: Warning Cry
: Guardians of the Wild #2
: Kris Humphrey
: Stripes Publishing
: July 6th, 2015
Synopsis: When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer – a guardian of the wild.
I did read the first book in this series and it was not my favorite book, but I decided to go ahead and give the second book a try, as it might grow on me. It didn’t. There are too many unanswered questions from book one and they continue into book two without any offer of any explanations. As one book in a series it is to be expected that there have to be some open treads for future installments to carry on from, but this book/series just leave too many of them. Somehow it makes the story float all over the place and I, as a reader, have no sense of progress and no sense of direction. A good book leads the reader on the way to the answer, a great book tricks the reader and leave in a few lies, this book just throws out a million questions and offer no explanations.
To look at the positive side of things I want to say that the pace of the story and the narration is intriguing, it does offer the reader some sort of comfort and familiarity. The cover is gorgeous, and for younger readers I think this chaotic book might just work, it just didn’t work for me.
: A Whisper of Wolves
Series: Guardians of the Wild #1
: Kris Humphrey
: Little Tiger: Stripes publishing
: 31st March, 2015
Synopsis: When hunters from her village disappear without a trace, Alice suspects that something sinister is at work. With the help of Storm, her wolf companion, Alice fights to save her village. The Narlaw are on the attack and it’s up to the Whisperers to stop them.
This book did sound good. It is about a small village, it’s a girl with a wolf pet, and they have to save the village (and not the world). The writing is good and easy to follow, but the plot felt too simple, even for Middle Grade novel. Some of the trouble seemed to be very easily fixed, which resulted in not creating enough suspense. The double Point of view seems a bit wasted as the book is very short, and the two narratives is very similar so it is hard to tell them apart. Also, where were all the wolves? The title hints to something of a wolfwhisperer, but they seems to bring a vast amount of time listening the birds rather than having any wolves present.
This book is a fast little read, it is not a bad book but it did have room for more development of it characters; especially the relationship between Alice and her mentor.Hopefully future installments of the series will include more wolves.