The Warlock and the Wolf
Mina stands up for animals.
But can she stand up to her parents' killer?
"Uncannily believable" --Historical Novel Society
Brave orphan Mina dreams of becoming a great scientist, even though she's just a beginner.
But when her parents' killer escapes from prison and threatens to kill again, she must make the terrifying leap from ...more
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The Warlock and the Wolf is a historical fantasy set in mid-17th century Netherlands, in the South Holland city of The Hague. The story begins with the hanging of a woman, accused of being a witch. It was a quiet affair in the woods, but news of it soon spread to our protagonist, a young naturalist apprentice named Mina who spends much of her time in the wilderness studying the fauna and flora. One day, Mina is suddenly set upon by a strange creature—somet ...more
It's the year 1647 and the prologue kicks off with the hanging of a witch in the woods near The Hague, Holland. The Hague was part of the Dutch Republic, also known as the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, also known as the United Provinces (and some other names, geez, someone couldn't make up their mind). Here's a simplified political map to get a better ...more
This reads like historical fiction with a twist of Norse mythology, which is always a winner in my book!
The main character, Mina, is out in the forest observing animals to learn their habits and sketch them for a compendium of wildlife she and her mentor are compiling, when she is attacked by a stryx (an evil owl-like creature, serv ...more
"Try not to look too threatening," she whispered.
How does one do that?
"Try to look smaller."
My kind does not do such things.
This book is set in the 17th century and the Dutch Republic was then in the Dutch Golden Age, an age of extreme wealth and prestige. Here is a picture of a map created by a famous cartographer (Blaeu) in 1649:
This map really works if you want to understand/see the layout of The Hague at the time pe ...more
This young adult fantasy fiction is the Gold winner of Nautilus Book Awards for Young Adult fiction. (Source: http://www.nautilusbookawards.com/upl...)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
The background of the story is set in The Hague, Netherlands during 17th century of the Dutch Golden Age. Even though I know nothing about the Dutch ...more
This is a YA novel and a fairy tale. This story was to have taken place in Holland in 1647 when Holland no longer persecuted witches and many individuals no longer believed in witchcraft. Mina Walraven was a young scientist descended from freed slaves, an orphan and had been trained as a naturalist. As a scientist, she didn’t believe in magic, but her parents were murdered by a man reputed to be a warlock and in time she found that when she was around certain birds and ani ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, so here it goes….
The Warlock and the Wolf has a great, interesting plot that kept me engaged in the book from the very first page. The story takes place in 1647 Holland, in a time where people don’t believe in magic or witches anymore, though there are still some who take it upon themselves to hunt them down.
Mina is a scientist ...more
Een tijdje geleden werd ik door de auteur van The Warlock and the Wolf benaderd of ik dit boek wilde recenseren. Aangezien het zich zou afspelen in het 17e-eeuwse Nederland was mijn belangstelling toch wel gewekt. Ik vind het altijd interessant om erachter te komen hoe buitenlanders over ons koude kikkerlandje denken. Bovendien klonk de beschrijving ook heel mysterieus en precies in mijn straatje. Een pratende wolf? Magie? Count me in!
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A book that takes place in 17th century Holland? A talking wolf? Magic? Count me in! I'm always curious as to how foreigners regard our little, cold and wet country. The rest also seemed very promising, so off Iris went, to a time long ago.
It resulted in a nice journey. Reading this book was fun, especially seeing all those Dutch terms and places like 'de Ridderzaal'. Delfy Hall sure did her homework. Although I do ...more
The warlock who killed her parents is rumored to have escaped from prison. And suddenly she is starting to question everything sh ...more