The Royal animals, sentient beings that use language to
communicate with one another, are thought to exist only in
myths and legends. Firekeeper knows that is not true as
she was raised by wolves, who loved her and treated her as
a pack equal. She believes that she is one of them trapped
inside a human body. When people find her in the western
lands, they take her and her wolf friend Blind Seer to
Darien Carter, who teaches her how humans behave. She is
adopted into the royal family and given a noble title.
In the south, the Liglimoshti people know about the Wise
animals; Members of their priest caste kidnap Firekeeper,
Blind Seer, and Derion because she is the only known human
who can speak with the sentient animals. They want her to
teach them to do so too. Derion must find a way to stop a
blood sacrifice cult from flourishing. Firekeeper must
refuse the one thing she wants most in the world of
turning into an actual wolf because that requires blood
sacrifice. At the risk of her life, she must also stop an
old enemy from revealing truths that could harm the Wise
Jane Lindskold has written a fascinating fantasy about a
land where humans and animals, sentient and non-sentient,
live for the most part in harmony with one another. The
wise animals play an important role in human society, as
they communicate portents and omens to the priest caste,
whose superegos of importance prevent them from allowing
Firekeeper to teach the commoners besides leading to
unemployment. WOLF CAPTURED is another great installment
in this fine series.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
Jane Lindskold's Through Wolf's Eyes; Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart; and The Dragon of Despair told the story of Firekeeper, the young girl raised by sentient, language-using wolves who is then plunged back into human society, where her training as a pack animal stands her in good stead amidst political and dynastic intrigues. Now, in Wolf Captured, the focus returns to Firekeeper and her wolf companion Blind Seer, as they find themselves kidnapped and dragged overseas, and forced to maneuver for their lives in an unfamiliar and dangerous new society.
The Liglimoshti worship animals and portents, which rule their lives. And the Liglimoshti are aware, as the other countries are not, that Royal animals like Truth and Blind Seer exist, are intelligent, and can speak to each other. They've kidnapped Firekeeper and Blind Seer because they've never before heard of a human who could talk to animals. They want to see what Firekeeper can do. They want her to teach them how to do it.
Firekeeper's more than willing to talk to the animals there. But she fears that Liglim's Royal animals are being held in polite and unobtrusive bondage. She wants to find out the truth -- and, if necessary, free them...