Author: Amie Kaufman
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.
So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.
In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.
My Rating: 4 Stars
This is another book I was able to snag at Yallfest last year! If you’ve perused my page enough, you may have noticed two things. 1) I DNF’d one of Amie Kaufman’s most loved books (Illuminae) *GASP* and 2) I LOVE middle grade. SO, I will say that I was pretty excited to get into this book, even though I wasn’t a fan of Illuminae at all.
Let me just say that I actually REALLY enjoyed this book, and it helped me out of my book hangover that Children of Blood and Bone brought after finishing it.
This story follows two twins, Anders and Rayna. They fled their orphanage and live on the streets of Vallen, where they spend their days pick pocketing and scrounging for food. Every year there is a ceremony where individuals can decide on testing their fate and seeing if they transform into an Ice Wolf, who are the protectors of Vallen. If you transform, you are required to attend Ulfar Academy where you learn everything there is to becoming an Ice Wolf and what it takes to protect Vallen from the Scorch Dragons.
As the description states, the two siblings both transform into something completely different, which everyone thought was impossible. Anders has to rescue Rayna, so he enlists in Ulfar Academy where he tries to find out as much as possible about where his sister could be, and how he can save her.
This story has a wonderful outlook on friendship, bravery and family. It’s a great middle grade novel and I really loved all of the characters! I really can’t wait to get a full copy of this!
If you love middle grade books, check this one out! It releases on March 27th!