The Sight

October 17, 2009

By David Clement-Davies
Reviewed by Rachel S.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Set in a Transylvanian forest in the dead of winter, beneath a menacing castle called the Stone Den, two wolf pups are born. Their mother and father, Huttser and Palla, name the black male pup Fell, and the white she-wolf Larka, the wolf word for snow. The pack is hunted by a fellow wolf, Morgra, who is Palla’s sister. She possesses the Sight, a strange gift that allows the ability to see through the eyes of birds, and to look into water and see the past, present or future. It is said that she travels with her helper, Kraar the raven.

Morgra finds the small pack, and requests to join the family in exchange for her protection of them. But Huttser and Palla refuse, and Morgra curses them, another ability said to be affected by the Sight. Several days later, at a kill, Larka is possessed by a strange feeling, and finds herself in the air, on the wings of a raven. She flees, only to tell her family of the incident later on. The pack soon runs away after a family member dies in a human hunting pit, fearing that the curse is working its way on them. They hunt out an old storyteller, hoping that she can explain more of Larka’s incident. But before they reach her, another pack member is picked off by the supposed curse.

On their way there, they hear a member of a supposed rebel pack against Morgra whispering of a verse. It tells of a she-wolf with a coat that’s white, and of the Sight. But all Palla hears is of the white she wolf, and insists that they hurry to the fortune teller. The small family’s journey sends them sprawling through the vast Carpathian wilderness, fighting the elements and life itself as they struggle to find answers. Many times they face the unexpected, overcoming challenges together.

I strongly recommend The Sight to anyone who loves fantasy books. Though, the book is mixed in with a good deal of religion, the book still takes fantastic turns in the plot that you wouldn’t have guessed. David Clement-Davies’ style of writing is greatly descriptive, making you actually feel as though you’re experiencing the pack’s anguish and other emotions, amongst the wilderness.

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