Synopses & Reviews
In Iskryne, the war against the Trollish invasion has been won, and the lands of men are safe again…at least for a while. Isolfr and his sister, the Konigenwolf Viradechtis, have established their own wolfhaell. Viradechtis has taken two mates, and so the human pack has two war leaders. And in the way of the pack, they must come to terms with each other, must become brothers instead of rivals—for Viradechtis will not be gainsaid.
She may even be prescient.
A new danger comes to Iskryne. An army of men approaches, an army that wishes to conquer and rule. The giant trellwolves and their human brothers have never hunted men before. They will need to learn if they are to defend their homes.
"Bear and Monette follow 2007's Companion to Wolves with another tale of the frozen northern lands of Iskryne inhabited by Wolfcarls and their telepathically bonded trellwolves. When wolves mate, so do their humans leaving thoroughly heterosexual Isolfr, the bond-mate of Queen-wolf Viradechtis, in an uncomfortable position with Skjaldwulf and Vethulf, men bonded to Viradechtis's consorts. The Wolfcarls have at long last vanquished the trolls who plagued Iskryne, but without a common enemy, their tenuous alliance with the mysterious Svartalfar has become even more fragile, while the nearby Rhean Empire turns its ambitions northwards. Vethulf and Skjaldwulf must forge a new path for their people and a new understanding in their relationship if either of them is to survive. This well-wrought tale serves as an exciting adventure as well as a thought-provoking and often disturbing deconstruction of companion animal fantasies. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for A Companion to Wolves:
"Coauthors Monette (Mélusine) and Bear (Blood and Iron) combine their literary talents in a saga of warriors whose love for their wolves and for one other serves to bind them together into a band of fierce protectors. Recommended for adult-themed fantasy and fiction collections." —Library Journal
"It's not surprising either that [A Companion to Wolves] is extremely well written, and more suspenseful than most contemporary fantasy I've read." —Don DAmmassa
"What Bear and Monette have done for wolves in this book is no more and no less than what Anne McCaffrey has done for dragons—they have made the wolf iconic, memorable, something larger than life... The storyline is gripping—I read this thing at a sitting—the writing is exquisite, and the book is destined to be a classic of its kind." —SF Site Reviews
Wolfcarls and their bonded giant trellwolves band together to protect the frozen lands of Iskryne from trolls and wyverns and mortal armies in this sequel to A Companion to Wolves.
About the Author
SARAH MONETTE is the acclaimed author of Melusine
and The Virtue
, as well as award-nominated short fiction.
ELIZABETH BEAR is a multiple Hugo Award-winner for her short fiction.
Together, they are the authors of A Companion to Wolves, to which this novel is a sequel.