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 flesh tears, 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?
This book starts gently, describing farmboy Drew, but already you get the feeling that something isn’t quite right. Within the first few chapters the first major event takes place and from then on the plot rattles along nicely. Drew acts both as the main character and as the reader’s way into the wonderful world created by Jobling – as Drew didn’t know he was a werewolf he didn’t know anything of the world of werelords. This world building is a key part of the plot and one I loved, at every turn there is a new were- species to be unveiled, my favourite was one of the last to be revealed – an animal I would have never thought could be a were- but one that works brilliantly.
I loved the character of Drew, for me he was just the right mix of headstrong yet uncertain teenager and leading man. The characters around Drew are also well written, and interesting. I particularly liked the character of Hector and the way his friendship with Drew evolved throughout the book. I also found I developed a soft spot for the lovely Duke Bergen. The plot is essentially journey based so this means there are lots of characters that are met along the way. I never found that I was having trouble keeping track of the more minor characters or that any of them had been less developed simply because they were only making a brief appearance.
I really enjoyed reading this book and am already eagerly awaiting the next instalment in the series. I think this has the potential to become a new favourite series.
Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf is published in paperback by Penguin in the UK priced £6.99. I would like to thank Penguin for offering the prize copy of this book that I won from Fluttering Butterflies.