A Companion to Wolves

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A Companion to Wolves 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 fa

  • Title: A Companion to Wolves
  • Author: Sarah Monette Elizabeth Bear
  • ISBN: 9780765357786
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tA 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.

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    1. Punk on said:

      Fantasy. Men who love wolves who love wolves who love men who fight trolls. Okay, so you've got these guys who are basically vikings and they've got these extra huge wolves, and each wolf bonds with one man and then they're best friends forever and can hold secret ESP conversations with each other; when the wolves mate, the wolves' human companions also have sex, and when they're not having sex they all fight trolls together. This book also features an awful lot of fake Scandinavian words and du [...]

    2. Sala Bim on said:

      I hate to be this negative, but I’ll get right to the point, I simply did not enjoy this story. I feel as though the authors asked a whole lot of the reader in the way of suspending disbelief but gave very little pay-off for it. I felt that the sexual aspect was totally unnecessary and, as a gay reader, I felt that the homosexual element was insulting in a number of ways, chief among them being that it was never portrayed as something the main character actually desired. Sure it was generally [...]

    3. Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌ on said:

      It's difficult to collect my thoughts and feelings on this book, as complicated as this book itself is, but I know I have to write something -anything- down before I lose thoughts and feelings.The world is stunning, quite simply. A beautiful and stark piece and an epic journey, of both the story itself and the feelings that result from it. It's hard to rate or review this book and I'm floundering awkwardly trying to do it, honestly. It feels wrong to place this under the umbrella M/M Romance, be [...]

    4. Tamora Pierce on said:

      A really riveting, well-thought-out book with a Nordic basic, in which boys (teens) in the culture are tithed to the wolf-brothers when there is a new litter. They vie for the pups and become their human brothers or sisters, members of a hard-fighting cult that protects human lands against the incursions of the trolls. I'm not going into much more detail than that, because the culture of the great wolves and their brothers is complex. The names for the relationships, for the offices in the wolf [...]

    5. Feliz on said:

      Imagine a world very alike to old Iceland, populated with trolls and wyvern snakes, giant fighting wolves and humans who resemble the vikings of old. There are Earls, and villagers, and there are the wolfcarls, warriors who are mythically bonded to giant wolves. They defend the humans against the trolls, beings so powerful only the united forces of men and wolves can defeat them. Njall, eldest son of an earl, is drawn to the wolves, but he is also his father's heir. When the wolfjarl, the head o [...]

    6. Nikki on said:

      I think a lot of people have read this expecting something it really is not: comfortable LGBT fantasy romance. But while there are gay characters and themes, the main character is more straight than not, and the gay sex goes toward highlighting issues which previous work like Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books ignored. Instead of telepathic dragons and euphemistic sex scenes which turn out okay for everyone because of course the green dragons choose gay men, this explores the complications for gender [...]

    7. Mary on said:

      I must admit, I bought this book, inspired by some hilarious reviews here on GR. Unfortunately, those reviews mislead me about the seriousness of this book - or better yet how seriously it takes itself. That is portrayed mainly in the main character's "values" and views on the world he is in and his personal duties. And so I shall start with the BAD things about this book:- (non-graphic) SPOILERS -1) Serious issues with sexual consent. The protagonist is, for a lack of better description - strai [...]

    8. Pickles on said:

      This was my first book by either Sarah Monette or Elizabeth Bear, but I doubt it will be my last. I’ve seen this compared to McCaffrey’s Pern series, but I haven’t read that, nor do I think I will, so I can’t really speak on that. I can, however, give you my reaction to this book. First, let me just say that if you are adverse to reading about male/male sex, this is not the book for you. I read a lot of complaints about the “graphicness” of the sex in this book and while I don’t ag [...]

    9. Speedtribes on said:

      This is a fantasy book that really plays with the idea of gender, societal norms and sexuality that doesn't smack of a similar sort of gratuity that I tend to dislike in most books with extended mentions of sex. In a society where the warrior men bonded to the wolves reenact and share in the wolves' very non-human (and why should they be human?) mating cycles -- whether willingly or not -- the sex scenes felt necessary to the plot and the portrayal of the very real differences between animals an [...]

    10. Elfscribe on said:

      At first I really loved this book. I loved the premise of a group of men who, in order to protect human villages from trolls, have formed a fighting society in which each becomes in essence, a soul-mate to a wolf. The pack includes not only a strong brotherhood, which is appealing, but also a certain amount of sacrifice, i.e. having to mate with each other when the alpha she-wolf mates with the other male wolves. (Sacrifice for the main character; others in the group seem to enjoy it.) The cultu [...]

    11. Jason Bradley on said:

      Holy shit! This story was so complex and just dripping with history and mythology. I would call this intelligent fantasy. The story is woven so powerfully, so uniquely that I hung on every word. I savored it because it is rare to find a story so richly told.

    12. Abigail Hilton on said:

      This is an impressive piece of fiction. From what I’ve read elsewhere, I understand that the authors conceived the book as a tongue-in-cheek, farcical look at the companion animal genre, forcing it to its logical, absurd conclusions. In addition, the story is replete with nearly-unpronounceable made-up words, also typical of the genre. Finally, the authors included a great big dose of slashy guy-on-guy action to delight (and mock) the fan girls. In the hands of lesser authors, this story would [...]

    13. Siria on said:

      This is pretty much every slash fanfic cliché ever, all written into one cracktastic book, complete with telepathic wolves and gay Vikings. I think it's best enjoyed if you want to wallow in those tropes—the prose is competent, but not astounding, the characterisation not particularly engaging, and the world-building rather bland. I get that it was supposed to be a response to the companion-animal tropes and resultant gender issues that crop up in a lot of fantasy fiction; not having read muc [...]

    14. notyourmonkey on said:

      It's like the Lessa books from the Pern series, except with wolves instead of dragons, with all the creepy aspects of soul-bonded mating fully fleshed out, and with all the women removed! That sounds harsh, but honestly I enjoyed the read. Yes, I have a few quibbles - really dodgy gender politics that are brushed aside for most of the book, the tragically beautiful yet remote heroine, the feeling like the plot is merely a background to world description - but I had a thoroughly good time while r [...]

    15. Lightreads on said:

      Oh good, I am no longer seethingly annoyed by the mere presence of Elizabeth Bear’s name. Time does fade all things, including deeply enraging internet behavior. And this book is far less indulgent than the last few things of hers I read.Nota bien: “Indulgent” is a book review sneaky code word for “interested in things I don’t care about, as opposed to things I do.”This is a book about a young Viking…ish man who is taken from his family’s home and bonded with an empathic wolf, an [...]

    16. Amanda on said:

      2.5. There comes a time in your life when you find yourself telling a friend, "You know that wolfbonding book I'm reading? The pretty protagonist just got dub-conned into popping his anal cherry and there are so many consent issues and I FEEL LIKE I'M READING A REALLY DARK BL MANGA, THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR." (I'm not sure what I signed up for--the premise seemed interesting? Not gonna lie, I was also hoping for happy pack cuddling at some point, but obviously Sarah Monette never writes [...]

    17. Brownbetty on said:

      Much less rape-ful than I was expecting! I know, not a strong recommendation, but via the informal SF grapevine, I had heard that this book was essentially Pern with the rape taken seriously, and while this is true, it takes place in the context of a society that recognizes rape when it happens and disapproves of it. That said, I cannot say that it might not be triggerful. A major theme of the book is consent, and the varying degrees to which it can be free.As someone else said, this book is hor [...]

    18. Juushika on said:

      In a frigid northern land suffused with Norse-like mythology, men live and fight in concert with wolves to hold back the threat of troll invasion. Njall is a young nobleman, raised separate from this war--until his intense bond with his sister wolf draws him into its heart. A Companion to Wolves is a world of its own, and thus difficult to summarize and supremely immersive: the harsh wintery setting, the seductive premise of telepathically bonded wolves, and the dual battles that surround Njall [...]

    19. Grey853 on said:

      I read this fantasy because of my friends' positive reviews and because I thought the concept of humans bonding with wolves in order to fight the trolls was interesting. However, I found the book very difficult to read for several reasons. One, it had a boat load of Viking names that were nearly impossible to follow. Also, most importantly, I was very disturbed by the violence and rapes in the book. In addition, as a wolf lover, I know that wolves mate and pair up for life. They might live with [...]

    20. Rachel Neumeier on said:

      I only recently found out this book exists, when I went looking for Sarah Monette's backlist. Then, from the description and reviews, I had significant doubts about A Companion to Wolves,but with these two authors? I had to try it.What sounded great: the meticulously crafted setting and the powerful, moving relationships. What sounded iffy: telepathic animal companions. I think of that as the My Pretty Pony trope, and it takes a lot to make me accept it these days. Telepathic animal companions a [...]

    21. Sheila on said:

      I picked this up because I loved The Goblin Emperor so much. And I have the same complaint with that book that I have with this one.Dear Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison:I am neither a lazy nor a bad reader. But your character names are really difficult: too similar, too long, too hard to pronounce, and when characters change their names part way through the book, it adds another layer of confusion. It annoys me to have to search each character name when it comes up so I can be reminded of who it [...]

    22. mlady_rebecca on said:

      I absolutely love this book. This is one of those books that makes me want to go back and erase most of my previous 5 star ratings, becasue they don't measure up.It is an original world with a fascinating culture. Love the world-building. Love the storyline. Love the characters. Love that it's one of those stories that can touch your heart and your head. As the Publisher's Weekly review says on the back cover, "a brutal and beautiful novel about the meaning of honor".Do you remember "The Neveren [...]

    23. Wealhtheow on said:

      Njall is the teenage son of a jarl when he is inducted into the world of the wolfcarls--warriors who have psychically bonded with trellwolves in order to fight the encroaching trolls. The transition is hard for Njall, because wolfcarls are completely devoted to the fight. They do not own land, they do not marry or raid for glory--and when their wolves mate with other wolves, their wolfcarls mate with each other. Njall has to adapt from being in control of his own life, choices and sexuality, to [...]

    24. Aubrey on said:

      4.5/5I'm impressed. The cover definitely doesn't do this book justice. Just looking at it lowered my expectations of this book by half, at least. I figured the sex would only take up a third of the book, and the main character's doomed love affair would only take up three quarters. At best.So I didn't expect to find a superbly crafted realm and culture that delved skillfully into Norse mythology and language alike. Of course, there was lots of sex and whatnot. But that was almost an afterthought [...]

    25. Di on said:

      Apparently, this started as a snarky conversation between the two authors-- how many books had this psychic bonding between humans and animals (specifically wolves) but never portrayed actual wolf behavior as having any influence on the characters. It turned into a serious attempt at creating a world where wolves and humans do bond, serving as border guards-- makes sense, as arctic wolves would be very comfortable in woods and harsh winters. What takes this book beyond the "typical" fantasy real [...]

    26. Jasmine on said:

      When I read, I try to read myself into the main character. See through their eyes, want what they want. To follow along. I don't think I can do that with this one. It is just too distressing (death, and family repudiation, and consent issues), and too far different from my life. (I do not hunt trolls.) BUT I can follow along like the main character is a friend. A friend with a life I don't want, but I want to know what's going on. All of this to say I eagerly await the next books in fear and tre [...]

    27. Nisie draws on said:

      incrediblever thought i would enjoy a book about dog sex but here we areis book is great because it's like reading a trashy fanfic but without having to deal an obnoxious fandom.

    28. Cole Riann on said:

      Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I have wanted to read this book, the first of a trilogy, for quite a while and I'm really happy that I finally sat myself down to read it. I don't think that it is without some problems, but overall I was very pleased and wrapped up in the story.The first 25% of this book is a little daunting to read. Right away you're plunged into a world with a large cast of characters whose names, for most of us, are hard to pronounce and keep track of*. So I'll give a lit [...]

    29. Leta Blake on said:

      What this book is not: This book is not a male/male romance. This is not a bad thing. On the contrary, I think I was more relieved by the fact that it was not a romance than anything else that happened in the plot-line of the book. What this book is: This book is a well-written fantasy novel that seemed to just get better as I read, instead of falling apart from an interesting premise as is so often the case. And, yes, there was some homosexual activity within the main story, but the variety of [...]

    30. LenaLena on said:

      The first half of this book was frustrating. I am not someone who remembers names well. If you introduce yourself to me, chances are I am so busy looking at your interesting cowlick or lovely eyes I don't even hear you and I have to embarrass myself 3 minutes later asking your name again. In my business, where it is very important I remember my students' names, I am still Krissing some Kims months after they've been attending regularly. This book, where all the fecking names are unfamiliar Norse [...]

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