The first audiobook in the Echoes of the Fall series, The Tiger and the Wolf is an accomplished high fantasy by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Children of Time.
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming.
Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger, and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.
The Wolf chieftan plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear, too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
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Masterfull storytelling that grabs you in its jaws
This is a story set in the mythic ages where humans and animal souls are still intertwined. The girl Maniye is torn between her two souls, born of tiger and wolf she dosn't seem to belong to either.
This archaic world is full of conflict and heroes, primal and action pact.
The characters are sometimes a bit archetypical but still believable and deep enough.
The narration of the audiobook by Kyla Garcia is excellent.
After "Children of Time" this is the second book of Adrian Tchaikovsky I've come to know and so far it's just been pure joy.
I definitely continue following this series and the author.