec 26, 2014 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Promise of the Wolves has much in common with the Clan of the Cave Bear Series (roughly set 14,000) years ago. In this case however we see the world from a wolf's eyes. Our main character a young wolf-pup caught in a strange conflict between humans and wolves, based on an ancient tradition/rule of a perfect harmony between the two species.

Animalistic main characters is always a risk - how animal and how human does one make them? - Hearst pulls this off well. Balancing wolfy passtimes with an apo
Dale White
Every visit to the library for almost a month, I looked at books two and three of the Wolf Chronicles Series that were on display. I checked the stacks to see if book one was available only to be disappointed. Finally, I broke down and asked to have Promise of the Wolves put on hold. That tells you how intrigued I was about the book because normally, with hundreds of potential reads in the library, I just wait for a book to be returned before taking it out.

And the beginning of the book was also
Aug 13, 2009 Nozomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, wolf
Wolves on a trek avoiding humans is a pretty common theme, I find.

Promise of the Wolves is marketed to adults, but I found it more to be YA, maybe even childrens' fiction. It's first person narrative--the POV of a young wolf, Kaala. Soon after her birth, her mother is banished for consorting with an outsider wolf and her siblings are killed for being of mixed blood, but by some luck, Kaala is spared. Though she's not seen as an equal by the other wolves and is treated with prejudice, she finds a
Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is rare that I give a book 5 stars, but this one captivated me from page one. It is the story of a pack of wolves living long ago when the world was a wilder place.

Kaala Smallteeth was born of a forbidden litter of mixed-blood wolves. As decreed by wolf law, on their first day out of the den, their pack’s leaderwolf, Ruuqo, kills all of Kaala’s brothers and sisters, but little Kaala stands up to fight, and is spared when a pair of greatwolves (large, somewhat godlike guardian wolves) interve
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Oh how I enjoyed this book! As a bit of a step outside of my genre comfort zone, I chose this book for our teacher book club because there are a few of us who enjoy books about alternate world, times, and just off-the-beaten-path kind of novels. I am up for anything once and this novel is a clear example of why it is important to try reading new just never know what you're going to love!

Kaala, the main wolf-character, captured me immediately - she is faced with adversity from her bi
Apr 07, 2009 Annabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. At first I thought it was really boring, but then I really started getting into it, and I ended up really liking it.
This book is set 14,000 years ago, where everything has to hunt for their own food and stuff. It's about a wolf named Kaala who was born into a "mixed blood" family. Usually all wolf pups are killed when they are mixed blood, but they decided not to kill her because she had a lucky crecent moon shape on her fur. Back in their world, humans and wolves wer
Can I just start off by saying that I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE books that have animal characters/narrators?! Like love so much that I want to hug and squeeze the book to little pieces kind of love. Yay anthropomorphism!

And yay for good characterization! Seriously, I loved the Swift River wolf pack. Even mean old Ruuqo. Hearst has a way of making her characters stand out even without giving in depth background for each and every one. Obviously, there is more development in some characters, like
Apr 14, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Never consort with humans. Never kill a human unprovoked. Never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live.

At least that’s what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Until a young wolf dares to break the rules—and forever alters the relationship between wolves and the humans who share their world.

Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and an outcast after her mother is banished, Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack. But her world is turned upside down when she saves a hum
Mar 09, 2008 Jenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ya
You know, I didn't actually hate this. When I got it in the mail to review, I kind of went "oh god, not some damn book about talking animals," but it was really pretty interesting. Definitely an easy read*, and clearly sets up a sequel, but a lot better than I expected.

If you're going to read one anthropomorphic-wolf novel this year, it should probably be A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, but if you have it in you to read another one, this wouldn't be a complete waste of
Morgan Moritz
Jul 15, 2014 Morgan Moritz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know if I would like this book at first but I ended up loving it! It was intresting learning about wolves and their behavior. The main wolf was a little bit of a push over but she got better as the story went on. I will have to read more books by Dorothy. If you are an animal lover this is a book for you to read.
Jan 27, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Ron
My pet peeve is when people label books like these "anthropomorphic". To me, anthro is an embroidered teapot with a face, dancing across a dishtowel. Can you seriously only ascribe communication to humans? By the same logic, someone a continent away does not communicate simply because you can't understand their words. I interact with dogs every day, and I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that they communicate (with one another, and with me). Animals are sentient, it takes only 5 minutes ...more
Daystar Daystar
Jan 26, 2011 Daystar Daystar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading for me is generally about relaxation and escapism and this book delivers on both fronts. The author combines vivid characters a well formed plot and her very obvious in depth research into wolf behaviour to create a wonderful tale beautifully told. There is an underlying ecological message to be found in the story but at no time did I feel I was being preached at, on the contrary I thought the ideas quite lovely. I found the story captivating and am very much looking forward to the next ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Apr 16, 2016 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Promise of the Wolves - Wolf Chronicles Trilogy Book 1
Author: Dorothy Hurst
Published: 6-3-2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 353
Genre: General Fiction
Sub Genre: Fantasy; Action & Adventure
ISBN: 9781416570219
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Creed of the Wide Valley Wolf Pack:
Never Consort With Humans
Never Kill A Human Unprovoked
Never Allow A Mixed-Blood Wolf To Live

Set 14,000 years in our past, The Promise of the Wol
Aug 28, 2015 LunasLeseecke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Die kleine Wölfin Kaala ist eine Außenseiterin. Ihre Mutter gebar sie ohne die Erlaubnis des Rudels, und nur dank dem Eingreifen der höchsten Wölfe, welche die Geschicke des Tals lenken, wird sie als einzige ihres Wurfs verschont. Doch der Alphawolf heißt sie im Rudeln nicht willkommen. Als Kaala sich verbotener Weise immer mehr zu den Menschen hingezogen fühlt, die ihm Tal leben, und schließlich ein Menschenmädchen vor dem Ertrinken rettet, geht sie ein großes Risiko ein. Und als W
Jul 22, 2015 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vor 14.000 Jahren: Als Wolfswelpe Kaala das Licht der Welt erblickt, stehen die Chancen für ihr Überleben sehr schlecht, schließlich ist sie das Resultat einer nicht gestatteten Verbindung. Kaalas Vater entstammt einem fremden Rudel und es ist nicht erlaubt, Rudel übergreifend, Nachwuchs in die Welt zu setzen. Doch als einzige ihres Wurfs wird ihr die Möglichkeit gegeben, beim Rudel zu bleiben und sich zu beweisen. Dafür muss ihre Mutter sie und ihre Familie verlassen. Für Kaala, die gerade einm ...more
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