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Through Wolf's Eyes (Firekeeper Saga #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,448 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 579 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published August 18th 2001)
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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...more
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.
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...more
Annika Astradsson
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...more
Christina Parker
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
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.

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...more
Kristi Thompson
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...more
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
A great story, interesting characters, a wonderful escape.
RaeAnne Fox
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
Brian Palmer
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...more
Ric Wooldridge
This entire series is cool. Its got a different twist on fantasy.
Rebecca Farrell
I love these books!
Let me start out by saying I just finished a second read-through of this book. The first time I encountered the series in my early teens I devoured the story. What's not to like, its' a special wild child raised with super intelligent wolves goes force who becomes a major figure in the political realm? That being said when I was younger I remember going through and skipping different parts of the book because it would lose my attention. I thought being older I wouldn't have the same problem but...more
Firekeeper was five years old when her remote village burned down, with her as the only survivor. She was taken in by wolves who are larger than the usual wolf, more intelligent—as is only natural since they are royalty.

It’s ten years later when an expedition from beyond the mountain pass come looking for the settlement. It had been founded by the disinherited youngest son of the king, whose other heirs have since died. The expedition finds Firekeeper living in the wilds of the mountains and, c...more
Good character development and good plot are very important to me when I read; I felt that Through Wolf's Eyes had both of these qualities and more. The plot concept of a child raised in the wilderness is one that has been used quite a few times, yes. But where Jane Lindskold rises above the rest is in what comes after that premise: the child is potentially of royal blood and is brought back to "civilization" where she has to learn how to be royal for the competition for the throne, no matter ho...more
Michael Abberton
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Instead of another standard feral child/bonded with an animal story, this one is refreshingly new. In fact, the feral child aspect of the "main" character is really not the focus of the book, and it is in many ways just a part of her character development. There are numerous other primary characters, and this story really more of a political drama than a standard fantasy story.

Two other things I found refreshing in this story:

1) Magic is presen...more
There is something about girls and animals. At least, that's what I'm thinking as I try to come with this review. When you think about fantasy, there is something about girls and animals. You have Anne McCaffrey and Pern; you have Mercedes Lackey and Valdemar; you have all those horse stories about the wild stallion who gets gelded tamed by a young girl who lets him go at the end; you have those girl and dog stories; girl and cat stories.

Stories about boys and animals, like The Wolfling: A Docum...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
In typical epic fantasy style, Through Wolf's Eyes is both long and filled to the brim with characters to remember. There are lots of battles and backstabbings, too. Additionally, there is a hint of magic, not the spell kind, but a subtler magic, talents certain people have for gardening or healing or working with animals. The world building here is excellent and I liked the idea of the girl raised by wolves and of the Greater animals. (There are Great wolves, the kind who raised Firekeeper, who...more
The aging king of Hawk Haven knows that his time is almost up. However, his two oldest sons have died and the youngest, Prince Barden, was sent into exile in a fit of royal temper. Now, as the court nobles squabble about who will inherit the throne, an expedition is led into the Iron Mountains to find the colony that Prince Barden supposedly founded.
Bardenville has been burnt to the ground, leaving only one survivor - a young girl who has been raised by wolves, which she insists are as intellige...more
I quit on this one. Normally I really enjoy girl/wolf/survival sorta books with rich fantasy settings, but I just didn't have the stamina for this one. I started it, and got about half way before moving on. The book contains three individual "books," comparable to acts and the first was by far the most interesting.

Chronicling Firekeeper and her life in the wild, surviving as a pup among a pack of "royal" wolves (read: magic psyonic wolves), this first part of the book really grabbed me. I was fa...more
Scott Marlowe
Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold follows the basic Tarzan theme: a feral child living amongst the animals (in this case, wolves) is discovered by an expedition and brought back to civilization. The child, a young woman known by wolves as Firekeeper but by humans as Blysse, is thought to be the daughter of the king's brother. Turns out the king has no heirs. As a monarch approaching the end of his years, he is pressured by various parties to make a selection from amongst his eligible relativ...more
Joe Martin

I download this book for free, several years, ago as part of a giveaway. I read it then and enjoyed it. I was always interested in the sequels but never quite got around to tracking them down. (There are a few series that I read but I’m generally pretty bad about tracking down sequels.)

Recently, I was visiting a used bookstore in preparation for air travel. I saw both this book and it’s sequel, Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart. I really wanted to just pick up the sequel, to read on the airplane

Okay, so, to start: This book includes (1) a world map, (2) a royal family tree, and (3) a glossary of characters. Any guesses as to why supplementary materials like these are included in so many fantasy novels? SO THAT EXTRANEOUS WORLD-BUILDING FACTOIDS DON'T NEED TO BE REVEALED THROUGH OVERLY-EXPOSITORY NARRATION OR DIALOGUE.

And yet that constituted 40% of the book.

There was a scene in which one cousin recounts to another HIS WHOLE FAMILY'S NAMES. To his cousin. Who has known this family all h...more
Lauren Mcvey
Firekeeper: a human teenage girl raised by royal wolves. Firekeeper does not remember much about her life before she lived with the royal wolves. The royal wolves are stronger, bigger, and smarter then regular wolves. They had made a promise to Firekeeper's mother before she died that they would take care of her and should other humans show up that they were to take Firekeeper to them./ Firekeeper does not know anything about living in a civilized worldd with other people. She has to learn how t...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
Three and a half stars, curse Goodreads' rating system. Oh well.

I can't help feeling this must have been kind of a hard sell. "The primary heirs to the throne have all died, and a nobleman decides to make a play for greater power by going in search of a missing, disinherited prince and his family, and finds what appears to be the prince's daughter, who has been raised by wolves since about the age of five..."

Making it less ridiculous an idea is that this *is* a fantasy novel, in which the wolv...more
If I could, I would give this three-and-a-half stars. I liked it more than three but not quite enough to say four.

I liked it. It suprised me because I'd been really, really dissapointed over the past year-ish with my reading material. For every four star book I read, there were three or four two (or even one) star books thrown in there. A few made me table-flipping angry. But this one caught me out. When I finished it I was wearing my "not bad" face and nodding a little.

So this book is, for most...more
I loved this book! I had read it once before years ago and remembered really enjoying it, but somehow I had forgotten most of what happens. Maybe that's not entirely surprising because a LOT happens in this book. It's pretty jam-packed with events even for a nearly 600 page read. I was pleased to discover that my memory didn't lie. This really is a terrific book.

The book opens with a small expedition that has set out in the hopes of discovering the settlement of Prince Barden, whom no one has se...more
Catherine Fitzsimmons
An expedition to discover the fate of the entourage of a wayward prince finds a sole survivor, a young woman who has been living with wolves for most of her life, and who is believed to be the heir to the kingdom. As she’s brought back and slowly taught to re-integrate into civilized society, the battle for ascension between her and other contenders heightens, and becomes even more complex as the neighbouring kingdom, a longstanding rival, stakes its claim for the throne, resulting in war.

I must...more
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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...more
More about Jane Lindskold...
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.” 18 likes
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