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The Wild Ways [Mass Market Paperback]

Tanya Huff
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Nov. 6 2012
Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family.…
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Although she left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, Tanya Huff still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a Chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanya Huff is BEST AUTHOR EVER! Nov. 12 2011
This book is amazing. Read it, wanted to read it again almost immediately. Tanya Huff is great at mixing humor with fantasy, and making fun of cliches. The Wild Ways is the sequel to Enchantment Emporium, but focuses on Charlie and Jack. During the course of the book, they find their place in the Gale family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tanya Huff June 12 2014
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I buy all Tanya Huff's books as a matter of course, and am never disappointed. This one has a fascinating premise and I enjoyed both books in this sequence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Gale family fantasy by Tanya Huff Nov. 7 2011
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Tanya Huff does not disappoint her fans, new or old, with her latest Gale family offering, The Wild Ways. Huff's earlier Gale family work The Enchantment Emporium told the story of Allie Gale (Alysha Catherine) who inherits an antique emporium/junk store from her grandmother (Auntie Catherine) in far from home Calgary Canada. Allie with the help of a friend Michael, her cousins Charlie & Roland, her brother David, the "Aunties", a leprechaun named Joe and a sorcerer's assassin Graham who is the 7th son of a 7th son save Calgary & possibly the world from the Dragon Queen & rescues Jack, the teenage son of a sorcerer and said Dragon Queen (the sorcerer doesn't fare as well.).

The events in The Wild Ways follow about six months or so after the Enchantment Emporium ends. Jack who is now living with Allie & her partner is bored as only a 14 year old half dragon prince/half Gale Boy teenager can be. He isn't the only one. Charlie (Charlotte Marie) Gale, who as a Wild Gale cousin can not be held down to a place, is also bored with her country music band and her life in general. By various means Jack & Charlie end up on the other end of Canada in Halifax participating in the Celtic music festival scene & getting involved on the side of a "save the seals" environmentalist group who are protesting an offshore shallow water drilling project. It goes without saying I hope that Selkies, Goblins, Trolls and other fey creatures are integral to the plot ;-).

I was afraid at the debut that Huff would sacrifice the story & characters for some heavy handed political/environmental message but I had no reason to fear. While Amelia Carlson was clearly the ugly corporate antagonist in the story (owner of Carlson Oil and willing to use unethical means to get her oil well drilling permits), Huff makes it clear through Charlie's clear-eyed gaze that the Selkies aren't above manipulating humans for their own selfish ends and that environmental success comes at the expense of increased human suffering (unemployment & the resulting poverty) for the locals that the Selkies really couldn't care less about. The ultimate puppet master is Auntie Catherine (who wasn't dead after all) who goes mano a mano (sort of) with Charlie at the end in support of the oil drilling effort and the unexpected hero of the story is Jack (maybe not such a surprise if you are paying attention).

Bravo Tanya Huff.

May I add, that it is a pleasure to read such a superb fantasy novel (well written & great story) compared with all the ... ahem... *stuff* that Amazon is pushing at me these days with 5 star reviews no less! Some writers, editors & publishers are obviously getting all their relatives & friends on board to lie for them when writing those reviews. Tanya Huff needs none of that, the quality of her work stands on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel goodness Nov. 4 2011
By C - Published on
As The Enchantment Emporium is one of my favourite Tanya Huff books (and trying to pick one is rather like deciding which dark chocolate truffle you like best) I was really looking forward to the next book in this series coming out, and I was not disappointed. This story focuses on Charlie, a character from the first novel and her adventures with Dragons, Oil Companies and Selkies, Oh My!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Gales urban fantasy Nov. 1 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Besides humans, the world contains several paranormal species like vampires, goblins, pixies, and hoberts, etc. however on top of the food chain are the Gales. They look human, but are not human and they possess the power to topple empires. The most powerful Gale is Charlotte, but "Charlie" as she is called prefers playing her guitar with her road touring band.

Charlie loves music but also uses music to focus her power, which explains why several other bands want her to join their group. Nobody is as surprised as she is when she helps the Selkies who had their pelts stolen by her Auntie Catherine who was hired by an oil company. Assisting her is fourteen year old Jack who is a Gale Draconian Prince and sorcerer. The person who wanted to control the Selkie is Amelia Carlson who wants to control the selkies as they belong to an environmental group Two Seventy Five N that presses government to deny off shore drilling permits to Amelia's company. Charlie and Jack search for the stolen pelts, try to prevent the drilling, and prepare for battle against a powerful family member.

The latest Gales urban fantasy (see THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM) is wonderful thriller due to the strong cast who make selkie and Gales seem genuine. The story line is fast-paced but character driven as the aunt and niece are on different sides of the drill baby drill controversy; which anchors the plot in a real contemporary debate. Readers will appreciate Tanya Huff, known for her military science fiction, as The Wild Ways is a terrific read, one of the best urban fantasies I have read in years.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Tanya Huff, but this one fell short :/ Sept. 2 2012
By Shimmian - Published on
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I want to start by saying how much I love Tanya Huff. She is by far my favorite author; I own everything she has in print; I've read some of those books upwards of a dozen times each. She is the only person I have ever sent fan mail to (and she responded!).

But this book just didn't work out. 'The Enchantment Emporium' was a very interesting change of pace and new style for the author; I remember it taking a while to really catch me the first read through, by I full out cried at two separate points during my second read.

'The Wild Ways' just lacks the emotion of the first novel. I don't feel connected to Charlie or interested in her story to a tenth of the degree that I was drawn into Allie's struggle in the first novel; I loved Allie, and it was great to watch her evolving relationships with Graham, Michael, and her family. Watching Charlie sorta kinda flit around with completely unexplored and unexplained musicians does nothing for me. Jack has a lot of potential as a character; there are a few parallels to Diana from the 'Summon the Keeper' trilogy, and certain aspects of his role in the Gale family that could have been better explored.

I feel awful criticizing Tanya Huff. But this story seriously shook my faith in the series. I will absolutely reread 'The Enchantment Emporium' again and again over the years, but I'll never pick this one up again. And, if the series continues, I doubt I'd buy it unless the main character shifts away from Charlie.

Read everything else Tanya Huff has written; they are all 5 stars (except 'Scholar of Decay' (which is 3.5/4 stars) but I give her the benefit of the doubt on that one).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Huff. June 12 2012
By lecanis - Published on
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I've been a fan of Tanya Huff's work for years, and I picked up Enchantment Emporium on a whim. To be honest, that book wasn't one of my favorites of hers. But I fell in love with one particular character from the book: Charlie.

So of course, when I found out that Charlie had a book of her own, I had to have it as soon as possible. I didn't just read this novel, I devoured it. I sat down and read it all the way through, then started over and read it again. The characters are amazing, and the amount of character development involved for Charlie is just beautiful. (I can't argue with the involvement of cousin Jack either, who was incredibly fun to read about).

I would definitely recommend that you read Enchantment Emporium first, to get an idea of the world setup and learn more about the Gale family, but this book is worth getting through that one, and then some.
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