Review: Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves

Series : Elementals

Publisher : Harper Collins Australia

Source :  Publisher

Release Date :  March 5th 2018

 

‘WILL KEEP YOU READING LATE INTO THE NIGHT.’– #1 NYT bestselling author Marie Lu

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers heart-pounding adventure and breathtaking magical inventions in this unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world.

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This review first appeared in Aurealis #110 Australian science fiction and fantasy magazine, www.aurealis.com.au.

Amie Kaufman’s long-awaited first solo endeavour Ice Wolves is a magical

adventure that will appeal to all ages. Diving into the Elemental world, a world where shifters are revered and control the lands, Ice Wolves explores one of the strongest bonds in the world: the twin bond.

Kaufman takes it to the next level by forcing apart Anders and Rayna in a cruel twist of faith. Drastic measures are taken as a result and see these two leads on opposite sides in an ongoing battle between shifters that threatens to destroy everything they have ever known.

Sibling against sibling isn’t anything new; it has stood the test of time and is a great element to this story. The elements used in this novel aren’t groundbreaking either, but Kaufman and her talent brings a fresh new perspective and leaves readers enchanted by these mysterious shifters.

A lot goes unspoken in this novel, given the concept, but readers are presented with a compelling story. There’s a sense that more is to come, not only with the journey of Anders, but also Rayna who is the reason for the journey. The young girl, who was the leader, has now taken a backseat to Anders, who is forced to shine.


Ice Wolves is a bit of a departure from Kaufman’s other work; she is known for her sci-fi and this novel is fantasy. It was no less enjoyable then her previous en- deavours, though, and readers won’t be disappointed. Anyone who picks it up will enjoy the Elemental world and all it has to offer.

 

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