Free eBook The tiger and the wolf: Adrian Tchaikovsky (Echoes of the fall) By Adrian Tchaikovsky –

My description of the book does it no justice A small but fierce little girl tries to overcome her dominating father and is helped by a motley crew of characters Everyone happens to morph into specific animals The author builds worlds so alien and yet believable The characters and cultures have their virtues and flaws, some of one than the other, in a way that makes them all too real There is tragedy and hope, loyalty and betrayal I look forward to The first novel in the Echoes of the Fall series, The Tiger and the Wolf is an accomplished high fantasy by Adrian Tchaikovsky, and winner of the 2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel Adrian Tchaikovsky is also the author of the Arthur C Clarke award winning Children of Time In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is comingManiye 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 Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel Continue this sweeping coming of age fantasy with The Bear and the Serpent. This was fantastic Read it Now There was so much to like about this book I highly recommend it.Obviously, the most compelling thing about The Tiger and the Wolf for me was the worldbuilding The setting, which some authors can be so lazy about, was really pivotal in this novel as the main character travels around quite a bit And it just came alive It was like I could touch it, like I had known it all my life and could navigate it like the back of my hand Very impressive.The characters were fully defined and interesting Each had their own perspective and stayed true to their beliefs This made the plot so much fun because it was unpredictable, just the way that you can t always predict the way people in real life will act and react.So very good Read it Seriously. Only seeing six reviews at the time of writing this after I finished it, made me sad to see this book hasn t gotten people invested It s almost criminal seeing people passing over this thinking it s another typical medieval story, because it s not, it s nothing like that.What this book has is 1 Balanced adventure This isn t a war story, romance novel or thriller I say balanced as is in, it s not a book that goes Here s a new setting and trial, conquer it then move on to the next It takes just the right amount of time at each stop in the story before moving forward and most of the time it flows naturally.2 Slow building some might say realistic, don t confuse with ponderous character progression I find this extremely important, characters show the right amount of doubt, anxiousness and naivety Especially naivety, nothing breaks story immersion than you thinking Why would you stick around 3 Good story It has some slight pacing problems and some things move at a different pace than the rest of the book I won t say at which part of the book it does this, because you might not even notice it This whole thing is opinion after all.., but the story is great.4 Interesting setting contains few tropes and when they do appear it s often in strange combination with other original ideas It displayed interesting ideas about tribalism and religious connections with their respective gods It s complete high fantasy but it feels grounded than a lot of other books in the same genre i.e no super powerful beings, wizards, main character doesn t become godlike, etc 5 Length This book sets out to tell a story, you won t be let down by a book that suddenly ends to sell a dozen sequels There is a sequel coming mind you, but this book is complete You get your moneys worth.IN SHORT So yeah, it s not a perfect book, but it s realllly good Don t let the little niggles I mentioned deter you It s an A adventure story in which after I finished reading the eBook version, promptly order it in hardback for my private collection. I found this an interesting and absorbing departure from the Shadows of the Apt series Unlike the earlier books, Tiger focuses on a few characters, especially Maniye, the protagonist, with less varied and imaginative turns of the plot than in the epic tales of the Apt My only reservation is that the action, such as it is, is spread too thin there s a somewhat repetitive quality to the characters adventures that makes me wish Tchaikovsky had tightened up the story On the other hand, the interactions among the characters are handled beautifully the shape changers of Tchaikovsky s world are constantly faced with difficult choices as well as threatening enemies, so that of the interest arises from their inner lives than from the somewhat over described scenes of physical combat Still, reservations apart, it s another fine Tchaikovsky page turner.