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Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn't live with her "family," a pack of "royal wolves"-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.

Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very
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Paperback, 579 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published August 18th 2001)
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Nytetyger
Jan 14, 2009 Nytetyger rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-challenge
This would have been a really fantastic book if the author's editor had sat her down and explained that writing is NOT the SCA, that no, you do NOT need to have every filial relationship detailed, you do NOT need to give us a course on the Heraldry of the characters, and that adding characters does NOT make the plot better.

The original plot was great-- a woman has been raised by the creatures of the forest, as her parents, and those who served them were killed in a fire. These are not common ani
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rivka
Oct 13, 2008 rivka rated it liked it
Child raised by wolves. Where have we heard that one before?

But it's really, really good. Well-plotted, good characterization, lots of court intrigues and politics . . . actually, too much of both for my taste, which is why I downgraded it to three stars. An enjoyable read, but I am unlikely to buy any of the sequels.
Annika Astradsson
Jul 13, 2011 Annika Astradsson rated it liked it
I'm in two minds of whether this book warrants a review or not. It's an easy, lazy read with no challenges to what you might consider right or wrong, a straight-forward plot and love between the right people.

But what makes me want to say a few words about it anyway is the unusal heroine, Firekeeper. Yes she's young and female, yes she has a Gift that makes her able to talk to animals, yes she is thought to be the lost heir of a throne. But... I can't help liking her. She really IS that tough an
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Lightreads
Dec 29, 2008 Lightreads rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Heh. Heh heh. Extremely but unintentionally hilarious, with occasional stretches of deep dullness ("intricate political maneuverings," I'm looking at you). Occasionally spiced with a genuinely interesting subplot about how being raised by wolves leaves you a lot more well-equipped to deal with the sexuality of, you know, wolves, rather than humans.

The sort of thing you'll not entirely admit to liking, if you tend not to admit liking that sort of thing.

Shera (Book Whispers)
Epic Fantasy has become a pretty strong hit or miss genre for me. There once was a time I would OD on them, reading anywhere from 5-10 books a month—if not more. Authors were constantly coming out with new series. That’s when things started going sour for me; the genre was just getting beaten into the ground with a stick. Soon the books became faceless comfort food, and anyone who eats too much of their favorite comfort food can soon become stale. The plots, worlds, characters, and stories all f ...more
King Haddock
Dec 03, 2008 King Haddock rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
Obviously, there are five thousand stories carrying along the basic idea of a child raised by wolves. Still, I must say it is somewhat appealing - which is probably why it's been written about so many times - although I do prefer an original plot compared to one that is taken from a common idea.

Still, even with this, it was a very interesting and unique view on a common subject. This book is highly political and interesting in that aspect, if with a fairly predictable ending.

All in all, I enjoye
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ambyr
A young woman raised by wolves is thrown into political intrigues at a Renaissance-ish court. Either this is your thing or it isn't. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I would have had I read it when I was twelve.

Sadly, it did not exist when I was twelve--which surprises me, actually, since it has a very early 90s sensibility. There's no hint of grimdark, here. The good guys are Good, the bad guys are Bad (but not in a kicks-puppies, conducts-gruesome-tortures sort of way), and you know eve
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Christina Parker
Nov 05, 2012 Christina Parker rated it it was amazing
I must say this book is the exception to the rule of "don't judge a book by its cover". I picked it up on a whim because of my middle school love of wolves and of the beautiful artwork on it's cover. The summary sounded so enticing too! A search for a lost heir to the throne who has been raised by wolves? Who wouldn't want to give this a try? I fell in love with the characters, the medieval setting and the mystical animals with subtle hints of magic. I like that it doesn't rely on magic to sell ...more
Mary
Nov 24, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
I thought this book was going to be a bit cheesier than it actually turned out to be. The evolution of the characters seemed real and genuine. I was initially expecting our wolf-girl to be magically transformed into princess material. I began to realize I could really like the story as that didn't happen. She grows and changes quite gradually as one might really expect her to, and the attitudes of those around her evolve and respond to that in a very natural way. This is still obviously a book o ...more
Férial
Feb 13, 2015 Férial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing read and refreshing characters. Ok, a lot of politics and that genealogy thing...my...I'm not sure that even now I clearly know who is who's son, brother, daughter, uncle, aunt, Grand Duke or Grand Duchess, going back to Queen Zorana the First.

Anyway. Firekeeper is such a sweet and smart "thing". Still a wolf in her head but becoming more and more human (and at the same time keeping her wolfy thing).

I think that this book can be read as a stand alone. The villain (one of them at lea
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Amber
Aug 22, 2008 Amber rated it it was ok
This book is a Jungle book theme. The girl is raised by wolves and then these people come and save her from the wilderness she loves. If this book had just been about her it would have been better, however, the author spent way too much time on the politics of the group. An elderly King must name a new heir because his children are all dead, and there is a slight possiblity that the girl found in the wild is his grandaughter. Yea, it goes on and on and on about that. So unless you are looking fo ...more
Moira
Aug 15, 2015 Moira rated it really liked it
Shelves: milááášci, aj, fantasy
15.8.2015 - 4,5*
Líbilo se mi to, líbilo se mi to, líbilo se mi to!
Hlavní hrdinka, koncept dvou druhů zvířat a vlci.
Epická fantasy, se složitou politickou situací a tanců kolem nástupnictví na trůn, a já byla zatraceně zvědavá, kdo tam nakonec skončí.
Líbily se mi postavy. Všechny. A tím myslím vážně všechny. Zvířata tam měla takový charakter, jaký občas u jiných postav postrádám. Ještě lepší byla interakce postav, všechny vztahy. Byly reálné a to byl detail, který mě nalákal nejvíce, protože na n
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Dan
Apr 19, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
A great story, interesting characters, a wonderful escape.
Charty
Nov 20, 2014 Charty rated it liked it
A solid fantasy that I finished but ultimately didn't love. Fire keeper, our heroine lives in the wilds on the far side of the mountain boundary of her kingdom and she is no ordinary girl - she's been raised by and living with wolves. Not your normal wolves but something bigger and more intelligent. A party of the King's nobles comes hunting the fate of a prince and his household who left years before and all they find, besides a burned settlement, is Firekeeper who may or may not be granddaught ...more
Foomy
Feb 12, 2009 Foomy rated it liked it
The first in a series about a girl raised by wolves. Sounds cliché but there is some magic in this world and the wolves are "royal" wolves which basically mean they are bigger and smarter and are able to teach the girl a bit more than regular wolves might be able to.

The story of Firekeeper (the girl) is pretty interesting, seeing how she learns about humans and finds her place in the world as something not wolf, but not human either. Unfortunately that story is surrounded by the story of a bunch
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Arminion
Jan 11, 2015 Arminion rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
The first part was interesting where a group of people from the court come in a forest and find a wild girl raised by wolves. They believe she is the daughter of the missing prince, and thus, a potential heir to the throne. It is their job to civilize her and bring her back among the people (something they manage to do quite fast and easy, though).
The second part was super boring. There is no sense of mystery or wonder anymore, just boring political scheming of various nobles and Great Houses fi
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Kristi Thompson
Mar 18, 2009 Kristi Thompson rated it liked it
Not what I thought it was. I was expecting another of Jane's Athanor novels, or something similar. Instead, something more like Pat Murphy's Wild Angel - a feral child book, although in a fantasy setting.

Why so many feral wolf women books, I wonder? I seem to have read quite a few lately. Continued aftereffects of pop psychology like _Women who run with the Wolves_? Seems a healthy subgenre, but it's not exactly producing blockbusters.

The ending was not very good. Bad Ending! Bad! No cookie!

I wa
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Jenny Koch
I loved the cast of characters, their interactions, and how their personalities grew and changed over time. The book was a bit clunky at times though so I did find myself skimming pages.

I'll be reading the next book in the series.
Jacob
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
I want to start by saying I really enjoyed this book. It creates a wonderful, fantastic world with all the inner-workings descried in detail. However, this is also an issue. It describes everything in so much detail, and the world is so big, that it literally comes pre-equipped with a map and family tree of the royal family. You will more or less have to learn everybody's relationship to each other whether you want to or not honestly. But if you can enjoy the politics, and complicated subplots ( ...more
Jessica
The kindle version of this book was on sale so I thought I'd give the series a try. I thought the premise of seeing the intrigues of a throne in question through the eyes of a wild-woman raised by wolves would be interesting.

It was interesting at first. Everything in the beginning that dealt with Firekeeper's true identity and the mystery of what happened to her kept me interested. A lot of those explanations never came, despite the book being over 500 pages. Once we found out who she was, noth
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RaeAnne Fox
Apr 09, 2014 RaeAnne Fox rated it it was amazing
Firekeeper and Blind Seer are two of my all time favorite characters, I first picked up this book series when I was 16 I'm 25 now and it's still my favorite. Firekeeper is a human girl who has been raised among wolves since she was very small after the settlement the King of Brighthaven's son the Prince had established burned down and everyone was killed. The wolves found her with her dying Mother and her Mother asked the Wolves to look after her. These wolves were anything but ordinary their Ro ...more
Megalion
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it it was amazing
This is a re-read. A while ago, I recalled a cool fantasy series that I must have read circa 2007 featuring a girl who grew up with wolves. Somehow managed to dig up enough from memory that I was able to identify the series as being this one.

Did not disappoint. Really love the character of Firekeeper and her companions. The story is solid and has a good unique feeling to it. There's many "acts" so it really feels like a journey. It's also a complete one. There's no cliffhanger. You could stop h
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Abbey
Jan 26, 2016 Abbey rated it liked it
All of Prince Newell's segments, as well as most of the "political intrigue" segments, weren't interesting enough to hold my attention, and I only lightly skimmed them or skipped them entirely.

There were also a number of other tiny things that bothered me, like the use of "problematical" as an actual word, for example. (I mean, am I wrong?? Is that an actual word??) And the phrase "had been being," and "sword wound to her back" rather than "sword wound on/in her back." Etc. What? Really? Who ed
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Brian Palmer
Apr 24, 2014 Brian Palmer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Somewhat a combination of Tarzan, R. Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice series, and, oh, Modesitt, this is a cheery start to a very fun series. We're introduced very early on to Firekeeper, a human raised by wolves, who is brought back into "civilization" as a political pawn in her newly adopted country's struggles over royal succession.

There is a rousingly large cast of possible heirs, and Lindskold does a great job of making them multidimensional and distinct, but not free of faults. (With the exce
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Maria
Jan 04, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
I have had this book for ages, just hanging around. Because the cover is awesome, and I like wolves. Now, to be honest, I hadn't read it because at the time I bought it Fantasy wasn't my genre. Now it is, and this book was so absolutely splendid I feel like kicking myself for not reading it sooner!

It follows the adventures of Firekeeper, a human raised by wolves. But when she is discovered and brought to a court ruled by a king without an heir things really get interesting...

I won't spoil anythi
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Jim Vuksic
Mar 10, 2016 Jim Vuksic rated it liked it
This is not my typical read, so the concept of a girl being raised by extremely large and intelligent wolves was a bit difficult to comprehend. However, the story of her discovery and attempts to reintroduce her to human civilization and customs was quite interesting and entertaining at times.

The story takes place in a mythical medieval setting. Following the sterotypical court intrigue, Machiavellian activity and political maneuvering of several families to gain a king's favor and have one of t
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Ian Suddreth
Mar 24, 2016 Ian Suddreth rated it really liked it
This isn't the greatest book in the world. The story and pacing didn't really keep me involved. I hated all the POV changes when all I wanted to do was read Firekeeper's POV. I mean, it is her book. She's on the cover. Why do I have to have to read in the head of the villain or some other people I don't really care about. They aren't little pieces either. Multiple chapters of people I don't care about. From what I can remember this isn't really the case in later books. Besides, the other charact ...more
Ric Wooldridge
Dec 31, 2012 Ric Wooldridge rated it it was amazing
This entire series is cool. Its got a different twist on fantasy.
Rebecca Farrell
May 07, 2008 Rebecca Farrell rated it liked it
I love these books!
Aingean
Jun 06, 2016 Aingean rated it it was amazing
I really have been enjoying the Firekeeper books. I have read the first four and started the fifth. One thing I really like about this series is that it is detailed instead of just being kind of tossed together in a way that you have to figure out the connections. It can be a little over detailed but I really do not think it takes away from the story in fact it helps you learn how people and events are connected as it progresses.

Another thing that I love about this series it that it keeps you o
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  • A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
  • Darkness of the Light
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Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolf’s Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880's Egypt).

Lindskold is also the author of the “Breaking the Wall” series, which begins with Thirteen Orp
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Other Books in the Series

Firekeeper Saga (6 books)
  • Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart (Firekeeper Saga, #2)
  • The Dragon of Despair (Firekeeper Saga, #3)
  • Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)
  • Wolf Hunting (Firekeeper Saga, #5)
  • Wolf's Blood (Firekeeper Saga, #6)

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“Well done, Sister," Blind Seer said. "I look forward to meeting this One above Ones. Now, you must make ready. I, of course, am already perfect.” 19 likes
“Is she become a rag doll? Are the wolves become children? It seems quite possible, there on the twilight fringes of dying. With some faint spark of herself, the little girl holds on to the idea. Even a rag doll has more life than does a dying child.” 17 likes
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