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Wolfwalker [Unbound]

Tara K. Harper
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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January 2001
Dion was a healer and a wolfwalker, and the unique telepathic bond that she shared with the wolf Gray Hishn sometimes seems to amplify her sensitivity to her patients. But she never guessed how strong that bond could be, or what kind of power it could wield, until she found herself lost in the wilderness, with angry slavers at her heels and war on the horizon. Suddenly she and her fellow travelers were fighting for their lives in the snowy winter wastes, where the wolves were their only guides, the greatest secret of the ancient their only salvation...and Dion their only hope to survive.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Begining the adventure Oct. 27 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book in Harper's first series. I read this book after 'Cat Scratch Fever' and 'Cataract' were finished. I was hungry for more writing by the artist, and so I searched high and low to find all three books in the series.
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..)
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book will leave you breathless! April 4 2002
By orbops
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My wife recommended that I pick up the Wolfwalker series after I had finished reading the Wheel of Time series - and maybe that was why I gave this novel 4 stars instead of 5. Tara Harper has created a vibrant character in Dion and the beginnings of a wonderful story line that plays out over the next 5 books in the series. I found that as the series progresses, I became more and more engrossed in the story.
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!! July 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my all-time favorite novels (as you would be able to tell if you could see how battered it is from being read over and over again!). The relationship between Dion and her wolf pal, Hishn, is just so awe-inspiring that it makes you wish you could telepathically speak to animals!! This book has everything...drama, action, and even some romance (hubba, hubba). And it has wolves!!! I LOVE WOLVES!!! (heck, I went to college to study them!). But even if you don't like wolves as religiously as I do, this is a great novel. I will admit that I didn't enjoy the later novels as much (Grayheart, especially). That's probably because I became so attached to Dion, Hishn, and their friends that nothing else would do!! You can read all the books in the series if you want to, but read this one for sure!!! It's great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! Aug. 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dion was a healer and a wolfwalker. Being one was special. Being both was rare. She had a bond with the wolf Gray Hishn. She must battle warlags, find her twin brother, outwit angry slavers to save some girls, and try to spread word of the upcoming war. She had written proof of the war. Proof that the slavers wanted back.
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.***
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hard, grippping novel! Dec 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is by far the best Sci-fi books out there! Well, if you like wolves and the fast paced action!
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!
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has everything you could ever want in one of its kind. It has swords, fighting, slavery, romance, very cool characters, an awesome plot, superb battle scenes, and most of all wolves...that's the greatest part about it, which sets it apart from so many other books. By far the best part in the book is the bond between Dion and Grey Hishn, that alone made it a great book, but since it was a wolf that she was bonded to it sent it off the charts. Go out right now and buy this book and the others that are in the series with it! After you're through reading it, you'll want to fight with Dion and Hishn, run through the woods with them, and Howl at the moon with them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Adventure!
With "Wolfwalker", Tara Harper has succeeded in creating a rich and detailed environment filled with interesting characters and an exciting story. Read more
Published on May 22 2000 by C. W. Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars LOCAL AUTHOR WHO IS GREAT!
Tara Harper and her Wolfwalker series is one of the best. I loved everything about the books and I suggest reading them all. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2000 by Malia
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
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 more
Published on Feb. 15 2000 by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth howling at the moon about!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a cliff-hanging fingernail biting book to the very end..
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 more
Published on June 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read....
...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 more
Published on April 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book I every read!
The characters are all fantastically writen. The action scenes are complex and exciting. The book appeals to both guys and girls. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure to feed a woman's soul
This first in a series is both groundbreaking and pace-setting in it's excellence! Ember Dion is a character to befriend and admire. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 1998
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