The Mad Wolf's Daughter

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

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"In 1210 Scotland, when invading knights capture 12-year-old Drest's father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers who make up his fearsome war-band, she sets off to rescue them from the castle prison, taking along a wounded knight as her captive to trade for her family's freedom"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kathy Dawson Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735229266
0735229260
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustration, maps ; 22 cm

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Jan 29, 2019

I was thoroughly impressed with this story from beginning to end. The paces was consistent and the characters were likable. While there were many tropes, I loved where the story did things differently.
For one, our little band of misfits never caught a break. And I mean never! Food, sleep and medicine always felt like they were so close, but our heroes kept running into trouble after trouble. Drest had to carry poor Emmerick much longer than I anticipated. I assumed his wounds would be healed in a chapter or two, but no, he was inches from death by the end of the journey. Every town the group came across was either abadoned, cruel, or corrupt, which made finding a good night's sleep or a full meal a challenge.
I also loved that Drest was trying to rescue people that many others thought to be evil. She'd been living with them her entire life, so didn't know that her family was infamous for being ruthless and cruel. I loved what this did for Drest's motivation throughout the book. Finding her true self as she spent time away from her family.

I would probably say that I'd like to see a lot more character development in the next book. I felt like Tig was fairly boring, and I want to see the brothers so much more. I felt Uwen was meant to be a bigger part of the story than he ended up being. There's always hope for the sequel!

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