As night fell, something stirred the darkness. Birds shrieked, rising into the air as the peace cracked and fell apart. Flashes of crimson uniform cut the smothering black of the woods. The smell of smoke lifted through the boughs and choked the leaves. A drum beat out a steady pulse as soldiers tore over the dead leaf matter, hacking their way through the web of forest.
The prisoner ran.
When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying as if dead on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them: waer. Human, but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family’s small community has kept itself sequestered and unnoticed, free from persecution. The arrival of a fellow traveller, and a hunted one at that, threatens their very survival.
Sure enough, the soldiers of the blood-purist Daeman Leldh soon descend on the village searching for her, burning and slaughtering. Lowell and the mysterious stranger are among the few to escape. And now they must find their way to the city of Luthan where, she says, they will find people to help them bring down Daeman Leldh.
If she can persuade them not to kill her.
This brilliant young adult fantasy debut from young Australian writer Meg Caddy sees the emergence of an exciting new talent in speculative fiction.
I love a good werewolf story, even though I haven’t been able to read much of them lately. Waer was a wonderful way to bring myself back to the shape-shifter world. Author Meg Caddy has come into the bookish world on a high note and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Waer definitely starts off with a bang! Lowell, a Waer (waerwolf/werewolf), and his little brother Kemp are enjoying a day of hunting on their land. What starts as a seemingly normal day takes a turn for the strange as the boys find a washed up Waer, severely injured and disoriented-who can only seem to say one thing Kee va. I was instantly drawn into the story and it couldn’t wait to see where the mystery lead-and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
Lowell and Lycaea (our injured Waer) are the main characters of Waer. Whilst I absolutely loved reading from Lowell’s POV I found it rather difficult to like Lycaea. Did I feel bad for what she had gone through? Absolutely, but I just wasn’t a fan of her for the most part. At certain times I would have that moment of connection where I would actually like Lycaea, but it was fleeting. However, this did not take away from the over enjoyment of the novel.
Lowell, on the other hand, I adored. He was just a genuinely sweet guy. Lowell has had his world thrown upside down with the arrival of Lycaea, and combined with a certain tragedy (which shall not be spoiled) I was pleasantly surprised that we got see his emotions play out but also got to note how he held it together to help everyone else and himself.
I liked how the romance in Waer wasn’t the main focus. Yes it was definitely in there, and I did enjoy the heartfelt scenes, however it wasn’t the overall theme of the novel. There were other obviously pressing matters at hand which were talked about and acted upon without constant romance scenes.
The one thing that made me love Waer was the plot. I was just so interested and invested in what was going on! I had no parts that lagged for me and I didn’t want the novel to end at all! My only tiny problem with the end is that it seemed a tad rushed.
Overall, Waer by author Meg Caddy was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I most definitely am looking forward to read more from this author.
Thank you to Text Publishing for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Publishing Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia