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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  70 reviews
As night fell, something stirred the darkness. Birds shrieked, rising into the air as the peace cracked and fell apart. Flashes of crimson uniform cut the smothering black of the woods. The smell of smoke lifted through the boughs and choked the leaves. A drum beat out a steady pulse as soldiers tore over the dead leaf matter, hacking their way through the web of forest.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Text Publishing
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Meg Caddy This book is aimed at a 14+ readership, but can also be enjoyed by mature younger readers. There is a lot of violence, so for young readers I would re…moreThis book is aimed at a 14+ readership, but can also be enjoyed by mature younger readers. There is a lot of violence, so for young readers I would recommend parental approval. Young people who have read and enjoyed the Hunger Games should be able to read WAER without distress.(less)

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Tilly Booth
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My copy of Waer is sadly covered in dirt, creases and smudges and although that disheartens me it also show my love for this book because I couldn't put it down! Even when I had a moment to spare at work I would be diving back into this book and into the world of Oster.

Meg Caddy is amazing. I officially place her on my fantasy throne alongside Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Marie Rutkoski. The way that she writes is phenomenal. It opens up your mind. She describers and creates a world with fla
Bec (booktineus)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on Readers in Wonderland


Fantastic debut!
There is a fear when you start a debut novel that the writing will be subpar or struggle to pull off the premise of the novel due to inexperience. WAER did not have this problem. At all. Every element of the story was constructed well and it reads like some of my fantasy series I've been following for years. Nothing confused me and I was more than happy to sit there and enjoy the ride. It ev
Trigger warnings: death of family members, torture, war, violence, seriously just SO MUCH TORTURE.

I read this because it's short listed for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers this year. And...honestly? I'm not sure why.

I've read a lot of great Australian young adult literature from the past year. And this pales in comparison. Let's bullet point some shit.

- The worldbuilding is...dribbled out. As a result, I never felt like I had a full understanding of the world or how it worked.
- I t
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok. I really wanted to like this book. We get a full story, intriguing characters, and a good wrap-up ending...except for one character, and unfortunately I just can't let it go. Meg Caddy spends two or three glorious sentences introducing us earlier on in the book to this shark (Cornelius) and...that's it. She drops it. There's no backstory, no flashback or dialogue about the life of this incredible, engaging creature that is Cornelius the Shark, and there's no conclusion. He's there, and then ...more
Clare Snow
How did it take me a year to find this book!? Meg Caddy is phenomenal. A well deserved contender on the shortlist for the CBCA Book of The Year for Older Readers.

Waer seems to be a stand alone, but I want more of Welsh inspired werewolves fighting bigotry, internal demons and evil overlords. If I can't have dogs, give me wolves any day.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
A kind of Lord-of-the-Rings-esq YA fantasy, which works as well as it sounds. Basically this book has giant battles, good vs evil, dark creatures, a kind of 'wizard' in the way of the Watchers, as well as what I imagine would be a huge backstory in the author's head. Certainly this only felt like a small snippet of what this world might have to offer.

I really did like this one, although if you know my reviews, then you know that three stars is actually rather low for me. I guess I had a few disa
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

I love a good werewolf story, even though I haven’t been able to read much of them lately. Waer was a wonderful way to bring myself back to the shape-shifter world. Author Meg Caddy has come into the bookish world on a high note and I can’t wait to read more from her!

Waer definitely starts off with a bang! Lowell, a Waer (waerwolf/werewolf), and his little brother Kemp are enjoying a day of hunting on their land. What starts as a seemingl
Lost Girls
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, netgalley
An amazing debut by a talented young author. When I first heard that Meg Caddy was mentored by the wonderfully talented, Juliet Marillier, I knew I had to give her book a try. I am so glad I did. She presents the werewolves in her world as gentle, peaceful creatures. I immediately fell in love with them. The world she created was beautifully done with many surprises and twists thrown in.

This book is a standalone and I am partly sad because I would love to journey back to Caddy's universe and rev
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
It's just a case of it's not you, it's me. I just can't seem to get into it sadly.
Will give it another go, but putting this one aside for now.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I dropped it because I found that the plot wasn't moving very fast. I may come back to it in the future but for now I'm going to leave it. ...more
I forced myself to accept his help. I needed to regain my strength. I had not escaped Caerwyn to just like down and die.”

About : Young waer Lowell Sencha and his family live in the sheltered, idyllic Gwyndhan Valley, where they can shift into and out of their wolf forms without fear of persecution from the prejudiced blood-purists residing in other parts of Oster.

But when a wounded female waer named Lycaea washes up on the shores of the valley river, everything changes. Lowell helps the ren
Summer Matthias Herondale
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, to-borrow
This review is spoiler free!

Listen up, guys. You have to read this! This is Meg's first book and it is amazing! The world building is rich and imaginative I could see the lush forests and hills of the Valley so clearly in my minds eye. The writing pace is strong, intriguing but not overwhelming, whilst also contributing to both character and plot development. It flows smoothly throughout, without rushing or dragging.

The characters are real, loveable and brilliant. Lycaea is a strong, quick wit
Anika Claire
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick YA fantasy with waerwolves. Interesting world and subtle magic. Full review very soon!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
For me, this book was enjoyable but nothing special. The plot was good and the characters were interesting, but the writing style grated on my nerves a bit too much for me to really lose myself to the story.

Many of the sentences were truncated and when they weren't there was usually an 'and' with a comma before it that really did not need to be there.

I also counted at least 6 other spelling or grammar mistakes, including my favourite:
I burned a sprig, cupped the ashes in my calms.
(While we're on
Kerri Jones
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another short-listed book for the CBCA awards in 2017 I approached this one a little more tentatively as I don't consider fantasy a strong genre of mine. However this was a fabulously written and well plotted story set in a fantasy world that involves Watchers, Waer (humans who can shift to wolves) and the tensions between each of the tribes within the story. The story is focussed on Lowell Sencha and his peace keeping family in the valley and what happens when they encounter a girl hair-drowned ...more
Hannah Brockway
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was so great to finally read Meg's book!
She developed the plot really well and I love the plot's twists and turns. While I guessed the final outcome, there were lots of obstacles along the way that made the story more complex.
I also loved the character development. They were real and believable and Meg introduced the different facets of their personalities well.
Can't wait for the next book!
Megan Liwanag
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's a real roller coaster kind of book which has me on the edge of my bus seat. This is the first werewolves book I have read and it's beautifully written. The way they shift and the perks of being in a pack, etc. etc. the way the world slowly gets bigger is also fascinating. Throughout the book, she doesn't expand it so that we lose focus on the main characters, even for a little bit. I find both Lowell's and Lycea's backstory heartbreaking and inspiring. The side characters ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-baby, ya
3.5 stars
A different type of wolf lore that is quite intriguing. Definitely an author to keep your eye on with new and refreshing ideas like this. The 3.5 stars rather than zthe whole 4 is based on my current distaste for mainstream YA, so I'm swayed a little. However, this is a nice little break from the cliche of it all.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review found at YA Reads:

I love a good werewolf story, even though I haven't been able to read much of them lately. Waer was a wonderful way to bring myself back to the shape-shifter world. Author Meg Caddy has come into the bookish world on a high note and I can't wait to read more from her!

Waer definitely starts off with a bang! Lowell, a Waer (waerwolf/werewolf), and his little brother Kemp are enjoying a day of hunting on their land. What starts as a
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

While on a training trip with his little brother, Lowell finds a waer washed up on a riverbank, mostly dead, mostly mute. As Lowell tries to nurse her back to health, other forces are moving that she knows about, but Lowell’s little town doesn’t. Little do they know that there will be even bigger things at stake.

I didn’t feel a distinction betwee
Actual rating 2.5 stars. The following review was originally published on my book blog The Book Challengers.

DISCLAIMER: A free copy was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a pity that this book had so much potential and promise at first, but unfortunately it failed to meet the mark in the end. I found the cover to be really pretty and the blurb pretty awesome as well. The story started out pretty well for me and I honestly did feel that it had great potential to be at l
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Biased review is shamelessly biased. I liked it! I liked it a lot!

I think this is a great fantasy for those who haven't quite delved into much of the genre. You get the sense of a large world but still have close intimacy with the characters. It reminded me very much of Marie Rutowski's 'The Winner's Curse' in pacing and length.

Plus, there are puppies! Everybody loves puppies.
Waer are werewolves but for once, they aren't the dominant race in the land. They live tucked away in a valley. Hopefully out of sight and mind from larger politics and power struggles elsewhere in the land.

One day that changes.

A good fantasy.

Thank you to the publisher for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Alex (lexdidemsbookcorner)
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, ya, fantasy
This is really a case of it's not you, it's me. I started with some quite high expectations, but was disappointed as the first half was slower than I like but the writing and the world were beautiful so I persevered and it paid off. The second half definitely picked up and kept my attention. ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing read, with a particularly appealing young hero, Lowell and a heart breaking heroine. The story flows well, and the conclusion is very satisfying.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-own
It took a while to read, but well worth it!
Georgia Blows
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing structured book, very creative writing!, gets you hooked straight away. A must read!
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, fantasy, adult
The is a terrific read 0f high adventure, friendship and unity through suffering in fantasy tale of good vs evil. The waer, are werewolves, and a peaceful pack living and working in a secluded valley. One member of the group, Lowell Sencha finds a girl, Lycaea, on the riverbank and his family try to nurse her to health. The village is attached by the evil Leldh and his army and most of the waer are slaughtered or captured. Lowell and Lycaea, with the aid of Moth the healer and her companion, see ...more
Erin Good
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book felt rushed in plot, mostly due to the fact that I felt I was being rushed along on a journey with characters I hadn't yet started to care about. Because I wasn't invested in the characters before their journey started, I felt entirely uninvested in what they continued to do as the book progressed. I've never felt so unattached to a book in my life. It had fascinating world-building, but it just wasn't explored in a way that made me care. I was disappointed and felt dissociated from th ...more
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Meg Caddy is a short, nerdy, bespectacled D&D geek. She spends her days ordering and selling books and moonlights as a housemother and tutor at a boarding school. Meg has an Honours degree in Literature and History, and Not Sleeping Enough. She lives with two rescue cats (Captain and Lieutenant) and an ever-expanding bookshelf. Her first book, Waer, was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize and the ...more

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