Black Wolves

Orbit: Hachette. (Black Wolves, Bk. 1). Nov. 2015. 832p. ISBN 9780316368698. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316368681. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarThe Black Wolves were the elite warriors of the Hundred, created by King Anjihosh after he overthrew the ruling demons. Anjihosh has been dead for over 20 years, and Kellas is one of the last of the Black Wolves. He retreated from court ages ago, but Dannarah, daughter of Anjihosh and sister of Atani, who ruled after him, convinces Kellas to return to court to save Atani's son, Jehosh, and the country his grandfather shaped.
VERDICT Elliott (Jaran; Cold Magic) sketches in a delightfully complex landscape full of court intrigue, religious upheaval, culture clashes, and the mysterious demons who seem to be pulling many of the strings in play. Her world draws on a melange of Eastern cultures that resist straight mapping to our own history books. There is a fair amount of time hopping and flashbacks, but Elliott's strong narrative will keep readers engaged. This series opener is set in the same world as the author's "Crossroads" trilogy. New readers should be able to jump right in.
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