The Wolf in the Whale
"There is a very old story, rarely told, of a wolf that runs into the ocean and becomes a whale."
Born with the soul of a hunt ...more
The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky is the story of a young Inuit shaman, living on the edge of the world, trying survive in a devastatingly hostile environment. WOW! This was one powerful, dark, atmospheric but absolutely beautiful read, and one I fell in love with instantly.
The world building in this book was incredible, I could really appreciate the amount of res ...more
Thank you to Hachette Books for sending me an early copy for my honest review. Now to get into what I truly thought of this book. Often I struggle to put how I'm feeling about a book int ...more
Imagine a world so breathtakingly beautiful and dangerous, so hard and cold and brutal, yet bristling with colors that will never be brighter and enormous landscapes unmarked by the will of humankind. In this world, every step could be your last, and every breath is spent in the fight for survival.
I must praise Brodsky on her inimitable style and writing technique ...more
I expected to enjoy The Wolf and the Whale, but what I was not prepared for was how completely it swept me off my feet. In this stunning masterpiece, Jordanna Max Brodsky weaves a cinematic tale of adventure and survival, blending history, mythology and timeless romance. All of this is set to the epic backdrop of the Arctic wilderness at a time of great change towards the end of the first millennium.
Our story follows Omat, ...more
“Birth and death, we are torn apart and recreated.”Loss, love, trauma, survival, spirituality, power, war, identity...the above quote can be seen in all of these elements as experienced by the main character Omat, an Inuit shaman.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis.
(view spoiler)[Born as a biological female, Omat inherited her father's gender and spirit when she received his name during infancy. She was raised as her father was raised, to be a great hunter and leader. Bu ...more
This is the book I feel like I have been waiting for since this terrible reading slump hit back in October. I really just needed something to sweep me away- to make me care, to give me a reason to stay curled up on the couch all day and read. It has been a really long time since I read a 500+ page book in a 24 hour period. It was impossible to put down.
This is the story of Omat, an Inuit two-spirit shaman living around 100 ...more
This is a single POV book (I think, I DNF’d) about a girl growing up in a very remote Inuit clan. They are far removed from everyone else and are struggling to make it by, every decision they make can have long-lasting impacts on their group as a whole. One wrong move could be disastrous, and losing members of their clan when their numbers are so f ...more
But then the plot accelerates and it leaves the textured moments behind, and begins featuring far too many cartoonishly evil villains, entirely too much speechifying, and an utter lack of internal charact ...more
I also read with heightened interest, as my sister was – at the same time – listening to an audiobook about mythology amongst cultures, nations, and religions. She shared the audiobook’s parallels drawn between stories in the Bible and those in African, Norse, and Greek tales. I ...more
I’ve just finished The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky and I’m a bit blown away. It starts as a very tight and intimate story about a young Inuit and their relationship with their family and with the spirits that guide their daily life, then introduces the Viking threat from the outside world, then throws their gods into the mix and by the end just goes absolutely maniacally insane.
When O ...more
"There are few sounds at night on the frozen sea besides the roar of the wind. No plants to rustle, no waves to crash upon the shore, no birds to caw. The white owl flies on hushed wings. The white fox walks with silent tread. Even Inuit move as softly as spirits, the snow too hard to yield and crunch beneath our boots. We hear little, but what we do hear is vital: the exploding breath of a surfacing seal, the shift and crack of drifting ice. ...more
OK, you’re still here :) Need more convincing? Not a problem! Well, first of all, I would like to say that this book is quite ‘dark’ in nature. I mean, literally, the Sun disappears for quite a while far up in the North… but… If you’re sensitive to the more cruel side of life and nature then you won’t manage to handle it in places. People (old and young ...more
It is a slower paced read at times, but always character driven. The landscape itself feels so alive and vibrant as the people in it.
I don't have enough words right now to cover how much I love this book:).
Wow. This book.
I’m not sure how I’m going to sum this up, because this book gave me all kinds of the feels.
This is the story of Omat, who is a young Inuit hunter and apprentice shaman. As there are very strong taboos about women hunting and women being shamans in Omat’s culture, this is a bit of a difficult situation. Omat holds her father’s spirit, and as such, she is raised like a boy, in fact she doesn’t even realize that she is physically a girl until she’s te ...more
However as a tale of mythology and a look into the life on the ice a thousand years ago, it’s an intrig ...more
I found the start of this very intriguing. It is about the birth of Omat's, the main character. We are in the land of ice with an extended family of Inuit and in a time of gods and legends. Omat will become a shaman like Ataata, her grandfather. With these powers she can talk to and see the gods. However when they stop listening to her why is it that a number of gods continue watching her with such interest?
While the setting for this ...more
The ending was dragging quite a bit, but overall a wonderful tribute to Inuit culture and mytholog ...more
these characters, especially omat and brandr, got under my skin and spoke to me deeply. i’ve never read anything like omat, ...more
A beautiful, vivid tale of two cultures inevitably bound to collide. An Inuit story of how one tribe survives at the edge of the world and Norsemen out to conquer and discover new lands.
I cannot just walk away from such an awe inspiring novel. Long after the pages stopped turning I still find myself seeking documentaries and movies about these beautiful people and...more
There were passages I hated with all of my heart, and I wanted to deduct stars because of them – but I couldn’t. Because such a hate is in itself as powerful an emotion as love, and any author who makes me feel this way is to be applauded.
The story about the two-spirited Omat who grows up in a poor Inuit community that is on the brink of extinction is powerful, brutal, beautiful and deeply personal. We learn a lot about the shamanism and animism of the people, we feel th ...more
Before I start this review, a shout out to Jes Reads Books, and her review of this incredible book. I heard about it through her, I was excited to read it because of her passion in talking about it. And then she went and sent it to me like the amazing person she is. Watch her review, read my review, then add this to your must read list.
Because this book is truly incredible. And there is so much to love for so many different kinds of people. You don't even know you ...more
In 1000AD, an Inuit community is dying. A young girl grows up with the soul of a hunter, raised as a man and determined to follow in her grandfather's steps. She wants to become the next shaman-type leader of her community, communicating with the spirits. But the spirits have stopped listening. Her community is starving and hope is all they have left.
Wow. I LOVED this book. It was just so complex ...more
The story starts with a birth of our protagonist: recently before that the father and other hunters drowned when ice crashed and this ought to be a lonely kid for a long time. Mother dies giving birth and the new born is too weak, so put outside for a night. At the morning, it is not only alive but is cared by a white wolf. The tribe shaman (Angakkuq in Inuktitut) sees that the kid go ...more
TW: violence, battle scenes, rape, animal death.
The Wolf in the Whale is an absolutely beautiful, gut-wrenching book. It held my attention for the entire 500+ pages and my heart for much longer - I'm really shocked that it hasn't received more attention! Also, I'm still struggling to find the words to describe both the book and my feelings about it. I really just want to shove it in everyone's face and tell them YOU MUST READ THIS (after po ...more
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