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Wolves of Adalore


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Salome and Crispin spent a lifetime training with a guardian in the woods, unaware of a terrible destiny assigned to them both...

The last surviving heirs of the Northern throne, Salome and Crispin, have only had each other and their loyal guardian sense they escaped slaughter at their sister's hand as children. 18 years have passed, though, and the Year of the Hunter has arrived.

That Hunter? For the first time in recorded history, that Hunter is a woman--Salome. And she is up against the most evil queen imaginable--a queen who shares her blood.

In a stroke of masterful revitalization of the Epic Fantasy and Court Intrigue Genres, Gauthier's Wolves of Adalore truly stands out as one of the greatest renditions of Epic Fantasy I have read in years.

The two destined siblings must escape Shadows seeking their lives, evade spies at every turn, and survive battles, enchanted swamps, and mercenaries as they attempt to find allies with whom they can depose the sister who once took everything from them.

The complex relationships between characters, deceivers, lovers, and supposed friends are superbly intricate on a Game of Thrones level. The characters hooked me from page one, growing and facing their darkest selves (some to succeed, some to fail) in a style I have not seen since first reading The Lord of the Rings in my teenage years.

Gauthier has achieved something truly remarkable with Wolves of Adalore in that for the first time this entire year, I was left holding a story without a single point that I felt could be executed better (and that is coming from a developmental editor). Every single complex plot point was tied up and explained as the story unfolded, which is a huge feat considering the large cast of POV characters in this story.

The ending of this story left me excited for volume two, and wondering how a second book could ever top the precedence set by this first book. If you are a lover of epic fantasy with twisted family relations, assassinations, vying for thrones, and a plot that will keep you on your toes, make way for this book.

We are looking at a true master storyteller in Gauthier, and this book is a brilliant launch into the world she has created.

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I am a USA Today Bestselling author and developmental editor with 10+ years of experience. I am a huge fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, J.R.R. Tolkien, Clare B. Dunkle, and Timothy Zahn. I also enjoy indie works by Nicole Wells, Andrei Saygo, and Luke Courtney.


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Morgan lives in Tennessee with her husband, Brad, their three littles, and three dogs. If she isn’t nose deep in a book, writing one of her own, or binging a show on Netflix, she can be found practicing archery, attempting to bake, and doing her best to avoid listening to the Baby Shark song. view profile

Published on April 08, 2021

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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