3.5 feather #bookreview of The Wolf Pack
by V.M. Sang
When Carthinal sets out from Bluehaven to travel to Hambara to take the tests that will end his apprenticeship, little does he know the life-changing events that are to occur.There is tragedy and great sadness to come, but also lasting friendship and a great adventure.
He does not know that he is being watched by the gods and also by an implacable foe as he completes his apprenticeship to become a fully fledged mage.
He and his friends agree to go in search of a long-lost artifact. On the journey, they will need to face death and conquer their innermost fears. There is aid in the most unexpected places and also many surprises to come. This quest will change them all.
When I have time, I love playing RPG’s, and I always pick the role of a mage. As all RPG’s are actually nothing more than an adventure, this story fit quite nicely into my fantasy.
Due to circumstances beyond their control, a handful of strangers unite to search for a lost, mythical artifact. An artifact that is supposed to save their world when darkness returns. We have Carthinal, the mage, Asphodel, the priestess, Basalt, the dwarf, Fero, the Ranger, Thad, the thief, Kimi and Davrael, the Horselords, and Randa, the Duke’s daughter.
I must say, for this being the first book written by V.M. Sang, she did a wonderful job with the multitude of characters. Most of them had enough depth to keep them separate. My favorites were Basalt, Randa, and Thad. The Horselords I had a problem with, as I felt they were added to the story just to make up the eight. They seemed weak in comparison to the others.
The complex and vast world that Sang built is very descriptive and I loved some of the other characters and creatures that the group encountered in their travels. The plot did advance, but at a slower pace than it should have. Part of the problem was the chapters devoted to background that did nothing to advance the story.
As much as I enjoyed this story, there were too many issues to give it a decent rating. The formatting on my kindle was almost non-existent. There were also problems with punctuation errors, and a lot of redundancies in the writing. These are issues that most first time writers encounter, and they can be resolved. Especially as they hone their craft.
All-in-all, I had a good time with this story, and I look forward to seeing where the quest takes them in the next installment. If you love world-building and fantasy games, you’ll enjoy this story. I give it 3.5 feathers.