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In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming.
Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger, and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.
The Wolf chieftan plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear, too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
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By Cheryl on 04-24-18
I loved Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and had high hopes for The tiger and the Wolf. Sadly, I did not think this novel had the depth nor the imagination of the earlier book.
The novel seems heavily based on Native American lore. Tchaikovsky’s characters have the capacity to “step” from human to animal (totem) form and back. This ability drives the plot of The Tiger and the Wolf.
As the story unfolded, I sensed it was taking place at some time in the distant past, well before Europeans had contact with native Americans. The lines between the worlds of flesh, spirit, and magic are blurred which is also vital to the plot.
None of the above bothered me, although listening, it took me some time to sort out which character was which. Moreover, I was bothered by the narration. This book would have been much better in audio with two narrators, one male, the other female.
Kayla Garcia’s voice was consistently feminine, and at times juvenile. This didn’t work when she tried to voice male characters. They all sounded silly, like what they were: a high-voiced woman trying to sound like a man. Additionally, Ms. Garcia’s interpretation of the characters’ manner of speech sounds like an old Hollywood cliche of an “Indian” talking. (Think Tonto saying, How?, to the Lone Ranger).
As usual, the author deals with contemporary issues. In this novel it is the concept of being biracial (bi-species/totem) as well as the relationships between all of the species/tribes that creates conflict. Sadly, the good guys and bad guys were all one dimensional. Even the character “surprises”, there were a few, were easily foreseeable.
All in all, the story of Tiger and the Wolf was very predictable. Perhaps this is to set the scene for the subsequent books? The problem for me is that the fantasy genre can so easily become formulaic. What I loved most about Children of Time was that, although I could figure out where it was going, it was wonderfully imaginative. In it Tchaikovsky seamlessly wove his story with higher philosophical questions. This time The author borrows from Native American tradition but the plot is too simple, the characters are flat, and the conflict is trite.
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By Michael on 04-13-18
Interesting Story with a Lack Luster Performance
What did you like best about The Tiger and the Wolf? What did you like least?
I have come to adore the way that Tchaikovsky creates his world. The way the characters "step" into their animal forms is described so wonderfully and the added bit of being able to incorporate bit of stone, metal or furs, into their animal form adds an interesting element to the character design.
If you’ve listened to books by Adrian Tchaikovsky before, how does this one compare?
Children of Time is certainly my favorite so far, followed by Guns of the Dawn. Tiger and the Wolf brings up a limping and whimpering third place.
How could the performance have been better?
Kyla Garcia doesn't do the source material any favors. Her performance is flat and nearly monotone throughout. Characters with distinct speech patterns are hardly embellished and simply sound boring. There is little difference between the characters otherwise, the adult men come in three flavors of stereotypical Indian (read:Native American) low, base, and high pitched voice. All with varying levels of "HOW PALE FACE" tones that are laughable. It becomes difficult to discern which character is speaking when more than 1 man is speaking. Further more the action with an equally flat gusto, in moments where you should be wide eyed and tense from the unfolding action Kyla leaves me bored and slightly annoyed.
Was The Tiger and the Wolf worth the listening time?
As a fan of Tchaikovsky I would say give it a try, however with Kyla narrating all three books I don't think I will be picking them up.
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