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Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold
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Dec 29, 09

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Read in December, 2009

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 present but understated. Magic is certainly not world-altering in power (at least yet), and present mostly as small talents that almost blend into the background.

2) No Foozle (for all those non-CRPGer out there, the foozle is the big ultimate bad guy/girl/thing in a story). It's a nice change of pace from the standard "prophesied child with interesting background shows up at just the right time to fight the supremely powerful and world-threatening big bad." For that matter, there isn't even any "evil" characters in the typical fantasy sense. Sure some of the characters are self-centered, selfish and power-hungry, but noone's mustache-twisting evil.

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