Title: Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf
Author: Curtis Jobling
Published: Jan 2011
Author's website: www.curtisjobling.com
I adore the cover on this. I love the split and reflection of both characters and the storyline.
Drew loves the outdoors and being with nature, and from the start you know he's gifted with a unique sense of what is within his world through his senses. This sixth sense is accepted easily by his brother, Trent. Drew has always felt slightly at odds with his father, it's almost as if he has done something to not make the mark with him.
The storyline is vivid and well built, I felt as if I was in there with Drew, especially when he first transforms. His transformation sees the beginning of a new way of life, and a harsh reality check for Drew. His life as he knows it unravels, and I really wanted to cry for the innocence lost within the first few chapters. Whilst I wouldn't say this is a horror book, there are grisly scenes in it, some of it is brutal...but still very much a page turner for me.
It wasn't until near the very end I realised with astonishment I'd made the same assumption that Drew had about a character, so that was an eye opener!! I even went so far as to go back to where the characters met to see what happened, but it was very well done and is a very clever part of the book. There was also a fantastic emotional twist towards the end, which completely floored me and came out of nowhere.
I loved the variety of characters in Wereworld. Lady Gretchen got on my nerves from the outset, the snotty madam - I really wanted to slap her in some points :p I enjoyed the developing and changing relationship between her and Drew as they spent time together. I can't but help wonder what's in store for them in future books.
Wereworld is a book of discovery. I must admit that some of it felt preordained, although it was interesting to see how it played out and it was very fast paced. The outcome of who Drew is wasn't a great surprise, but the lead up to it was fantastic. I enjoyed the scenery and vivid world that I felt part of. In almost every chapter a new type of character and threat is exposed, which kept me glued to the pages and wondering what was going to happen next. I found the battle scenes in this to be really satisfying, and the development of Drew and his role in the future of The Seven Realms is something I'm looking forward to reading more about in the next installment. Another author added to my permanent author list.
My favorite quote from Wereworld has got to be this one:
"Do not let these men bully you" he (Drew) shouted. "They are here to serve you. You number many more than they. Remember that, and find courage in it."
Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf book trailer:
Source - Many thanks to Puffin for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.