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The Tiger and the Wolf

(Echoes of the Fall #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,680 ratings  ·  326 reviews
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming

Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She can’t disown half her soul, so escap
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Macmillan UK (first published February 11th 2016)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off I have to say what everyone else says . . . This book is gorgeous. The spine is even beautiful!

This world was so different from anything I have read. But, it is Adrian Tchaikovsky and having reading a couple of his books thus far, anything goes.

This world is filled with shifters and clans and rituals, so many things.

I loved Maniye (Many Tracks), Broken Axe, Hesprec, and Loud Thunder so much. There are a few others as well.

Maniye is a wolf/tiger shifter. Her father is the leader of
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Review first posted on Fantasy Literature. But first, let's take a moment to admire one of my favorite book covers ever:


The Tiger and the Wolf (2016) immerses you a Bronze Age/early Iron Age world, where every human is a shapeshifter. People divide into clans according to the animal they change into, which happens instantly and, for the most part, at will. Their shapeshifting animal informs their clan’s physical appearance as well as the nature of their society. It’s a brutal life, with the st
Mayim de Vries
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Do not let your strength become your weakness.”

Tchaikovsky’s hallmark triad of quality: unconventional worldbuilding, intricate characterisation, and a profound zoological knowledge once again serves as a springboard for a fantasy tale like no other I have read.

If you are tired of the ever-multiplying Middle Ages derivatives and the ubiquitous Eastern-inspired civilisations, you should be thrilled by the Crown of the World inhabited by shapeshifting tribes of the bronze/iron age. Normally, I do
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
Thanks goes to Netgalley!

Really a 3.5

This is my second Tchaikovsky, and it certainly won't be my last, but I'm struck by just how different his finely crafted SF is to his Fantasy. And I'm not saying that his Fantasy is poor. Not by a long shot.

But I think I might have been the wrong audience.

Iron Age tribes dominated by a whole world of humans who can shapeshift isn't a bad concept, mind you, and having a dual nature of Tiger and Wolf is a great conflict, especially since the two Great Tribes h
Dannii Elle
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

Maniye belongs to the wolf clan, yet she has never really belonged, outcast as the only daughter of the sonless wolf king and a deceased mother of the tiger clan. As she struggles with the loneliness and sorrow warring inside her, so too do the split sides of her soul begin to clash. Is she a tiger or is she a wolf? Or is she just Maniye, a lost girl doomed to madness if she fails to choose a side?

This book largely focuses on Maniye's personal struggles, but this also l
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

You've probably heard it all before!
Once upon a time, in a faraway land where gods still walked among men, a teenage princess (let's call her Maniye) runs away from her authorian father who wants to arrange a political marriage for her. In another country, a young prince (let's call him Asmander) is admired by everybody except his ambitious father for his integrity and his prowess in combat, so he sets out on a quest to prove himself once and for all worthy of a father's pride.

Let me guess: You
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"... “That sound spoke of ages, great stone volumes of history that had come and gone, filled with the lives of men who thought that their 'now' was the only now that mattered. -pg 329”
― Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Tiger and the Wolf..."

I just finished reading this first book in a trilogy by Mr. A. Tchaikovsky, and I really liked it, despite having some minor issues with it. I am fascinated by the world and even enjoyed the slow development of the story, which feels very deliberate and a good mi
Adrian Tchaikovsky has to be one of my most welcome discoveries of 2020. One of the very few! It seems he can take any idea, any at all, and turn them into bits of treasure on a page. Whether it’s spiders in a classical fantasy, a stranded astronaut in an alien cavern of horrors, or in the case of The Tiger and the Wolf, a shapeshifter with two antipathetic souls, his books are works of brilliant imagination that I always relish reading. It’s SFF writing at its best, imaginative and fresh.

In Th
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Jan 13, 2016 marked it as to-read
That COVER. SOLD. *reads synopsis... DOUBLE SOLD.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I am giving this one a 3.5*s overall, as although I liked bits of it (especially the world-building and the characters) a lot, I found some of the plot to be a little slow-going and I wish it could have got to the action just a little quicker. However, this is still the start to a solid series, and I think it may get better as the series goes on to. I loved the concept of a world filled with animal shifters. People who can shift into their clan animal e.g. Wolf, Tiger, Horse, etc. The idea of a ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars.

Oh my gosh, that was awesome! What a superb book! FRTC, for now I'll just urge you to go and buy it!
Karina Webster
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Struggling to review/rate this. Once again Tchaikovsky’s writing and world building is excellent, immersive and unique. It was a bit back and forth, but I did not see where the plot was going and it was a little heartbreaking! Okay a lot. The characters are incredibly vivid and Tchaikovsky really makes you have feelings for them, ranging from disgust and hatred to affection and respect. To some things inbetween. There’s a lot of moral ambiguity and toeing the line which was really interesting.

Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

4.5 Stars

Bleak. Brutal. Brilliant. The Tiger and the Wolf is a unique and powerful novel, where loyalties are defined by birth and where cultures clash with spectacular frequency. Adrian Tchaikovsky has succeeded in creating a novel with incredible scope and limitless vision; a vivid depiction of a world inspired by the cultures of our past and told in a style unique to this series. This is a novel where only the strong will survive, where the weak will perish
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, favorites
I've read Shadows of Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky and back then I was impressed by the originality of his world building and quite interested in a weird steampunk-ish military fantasy he created. Nevertheless, I felt that his writing was a little clunky and his characterization lacking in some ways. Overall, I gave the series 3/5 stars.

The Tiger and the Wolf is another story entirely. This novel is beautifully written - it's structure crafted to perfection, it's sentences sometimes borderlin
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After Guns of the Dawn (historical fantasy, essentially Lizzie Bennett goes to war) and Children of Time (brilliant and uplifting hard SF with TALKING SPIDERS FROM SPACE), Tchaikovsky has become one of those authors whose books I will immediately buy because I know that whatever he's written about - and he is incredibly versatile - I will enjoy.

The Tiger & The Wolf is something very different again. Set in a world where different clans of people belong to different totems and can transform or "S
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful and original fantasy... full review to come.
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a slow burn tale of a young girl's coming of age journey set amidst a harsh landscape and an even harder world. Young Maniye is 14 years old and lives in a world where people belong to different animal totems and, as such, are divided into clans based on whatever animal form they can shift into. She is the offspring of a non-consensual mating between the Chief of one of the wolf tribes and the Queen of the tiger tribe. As a result, Maniye can shift into both animals which is a rarity in ...more
David Reviews
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

In a world of where humans can shapeshift into the animal of their tribe, young Maniye is unhappy in the Wolf village. Her father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain and her mother was queen of their enemy, the Tiger clan. When her father Akrit tells of his plans for her future, Maniye runs…

Author Adrian Tchaikovsky brings us an epic fantasy with a young female protagonist at its heart struggling to find herself and discover her destiny. The Tiger and the Wolf is the first book of a trilogy and rolls o
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure that the cover of The Tiger and the Wolf has somehow bewitched me until I finally gave in and bought this book. What’s it about? Of course, I had no idea and unfortunately, it became not really apparent for a long time. A pity, because while I loved the world, the magic, Many Tracks or Broken Axe and the many different tribes, I never really found the story. Our main protagonist is driven by external forces, always reacting, always running, though fighting fiercely for her right to ch ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-own
It was five stars right to the end. I thought the ending not as good as the rest of the book. So 4 stars... I'll write a review later on.
Tchaikovsky has built a unique fantasy world which is similar to our world set in an "iron age" time. The Crown of the World, is very similar to Russia and is the home to Wolf, Tiger, and Bear. The Plains is home to Horse and Eyrie (crow, eagle, and other carrion birds). The River Lands is reminiscent of Africa with Hyena and Crocodile.

He presents shape shifters like no other. These are not your usual urban fantasy werewolves. The people are not called werewolves or weretigers. This is a world
Marc Morris
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well bought this solely on the cover !! Which is incredible one best I seen lately... Next synopsis double sold .... Then I just fell in love with the whole idea and story , characters were really well constructed and felt so real my favourite was broken axe , I stopped giving 5* to new authors / series as felt first book spent a lot of time building up the world and characters but after first few chapters I knew this was going to be the exception and bought the 2nd straight away .
This book was surprisingly good! I can't believe I never heard of Adrian Tchaikovsky before randomly discovering this book in a bookstore.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adrian Tchaikovsky seems to be one of the more prolific authors writing at the moment, it's only been a couple of years since he finished his ten-volume Shadows of the Apt series and this book is the third novel he's published since then (and they haven't been short books). After last year's two standalones this is a return to the series format, although this isn't intended to be as lengthy a series as the Apt books.

The setting this time is a bit different to his previous fantasy books, whereas
Philippa Mary
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
I have to admit that I picked this book up mainly due to the stunning cover. The book itself did not disappoint, though. It is definitely quite slow at points as there is a lot of world building and other information that needs to be told. Having said that, I never felt bogged down by all the information. It was all necessary - it just set a bit of a slower reading pace. I love the setting of this book, with tribes that can 'step' into different animals. I also loved the main character, Maniye. ...more
R.B. Watkinson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll write a fuller review later, for now I'd just like to say this book was good. Better than I expected. That last needs an explanation, I know. When I first read the blurb and saw animal clans, outcast girl, shape-changers, I wasn't invested. But, like John Gwynne said, it was 'addictively brilliant'. I devoured the book. I enjoyed Maniye's journey across this ancient feeling world and out of her childhood. The tale became more complex, the characters became more layered, the world became vas ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down. Great characters, especially Maniye, the outsider girl fighting for her independence and her identity, and Broken Axe, the lone wolf that stands outside the intrigues and follows his own code of honor.
Essentially, behind all the running and fighting, this book is about who we are and to what extent our parents and heritage form us, or how much we allow them to form us and predetermine our path in life. It is about what is right and wrong, and how to tell the difference.
Mark Harrison
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant fantasy as humans who can Step into animals face off for power in their kingdom. One young motherless Wolf girl, but part Tiger, struggles for her path in life and has many bloody adventures hunted by both her own two species but helped by a Serpant, Hyena, Pirate, Dragon and a rather large Bear. Relentless action after a slow start which sets it all up. All in all rather excellent.
Jan 21, 2016 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
while I am a big fan of the author's kinden books and I loved Children of Time and read the other two novels of his also which were ok, I will pass on this series as shape-shifters kind of bore me badly (not as bad as zombies or vampires true, but close enough that not even having a favorite author write a story about them can make it work for me)
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 * I've read several of Tchaikovsky's sci-fi books but this was my first fantasy. I took me a little longer to get into than previous books and it was a little slow at first but great premise, brilliant characters who you have strong feelings about! It was an interesting and unique world. I will be looking our for the next in the series and look forward to learning more about this world and what happens to Maniye.
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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