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The Emperor's Wolves

(Wolves of Elantra #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  899 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Set in the bestselling world of The Chronicles of Elantra, THE EMPEROR'S WOLVES is a prequel spin-off based on a fan-favorite character, and broadens the beloved fantasy world with another action-packed tale of intrigue and magic.

As an orphan scrounging in the lawless slums, young Severn Handred didn't have the luxury of believing in anything beyond his own survival. Now h
Published (first published October 13th 2020)
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Hannah Osborn
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I believe ignorance is a breeding ground for fear."

The Emperor's Wolves by Michelle Sagara

My thoughts:

I found myself rationing this book like water in a desert. I didn't want it to end. That may be in large part because I'm impatiently waiting for the next Elantra book. However,  The Emperor's Wolves is interesting on it's own merit but it's inextricably linked to the the Chronicles of Elantra series and while you can read this as a prequel or on it's own, I really don't suggest it. I recommen
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
$2.99 Kindle and Kobo sale, Jan. 19, 2021.
The first book of a prequel series to the Chronicles of Elantra, featuring Kaylin's partner/prop/stalker Severn Handred. Although it's a prequel, I don't recommend it for newbies to this world. I'll post a more detailed review for my friends who are Elantra fans in the next day or two.



The Emperor's Wolves starts with Severn's recruitment into--as per the title--the Wolves of Elantra. Elluvian, the sole Barrani Wolf, has seen Severn more-or-less stalking Kaylin/Ellianne as she goes abo
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

In the beginning, a 5-year-old girl named Elliane and a 10-year-old boy named Severn were two scared orphans doing the best they could to raise each other in a place so dangerous that no one expected them to live another year. And no one could afford to care because everyone was too busy attempting to make their own survival last more than another day, another hour, another minute.

That dangerous place was the fief of Nightshade, in the no-being’s-land that
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
While reading the Chronicles of Elantra, I always wished we had dug into Severn’s history. That wish has finally come true! I was lucky enough to gain access to an ARC and I can’t wait to add a finished copy to my library.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of The Emperor's Wolves in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Emperor's Wolves, by Michelle Sagara, is the first novel in the Wolves of Elantra series. However, fans of Sagara will certainly recognize the world and characters within. This series is a direct spin-off of the Chronicles of Elantra series, and focuses on one of my favorite characters of all time.

Severn Handred grew up in the fiefs. He proved his willingness to do anything and everything to protect somebod
This book was not for me. I can appreciate its appeal to those who have loved the entire series of 15-ish books. But here’s the thing, I’ve only read one other, and it shouldn’t have been the recommended standalone choice. So, the characters and world and plot don’t have the immediate draw or enjoyment for me. That’s on me and the way this was introduced to me, not the book itself. I believe that all the readers who have loved this series will truly enjoy this book as well. For me, fantasy books ...more
I hadn't read the Chronicles, so I felt that I didn't really get the nuances so the review would be short until I could go back to read the earlier books and re-read this one.

Set in the times of the chronicles, It told the story from Severn's POV where he had to face the mind readers to become a wolf. I loved the writing which could immerse me deep into the story. I was eager to get my hands on the earlier books. I had to skim read this one to get a gist of the plotline.

Hoping to
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good. I believe I prefer this spinoff to the original series. I will be following this series going forward.
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*Rating* 3.5


Set in the bestselling world of The Chronicles of Elantra, The Emperor's Wolves is a prequel spin-off based on a fan-favorite character Severn Handred, and broadens the beloved fantasy world with another action-packed tale of intrigue and magic. The plot is a mix of fantasy and mystery and the two genres work well together as we get to know about the Wolves and how they work. Handred is an interesting character, he basically has no ego, and
MAB  LongBeach
A prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra, detailing how Severn Handred came to join the Wolves, the Emperor's enforcers and assassins. In the process, we learn not only about the Wolves, but also more about the telepathic Thalani.

Well worth reading.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Really, wow. This is an exceptional addition to the Elantra series. We learn more intriguing details about Severn's history, and are left with tantalizing questions. Sagara hit a home run with this. I cannot wait for more. ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
Such a great book, it wasn't what I was expecting, but it was such a fantastic book! And apparently we're getting 2! Can't wait to see what happens next, and if any of these characters are going to be in the next Kaylin novel! ...more
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Alyson Stone
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, arc, how-about-no
Book: The Emperor’s Wolves
Author: Michelle Sagara
Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC.

I honestly think that this was just a book that wasn’t for me. It was poorly written or anything, but I honestly just didn’t care about what was happening. I felt like I was supposed to enjoy this book a lot more than I did, but I just didn’t. I do get why so many people enjoy this book and love the series, but it just wasn’t for me.

I think a bi
WTF Are You Reading?
Having had the pleasure of first exploring Elantra through the eyes of heroine, and Severin counterpart Kalin. I can say without A doubt that this is A very well done start to unraveling the curiosity that has always been Severance past. As well as the rather enigmatic role of the Wolves within Elantra's justice system.
For the most part. Things work quite the same way that they do with the Hawk branch. Which readers became quite familiar with during the course of Kalin's tale.
With the exception
A new view on Elantra

I am split on this book. I hoped that reading it would make me understand Severn better and make him less of a male Mary Sue. It didn’t. In fact, it made him worse. He is as perfect as ever and even more capable and has been since a young age. You do learn more about his past which raises even more questions. Which from the chronicles series raises dangerous expectations since questions from book 1 were never answered.

What sold this book for me was the world building and e
Diane McConnell
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
All about Severn and his start with the Wolves!

I’ve always wondered how Severn Handred started with the Wolves in the Halls of Law and The Emperor's Wolves is about his first investigation even before he finished his probation for the Wolves.

If you are a fan of the Chronicles of Elantra this book is a hint at what is going to happen, and it answers some of the questions that I have but it leaves many questions unanswered. Severn was raised in the fiefs and where did he learn to read and write El
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
I enjoyed this one. I was not expecting this spinoff as I have fallen behind in the original series, but it was nice to see early events through Severn’s eyes and to see a different view of the empire and the different races. Also, my favorite narrator read the audio, which is how I was able to read this book. kindly provided the audiobook as part of their monthly ALC program.

I do think that if you haven’t read the original series, you might be lost in a few spots for brief periods of t
E.M. Farmer
The boring story of Severn and how he became an Empire Wolf.

We know how Severn ended up in the "Cast" series. This story is to fill in the blanks of how he started. How he met Ybelline. Why he is so comfortable with her.
But it is one of the most BORING stories I have read in d decades.
It just goes on and on and on and........😴😴😴
I can't see wasting any money on any future books in this series.
Kris Sellgren
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, five_stars
It was terrific to see the fantasy city of Elantra through Severn’s eyes. I am on Team Severn (although at this point I’m pretty sure that Kaylin, the heroine of. Chronicles of Elantra, will never choose a romantic partner.). Severn is almost a blank slate in Kaylin-centric novels, loyal and competent but so quiet that one never has much sense of who he is. This novel about his joining the Emperor’s Wolves, law enforcement with a license to kill, showcases his bravery, empathy, intelligence, and ...more
Kathryn Baron
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Very enjoyable. But not spectacular. It was interesting to learn more about Severn. Some of the interactions were frustrating because it felt like I was supposed to know these characters from the previously published books that occur later in the timeline. However I don't. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting a full length Severn novel has so far been the highlight of my month. I love this series, and it's one of my favorite series ever. This was an amazing origin story that I feel is so realistic to how Severn acts in the rest of the series. ...more
Feb 18, 2021 added it
Really enjoyed entering this world again and this time it was from another characters point of view. Michelle Sagara's books are always captivating and I hope she provides more books in this storyline. ...more
Whitney Grace
May 13, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I sincerely hope that this becomes a full series! Severn's past has long been a mystery. Every time he mysteriously knows more than he should and yet can't explain because it's "classified", my curiosity just continued to grow. We knew Kaylin's past but almost nothing about Severn. I can't wait to read more and finally unearth all those mysteries! ...more
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Michelle Sagara for this great addition to the same world as the Chronicles of Elantra. It starts with how Severn Handred became one of the Wolves, one of Elantra's three parts of law enforcement. The book also brings up several of Severn's peculiarities, base knowledge and mysteries surrounding him. Be prepared, mostly pleasantly, for several familiar characters to pop up throughout.

Khristine Hvam's narration adds to the story and brings the characters and situations off the page.

This is a solid 4-star read, and it makes me realize that I need to go and read the whole CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA series right now! If you saw my post yesterday, you know I recently read the very last book in the series, but I have to admit that I have not yet read the rest. But that is going to have to happen now. Especially because I get the feeling I missed a lot by not having read the other series first. So if you are reading this, and you are intrigued but haven’t read anything in the world o ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really tried to get into this but couldn't seem to keep my attention on it. It has an interesting world, but I just couldn't stay hooked to it. ...more
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Michelle is an author, book­seller, and lover of liter­ature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and some­times as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

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