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Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce
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Mar 23, 2009

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bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult
Read in December, 2009

The wolves who once helped Daine (a Mage, who has the ability to think and act as an animal) enlist her help when humans are invading their home in Dunlath Valley. The first half of this book is ponderous and slow moving as Daine laboriously learns to live with the wolves (for better novels about humans living with wolves, read _Julie of the Wolves_ and _Julie_ by Jean Craighead George), but then the pace picks up as Daine (with the help of some cats, not to be confused with Kitten, her baby dragon) discovers what Yoland and Belden are up to. Nothing good! Their dastardly plot is startlingly lethal. Hearthrob (if odiferous) Numaire puts in only a token appearance, but there is an appealing new character: Maura, Yolane's little sister. All in all, a somewhat disappointing sequel to the compelling "Wild Magic." But I have hopes of the third in the trilogy, Emperor-Mage.

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