Review: The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

March 5, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book is part of a series so will go into the series square!

the-wild-waysThe Wild Ways
by Tanya Huff
Series: Gale Women #2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2011
E-book, Library
295 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Charlie Gale heads east to join a Celtic band on the summer circuit, but faces Aunt Catherine instead. An offshore oil-drilling company hired Catherine to steal Selkies’ sealskins. Charlie must teach being Wild to Jack – a Dragon Prince trying to be a real boy – and commit corporate espionage with a sobbing seal-wife and every fiddle player in Nova Scotia.

“I thought she’d think she was winning and she’d tell me where the skins were.”

“Seriously?” Jack sputtered, spraying the table with sesame seeds. “You’ve never actually had enemies, have you?”

What worked for me:

  • I liked all the music in this book. When the book begins Charlie is playing in a country band, but then her old Celtic group from Nova Scotia asks her to come back to play in the summer festival season. Charlie plays the guitar and sings, but there are lots of fiddlers in the book, too!
  • Music is Charlie’s power.
  • All the music in the book reminded me a little of War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.
  • The setting is mostly in Nova Scotia in Canada which is unusual and interesting.
  • The selkies are great characters!
  • Jack–the Dragon Prince–is a lot of fun as he tries to figure out how to be a boy and remember he can’t eat everything in this reality.
  • Charlie has been floating through life, but during her time in Nova Scotia she must decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

What didn’t work:

  • The ending was kind of flat. It seemed to end very quickly after a fairly leisurely book.
  • I wanted to find out what happened to Amelia Carlson!

My thoughts:

Tanya Huff is one of my favorite fantasy and science fiction authors. I loved the first book–The Magic Emporium–but this book seems a little more aloof. I really like Charlie, but she is harder to get to know than Allie was in the first book.

The Magic Emporium has quite a bit of romance in it. I don’t want the romance to be the focus, but I would have liked a little romance for Charlie! However, I like this book a lot. It’s just quite a bit different from the first book. The third book in this series (The Future Falls) is due to come out in November 2014 and I’ll look forward to more about the Gale family.

The link below goes to an interview with Tanya Huff. I was sad to see she reiterates once again, “The Silvered is and always was intended to be a standalone. Nothing more coming, that story is told.” However, there will be more in the Torin Kerr world!

  • Sex elves and AD&D: An interview with Tanya Huff

2 Responses to “Review: The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff”

    • Jan

      I think the music was more powerful in War for the Oaks, but I read it 10 years ago or so. I may be remembering wrong, but unlike some books I feel like War for the Oaks is etched in my memory. I really like Huff and have read many of her books. She also writes military science fiction which I love and one of the first vampire series I read years ago.

      This series and The Silvered are really different. The Silvered is told from three or four points of view (including one of the enemy soldiers) which I really liked. I also really liked the regency setting werewolves. All those manners, but also the ferociousness. I thought that world would be great for another few books.

      This series is about the Gale family who are very different! Especially in the first book there was a joyousness that just made me happy. Some books just hit a chord with me. You should also ask Li which books she would recommend.

      Sorry I can’t give a definitive answer. I really like her books so it’s hard to pick one over the other.
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