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Spirit of the Wolves

A Novel

Dorothy Hearst


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/29/2015)
Paperback (12/4/2014)
Hardcover (1/1/2012)


“A vivid, enchanting tale of friendship, trust, and adventure, good Tolkien-esque ingredients” (Kirkus Reviews): The final installment of The Wolf Chronicles, told from the point of view of Kaala—a young wolf facing the most perilous decision in her life.

Fourteen thousand years ago in southern Europe, young wolf Kaala discovers that she alone can unite wolves and humans, and must do so for the survival of both species. In Promise of the Wolves and Secrets of the Wolves, Kaala came to understand her role. Born of a forbidden, mixed blood litter, and abandoned by her mother, Kaala struggled to earn her place in the Swift River pack. When she saved the life of a human girl, she put her hard-won acceptance at risk, and responsibility for keeping peace between wolf and humankind fell to her. She failed.

Now, in Spirit of the Wolves, Kaala has one last chance. She leaves her home in the Wide Valley with her young packmates, the human girl she loves, and an obnoxious raven. Together, they travel to the land beyond the valley to find her long-lost mother and a solution to the problem of the humans, only to discover that new challenges await them. Only by calling on all of her strength and on the bonds of love with her human, raven, and wolf companions can Kaala hope to succeed. In this compelling conclusion to The Wolf Chronicles, Kaala must decide how far she is willing to go for peace…when every step she takes leads wolfkind and humankind toward war.

Atmospheric, exciting, and provocative, Spirit of the Wolves is “a crackling foray into a dangerous past…Dorothy Hearst’s keen interpretations of wolf behavior, senses, and sensibilities will enchant paranormal fans and animal lovers alike” (Publishers Weekly).

Praise For Spirit of the Wolves: A Novel

“Dorothy Hearst creates a world that’s pure magic, but grounded in fact. For anyone interested in animal life, Spirit of the Wolves is irresistible.”
— Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series

"The story of Kaala and her pack takes readers on a journey into a rich and fascinating world. A remarkable look into the mind of another kind of being."
— Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"A vivid, enchanting tale of friendship, trust and adventure, good Tolkien-esque ingredients."
— Kirkus Reviews

"If you liked Watership Down, you should not miss Promise of the Wolves."
— Jean Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

"A crackling foray into a dangerous past. . .The relationships between the human characters and wolf characters are keenly felt and the conflicts sharply imagined. Hearst's keen interpretations of wolf behavior, senses and sensibilities will enchant paranormal fans and animal lovers alike."
— Publishers Weekly

"Beguiles with its dazzling imaginings of the relationship between wolves and mankind."
— The Daily Telegraph

"Hearst excels at creating an atmospheric and richly imagined story, meticulously detailing wolf-human relations as told from the wolves’ perspective. Followers of the series will be waiting for this one. Those new to the series are advised to start from the beginning to better understand the ambitious arc of the trilogy."
— Booklist

"Hearst has adroitly blended realistic descriptions of wolves on the hunt, at play and as they establish their hierarchy into the story, giving readers a fantastic sense of these creatures' nature. Imaginative and inventive, with an underlying message regarding humans and their approach to the environment, Spirit of the Wolves is a robust adventure."
— Shelf Awareness

"A pleasing prehistory novel of wolves trying to help humans find their way in the world. Telling the tale from a wolf’s point of view is a terrific way to have readers consider where each creature fits into the larger scheme of the world. Worth checking out."

Simon & Schuster, 9781416570028, 368pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

About the Author

Dorothy Hearst is the author of the Wolf Chronicles trilogy. She loves writing about canine characters, birds, and other creatures who can give us the chance to see ourselves in new ways. She is an acquiring editor, a martial artist, a self-defense instructor-in-training, an avid hiker and reader, and a dog lover. She is not entirely domesticated, but is very food motivated.