The Wolf of Tebron
Author: C.S. Larkin
Grade Level: 8 and up
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Living Ink Books; 1st ptg. edition (August 9, 2010)
Reviewed By: Cheryl Malandrinos
Prepare to be swept away into a fantastic young adult fantasy series that begins with The Wolf of Tebron.
Living with your decisions can be tough. Once deliriously happy with his wife, Charris, the young blacksmith Joran is now miserable and alone. Disturbing dreams come to him. Joran sets out on a perilous journey to the four ends of the world to rescue his beloved wife. Stumbling upon the wolf, Ruyah, the two become fast friends. Will they be able to unlock the keys to rescue Charris?
Just as C.S. Lewis did with his Chronicles of Narnia series, The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin serves as a moving tale of God’s love hidden in an eloquently told fairy tale.
I can’t say that I’ve ever been a huge fan of fantasy novels. Mythical creatures and made up worlds just aren’t my thing. But every once in a while something comes along that draws my interest and I decide to give it a try. The Sapphire Flute, Book One of The Wolfchild Saga by Karen E. Hoover is one, and so is The Wolf of Tebron.
Having watched the most recent movie remakes of Lewis’s Narnia books, I felt The Wolf of Tebron, was similar in some ways, but also uniquely its own. I was almost surprised that the main character was a married man and not a single person. This adds a wonderful quality to the story. It gives readers a glimpse into the love of man and wife; the difficulty of this type of relationship and how one must live with their decisions.
I have my favorite moments from this book, but many I can’t share because they would give away the plot. The meeting of Ruyah and Joran, however, is one that I can talk a tiny bit about. There is Ruyah, a huge silver wolf, with one paw caught in a rusted trap. Joran’s love of animals and his ability to communicate with them, serve him well, and he is able to free Ruyah from the trap; though not in a way in which he would have chosen. The reader soon discovers that Ruyah has quite a personality and he can easily become one’s favorite character. The two will meet many interesting characters along the way and receive several gifts. Their journey will conclude with a spectacular ending that will surprise many.
This will soon become a Christian fantasy lover’s favorite. Though geared toward young adults, an older audience will also enjoy this one. I highly recommend The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin.
I received a free paperback version of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.