25 May, 2015

#BookReview :: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves. 

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The story is set in the beautiful country of Russia and at a time when the rich and wealthy showed off their wealth by having wolves as house pets. Yes you heard me right… Now, wolves are wild animals and not your normal house pet. So obviously their owners often had some trouble taming them. But instead of killing the troublesome wolves, which was believed to bring bad luck, they were sent back into their natural habitat. Wolf Wilders help these wolves to ease back into a new life while getting used to the wild and learning to be wary of human. Feodora and her mother live near a ruined chapel, which also happens to be the home of a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder while Feodora is a wolf wilder in training. But their ordinary existence is threatened by the Russian Army, as a result of which Feodora is forced to escape and learn to live on the run all the while trying to save her mother from being executed… It is the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime.

Feodora is a beautiful character. She maybe young but she finds wisdom beyond her years and by the end of the book, she is a character that one can proudly cheer for.  She stands for everything that is right – courage, empathy and kindness along with some fire in her heart. I also liked the character of her mother, her friend and of course loved her wolves.  I have to admit, I have read about wolves before, but they were mostly about werewolves. This made for a refreshing change. The whole plot had something new to offer to its reader. The settings are beautifully described. The author’s narration style and language are expressive and inspiring. As a grown up reading a middle grade book, I never once felt like it was too childish. In fact the depth of the message passed on resonated with me as well.

This is a very well written and captivating piece that is has something for everyone.

Review Copy Received from Bloomsbury India

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