I am aware that my level of English is not good enough
to make a good proper review...
But this is more some kind of VENT toward this series of books wrote by Dorothy Hearst: Promise of the Wolves, Secret of the Wolves and the third one, Spirit of Wolves.
SUPER SPOILERS FOR BOTH OF THEM !!!!!! DON'T KEEP READING IF YOU WANT TO READ THEM!!!!
(Also spoilers from The Sight of Clement Davies David).
For the ones who follow my activity started YEARS ago, I can remember that I started my love for books, animals, drawing and arts, focusing at first mostly on wolves.
And these two authors: Clement Davies David and Dorothy Hearst, for sure affected and increased my love and passion for these animals (I could also remind that some years ago, I some trekking
in mountains, with an Italian group of semi-amateur
study group of Wolves: we found lots of tracks, and one time we heard them howling very close to us, during night... an incredible memory and experience for me).
The book "The Sight" of Clement Davies David has been a true masterpiece of good writing style, and also affecting lots me as reader: the final sacrifice of the protagonist Larka was one of the two moment of my life as reader that I truly cried and shed tears after having read it. Not something easy for me (I've to admit) because I usually manage to keep composure
in front of feeling surfacing from literature.
Yet it was a truly amazing story, even if the sequel (Fell) that I read more recently, was not really great... with boring parts and lame characters, but at least provided some additional future for some characters of the first novel (especially for Fell who managed to get
Now... the Wolf Chronicles trilogy was another series that, with published books that required an amount of years from each of them, truly remained one of the series that I "followed" from much time.
The quest of Kaala to secure the life of her pack, her friends, the ones she loved, while attempting to fulfill the "Promise" and find a way to allow humans and wolves (and the nature) to live together, has been a thrilling one.
However, differently from Larka in the Sight, Kaala was a protagonist that had a larger amount of fears and managed step by step to overcome them, growing many links of friendship and love with MANY characters that kept supporting and helping her, and were helped by her own actions.
I was honestly amazed, but also angered, and frustrated to read the very end of the third book, that (in my opinion) has been an INSULT to all the readers.
Kaala DIED at the very end of the book, without a real reason, in a very stupid way.
Differently from Larka, Kaala had already solved the quest: she had already seen the downfall of their first enemies. And for half the book we have expected the promised future that Kaala was already dreaming about.
Instead she saw such reward for her life of pain and challenges, turned into a cold, sad, and sudden end.
Most terrible of everything, her own survival was the primary reason for the actions of a number of supporting characters (Azzuan (first love interest) Neela (her mother), Pell (secondary love interest), TaLi (human girl who became some kind of soul's sister)).
Her own death it's not just a deprival of the true reward she should have enjoyed, but also spoiling of the very reason of the action of these other characters!
The element of sacrifice it's weird and misplaced, because Kaala (differently from Larka) wasn't a character prone to sacrifice, instead she was one committed to her friend, but also to LIVE, to enjoy a future with the ones she loves.
The very kind of death it's actually a bit stupid, and it's clear how the author actually WANTED to kill her: there was no reason for Kaala to allow also other 2 Greatwolves of the Sentinel Pack to travel with her (especially the third unnamed one! why not trusting the word of the packleaders??)
But also there was NO REASON for the final one! I mean... also in the previous accidents, the humans TRUSTED the wolves when they showed distress (incoming enemies), why not making this also now?
Simple... the author wanted to KILL the protagonist
And there are few reasons for this:
1) The pace and the quality of the book wasn't good as the first two: it was REPETITIVE; and it's possible that the author realized it for lack of ideas.
2) for this reasons, she decided to adds the "bad dramatic ending", to adds some shock element
But this did not make a GOOD result
in the end: just spoiled and ruined the whole series!
I am perfectly fine with tragic and dramatic ending, for books that are MEANT to have it! I cried for the death of Larka, but her sacrifice wasn't absurd...
The last Night I cried for Kaala too... (second time in my life I cried for a book), but also because THIS sacrifice wasn't fair, wasn't required and wasn't logic.
Despite my bitter feeling, I still suggest you to check the following groups:
Also thanks to
who made awesome fanarts and suffered like me and every other reader v.v