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The Tiger and the Wolf

(Echoes of the Fall #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,816 ratings  ·  240 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 refuses to disown half her soul, s ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Pan Macmillan (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 stro
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-shelf, fantasy
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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of the best covers i've seen in a long time. As soon as I saw it, I wanted the book, and I hadn't even read the blurb yet. Even now, I still want to see it in the flesh, so I can discover whether it looks and feels just as good as I imagine.

However, the novel inside it didn't work for me. The premise is sound: a world where humans can 'step' into various animal forms. For the most part, each person has one alternative form, though the main character has both Tiger and Wolf due to her
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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
That COVER. SOLD. *reads synopsis... DOUBLE SOLD.
Karina Read
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
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
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and original fantasy... full review to come.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 o
David Reviews
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This book was surprisingly good! I can't believe I never heard of Adrian Tchaikovsky before randomly discovering this book in a bookstore.
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  ·  review of another edition
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 .
R.B. Watkinson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2016 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
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)
Joanne Hall
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Imagine a world where everone is a shape-shifter, where people can shift skins as easily as thought. Deer, Boar, Horse, Crocodile. And, battling for supremacy at the icy Crown of the World, the Tiger and the Wolf.

Maniye is the daughter of two cultures, her mixed heritage from her Tiger mother and her Wolf father battling for supremacy within her and threatening to tear her fragile human form apart in the process. When she rescues an elderly priest of the Serpent from sacrifice within the Jaws of
Marco (Barely a blogger)
Wow. It has been a long time since a book has left such an impact on me that I can barely think straight. Adrian has really outdone himself with this story.

The subtle dystopian feel it gave me personally, made for vivid emotions and at times they'd overwhelm me. The relatability of being at war with oneself was masterfully done.

Time and time again I had to put this book to the side because of work I had to do. Time and time again, I came back, ready to follow Maniye as a passive travel companio
W.G. Saraband
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one was a bit of a slow burn for me; the unique setting on which the story begins wasn't enough to grip me like other books, but about halfway in that all changed. It was as if all the pieces fell into place, and some surprising twists and turns in the story helped it really come alive and make me invested in the main character.

The Tiger and the Wolf is set in a unique world, where people are born with animal souls that allow them to shapeshift. It is a violent, ruthless world, that doesn't
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
This book was on my to-read list for over a year before I actually got around to reading it so I am very happy that it has turned out to be one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. A fast paced fantastic read.
Quinn David
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where did Tchaikovsky come from? And where was I that I didn't find him sooner? I'm going to chalk it up to an American/European divide because that is the only excuse I can come up with as to why this book doesn't have more hype behind it. Second only to its stunning cover, The Tiger in the Wolf is a beautifully intricate tale stuffed full of rich world building and a spirited cast of characters. Literally.

Truthfully Tchaikovsky had me at page one, with the introduction of the Winter Runners,
Dec 06, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Me after reading the synopsis

Lynn Williams
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 of 4 stars
Having just read Adrian Tchaikovsky’s contribution to the Monstrous Little Voices book (which I loved) I was very keen to pick this book up, plus, who am I kidding, the whole idea of shapeshifting tribes combined with the beautiful cover, I was simply hooked.
The story is really a coming of age tale set in the bleak North where life is harsh, temperatures are harsher and war seems to be imminent. The world here is one of clans who can shift in
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tts-vs-jla
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

This book was a fast paced, action packed tale. At the heart of it, it was a book about a girl coming into her own and discovering who she is and who she can trust. Throw in the facts that she can shape shift to both Wolf and Tiger forms, both clans are fighting for her and against her, A rogue Wolf is also hunting her and a religious snake and you have a book that I struggled to put down and turn away from.

The characters were well rounded and very relatable. I care
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.
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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.

Other books in the series

Echoes of the Fall (3 books)
  • The Bear and the Serpent (Echoes of the Fall, #2)
  • The Hyena and the Hawk (Echoes of the Fall, #3)