WEREWORLD: RISE OF THE WOLF by Curtis Jobling
Released: 6th January 2011
Review Format: Paperback (with thanks to Puffin)
Read: January 2011
Goodreads Synopsis: 'You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it ... Conquer it'. When the air is clear, sixteen year old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws and Drew transforms. Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?
My thoughts: I wasn't really sure I'd enjoy Rise of the Wolf as it's aimed more at boys aged 11+, but once I started reading I found it very hard to put down.
I really liked Drew, the 16 year old main character. He had not been forewarned about the dramatic transformation that would change his life forever and I really felt for him, especially during the first few chapters. This poor young man is put through more torture, life trials and battles than I would have thought possible in one book!
Rise of the Wolf is a very fast paced fantasy novel set in the world of Lyssia. As the story progresses, Curtis Jobling does a great job of keeping you enthralled. I loved the map at the front of the book - it really helped me keep track of Drew's journey.
Along the way Drew meets many characters in Lyssia, some become good friends, like Hector and Gretchen. Others are so evil it made you want to hiss and spit at them! Hector was my favourite character in the book. A Wereboar and a healer who saved Drew's life on many occasions with his great knowledge of potions and magic. Jobling gave him such a lovely personality that at times I could have hugged him. Saying that, all the characters were great - even the nasty ones.
With a Werewolf, Werebears, Wererats, Werefoxes, Weresharks and many more Werecreatures, I can definitely see where the name Wereworld came from. A very good tale well told, and I can see it going down a storm and captivating the hearts and minds of it's readers.
My rating: 4 stars
Take a look at this great trailer for Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf