Multi-volume author, Elizabeth Jade introduces us to her two books, “Akea: The Power of Destiny” and “Akea: His Mother’s son”:
This husky, wolf story is a new addition to the great animal fiction tradition of Jack London and Erin Hunter, where the story is told through the eyes of the animals. Elizabeth Jade has created a captivating coming of age story which also teaches children about friendship and loyalty, and that being different doesn’t mean you can’t belong. It is a captivating chapter book for 8-12-year-olds.
Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea's destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.
The heart-wrenching sequel to Akea - The Power of Destiny. Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea's world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother's rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.
These are lovely books; they each have an exciting story well suited to the preteen and young teen age group. The author has created a believable world around the idea of families or packs of wolves. We know that wolves are very intelligent and coordinate their hunting activities.
I thoroughly enjoyed both of these stories. They read well and show great creativity. The personalities and pack structure are well developed, including having a mythos and something akin to a religion. I found all of it very interesting.
The line drawings are quite nice and help younger readers stay involved in the story. These are wonderful chapter books for intermediate readers and above.
The scene setting was quite good and the use of the environment was exceptional. I enjoyed the dialogue and the activities of daily living for the wolves. The action sequences were well planned and executed. The violence was not very explicit to preserve the sensibilities of younger readers.
I award these two books, “Akea: The Power of Destiny” and “Akea: His Mother’s Son” a score of 4.9 stars each, the score would have been higher except for a few spelling errors in each book.
The errors have been corrected, so your reading pleasure will be smoother.
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Tags: Children’s books, middle grade, MG, nature stories, nature fiction, wolf fiction, animal fiction,
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