Thursday, 10 February 2011

10+: Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf - Curtis Jobling

Release Date: 06/01/11


'You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it...Conquer it.' When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his flesh tears, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms ...Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?


An unusual title and one that puts a bit of bite into the young readers fantasy genre as the Garou’s rise in the world of Curtis Jobling. It is definitely a title that takes the conventions of fantasy, turns them on their heads and adds a touch of the Urban Fantasy to the overall look in much the same way that Justin Somper did with his Vampirate series.

Add to this a whole host of Were creatures (almost on the same scale of Were creatures available in the White Wolf World of Darkness Roleplay games), some prejudices’ as well as some unfounded fears and the world lights up the readers imagination. Add to this a great lead character who will win the reader over within a few short paragraphs, some great prose and also a wonderful sense of pace which will leave the reader in no doubt that this series will be one for the long haul. Whilst you know that the first novel is one that the author has to put a lot of info dumps within, it doesn’t feel that way with this which also will leave future titles open for more adventure without a lot of world-building additions. The fact that the author managed to get all of that in here alongside a cracking story arc shows that this could be one of this year’s Dark Horses (or Wolf if you prefer) for the Young Reader.

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