Sunday, March 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Shadow of the Wolf by S.M. Pace

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 11/28/12

Toby has always felt like an outcast in his village, but he thought winning a game at the Summer Fair was the answer to making friends. The local boys disagreed and literally threw Toby to the wolves. Stranded in enemy territory with a broken leg, he’s offered two options by the resident werewolves; death or permanent exile from his race.

Although Toby longs to return to his family, he chooses to live. But the werewolf children torment him just like the boys and girls back home. When he fights back and discovers he can wield magic, a crime in his old kingdom, he realizes he’s safer with the werewolves than he ever was amongst his own kind. He even finds happiness and acceptance, until his real sister contacts him with her own forbidden magic. 

Fearing for her safety, Toby must decide where his loyalties lie; with the family he grew up with or the werewolves who took him in when his own people discarded him?

My Review:
It takes a bit to get into this story, but once it gets going, it really does flow nicely. The main character in this story, Toby seems like a bit of an underdog and I definitely love rooting for the underdog. So when he outdoes someone in a competition, I am all for it. Too bad it makes him even more despised then he already was. 

This story is really about a boy who finds himself seeing that what he has always known and what he has always been warned about is not the reality. The issues that follow make for a riveting journey. 
The characters, including secondary characters were very well developed. 

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Stephanie Pace is an avid reader of every genre, though fantasy is her favorite.  She started writing at fifteen, and never looked back.  She currently works as a pre-K teacher by day, and a determined self-publisher by night.  When she’s not distracting herself with conlanging and world-building, she loves to do cross stitch or escape to the outdoors when the weather is nice.  She lives in central Virginia with her boyfriend, and the rest of her crazy, amazingly supportive family close by.    

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