Title: A Companion to Wolves
Author: Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear
Series: Iskryne World
Publication Date: October 16th, 2007
Synopsis: A Companion to Wolves is the story of a young nobleman, Isolfr, who is chosen to become a wolfcarl — a warrior who is bonded to a fighting wolf. Isolfr is deeply drawn to the wolves, and though as his father’s heir he can refuse the call, he chooses to go.
The people of this wintry land depend on the wolfcarls to protect them from the threat of trolls and wyverns, though the supernatural creatures have not come in force for many years. Men are growing too confident. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords give them less respect than in former years. But the winter of Isolfr’s bonding, the trolls come down from the north in far greater numbers than before, and the holding’s complaisance gives way to terror in the dark.
Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, must learn where his honor lies, and discover the lengths to which he will to go when it, and love for his wolf, drive him.
Review: I DNF’d this one. I picked it up from my library’s overdrive not entirely knowing what I was getting into. I stopped 13% into the book, it is so boring, literally nothing happens in this time to draw me into wanting to finish the book or know what happens to the characters. Not being very good with Slavic/Norwegian names it was hard to keep track of the people and the wolves and at one point I thought one of the men was having sex with his wolf and went …. WTF is going on in this book. Ah well this one was not meant to be.