Wolfwalker Unbound – Jan 2001
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From Library Journal
Pursued by slavers bent on revenge, a young woman and her telepathically linked wolf join a small group of desperate travelers who are inexorably drawn to an ancient mountain sanctuary that contains the key to a lost--and forbidden--art of healing. Vivid details of wilderness survival and a strong, resourceful heroine highlight this otherwise predictable quest fantasy. For large fantasy collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
I'm a sucker for wolves. I'm also a sucker for stories about humans who have telepathic relationships with animals (I especially like wolves--did I mention that?). I'd like to do things like climb sheer cliffs and shoot whitewater rapids, but I'm too scared of them. Tara Harper's Tales of the Wolves allows me to experience all of that vicariously. Too bad the wolf part isn't real--I don't think I'd be scared of that. Then again, Tara tells me wolves can be pretty nasty. And they are wild animals, after all. I guess I'll just stick to reading...
--Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In this first book, we are introduced to Dion, a very unusual woman. One day I hope the author writes a prequel, that details some of what the girl's growing up years must have been like. Suffice it to say, she is warrior trained, a healer by choice dedicated to saving lives, and a wolfwalker. Wolfwalkers are introduced to the reader in this series. They are humans who are drawn to wolves, and capable of working/communicating the wolves.
In this story, Dion begins a tale that will last 5 books and three generations of children. Dion begins the road to becoming a legend. It's interesting how a few twists in circumstances can completely change the road you walk. She faces a few very important decisions: the large sense of responsibility she has for those around her, because she has knowledge and skill that others don't have, and how far that responsibility should extend; the decision to save lives, following her healer-rank oaths; the responsibility to take lives while protecting herself, her loved ones, and those that are defenceless. It is the conflict between these three that sucks in the reader and refuses to let go.
I highly suggest this book to anyone who likes action, adventure, tough decisions, great fighting scenes, and personal relationships. This book was quite an eye opener, and a great introduction to the amazing worlds out there waiting for us to visit. (Or maybe not waiting.. maybe dreading..)
My only minor gripe is that in this novel more than any other of the Wolfwalker series, her pacing of the action is relentless. The world that Tara Harper has created is such a harsh and violent environment that both Dion and the reader never are given the chance to take 'a breather' and unwind. In many fantasy stories, I feel drawn to the world itself - yet on the Wolfwalker world, I think its the last past I'd ever want to live!
Overall, add this to your list of must read fantasy series...
Soon she and her fellow travelers find themselves lost in the wilderness and fighting to find a cure to an eight hundred year old plague. Dion must learn "Ovousibas". (How to heal from the inside.) No one had ever survived the attempt. Both wolfwalkers and their wolves always died. But there is no other choice.
***Goes from fighting, to white-river riding, to cliff-climbing, to more! Non-stop movement. Best Sci-Fi I have read in a while.***
This book actually grips you and won't let go. I read plenty of Sci-fi books that are just so boring that what was the point in finishing it, but not this one. The book will make you re-read,e ven if you don't like the idea of female Wolfwalkers ruling the series. I honestly wish for A Male Wolfwalker to star the show.
But that isn't what makes this book the best! The action is so descripive, it makes you feel that you are a wolfwalker yourself and that you can actually feel the environment with the character.
I recomend this book if your reading this review right now. Its too damn good to say more in words!
Most recent customer reviews
With "Wolfwalker", Tara Harper has succeeded in creating a rich and detailed environment filled with interesting characters and an exciting story. Read morePublished on May 22 2000 by C. W. Lester
Tara Harper and her Wolfwalker series is one of the best. I loved everything about the books and I suggest reading them all. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2000 by Malia
This book is a wonderful fantasy about a women who has a physic connection to a wolf. She goes on a heroic and sad adventure that is fun to read. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2000 by Kris
I found this book to be an enjoyable romp with wolves. This book is a must have for anyone who has ever or still (like myself) loves the great and powerful wolf!Published on Aug. 4 1999
I have read all the of her books but the first one was Wolfwalker and I love all of her books.I hope she writes more of her Wolfwalker storys. Read morePublished on June 8 1999
...and I've read a lot. I got this one from a used bookstore( God's gift to those without a job ), and fell in love with it. I'm trying to collect all the wolfwalker novels. Read morePublished on April 14 1999
The characters are all fantastically writen. The action scenes are complex and exciting. The book appeals to both guys and girls. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 1999