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Book Title: Wolverine's Daughter|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.56 MB
v The author of the book: Doranna Durgin
Edition: Baen Books
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780671578473
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Read full description of the books Wolverine's Daughter:Another fantastic find from Book View Café—this one at a half-price sale, no less (which is sadly over now).
The world in the story was pretty straight forward. The main character, Kelyn, is from Ketura, a designation for both her homeland and the god associated with it. Each land has it's distinct features, all associated with an accompanying god. Ketura is a harsh land, wild and free and the people there are barbarians to most of the lands adjoining. So Kelyn is really good at surviving in the wild, not so good at diplomatic relations—a fact that becomes important as she leaves her homeland in search of her legendary father, Thainn (aka The Wolverine).
Complicating Kelyn's journey is the curse of her frequent bouts of clumsiness. She has fought all her life to overcome her awkward moments and has worked hard to achieve competence in her land despite it. The wise woman/witch of her people has told her that to overcome this awkwardness, she needs to find her father (who has wandered outside his homeland for decades, now).
I came to really like Kelyn. She's strong and brave and caring and a stranger to the lands she visits. She struggles to help people even as she tries to figure out her own path through customs and situations for which she has no training and little way to relate. This is particularly frustrating to her when she sees so much injustice and doesn't understand why she might be in trouble with the law for, say, stopping the beating of a woman at the hands of a much larger man.
The story takes a while to develop, but that fits the expectations started from the very beginning. You know going into the story that this is going to be a tale of a journey and that the plotline is going to spiral in a bit instead of anything so vulgar as a strictly linear progression. Since Kelyn is an amiable travel companion, and because the reader is mostly learning right along with her, the first half of the book progresses pleasantly as we get to know her and how she approaches problem solving (and no, that's not code for "she kills people because she can"). She's actually quite restrained, really, and several times left enemies alive when I'd have rather they had been killed (like an attempted rapist, though it's true enough he wasn't exactly healthy as he left and enough of his friends perished that he probably got the point).
Once you hit about the half-way point, though, (and Kelyn meets her father), the book settles in for a wild ride. Battles, escapes, magical beasts, witches, and the occasional McGuffin fail to crowd out a touching story of growth, relationships, and trust. All careering to an ending that I found simply perfect and that I wish would continue in an ongoing series.
Yes, I want more. Which is what finally bumped this from a solid 4.5 into my eventual five star rating.
A note about Steamy: this book is not steamy. There's sex, some of it really good sex, but it all happens off-screen. Some of the discussions are frank enough that I mention it here, but not so much so that I want to flag it as "steamy".
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Doranna responded to all early injunctions to "put down that book/notebook and go outside to play" by climbing trees to read & write. Such quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey, spanning genres over 30 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
But after all that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
Dun Lady's Jess, Doranna's first published fantasy novel, received the 1995 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall award for the best first book in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres. When she's not writing, Doranna builds web pages, including this one.
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