Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld, #1)
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Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld #1)

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A swashbuckling new series for Ranger's Apprentice fans
Imagine a world ruled by Werelords - men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King's throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew's the...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 2011 by Puffin
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Gwenyth Love
I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book. It was amazing. Honestly, this will most likely be more of a gush that a review...but hey...it's my blog right?

I don't think I realized this about myself before, but after reading Wereworld I discovered that I love me a character who can get his ass thoroughly kicked, and either run away or luckily win a fight because someone who cared about them helped them out...not just because they are the main character, and they are uber, and have su...more
Curtis Jobling
Jan 02, 2011 Curtis Jobling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Well I'm a bit biased, really, aren't I?

Final rating: ★★★★/★★★★★

Now, this was an interesting book. I missed reading high fantasy and i liked this one. Though i must say that it was pretty much dark, and i have no idea how goodreads classified this to be children's book, because it certainly didn't feel like one. I feel that the world building was a bit different than what i was used to - there were many shapeshifters of all kinds and i loved that. No, seriously, it's an interesting world. Oh, and i heard that the sequels were even b...more
Tragedy, romance, flying fur, and sharpened, pointy teeth tearing through flesh...to top it all off werewolves were not the only things shifting in this book.

This is the realm of the Werelords. The noble families are all of different were descent. Fox, wolf, bear, and even boar are all represented in the land of Lyssia. Drew and his brother, Trent grew up on a farm with their mother and father, not unlike many other poor farming families in the kingdom. One night, as Drew and his mother awaited...more
Claire (Cem)
4.5/5 Review originally published at Cem's Book Hideout.

I must confess that I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this book. I thought it sounded good, and that I'd likely consider it a decent read, just maybe not for me. Turned out, I loved it! I'm a huge urban fantasy fan, but rarely a fantasy one. But Drew had me won over in a very short space of time.

Drew is a strong character, but events early in the book take a tole on his confidence and leave him seeming more vulnerable and a little younger th...more
Every werewolf book has its perks, needless to say, WEREWORLD: Rise of the Wolf is unquestionably a book which stands out from the rest. With its super attractive cover, I got consumed within a world of adventure, action and speck of romance.

The protagonist, Drew, is a character that’s empowered with strength, power and a whole lot of ability. There are many qualities I love however, the main thing I really love how he is extremely determined to do anything.

It was heartbreaking to witness Drew b...more
Ranting Dragon

Curtis Jobling, the author of Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf, is also the brains behind Bob the Builder. A book combining Bob the Builder with such a title might not sound very promising to you. In fact, you might note that the very title Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf sounds as corny as you always imagined Bob the Builder to be. Well, if that’s the case, you are spot on.

Much epicness in this one
The first thirty pages introduce us to Drew, a sheepherder who live...more
Book Angel Emma
The first thing that caught my attention with this book was unbelievably the index. The story is set out in different sections which had my imagination questioning the reasoning for this before I even started reading - Would there be mini-stories? Would it be different points in time? Would it be different characters focalization? Remember this is all before I even started reading the book - the power of the index [ : D ]

Another thing I have to mention about the book before I started reading it,...more
I am going to unleash the fan girl within me and say I LOVE THIS BOOK *squealing*!

Drew is a farm boy living with his family in a remoted part of Lyssia. He doesn't fit in and, when compared with his twin brother, feels that he can't do much. One night, something terrible happens to him and before he knows it, he finds himself on the run and having to survive in hostile environments full of werecreatures. His journey though is only beginning and he will go through more than he could ever imagine....more
Alexander Draganov
"Rise of the Wolf" is an astonishing fantasy debut and a book, for which I have waited many, many years. For too long the subgenre of the epic fantasy was dying in the vicelike grip of slow-moving, low tension and neverending series of massive proportion and no sense of wonder and adventure at all. With "Rise of the Wolf" Curtis Jobling brings the genre back to its roots and creates an original world, in which he unleashes his imagination to create a fast paced adventure, which could easily be p...more
Darren Hartwell
Imagine a fantasy world on par with that created by Tolkien for his Lord of the Rings books, and then take away the orcs, elves, dwarves, etc. and throw in a werewolf. And some werelions. Oh yes, and whilst you're at it wererats, werefoxes, wereboar and even a wereshark. Add to this a huge amount of writing talent and the end product is Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling, the most exciting fantasy story I have read for years.

I imagine that many readers will make the same incorrect ass...more
This one was recommended to me by an enthusiastic young male reader, and I can see why. Werewolves for young adults, yes, but none of that romance stuff or competition with vampires or anything at all like the horde of Twilight spawns. It's a high fantasy, where the lords, ladies, and nobility are all werecreatures of one sort or another.

Drew, our young protagonist, is a simple farm lad. Until the day a creature of some sort crashes through the window and kills his mom and he instinctively trans...more

‘Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf’ is the first Young Adult paranormal book from Curtis Jobling. Jobling is already a renowned British illustrator and animator, best known for his work on the TV show ‘Bob the Builder’.

The Seven Realms is a mythical world where territories and borders are divided according to Lycanthropic rule. These ‘rulers’ are not only the traditional shapeshifting Werewolves, but a plethora of were animals known as ‘Werelords’. There are Wererats and Werefoxes stretching from The...more
I will be the first to admit that I haven't delved into the werewolf/shape shifting genre. I really wasn't sure how a book like this would turn out to be for younger readers. Needless to say, I was really drawn in by the wonderful realm Curtis Jobling created. Not only that, Drew is such a likeable character. He strives to do the right thing above all. The supporting characters also help add dimension to the story providing for the action that is to follow.

The story begins with Drew living in a...more
Drew is happy with his simple life living on the farm with his parents and his brother, he loves the land and has no plans to leave. Then one terrible night everything changes, after a vicious attack by a mysterious creature Drew is changed forever. Suddenly he doesn't know who he is anymore and he realises that everything he has been told as he was growing up was a lie. Forced to leave his home after a terrible accusation Drew finds himself alone and on the run in one of the most dangerous part...more
Drew Ferran was raised on a rural farmstead in an area called the Cold Coast. Drew lived the simple life with his family until tragedy struck one night while his father and brother were away at market. A monster invades their home. While terrified, Drew unleashes a beast from within himself that he never knew existed. His father and brother return to a gruesome scene of Drew huddled over his bloodied mother. Confusion and rage ensue as the blame quickly falls on Drew. He is forced to flee his ow...more
Mahesh Subramaniam
I’d say the best way to describe this book is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Lord of the rings. Curtis Joblings introduces us to a completely unique and exciting world full of unpredictability and adventure.
But don’t be fooled by Curtis Joblings graceful writing style, he doesn’t pull any punches. The amount of horrible things that happen to the main characters especially Drew really makes you wonder exactly how much pain can a reader endure.

The first half of the book develops at a calm steady...more
This probably sounds like a snobbish criticism, the kind of thing an ass might say, but at times throughout this book it almost seemed like Jobling was trying too hard, at least harder than he needed to in order to tell the story and get the right tone across. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book, enjoyed parts of it a great deal, but there were moments that seemed to be lacking in a way. I can't quite put my finger on it, something about the way the author writes his narrative just had me crin...more
Bungle Midnight Reads

Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really like the idea of werelords! All different werecreatures rather than just werewolves.
I love the relationship between Drew and Hector and how it was formed and the way it develops throughout the book. There is so much I want to say about this book but I can't without spoiling it!

This book is full of adventure, love (not the mushy kind), loss, loyalty, betrayal and friendship! What more could you want!?!
enjoyed this book, wasn't sure if i would or not as i thought i had had enough of night creatures books but this was a little different, a bit dark in places but i got into it very quickly and enjoyed the story, looking forward to the next one. good for a bit of light reading.
A very different outlook to Shapeshifters, it is a blend of fantasy and paranormal. The hero starts out as a shepherd and finds out he is the last of the wolves thus beginning his adventures which eventually leads him to the Westland throne. A must read.
Jobling, Curtis, Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf. 2011. 384 pp $16.99 hc Viking Children’s Books (Penguin Putnam 9780670013302.
Wereworld : Rise of the Wolf is well known illustrator and designer of several British children’s shows first effort at a young adult book. Were world will be a series with Rage of Lions and Shadow of the Hawk quickly following. Wereworld hits all the bases for a fairy tale with fangs. Sixteen year-old Drew Ferran is a humble farm boy who discovers his strange ability to cha...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I don't know why I find myself hesitant to read fantasy books because when I do I seem to really enjoy them. This is a prime example! I found myself completely lost in the story and characters.

The story begins with Drew and his family. When his father and brother leave for the day, Drew and his mother are brutally attacked by a monster. But things take an unexpected turn when Drew himself turns ... and realises not all is as it seems. Forced to run from his family he takes refuge in Dyrewood for...more
Geared towards younger readers (although perfectly suitable for older readers), Rise of the Wolf tells the tale of Drew, a 16-year-old who discovers that not only is he a werewolf, but he is rightful heir to the murdered Wolf King’s throne. Set in a medieval fantasy world ruled by Werelords, men and women who can shift at will into animals, Drew must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew’s the only one who can unite the kingdom in a massive uprising...more
I wasn't really sure I'd enjoy Rise of the Wolf as it's aimed more at boys aged 11+, but once I started reading I found it very hard to put down.

I really liked Drew, the 16 year old main character. He had not been forewarned about the dramatic transformation that would change his life forever and I really felt for him, especially during the first few chapters. This poor young man is put through more torture, life trials and battles than I would have thought possible in one book!

Rise of the Wolf...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't read an awful lot of fantasy books because I find I don't always get one with them that well but I really did like this.

The story follows the journey of Drew a young man who has just had his world turned upsid down. He has founf out he is a were, his parents weren't his parents and he has been forced to go on the run after an attach that killed the woman he thought was his mother (and whose death he has been blamed for). The first thing I thought...more
Drew, a seemingly normal 16 year old farmboy right? WRONG! All seems normal at first helping with his father and brother with the farm besides an event the day before when something or someone had spooked the sheep and the ram committed suicide... Yup, so when his dad and his brother Trent go to town to sell stuff a storm starts a brewing. Left alone with his mom they settle in to wait for the two to come back, when all of a sudden they hear scratching/knocking... And a monstrous creature bursts...more
Lycanthropy, lack of wizards, a touch of necromancy (yes, zombies!), and Therianthropism (think of the Ancient Egyptian Deities and this is a subject that fascinates me, especially Clinical Lycanthropy), what more could you want in a fantasy? Apparently wanting more isn’t for me because this is my type of fantasy. No relying on fantastical fantasy wizards, elves, dwarves, magical weapons to decide fates, rings to rule them all, or horrible fantasy clichés, this is one of those fantasies I enjoy...more
Gwenyth Love
I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book. It was amazing. Honestly, this will most likely be more of a gush that a review...but hey...it's my blog right?

I don't think I realized this about myself before, but after reading Wereworld I discovered that I love me a character who can get his ass thoroughly kicked, and either run away or luckily win a fight because someone who cared about them helped them out...not just because they are the main character, and they are uber, and have su...more
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
Drew loves the outdoors and being with nature, and from the start you know he's gifted with a unique sense of what is within his world through his senses. This sixth sense is accepted easily by his brother, Trent. Drew has always felt slightly at odds with his father, it's almost as if he has done something to not make the mark with him.

The storyline is vivid and well built, I felt as if I was in there with Drew, especially when he first transforms. His transformation sees the beginning of a new...more
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Curtis Jobling is an author and illustrator based in the UK. Working in publishing and animation he is possibly most (in)famously known as the designer of the BAFTA winning "Bob The Builder", as well as creator of CBeebies "Raa Raa the Noisy Lion" and CBBC's "Frankenstein’s Cat". Early work in animation included model and puppet painting on Wallace & Gromit’s "A Close Shave" and Tim Burton’s "...more
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