Genre: Historical Fiction
Previously reviewed: Rooftoppers
Synopsis: Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.
When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
200words (or less) review: Katherine Rundell has a wonderful way with words, reading The Wolf Wilder was like having all the best things from traditional fairy tales but with real world building and fully developed characters. From the beginning, when Wolf Wilding is explained and you meet Feo and her wolves to the epilogue (which I adored, especially the room with the shoes) you feel at home in the story.
I loved the wolves, their characters and influence on the story. The way the story was written I could picture the snow and Feo with them at her side… and when they were in danger I worried. Strangely I was more worried about those fierce creatures than the little girl travelling with them.
The Wolf Wilder is enthralling and captivating from the first page.