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The Warlock and the Wolf

(The Naturalist #1)

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Winner of the Nautilus Gold Award in YA Fiction

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
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 25th 2015 by Vulpes Press
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
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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
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Anne
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Witches, naturalists, talking wolves, science and magic. All taking place in 17th century-Holland. Damn rights I had to read this one!

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
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Nia Ireland
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This story reminded me of the book Witch Child by Celia Rees, which was 0ne of my favourite’s growing up so I enjoyed the sense of nostalgia that went along with it.

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
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Liz
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, magic, witches
Fully enjoyable read from a historical Holland where one dark skinned orphan girl is hands-on and stubborn enough to pave her life the way she wants it to play out. She is a science apprentice to a Naturalist for the state and her duties see her going out to the wild, knowing the herbs and the animals. I like the respect towards all things nature her character had. I love nature myself and could just sit in the middle of a forest under a tree whole day- the only acceptable excuse to spend a day ...more
Cindy
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

"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:
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This map really works if you want to understand/see the layout of The Hague at the time pe
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Regina Foo
The Warlock and The Wolf by Delfy Hall is an awe-inspiring, engaging and addictive fantasy novel that not to be missed.

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
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
To whomever recommended this book to me, THANK YOU!!! A historical novel with magical elements that is set in 16th century Holland featuring a Black African heroine (though from the somewhat oblique description, I'm thinking of the actress who was in the film 'Belle'). Speaking of which - dear Delfy Hall, it's perfectly fine to actually describe a character fully. And in this case where the lead character is of color in a genre where they're not always represented, such details are important.

Be
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Joan
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Magic surrounds humans.
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
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Royce Sears
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Warlock and the Wolf is a very well written imaginative tale that I would recommend to any fantasy lover! The characters are engaging and memorable as the author's voice takes the reader down an enjoyable journey into an often overlooked part of our history. I will forever hear the voice of a chimpmunk or squirrel as they chatter at me on my walks saying, "Nut?" as a result of this book! Very well done!
Ashley
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my blog! https://navigatingneverland.org/2016/...

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, so here it goes….

Plot

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
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Mike
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing !!! Review to come
Iris
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

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!

Ik heb me

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Iris
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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
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Maria
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Warlock and the Wolf is the story of a girl. She is a very unique girl with a special interest in nature and she desires to rise to a place where women traditionally could not hope to aspire to. Mina lives in Holland, yet this Holland that is created for us by Delfy Hall is unlike any you have ever imagined. There is magic galore, witches and warlocks. In the midst of this is our budding naturalist, the orphaned Mina, whose parents were supposedly murdered by an evil warlock. This warlock ha ...more
R J Mckay
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mina Walraven believes in science. She is training to (hopefully) one day work in The Hague. Her passion is animals. But her life is far from perfect. She is living with an Aunt because both of her parents have been murdered. She does not believe in magic…at least not until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly she can communicate with animals. This ability saves her live.

The warlock who killed her parents is rumored to have escaped from prison. And suddenly she is starting to question everything sh
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