I have to admit, it took me awhile to get started with this book. I don’t generally gravitate to books about animals, and especially books about wolves. I wasn’t sure why I had accepted the free copy for review, so I did what any avid reader would do. I read something else on my Kindle. But then late one night when I couldn’t sleep, I started reading it. And I couldn’t stop. Ramblefoot is a fabulous read. I don’t say this just because I got the free copy. Read all my reviews. I’m not afraid to say what I think about a disappointing book.
Ramblefoot is the story of an orphaned wolf cub, Raspail, who is adopted by the most unlikely of friends, Poitu, a raven. Together, they develop a unique style of hunting so that Raspail can survive long enough to be accepted into a pack. Once part of Cob Ash, Raspail finds family, friendship, and love while maintaining his special friendship with Poitu. He grows into the strongest wolf in the pack, sure to become facet (pack leader), when treachery by an elder he respected leaves him mute and outcast. This is when his journey to greatness begins.
Raspail is an archetypal messiah of the wolf world in a time when the encroachment of humans on their territory is threatening to exterminate their population. He faces death at the hands of man and emerges wounded and willing to lead. In a showdown with his former pack, Raspail reclaims the love he lost when he was banished and proves himself the quintessential leader.
If you love dogs, you’ll enjoy reading about their cousins. This book came exactly at the right time to help me figure out how to deal with a problem in my own pack. If you don’t love dogs, you’ll still enjoy this story. The characters are well-developed and compelling. The hero’s journey is here in its full glory, and it will inspire the adult reader. I would give this to any friend who is going through a difficult challenge.
As far as younger readers are concerned, although this book does contain violence, it’s not too far beyond the realm of a Disney film. I would not hesitate to give it to a young reader 10 or older. The theme of developing character through perseverance and determination will be very relevant to pre-teen and teen readers. The themes of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal will also resonate with these readers.
This book is an absolute steal at $2.99. Do yourself a favor and read it!
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