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This is SUCH a good book You learn a lot about werewolves excuse me lycanthians and you follow a new lycanthian I love that you can actually see how they feel in their wolf form by the way Lafevers writes tons of detail READ THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE WEREWOLVES Powell sOnce I heard that Robin LaFevers, the author of one of my new favorite series, had once penned a werewolf novel I knew I had to check it out as soon as possible Published back in 2006 for a middle grade audience under the pseudonym R.L LaFevers no doubt because the main character was a boy and we wouldn t want to advertise that women could write boys books , I didn t really expect much from it, but still was hopeful for an interesting take on werewolves from an author I greatly enjoyed.Let s just say, there s a good reason you don t hear much about this book.Luc Grayson is an orphan being raised by his mother s family who tolerate but don t really approve of him We join him just before his thirteenth birthday, when inexplicable changes start happening to him Then a stranger comes in the middle of the night to whisk him away to a strange and awesome community he never knew he belonged to Once there, he makes two friends a boy and a girl , deals with half blood prejudiced bullies, attends classes to master his new abilities, and eventually learns of a great evil who destroyed his parents He then defies orders and faces this foe by himself in order to prevent him from harming anyone else.Sound familiar Now, I m not at all against twisting a story and adding new elements to make it your own Heck, I don t even mind obvious parodies if they re done well But that s where Werewolf Rising fails to deliver on its potential Too much of its premise is familiar without being new Even the coming of age werewolf discovery story feels clich now I d say perhaps that comes from the paranormal craze in the eight years since the book s publication, but even a clich story can be compensated by memorable characters, which unfortunately this book also fails to deliver.Where some other titular orphans own their stories, Luc is very much played by his He starts out as a typical teen, not particularly great at anything, with only a friend or two, and picked on by generic bullies When strange things begin to happen to him he s a bit confused but assigns their cause to puberty without even another thought There s no curiosity or fear or awe, giving the impression that he doesn t even care Granted he isn t given much time to care before being whisked away, but some amount of passing interest in his changes would at least show some character.The best descriptor for Luc is passive, and unfortunately in an adventure story, that makes him the least interesting character He waits for explanations, he follows orders, he asks very few questions, and he only rebels three times in his whole time with the pack Sure, he has some radical democratic ideas about the pack s hierarchy, but he never voices them or puts them into action I can understand having a character who is a goody two shoes, but when he continually has rebellious thoughts and never acts on them, that s where I find a disconnect Especially where 12 13 year olds are concerned.And the other characters aren t anyengaging than our protagonist Rider, Luc s uncle, guide and caretaker, is all knowing but close mouthed He does have an obvious yet secret crush relationship with an ostracized female of the pack, so we know he doesn t value tradition and rules over what is right, which makes him an ideal role model for Luc But due to Rider s responsibilities and the fact that he s an adult, there s not time for a strong enough friendship to be established to really bring Rider s character out around Luc, thus he remains confined to his role and little .The other kids in the pack are fine, I guess, but they are given so little screen time they might as well not be there Luc forms friendships with two kids in particular, a spastic boy named Nuri and a naturally talented girl named Suki, who help him in some things like learning to control his shift or just offering a little fun, but aside from those descriptors there s nothing else to be said about them The bully was actually the most developed of the kids, having a legitimate reason for being distrustful of outsiders and hating Luc But again, he was given so little time he servedas a plot point than an interesting character.The rest of the pack can also be summed up in one or two word descriptors, but if there was one thing that worked for me, it was the lore of the werewolves themselves Lycanthians have the ability to change between human and wolf forms at will A half blood s half human, half Lycanthian first change always occurs on a full moon, but the moon doesn t control all changes With enough practice, a Lycanthian can shift whenever he wants And rather than horrifying or monstrous human wolf hybrids, the shifts are solely from one form to the other, either fully human or fully wolf.Descended from Remus and Romulus, the Lycanthians attribute their shifting abilities to divine intervention by the Old Gods They continue to practice spirituality, accepting Old Gods and New Gods because I guess they re not picky with semantics Most important, though, is their connection to the spirits of their pack which communicate and give strength to the living through their cairn stones Luc is surprisingly attune to the spirits in the cairn, though what implications this might have are never addressed.Lycanthians also have a very strict hierarchical structure, with the Alpha whose word is law at the top, to the Omega who is the pack s designated whipping boy girl There are rules when addressing your better, what respect you must show to which members, as well as bloodline rules when it comes to leaders All of these seem strange and unfair to the reader and Luc, and I can t help but wonder how these politics have gone unchanged in the hundreds of years they ve existed, especially since despite their best efforts they are not completely isolated from outside society I can only assume Luc was eventually meant to challenge and change pack politics in the future.Unfortunately, what disappointed me most about the book was its obvious discontinuation This was clearly an introduction to Luc s world, this culture of werewolves, these characters, and as such a lot of things are introduced but never resolved Luc s discontent with the pack s politics, Rider and Luna s forbidden relationship, Luc s connection to the spiritual All these are introduced with clear importance to what may lie ahead in Luc s future, but are pushed aside for the immediacy of the current plot I think this hurt the characterization the most, since, as I said before, we just aren t given enough time with all the secondary and tertiary characters to get anythingthan one dimension from them I m not saying I don t understand why the story wasn t continued There were a lot of problems that needed addressed, starting withfocus on characters to lead you through the story instead of getting pulled along by it Maybe a tad less world building and a bitunique premise But perhaps a few of those issues could have been resolved withroom she was apparently forced to cut 20,000 words from the original manuscript and or books to expand on But as it stands, can this be read as a standalone novel Yes, but unfortunately not very well.Overall, Werewolf Rising had an interesting premise but lacked the character to keep me engaged in its story If you have a younger reader who has recently become engrossed with werewolves or wolves, then they ll probably enjoy this No language or romance, and extremely mild violence puts this in the perfect range for elementary or middle grade readers Perhaps not all I had hoped from one of my favorite authors, I still had fun peering into another world of werewolves.Approximate Reading Time 3 hours I don t abandon books very often Usually I have to finish them no matter what I easily put this one down Actually I skimmed through it and read the final chapter. I have to say I m glad I didn t waste my time REVIEW TO COME AT A LATER DATE UPON RE READ [ FREE PDF ] ☪ Werewolf Rising ♁ On The Eve Of Luc S Thirteenth Birthday, A Man Called Ranger Offers Him A Horrifying, Enticing Truth Luc Is A Shapeshifter, A Werewolf It S Time To Come Home To His Pack And To Make His First Change Into Wolf Form Luc Is Thrilled By His New Powers And Loves The Community Of The Pack But Luc S Uncle Wants To See The Shapeshifters Destroyed How Can Luc Save His New Family From The Danger He Has Brought Them This Spinetingling, Accessible Read Is Packed With Middle Grade Boy Appeal And Perfect For Summer ReadingAuthor Biography R L LaFevers Is The Author Of Four Other Fantasy Novels She Lives In California Read this a long time ago, loved it. This is one of my favorite books I enjoyed the plot, in general, and plot twists that were thrown in I highly recommend this book to others. This adolescent werewolf, unaware of his true nature, is a slow runner in PE and has awkward fantasies of eating live squirrels His pack rescues him from his mean human uncle and reveals his true nature to him They have to worry about anti werewolf abolitionist execution squads Supposedly the adolescent werewolves have to learn Latin because that s their real ancestral language, but they never actually speak it, and instead they use terms like alpha Greek and fenriki from Fenris, a Norse wolf monster. Read this as a possible way to engage with Y books for male readers interested in books like Twilight but not as romantic The boy in this book is 13, so it may not appeal to my middle school readers, but it s shelved in Y in our system Not sure what that will mean for circulation It was a very quick read over 3 lunch breaks and a bit in the evening Not my favorite, but I enjoyed some of the descriptions. I usually try to finish books but I really hated this one from the very start It was just so predictable I thought I was going to die from boredom It was so stupid, and honestly if he had common sense he wouldn t leave with someone he just met So so so stupid I regret even trying to read this book.