This Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky is the first book in the Echo of the falls series.
In the northern Crown of the World, something is coming that will change their world.
Maniye’s is the daughter of the Chief of the Winter runner Wolvess, and her mother is the Queen of the Tigers, the Wolf greatest enemy. She lives with the wolves and is an outcast. Being an outcast has left her very alone but it has helped kept her secret, Maniye has the souls of the Wolf and the Tiger, this let her change her shape to either Wolf or Tiger.
If her father finds out he will make her remove her Tiger soul, but to give up either soul would be like losing part of self. When Maniye finds out her father plan to rule the north, which hinges on Maniye being his puppet, she can take no more and runs off and the Winter runner best hunter Broken Axe hot on her heels.
The other tribe can tell something is going to happen, priest see danger, people will be tested and oaths will be broken, but the northern crown of the world will welcome something that has never been seen into their world.
The Tiger and The Wolf is a beautiful written and a really intriguing story. It took me a little bit to get into the rhythm of the book as the writing style didn’t match my normal reading style. This book is a story that I wouldn’t advise speed reading as there is so much details you will not want to miss a moment.
I did not no what to expect of the book when the story began, but this story is an epic Cat and Mouse (ok more like Wolf and Tiger) adventure. In the middle of the adventure you find out the Mouse is a lot smarter, stubborn and dangerous than original thought.
I liked Maniye as a character at the beginning I wanted to look after her, befriend her. As the book went I loved her plucky determination to survive and stay free.
I was surprised by the characters in the book and the decision they made, they made decision where complete opposite to what I thought the character would do. This happened a couple of times, and I ended up having to re-read the page to make sure I hadn’t miss understood. This is a great reminder to not make assumptions.
Adrian has created a very brutal world in which if the ‘people’ do not kill you the elements will. This world makes the action more dramatic and makes the stakes even higher.
After reading Tiger and the Wolf, lets just say I have my parents and not Maniye.
I would recomended this book to anyone that enjoys Robin Hobbs writing style.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
Thanks to Pan Macmillian for a copy of this book to read for an honest review.
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