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The Destiny of the Wolves

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A magical, yet stirring story about a pack of wolves that needs to find their destiny in a landscape where man poses a threat.

Synopsis

At a time when most men have lost their instinctive ability to understand animals, Kushi, the leader of a pack of wolves, has a vision of her forefathers. They show her scenes from the future: the consequences of a bond between men and wolves. In a quest for answers, she and her friends set off on a dangerous journey through frozen mountains. What will be… the destiny of the wolves?

The Destiny of the Wolves follows a pack of wolves sent on a mission by their ancestors to find their destiny. It gives voice to the wolves' inner minds and we get to know each wolf in the pack through their actions and dialogue. The main character is Kushi, who is the leader of the pack. Through the story we meet the other members of the pack and get to know them and what struggles, joys, worries and regrets they carry with them. The wolves set out on a mission after Kushi receives a vision from the ancestors about the destiny of the wolves, and what is at the beginning a mission to turn a frightening future around, turns into a story of not only redemption, but also understanding and gaining of wisdom.


The Destiny of The Wolves mixes fantasy and mystical elements with ancient lore as well as real life problems. The wolves are on a mission of survival for their species - or so they think, but in the end they find a balance between two opposites. Everything in the story works well - the characters are well-developed and the story comes full circle. The growth that takes place in the wolves' characters are weaved into the arc of the story and one sees them change perception as the story unfolds. The main conflict plays off like an old wild-west movie, but instead of cowboys facing each other off, it is wolves against wolves and man against man. The moment when all seems lost, is the moment when the mystical elements step in and save the day.


I recommend The Destiny of the Wolves to anyone that likes fantasy, nature, ancient lore and some mysticism in between. It's a beautiful story with lessons to learn for both man and animal. This book is not hard to read, chapters are short and in between there are also beautiful sketches of the animals. At its heart the book talks about change that is often difficult and also asks for sacrifice, but the sacrifice that is made, brings a wonderful balance between the world of man and wolf. Definitely a worthwhile read - well done to the author who wrote the book.

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Synopsis

At a time when most men have lost their instinctive ability to understand animals, Kushi, the leader of a pack of wolves, has a vision of her forefathers. They show her scenes from the future: the consequences of a bond between men and wolves. In a quest for answers, she and her friends set off on a dangerous journey through frozen mountains. What will be… the destiny of the wolves?

The wind blew softly towards the pack and the wolves pricked up their ears. As their eyes met in the murky twilight, it was as if they could read each other's minds. They switched from short, light steps across the snow to a fast-paced march, trotting to the rhythm of their pounding hearts, eager for another hunt.

An eagle screeched up above, catching the attention of the alpha wolf, the leader of the pack. It landed on top of a boulder, poised to observe the action that was about to unfold.

It was the wild scent of fleeing deer that pushed the carnivores on. When they saw the herd of deer begin to separate in front of a rocky precipice, the wolves knew instinctively: now was the moment to bring the hunt to a close. The alpha wolf bounded forward, jaws gaping, selecting a large deer for her pack to take down. The wolves knew the boulder field well. It had been the site of many other hunts.

The alpha had chosen the deer wisely, since she knew it would provide enough food to satisfy the hunger of her pack. She took care not to cause the animal to lose its sense of direction and bolt. Instead, the leader waited until the deer threw itself against the rocky wall in a final desperate attempt to escape and, without a moment's hesitation, hurled herself at the deer's flank. With her strong jaws, she gripped the animal tightly until the other seven wolves arrived. They knew full well that no healthy animal would give in without a fight, so the younger wolves used all their strength to wrestle the deer to the ground. After that, the team made quick work of their kill.

When the deer finally stopped shaking, the alpha wolf let out a long howl. The other wolves echoed her call, eager to satisfy their hunger. Before they could eat, the leader had the right to choose her share first. Once again, the pack would live to hunt another day.

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Even though I was born in the city and still live there now, I learnt to interpret the natural world from my great-grandfather. I began to understand that many things had a deeper spiritual meaning: something I definitely didn't learn in Science lessons at school. My great-grandfather always had something to teach me and his tale of the wolf hunt was one of the most memorable stories he told me when I was a child.

"The eagle was perched on the rock, watching as the eight wolves bent their heads before the deer carcass," my great-grandfather went on. "She knew that the act of eating was sacred for animals. That's why almost all of them bow down before their food as they eat." He lowered his head slightly, imitating how we bring food to our mouths.

"But, Gee-Gee," I exclaimed in amazement, "that's how we eat too! We also lower our heads to get food, just that, well, we use forks." I loved to call him Gee-Gee – one G for Great and the other for Grandfather – particularly when he would feed me these interesting titbits of information.

"That's right. Wolves eat like this, showing respect for their food." He bent over as if he were praying, lowering his head until it almost touched the floor.

"Like this?" I copied him, making sure to do it better than he had and hoping he would notice. "Does it look like I'm bowing?"

He watched me with his soft eyes and wrinkled face and smiled.

"When your grandfather was sixteen, I took him on a trip to show him something very special. I did the same with your father when he turned sixteen. So, in keeping with tradition, if I'm still alive when you reach that age, I'd like to take you to that mystical place too."

 


About the author

Paola Giometti is a writer with a PhD in Natural Sciences. When she was 11 years old, she was the youngest writer in Brazil. She wrote the Tales of the Earth series, made up of The Destiny of the Wolves, The Code of the Eagles and The Call of the Bison. She currently lives in Tromsø, in Norway. view profile

Published on August 27, 2020

Published by Underline Publishing

30000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Fantasy

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