Book Review: The Wolf’s Tooth

Wolf's Tooth

  • Title: The Wolf’s Tooth
  • Author: J. Steven Lamperti
  • Series: Tales of Liamec, #2
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Publishing Date: May 18th, 2020
  • Publishing Co.: Indie
  • Length: 248 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Hardcover
  • Acquired: Given free print copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: The Wolf’s Tooth

A young boy walking along a shadowy path through a forest runs into a pack of wolves-just the first step on Twee’s journey from boyhood to manhood in a magical kingdom.

A forest fire, a prison cell, an outlaw band, each time Twee turns his head, his life gets a little more out of control.

Enslaved and then forced to work as a blacksmith’s apprentice, Twee meets Vix, a flame-haired street urchin who needs him as much as he needs her.

Why does the cruel Young Lion, the prince regent of the realm, drag Twee into his dungeons in chains? What connection is there between the young, powerless Twee and the most powerful man in the kingdom?

The Wolf’s Tooth follows the misadventures of Twee as he grows from a boy to a man.

First Chapter Challenge:

So far, the book seems to like it’ll be a pretty easy and quick read. The writing style is reminiscent of Tolkien’s The Hobbit with the writer taking a direct role in explaining to the reader what is going on, and making corrections as necessary. It also has that faint fairytale-esque feel to it.

The prologue and first chapter are both relatively short, so I haven’t seen much of the plot or character(s) just yet and can’t really comment on them, but I am excited to continue this journey and see what happens!

Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5

This is a story following the boy Twee as he grows into a man. Fate and circumstance surround this young boy and his life as he is shoved from home to new home. But regardless where he ends up, Twee keeps his good humor and kind demeanor, and eventually lands where he belonged the entire time. This is the second book in the Tales of Liamec series, but reads as a standalone. I did not read the first book, and had no trouble with this story. 

I mentioned in my initial thoughts that the writing style reminded me of The Hobbit, and I stand by that statement even after reading the entire novel. The boy goes on several mini-adventures, just as the dwarves & co. do in Tolkien’s novel. Moreover, the writing itself is fairytale-esque and speaks almost directly to the reader, constantly making sure that the wording is just right and making corrections when necessary. This did throw me off a bit for the first chapter, but once I got into the swing of the novel, I found that it was perfect for Twee and his journey. 

Although there is not much “action” in the novel, Lamperti makes up for it with extreme growth in our characters, especially Twee. I was never bored while reading, quite a feat considering that I simply followed Twee on his mundane journey of growing up. But Lamperti makes his readers care about Twee, and about the people that he so forcibly leaves behind in some cases. 

A great, relaxing read. A perfect bildungsroman when in need of uplifting thoughts. You can count on me to continue the series!

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