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Among Wolves (Wolves of Llisé #1) [Ebook] ➩ Among Wolves (Wolves of Llisé #1) Author Nancy K. Wallace – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University and there is just one task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of LliséThe histo Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University and there is just one task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of LliséThe history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair filled with harmony resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling Nothing untoward ever happens in this peaceful land Or does itTrainee archivist Devin Roché has just taken his finals at the prestigious Académie As the sixth son of the ruler of Llisé his future is his own and so he embarks on an adventure to memorize stories chronicling the history of each provinceAs Devin begins his journey with only his best friend Gaspard and their guardian Marcus he hears rumors of entire communities suddenly disappearing without a trace and of Master Bards being assassinated in the nightAs the three companions get closer to unearthing the truth behind these mysteries they can’t help but wonder whether it is their pursuit that has led to themBut if that is the case what do Llisé and Devin’s father have to hide.

10 thoughts on “Among Wolves (Wolves of Llisé #1)

  1. Mieneke Mieneke says:

    Among Wolves is Nancy K Wallace’s first book written for adults and it is part of HarperVoyager’s new digital first line of books When offered the book for review what intrigued me most and what captured my attention first was the description of the protagonist’s profession as an archivist I have a soft spot for books featuring librarians booksellers and archivists so Devin immediately found himself on my good side That was what initially drew me to the book but what really made me love the book – setting the political intrigue and the characters aside for a moment – was the belief in the power of knowledge history and stories that formed the core of the narrativeThat belief formed not just the core of the narrative but informed much of the world building as well It is there in the structure and purpose of the Académie the repository of Llisé’s history and knowledge in the intricate system of the provincial Chronicles which preserve the important events and history that haven’t been officially sanctioned by Llisé’s central government I loved the distinction between written history and oral history Oral histories are considered less official and threatening to central power because they are seen as less trustworthy since details may change in the telling and arguably they are never told the same way twice anyway This latter point is illustrated through Armand’s telling of the story of the Beast of Gévaudan which he tweaks somewhat to drive home a point to their host The prohibition on putting the Chronicles to paper also shows standardised history as a political tool as there is no way to easily compare all of the Chronicles since there is no Master Bard who knows all of them by heart This allows Llisé the conuering province to control the historical narrativeAmong Wolves is rife with political intrigue; plots and conspiracies abound both within the central government and devised by rebellious border lords Wallace juggles these skilfully distracting the reader at opportune moments while revealing the various machinations with a flourish at others yet never making the reader feel as if she has been bamboozled Llisé’s France inspired setting was enjoyable though the provinces outside of Viénne and Ombria were only roughly sketched in and the countries surrounding Llisé remained completely nebulous The history and government of Llisé is given in some detail but as regards the provinces we mostly learn that they were occupied by Viénne and then gathered together to form Llisé I did like that Llisé isn’t a kingdom but does have ruler who is chosen for life unless he is deposed through treachery It is something of a middle ground between France’s historical absolute monarchy and its current presidential system which I liked a lotBut while I was very taken by the world building in Among Wolves what really kept me reading were its characters Our protagonist is the young fiercely intelligent but somewhat naive Devin Roché youngest son of the current ruler of Llisé and an idealist Yet despite all his idealism Devin is practical and I found it very hard not to like him His first companion on his uest to master all fifteen Chronicles is his best friend Gaspard who is far less of a scholar and unkindly put comes off as a bit of a wastrel They are joined by Marcus a bodyguard assigned to Devin by his father as there have been mutterings against Devin’s endeavour The dynamics between Devin Gaspard and Marcus were interesting as we see Devin struggle with deciding who to trust and trying to manage having a bodyguard and having to take care of Gaspard’s increasingly problematic gambling The complicated the situation becomes the Devin starts doubting all of his relationships even the one with his father I found that an interesting choice because the seemingly genuine and close bond between Devin his parents and his siblings was one I really enjoyed To have that put under increasingly distrusting scrutiny was a little saddeningOnce Devin and his companions reach Brisée in Ombria and find the Ombrian Master Bard Armand they fall into a very different sort of family namely that of Armand his daughter Jeanette and his previous apprentice Adrian This sojourn brought my most favourite scenes and my most meh scenes of the story To start with the most favourite things I loved the songs and the way they were taught The way the stories are preserved was uite interesting While a province has numerous storytellers and bards only the Master Bard can train new bards and – perhaps importantly – add to the corpus No one else can add anything to the Chronicle There are several passages that feature Devin’s training and I really liked these The scenes that left me feeling a bit indifferent were sadly those between Jeanette and Devin Their romance felt somewhat understated; I saw it I read the words but I didn’t feel it if that makes sense This left me a little disappointed because there is plenty of fodder for emotions and angst in their situationYet despite my disappointment in the romantic subplot of the story I had a fantastic time with Among Wolves I tore through the book wanting to discover what would happen to Devon Armand Marcus Gaspard and the rest Wallace has created an interesting world to set her story in and the political machinations make for a strong plot If political fantasy is as much catnip to you as it is to me then Among Wolves will certainly be of interest to you I very much enjoyed this first instalment in the Wolves of Llisé series and I can’t wait to rejoin our intrepid heroes to find out how their story continuesThis book was provided for review by the publisher

  2. Graeme Talboys Graeme Talboys says:

    Hurrah A librarian as hero – with all the advantages and drawbacks that involves And from the outset this tells you that this is a fantasy with a difference True all the usual elements are there but this is a book that consider aspects of another world that are so often ignored – the cultural and intellectual life of the inhabitants and how that can be just as powerful as massed armies in suppressing sections of society And if you don’t believe that just look at the real world and consider who consistently are the targets of despots throughout historyIndeed there are uncomfortable times in this book where the real world our world reveals itself with bared fangs And that is what makes it such a powerful read This may be a fantasy and a good one at that with plenty of room to develop further taking you out of yourself for a few hours but it also does what all good literature does It holds a mirror up to the real world and lets you see things clearly through all the smoke and obfuscationIn essence this is a uest one that uncovers political intrigue going back to the very heart of all the things that the main character held to be safe secure peaceful and right The world is well drawn with tiny details revealing whole swathes of society The characters are eually well drawn and their relationships deftly handled We are also left with the feeling that there is plenty to come as the shiny facades are peeled back to reveal what has been hidden beneathI for one am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next

  3. edifanob edifanob says:

    Knowledge is powerYou will underline this sentrence after reading this amazing debut novel which tends to be a historical fantasy with a French backgroundLoveable characters good world building secrets amazing story with only a few death Among wolves does not belong to the world of grim dark fantasyFor me it ended with a cliffhangerI can't wait to read how the story will continue

  4. Bryan Crable Bryan Crable says:

    The first thing I should say is that this novel would be an accomplishment even by an established novelist It is remarkable then that this is Ms Wallace's debut novelAmong Wolves is the first book in the Wolves of Llise series I was unsure what to expect but am now eagerly anticipating the rest of the series This volume chronicles the experiences of Devin Roche a third year graduate student at Llise's academy as he travels to the province of Ombria to begin a remarkable project in which he plans to record the entire history of Llise's 15 provinces The story is complex but two related themes emerged which I found particularly compelling These are that the powerful will hide knowledge to retain power and when knowledge cannot be hidden they will ration who has access to itDevin is the son of Llise's chancellor is politically well connected and is traveling into the provinces from Coree Coree is the epitome of wealth opulence and political clout and her leaders seek to retain power in the empire by withholding knowledge or casting opposing facts in a negative light It is discomforting how well this parallels a challenge faced by today's societies As a scientist I have spent a great deal of my life and wealth learning how to argue with evidence create new knowledge and pursue the truths of the natural world Yet the political elite often call us the scientific community liars Our knowledge is unwelcome at their tables and in many cases the political elite would prefer to see a scientist starve than acknowledge the evidence behind her conclusionsAnother theme running through the novel is the rationing of knowledge Outside of Coree only a few remarkable males have access to education Even then the education provided is vocational in nature learning a trade which would be useful to maintaining order in a village There is no value placed on developing analytical skills in villagers because the individual may then challenge the established order It took a while for this theme to resonate with me though I'm not sure why it is a near perfect parallel of today's educational system Education in Llise is free but only the exceptional receive it it's done through a sponsorship scheme In today's society everyone has access to education but it is rationed through price effectively meaning only the exceptionally wealthy have easy access to education This has the effect that those who are born into wealth can continue a legacy of capturing wealth while those born into less fortunate circumstances must either be exceptional and receive sponsorship or must be willing to pay a hefty tribute student loan payment for the duration of hisher careerI really enjoyed this book Various vendors have the page count listed at 400 though on my ereader it was 289 Despite which number is correct it is safe to say that it is a substantial work Despite it's length it was paced very nicely Many of the scenes were extraordinarily well developedI could feel the breath of a wolf on my face and I could feel the tension in the air during Devin's last performance in Armand's hall Further the main characters become very multi dimensional as the story progresses though I would like to see better development of the character of Jeanette This is a trifling concern in an otherwise impressive novelThank you Ms Wallace for sharing this story with us

  5. Victoria Cunningham Victoria Cunningham says:

    I honestly couldn't put the book down Llisé immediately pulled me in Its gained the ranks of one of my top books and I've reread it multiple times

  6. Rachel Rachel says:

    No star rating because the author is my favorite aunt and I am hopelessly biased However I will put effort than usual into writing a review I have to say that at this point in my life I don’t read much of this genre nor do I ever have decent blocks of time to sit and fully enjoy a book but from about age 12 15 I simply inhaled young adult fantasy for hours at a time So it just happened that I was home sick with a nasty summer cold on a drizzly and muggy day a few days after this book came out and happily had a chance to indulge my inner 12 year old and read almost the whole book at one sitting It was a very satisfying escapist read for me—an adventureuest sort of story descriptive writing that I loved a tiny bit of commentary on the value of education that I uite approved of I actually like my books to have just a little moral to them and a suspenseful plot to keep me reading along eager to find out what was going to happen I really really enjoyed the book and can fully endorse it as an excellent diverting fun curl up in a chair on a rainy day with a cup of tea sort of book I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one since my only tiny discontent was the cliffhanger ending

  7. Brooke Johnson Brooke Johnson says:

    An impossible uest bards and historians at odds a sweeping political conspiracy and a twist on the tale of the Beast of Gévaudan all set in a provincial historical French setting this book contains pretty much everything I look for in a historical fantasy novel and the author does not disappoint in bringing them all to life in an entertaining page turning read I stayed up past my bedtime reading this book and then finished it first thing the next morning The world building is fantastic the characters both interesting and flawed woven together with intrigue and mystery The style hearkens back to classic men's adventure novels and therein lies my only complaint there aren't many women in this book Still this is a fantastically written novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys their historical fantasy with a bit of folklore and conspiracy in the mix

  8. Ingrid Seymour Ingrid Seymour says:

    Among Wolves is a delightful fantasy read with a little bit of everything for everyone Mystery adventure a well crafted world and relatable characters Devin and his bold and worthwhile goal to visit all the provinces and learn their chronicles are uickly introduced and immediately the reader is plunged into an impossible adventure During his travels Devin meets with great opposition intrigue and danger As the story progresses the stakes get higher and higher revealing that all is not as Devin had taught at the beginning of his uest The political future and betterment of Llisé may depend on his findings With an incredible ending this books is surely to leave you waiting for the next one

  9. Kelley Kelley says:

    Great epic fantasyI was completely engrossed in this great tale of political intrigue dangerous travels and mystery The protagonist Devin was both likable and a literary man after my own heart who is uickly in over his head tangled in centuries old injustices Learning but by bit as he did made the take move uickly and I was at the end and wishing for before I knew it Really looking forward to the next novel as this one ends in a startling cliffhangerHighly recommend to any lover of epic fantasy who likes their main character to be smart and thoughtful rather than a sword swinging brute

  10. Stephen Moore Stephen Moore says:

    A welcome and refreshingly different fantasy tale In Among Wolves Nancy K Wallace presents us with a beautifully subtle blend of political intrigue with just the right amount of gruesome dark deeds Forget swords and sorcery Here you’ll find a hero in the guise of a story wielding librarian no less And a twisting tale that points towards knowledge and not the sword as the real root of all power Part one of a three part series it’s brewing up very nicely indeed

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