The Wolf's Call: Raven's Blade #1
Ace, 2019 (2019)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
The Wolf's Call
continues the extraordinary exploits of living legend Vaelin Al Sorna (first met in
), ejecting him from the relatively calm life he has earned as Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches. Readers are given a glimpse of that life, alternating with views of the Stahlhast Steel Horde, from the perspective of its leader's beloved sister and seer, Luralyn.
uralyn uses True Dreams to helps her brother Kehlbrand gain control of the Steel Horde, but is dismayed to see him change from a man she loves into a monster, seeking to wreak havoc on the world. One of her dreams gives the name
to Kehlbrand, but another already has that name, Vaelin. Kehlbrand frees the Horde's slaves from the brutal conditions they'd suffered under, but enslaves them to his will instead.
fter Vaelin learns from an assassin that healer Sherin (his former lover, who has not forgiven him for sending her away by force) resides in the Venerable Kingdom and is in danger from the Stahlhast, he leaves his post to seek and save her. He's accompanied by drunkard Nortah (a former Sixth Order brother); young Ellese, sent to him for an education; Moreska hunter Alum; and others (old friends and new acquaintances) they meet along the way.
here are many adventures in the lands of Merchant Kings, where Vaelin learns that the immortal Jade Princess has left the High Temple, accompanied by Sherin. He helps defend a city besieged by the Horde. When he catches up with Sherin, she tells him to leave her alone, but he can't do that. He follows for a confrontation with Kehlbrand himself, and with the evil within him. This episode ends on a cliffhanger, during which Vaelin regains power. I can't wait for more.
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