Rise of The Wolf by Curtis Jobling
I’ll admit that when Lee sent me my review copy I was sceptical about this book. Werewolves seem to have been defanged recently by the Twilight crowd, and when my friend saw my review copy in the pub he asked me why I was reading a “girly werewolf novel.” Rest assured that is not the case. I mention this because I wouldn’t want anyone else to, if you’ll pardon the cliché, judge this book by its cover. This is a book anyone (male, female, young, old) can pick up and enjoy and is a fine piece of high adventure.
Firstly, this is true high fantasy set within the seven realms of Lyssia (there’s even a map – the sign of a good fantasy novel). Yes boys there are the inklings of a romantic subplot but we won’t see that blossom until later books and the narrative cracks along at an exciting pace and fight scenes are brutal and frequent.
Jobling creates some stunning imagery, neatly describing the many and various locations. The action sequences are well written, the violence is occasionally gruesome. He also has a knack for intriguing plot twists, emotional sucker punches and warmly written characters. There are funny moments, scary moments, sad moments, tender moments, this a great rollercoaster ride.
This is also the first of a saga and as such there are some long passages which set up parts of the world that we won’t see until later books. However, the world building is deftly done and with a pace that doesn’t kill the pace of the story or at least, doesn’t do any lasting damage. Like many “on the run” stories, there is an episodic feel to mid sections of the book, but at the same time, characters are given the chance to develop and we learn more about the world of Lyssia.
There are a couple of other niggles. One sequence in which Drew must rescue Gretchen seems a little rushed and whilst it is used to change Gretchen’s opinion of Drew, it also clearly feels like set up for later. There is also some gender confusion over one of the characters which seems to serve little to no purpose, or, if it did, I missed it. The main villains are perhaps a little underwritten, but no doubt many of them will make a return.
The different types of werecreature are a delight, and I can’t wait to see what new beasts we’ll see in the future. The characters are warmly written, all of whom have many facets which are revealed over time. As I’ve mentioned, there is a lot of set up here, elements that will be explored fully in the next few books, and I can’t wait.
This Rise of The Wolf book review was written by Sean Mason
All reviews for: Wereworld
Rise of The Wolf
Wereworld: Book 1
Imagine a world ruled by Werelords - men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the ...
Rage of Lions
Wereworld: Book 2
He has the makings of a great warrior - but first he must master the blade and the beast. When Lady Gretchen is abducted by the Werelion Prince Lucas, Drew and his friends ...
Shadow of the Hawk
Wereworld: Book 3
In a kingdom at war, the line between good and evil becomes blurred . . . In this third book in the Wereworld saga, werewolf and rightful king of Lyssia Drew Ferran must ba...
Nest of Serpents
Wereworld: Book 4
With friends turning into enemies, can Drew find his way out of this war alive? The entire kingdom of Lyssia is now at war, and the battle lines have been drawn. While Drew...
Have you read Rise of The Wolf?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Rise of The Wolf reader reviews
Anna from United States
Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by: Curtis Jobling This is a great book about werelords (people who can turn into animals), unfair rulers, mystery, and a lot of suspense. Drew, the main character, is an average boy who lives in Cold Coast, a small farming town. He lives on a farm with his mother, Tilly Ferran, his father, Mack Ferran, and his twin brother, Trent Ferran. Drew was the opposite of his father in every aspect (except that Drew is a guy). Trent, on the other hand, is almost the spitting image of his father. Drew has a special connection with animals (AWESOME!!!!!), and he’s sweet like his mother. One day, Mack and Trent go to the market. While they’re gone, a wererat kills Tilly and leaves Drew greatly wounded. During the fight, Drew transforms into a terrible creature. Drew later finds out that he’s a werewolf, and the last of his kind. Before he leaves his home in Cold Coast, his father blames Drew for killing Tilly, and stabs Drew! Drew runs away to Dyerwood, a dangerous place for anyone to travel in. Drew found a scout’s apprentice named Whitley who fell off her horse and passed out when she saw Drew. Eventually, her master, a man named Hogan, caught Drew and brought him to Duke Bergan of the werebears. Later, Prince Luke came to get Drew to find out who and what he was. (Yeah, the prince of all of Lyssia and the seven realms has no clue who the last werewolf is. Laugh all you want.) Drew breaks free thanks to Lord Hector, a wereboar. They go on many adventures to help free Lyssia and the seven realms from the king, King Leopold the werelion. Read the book and enjoy!
9.3/10 from 2 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues - th...
The Wolf's Hour
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continen...
The Last Werewolf
One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appet...
The Dead of Winter
Cora Ogelsby and her husband, Ben, hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious, bloody deaths ...
Changeling: Blood Wolf
The Mission: They’ve broken the evil vampire Caliban’s power base. They thought that it was all over. That’s where they were wrong... Changeling: Blood Wo...
Lauren Westlake, an F.B.I. agent, arrives in a small Minnesota town after opening a cold case file. A killer is on the loose. But Lauren and the local police department mus...
Avalonia: The Three Realms
Ashley Kate Simmons
Lily is an average teenage girl who finds herself drawn into a world filled with beings only heard of in myths and legends. Faeries, Vampires and Werewolves both good and b...
Great fantasy books published in 2011
The Crippled God
The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confide...
There's a reckoning on the way . . .. . . and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, ...
The Book of Transformations
Mark Charan Newton
A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. ...
The Alloy of Law
The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic st...
Cat and her cousin are key players in a drama of dragons and politics. Everyone wants something from them - including the warlord who's conquering all Europa and the Co...
City of Dragons
The dragon keepers and fledgling dragons have discovered a route to the lost city of Kelsingra but there is one problem: they need to be able to fly to cross the treacherou...
The Wise Man's Fear
Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path ...
The Neon Court
War is coming to London. A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy - The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses. But...
The Silly Solar System
Our Solar System's a wonderful place, A collection of planets rotating through space, With the Sun at its heart, its own glowing star- ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: