Jaws of the Wolf
Tervingi Territory, 376 AD. Gelvira dreams of becoming a powerful jeweler. But the arrogant son of a tribal elder wants her for a wife instead. After a Hun raid sends her people into exile, her chance to master the ancient secrets of her craft are stripped away…
Adafuns yearns to become a grea...more
It would have been 3 stars if not for Adafuns's last few chapters. What a guy!!!
I loved reading about his fitting into the Running Wolf Tribe, his longing for his family and 'Vira, but his stronger longing to belong, to be someone, to be valued.
Which is precisely what he gets from the Huns.
Gelvira was selfish at turns, blind to human (the slaves') suffering. Yes, she brings them scraps of food, but does nothing more to change the situation.
Her family even sells their house sla ...more
I picked up Charlotte Jardine’s Jaws of the Wolf on a whim. In a market flooded with WWII lit, a YA historical featuring the Visigoths felt fresh and I couldn’t wait to see what the story held.
Jaws of the Wolf captured my interest straight out the gate as a dual narrative in which one of the narrators is male. Historical fiction is one of the few genres dominated by female leads and while I appreciate the appeal and intentio ...more
Jaws of the Wolf is a historical novel with romance and a light touch of supernatural in a Time when brutality and war were common. We follow Gelvira, a Tervingi, and Adafuns, a slave in her tribe. There's a lot of historical context and politics and the romance feels like YA.
It had a well-built world and a good pace and the characters were interesting. I really enjoyed Ada's development from slave to a warrior, however ...more
Jaws of the Wolf is the story of a young man and a young woman first separated by class (he’s a slave and she’s a warrior’s daughter) and then by an invasion of a tribe of Huns.
I appreciated the detail and research that the author put in this novel. In a large selection of YA historical and adventure novels this is the first I’ve encountered about both the Huns and the Visigoth people. Although m ...more
Gelvira just wants to make jewelry, not be a wife that just cooks and cleans but her family has other ideas for her... but when the Huns attack, things change. She ends up in a place she never thought she'd be. Gelvira is an alright character but she's rather self centered, which I guess makes sense considering how she was raised but it doesn't make her likable.
Adafuns is a slave t ...more
Set in an era not well served by historical fiction, Jaws of the Wolf tells the story of Gelvira, a "barbarian" noble aspiring to be a jeweller, and Ada, her family's slave. When Gelvia's tribe, the Tervingi, known to history as the Visigoths, are attacked by Huns, it sets in motion a sweeping chain events that also tears apart Gelv ...more
I was attracted by the beautiful cover of this book.
The story takes place in the territory of Tervingi in 376 AD. We find the beautiful Gelvira who wants to become a powerful jeweller but the eldest son of his father's slave tribe wants to marry her.
Adafuns wants to show her that he is a great warrior to win her affection. When he is captured and kidnapped by the Huns his dream could come true at the price of los ...more
The book seems to accurately describe life during this period (I'm not all that familiar with this period), the history of the times, and brings these two characters to life. As the firs ...more
Gelvira's no shrinking violet, and a bit of a spoilt brat, her childhood friend and sweetheart is a slave. Of course she's devastated when he's captured by Hun raiders. Her way of life is in peril, and her childhood friend gone, Gelvira mu ...more