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Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University, and there is just one more task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of Llisé.The history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair, filled with harmony, resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling. Nothing untoward ever happens in this pYoung Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University, and there is just one more task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of Llisé.The history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair, filled with harmony, resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling. Nothing untoward ever happens in this peaceful land. Or does it?Trainee archivist Devin Roché has just taken his finals at the prestigious Académie. As the sixth son of the ruler of Llisé, his future is his own, and so he embarks on an adventure to memorize stories chronicling the history of each province.As Devin begins his journey with only his best friend Gaspard and their guardian Marcus, he hears rumors of entire communities suddenly disappearing without a trace and of Master Bards being assassinated in the night.As the three companions get closer to unearthing the truth behind these mysteries, they can’t help but wonder whether it is their pursuit that has led to them.But if that is the case, what do Llisé and Devin’s father have to hide?...

Title : Among Wolves
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ISBN : 9780008103583
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Among Wolves Reviews

  • Mieneke
    2019-01-11 19:45

    Among Wolves is Nancy K. Wallace’s first book written for adults and it is part of HarperVoyager’s new digital-first line of books. When offered the book for review, what intrigued me most and what captured my attention first, was the description of the protagonist’s profession as an archivist. I have a soft spot for books featuring librarians, booksellers, and archivists, so Devin immediately found himself on my good side. That was what initially drew me to the book, but what really made me love the book – setting the political intrigue and the characters aside for a moment – was the belief in the power of knowledge, history and stories that formed the core of the narrative.That belief formed not just the core of the narrative, but informed much of the world-building as well. It is there in the structure and purpose of the Académie, the repository of Llisé’s history and knowledge, in the intricate system of the provincial Chronicles, which preserve the important events and history that haven’t been officially sanctioned by Llisé’s central government. I loved the distinction between written history and oral history. Oral histories are considered less official and threatening to central power, because they are seen as less trustworthy since details may change in the telling and arguably they are never told the same way twice anyway. This latter point is illustrated through Armand’s telling of the story of the Beast of Gévaudan, which he tweaks somewhat to drive home a point to their host. The prohibition on putting the Chronicles to paper also shows standardised history as a political tool, as there is no way to easily compare all of the Chronicles, since there is no Master Bard who knows all of them by heart. This allows Llisé, the conquering province, to control the historical narrative.Among Wolves is rife with political intrigue; plots and conspiracies abound, both within the central government and devised by rebellious border lords. Wallace juggles these skilfully, distracting the reader at opportune moments, while revealing the various machinations with a flourish at others, yet never making the reader feel as if she has been bamboozled. Llisé’s France-inspired setting was enjoyable, though the provinces outside of Viénne and Ombria were only roughly sketched in and the countries surrounding Llisé remained completely nebulous. The history and government of Llisé is given in some more detail, but as regards the provinces, we mostly learn that they were occupied by Viénne and then gathered together to form Llisé. I did like that Llisé isn’t a kingdom, but does have ruler who is chosen for life, unless he is deposed through treachery. It is something of a middle ground between France’s historical absolute monarchy and its current presidential system, which I liked a lot.But while I was very taken by the world-building in Among Wolves, what really kept me reading were its characters. Our protagonist is the young, fiercely intelligent, but somewhat naive Devin Roché, youngest son of the current ruler of Llisé and an idealist. Yet despite all his idealism, Devin is practical and I found it very hard not to like him. His first companion on his quest to master all fifteen Chronicles is his best friend Gaspard, who is far less of a scholar and unkindly put comes off as a bit of a wastrel. They are joined by Marcus, a bodyguard assigned to Devin by his father as there have been mutterings against Devin’s endeavour. The dynamics between Devin, Gaspard, and Marcus were interesting, as we see Devin struggle with deciding who to trust and trying to manage having a bodyguard and having to take care of Gaspard’s increasingly problematic gambling. The more complicated the situation becomes, the more Devin starts doubting all of his relationships, even the one with his father. I found that an interesting choice, because the seemingly genuine and close bond between Devin, his parents and his siblings was one I really enjoyed. To have that put under increasingly distrusting scrutiny was a little saddening.Once Devin and his companions reach Brisée in Ombria and find the Ombrian Master Bard Armand, they fall into a very different sort of family, namely that of Armand, his daughter Jeanette, and his previous apprentice Adrian. This sojourn brought my most favourite scenes and my most meh scenes of the story. To start with the most favourite things: I loved the songs and the way they were taught. The way the stories are preserved was quite interesting. While a province has numerous storytellers and bards, only the Master Bard can train new bards and – perhaps more importantly – add to the corpus. No one else can add anything to the Chronicle. There are several passages that feature Devin’s training and I really liked these. The scenes that left me feeling a bit indifferent were sadly those between Jeanette and Devin. Their romance felt somewhat understated; I saw it, I read the words, but I didn’t feel it, if that makes sense. This left me a little disappointed, because there is plenty of fodder for emotions and angst in their situation.Yet despite my disappointment in the romantic subplot of the story I had a fantastic time with Among Wolves. I tore through the book wanting to discover what would happen to Devon, Armand, Marcus, Gaspard and the rest. Wallace has created an interesting world to set her story in and the political machinations make for a strong plot. If political fantasy is as much catnip to you as it is to me, then Among Wolves will certainly be of interest to you. I very much enjoyed this first instalment in the Wolves of Llisé series and I can’t wait to rejoin our intrepid heroes to find out how their story continues.This book was provided for review by the publisher.

  • Graeme Talboys
    2019-01-11 18:39

    Hurrah! A librarian as hero – with all the advantages and drawbacks that involves. And from the outset this tells you that this is a fantasy with a difference. True, all the usual elements are there, but this is a book that consider aspects of another world that are so often ignored – the cultural and intellectual life of the inhabitants and how that can be just as powerful as massed armies in suppressing sections of society. And if you don’t believe that, just look at the real world and consider who, consistently, are the targets of despots throughout history.Indeed, there are uncomfortable times in this book where the real world, our world, reveals itself with bared fangs. And that is what makes it such a powerful read. This may be a fantasy, and a good one at that with plenty of room to develop further, taking you out of yourself for a few hours, but it also does what all good literature does. It holds a mirror up to the real world and lets you see things clearly through all the smoke and obfuscation.In essence this is a quest, one that uncovers political intrigue going back to the very heart of all the things that the main character held to be safe, secure, peaceful, and right. The world is well drawn with tiny details revealing whole swathes of society. The characters are equally well drawn and their relationships deftly handled. We are also left with the feeling that there is plenty more to come as the shiny facades are peeled back to reveal what has been hidden beneath.I for one am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  • edifanob
    2018-12-21 20:16

    Knowledge is power!You will underline this sentrence after reading this amazing debut novel which tends to be more a historical fantasy with a French background.Loveable characters, good world building, secrets, amazing story with only a few death. Among wolves does not belong to the world of grim dark fantasy.For me it ended with a cliffhanger.I can't wait to read how the story will continue.

  • Bryan Crable
    2019-01-01 15:30

    The first thing I should say is that this novel would be an accomplishment even by an established novelist. It is remarkable, then, that this is Ms. Wallace's debut novel.Among Wolves is the first book in the Wolves of Llise series. I was unsure what to expect, but am now eagerly anticipating the rest of the series. This volume chronicles the experiences of Devin Roche, a third-year graduate student at Llise's academy, as he travels to the province of Ombria to begin a remarkable project in which he plans to record the entire history of Llise's 15 provinces. The story is complex but two related themes emerged which I found particularly compelling. These are that the powerful will hide knowledge to retain power and, when knowledge cannot be hidden, they will ration who has access to it.Devin is the son of Llise's chancellor, is politically well-connected, and is traveling into the provinces from Coree. Coree is the epitome of wealth, opulence, and political clout and her leaders seek to retain power in the empire by withholding knowledge or casting opposing facts in a negative light. It is discomforting how well this parallels a challenge faced by today's societies. As a scientist, I have spent a great deal of my life (and wealth) learning how to argue with evidence, create new knowledge, and pursue the truths of the natural world. Yet the political elite often call us (the scientific community) liars. Our knowledge is unwelcome at their tables and, in many cases, the political elite would prefer to see a scientist starve than acknowledge the evidence behind her conclusions.Another theme running through the novel is the rationing of knowledge. Outside of Coree, only a few remarkable males have access to education. Even then, the education provided is vocational in nature - learning a trade which would be useful to maintaining order in a village. There is no value placed on developing analytical skills in villagers because the individual may then challenge the established order. It took a while for this theme to resonate with me, though I'm not sure why - it is a near perfect parallel of today's educational system. Education in Llise is free, but only the exceptional receive it (it's done through a sponsorship scheme). In today's society, everyone has "access" to education - but it is rationed through price effectively meaning only the exceptionally wealthy have easy access to education. This has the effect that those who are born into wealth can continue a legacy of capturing wealth while those born into less fortunate circumstances must either be exceptional (and receive sponsorship), or must be willing to pay a hefty tribute (student loan payment) for the duration of his/her career.I really enjoyed this book. Various vendors have the page count listed at 400, though on my ereader it was 289. Despite which number is correct, it is safe to say that it is a substantial work. Despite it's length, it was paced very nicely. Many of the scenes were extraordinarily well-developed...I could feel the breath of a wolf on my face and I could feel the tension in the air during Devin's last performance in Armand's hall. Further, the main characters become very multi-dimensional as the story progresses though I would like to see better development of the character of Jeanette. This is a trifling concern in an otherwise impressive novel.Thank you, Ms. Wallace, for sharing this story with us.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-11 14:43

    No star rating because the author is my favorite aunt and I am hopelessly biased! However, I will put more effort than usual into writing a review. I have to say that at this point in my life I don’t read much of this genre nor do I ever have decent blocks of time to sit and fully enjoy a book, but from about age 12-15 I simply inhaled young adult fantasy for hours at a time. So it just happened that I was home sick with a nasty summer cold on a drizzly and muggy day a few days after this book came out and happily had a chance to indulge my inner 12 year old and read almost the whole book at one sitting. It was a very satisfying escapist read for me—an adventure/quest sort of story, descriptive writing that I loved, a tiny bit of commentary on the value of education that I quite approved of (I actually like my books to have just a little moral to them!), and a suspenseful plot to keep me reading along eager to find out what was going to happen. I really, really enjoyed the book and can fully endorse it as an excellent diverting, fun, curl up in a chair on a rainy day with a cup of tea sort of book. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one, since my only tiny discontent was the cliffhanger ending!

  • Brooke Johnson
    2019-01-08 15:38

    An impossible quest, bards and historians at odds, a sweeping political conspiracy, and a twist on the tale of the Beast of Gévaudan, all set in a provincial, historical French setting... this book contains pretty much everything I look for in a historical fantasy novel, and the author does not disappoint in bringing them all to life in an entertaining, page-turning read. I stayed up past my bedtime reading this book, and then finished it first thing the next morning. The world-building is fantastic, the characters both interesting and flawed, woven together with intrigue and mystery. The style hearkens back to classic men's adventure novels, and therein lies my only complaint: there aren't many women in this book. Still, this is a fantastically written novel, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys their historical fantasy with a bit of folklore and conspiracy in the mix.

  • Ingrid Seymour
    2018-12-25 19:32

    Among Wolves is a delightful fantasy read with a little bit of everything for everyone. Mystery, adventure, a well-crafted world and relatable characters. Devin and his bold and worthwhile goal to visit all the provinces and learn their chronicles are quickly introduced and, immediately, the reader is plunged into an impossible adventure. During his travels Devin meets with great opposition, intrigue and danger. As the story progresses, the stakes get higher and higher, revealing that all is not as Devin had taught at the beginning of his quest. The political future and betterment of Llisé may depend on his findings! With an incredible ending, this books is surely to leave you waiting for the next one.

  • Kelley
    2018-12-23 20:44

    Great epic fantasyI was completely engrossed in this great tale of political intrigue, dangerous travels and mystery. The protagonist, Devin was both likable and a literary man after my own heart who is quickly in over his head, tangled in centuries old injustices. Learning but by bit as he did made the take move quickly and I was at the end and wishing for more before I knew it. Really looking forward to the next novel as this one ends in a startling cliffhanger.Highly recommend to any lover of epic fantasy who likes their main character to be smart and thoughtful rather than a sword swinging brute.

  • Stephen Moore
    2018-12-20 21:42

    A welcome and refreshingly different fantasy tale! In Among Wolves Nancy K Wallace presents us with a beautifully subtle blend of political intrigue with just the right amount of gruesome dark deeds! Forget swords and sorcery! Here you’ll find a hero in the guise of a story-wielding librarian, no less. And a twisting tale that points towards knowledge, and not the sword, as the real root of all power. Part one of a three part series it’s brewing up very nicely indeed.

  • Yvonne Gulley
    2019-01-11 15:35

    Twists and turnsHonestly I was looking for wolves and finally found them. Plot twists and drama. Good style and a lite reading pleasure. More than usual reading delight. Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Dakota Marshall
    2019-01-05 19:25

    This was an excellent book. I didn't want to put the book down the whole time I was reading it. The book was very well written. I especially enjoyed the suspense of the last couple chapters. Can not wait until the next book. Great work Nancy!

  • Spencer
    2018-12-26 21:22

    Very quick read. Couldn't put it down. There is lots to work on with for future books. Left wanting more

  • Jason Conrad
    2018-12-23 20:24

    Loved the book and can't wait for the next!!!!

  • Fliss
    2018-12-25 17:25

    “You are still among wolves, Monsieur Roché, and you aren’t even wise enough to realize it.”I am so torn with this book!!On the one hand I loved some of the ideas it contains. The question of who decides what is true and how a country's history can be shaped by dictating what can be written down – really interesting. Control the past and you control the future. The importance of education for everyone really shines through in this book, not in a preachy way, just a theme I really enjoyed. And the central character Devin is very likeable and carries the narrative along nicely.But on the other hand, for me the book had flaws that meant I can't rate it above three stars.It's another of these books that just ends with no resolution or shape. If you're going to write a series I think each book should at least have a natural pause or partial conclusion at the end. This book leaves everything wide open! Nothing is resolved at all!! I just find that so irritating. It's like the author just stopped at a certain number of words.I thought the interesting ideas were only touched on and not really explored. There were hints of all kinds of deep dark things but nothing ever comes out. Threads are introduced and then kind of disappear. Even the red cross that's on the cover sort of fizzles out after it's introduced even though it seemed like it would be a big thing. I don't know, I just thought there were lovely ideas that didn't really go anywhere. Maybe if this was the complete story I'd see an underlying shape but as part of a story it's unsatisfying.Also I found it really weird that ALL the important characters are men. Literally the ONLY woman with more than a walk-on part is the Jeanette and she's so underdeveloped as to have no personality at all. She's just a pretty girl. Whereas all the men are properly nuanced individuals. I get that women probably didn't have the opportunities of men in this world so Dev is unlikely to meet a lot of strong independent women doing what he's doing, but that's why it was so important to make Jeanette a fully rounded character who made an actual contribution to the plot and she just WASN'T. The romance aspect of the plot was far too thin and because Jeanette was never given any proper screen time until after these characters supposedly fell in love (and even then she was sooo bland, like she was just there to give Dev a love interest) it fell flat. I actually think the book would have been better without the attempt at romance and I usually love romance!!Finally, though this didn't affect my review there are some weird editing points. The author uses the word protested about a hundred times in reference to dialogue, enough that I noticed it anyway. There are a few incorrect words that really should have been caught by a big publisher – "Devin ducked passed him" should be PAST. "The jolt of the coach halting broke his revelry" should be REVERIE. But weirdest of all was the use of unnecessary commas all over the place. I listed a few …But, it doesn't take a sailor to recognise bad weatherThe clock high on the cathedral arch, chimed sevenEspecially, when he is entrusted with carrying the son of the Chancellor EliteI think sometimes that, hearing “Emeline” comforts themPerhaps, he's not lyingNor, do I want toMoments when he could forget, that two men had died here for himThere were way more but you get the idea. So not sure what the proof reader was doing.I just read this review back and it sounds really negative but I did like the book. It was just very frustrating to me because it could have been so much more.

  • Twentwor
    2019-01-12 13:44

    The first book of the Wolves of Llise is a delightful mixture of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue. Our naive hero, Devin, undertaking the unheard of task of trying to memorize the oral histories of all 15 provinces of Llise becomes embroiled in the machinations of the educated elite of the capital, who have a vested interest in maintaining the subjugation of these provinces.In a journey surrounded by foreboding events, untrustworthy people, murders and disappearances, Devin's naivete and impulsiveness are constantly mediated by his cautious and somber bodyguard, and his devil-may-care best friend, and all the while the wolves are closing in - figuratively, and literally.The book ends with few of the mysteries solved, but we find that the legends of the provinces are more real than Devin ever suspected, and I look forward to reading the next installment to see where his place is in this landscape caught between a Colonial European setting and all the fantastical trappings of a supernatural thriller.

  • Bishop
    2019-01-03 13:19

    Wallace weaves together a thrilling story with truly fascinating characters. I was familiar with the legend this story is based on and delighted to see the new take on it. This is truly storytelling at it best. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment to resolve the issues left open. I highly recommend this book to anyone even considering it. If you like fantasy, drama, thrillers, or any kind of story with powerful characters, this is the book for you!

  • Camille
    2019-01-11 14:28

    a big NO. it started off with promise, and was written relatively well. two-thirds of the way in though, it was dragging and the story was all over the place. the end left me questioning so many things, and not in a good way. maybe it's just not for me? any way, i am not picking up the next book in the series.

  • Deborah Brannon
    2019-01-15 16:22

    2.5 stars, really. The book had an interesting premise, but neither the writing nor the pacing did it justice. It also needed at least one more round of editing to catch willfully disobedient commas and missing or malformed words.

  • Kristy (Book Frivolity)
    2018-12-19 14:21

    Yes, I did just read a 400 page novel in one sitting... Yes, it will be worth not functioning on all cylinders for the next day.. Real rtc

  • Pamela Scott
    2018-12-18 19:15

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I was given a review copy by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.I thought Among Wolves was great. I knew I’d enjoy it when I read the blurb. I wasn’t disappointed. Librarian’s rock! I was in love with one once so I have first-hand knowledge of how cool they are. I loved the blend of fantasy and history in this book. Fantasy fiction can be very dark sometimes and this was a refreshing change. Among Wolves is powerful and had me hooked from start to finish. I liked the glimpses of the real world woven through the story which some fantasy novels don’t offer. This book brings to life the idea that knowledge is indeed power and should not be overlooked. I also liked how some themes in the book correlate with our world, for example, the education system is very similar. Among Wolves is a great book and highly recommended. I’m sorry it took so long to read (I got the copy almost a year ago).