"A wonderful magical fantasy"
Many years have passed since Prince Bardon and his
followers journeyed from the relative safety of Hawk Haven
to establish a colony. The group traveled to the
wilderness beyond the nearby mountains. However, no one
ever heard from the Prince again.
In the present, controversy over regal succession rules
so Earl Kestrel leads an expedition to find the Prince or
learn what happened to him. The search excursion fails to
find the Prince, but a teenage woman calling herself
Firekeeper enters their camp carrying Bardon's dagger. The
Earl realizes she is most likely the Prince's daughter and
places her under his protection. Apparently, Firekeeper,
now called Lady Blysse by her fellow humans, lived with a
special breed of wolves. On the trek back, a distinguished
falcon and one of the intelligent wolves accompany Blysse
to her new home. In the human royal court, everyone
competes to gain Blysse's favor with most thinking she is
an ignorant primitive. Her time with the wolves trained
her quite well for dealing with a pack of nobles, but her
preference remains turning into a real wolf.
THROUGH WOLF'S EYES is a powerful gender bending Jungle
Book that works because the kingdom, the magically
embellished animals, the nobles, and the heroine feel
real. The characters make the plot seem plausible. On top
of a strong fantasy adventure, readers gain a political
infighting subplot that anchors the prime theme to a
reality base. The weakness of Jane Lindskold's fascinating
novel is that this almost six hundred page complex story
line compels the reader into finishing it in one sitting.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 9, 2001
Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn't live with her "family," a pack of "royal wolves"-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.
Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very dangerous. In the months to come, learning to behave like a human will turn out to be more complicated than she'd ever imagined.
But though human ways might be stranger than anything found in the forest, the infighting in the human's pack is nothing Firekeeper hasn't seen before. That, she understands just fine. She's not your standard-issue princess-and this is not your standard-issue fairy tale.