The characters are relatable, the plot moves well, and the concept is very interesting. Overall I really enjoyed the story and learning about this new world Reed created. There are a lot of unique ideas in here that make it stand out against other similar story lines. Aug 07, J. Garrett rated it it was amazing. Running for the Wolves is not my typical read, but I was pulled into the chase with Kiuno as she initially felt lost and confused, until finding Elliott and Kikyo who help her train.
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Nevertheless, she powers on, learning as she goes. The battles pick up as the hig Running for the Wolves is not my typical read, but I was pulled into the chase with Kiuno as she initially felt lost and confused, until finding Elliott and Kikyo who help her train. The battles pick up as the higher realms are reached within the game, and so does the body count… Looking forward to what comes next in the sequel. Hoping my favorites make it through!
View all 3 comments. Apr 24, Jorja Grael rated it it was amazing. This book caught my attention and held it from page one. Excellent plot, with great world building combined to create a believable story. I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters, strangers in the beginning but close friends and comrades in arms by the end.
The best thing was that it had a happy ending, but still left things wide open for a sequel. I look forward to the next book, if she choose This book caught my attention and held it from page one. I look forward to the next book, if she chooses to write it. View 2 comments. Oct 03, Lisyet T rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reed lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two cats. She works as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the quiet town of Anderson. This is her first novel.
All begins when Kiuno the main character wakes up in a forest without memory of how she got there, after she realizes that several days pass and t J. After a while that she was there, she finds out that she was trapped in the world of a game, she and other players have to fight to survive, facing horrible monsters. Then something interesting happens, is that they enter a ''Chronopoint'' which is a real-time strategy game where she was the leader of an alliance to build and protect a fortress in her kingdom. And that's how the story unfolds, with a series of facts that lead Kiuno to demonstrate her best skills and survive at all costs.
This book has an interesting story. Kiuno is a clearly enriching character because her qualities demostrate leadership and intelligence to survive in the game, it is a quick and catchy reading, I feel that there are missing things that should be known and I guess it is a mystery, I can't wait to read the next one. Apr 16, Paige Martin rated it it was amazing. Running with the Wolves caught my attention from the first page. I am incredibly picky about introductions and J. Reed blew my mind. Her writing style is captivating and mesmerizing in a way I have never experienced.
Her characterization captures the uniqueness of each person she introduces and you can see each one of them develop as time passes. The plot is unpredictable and will leave you wide eyed and in shock. If you're looking for an action packed adventure and an escape into a whole new world, this is the book for you. I'm ready to read the sequel and dive deeper into Kiuno's world! Feb 26, Cerize Sicat rated it liked it Shelves: , read-them-in-pdf-ebook-file , arc. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The opening parts of this book was rather slow but it immediately kept up the pace. I enjoyed the idea of players getting sucked into the game and then there are those unlucky people who got sucked into the game rather unsuccessfully like apparating in Harry Potter and they get splinched. Even though I find the writing to be great, the characters for me were rather bland. Kiuno obviously was the chosen one with this unexplained powerful magic and is this heroine I expect to wreck havoc and be awesome and strong.
I was disappointed in most of her parts, due to the fact that she has this power and is the protagonist of our story but I do not connect with her at all. Of all, I liked Blue and Maltack best and the drinking session of the group was my favorite scene. A lot of gamers and adventure seekers would really enjoy this novel.
Thank you so much to the author, J. Reed, for providing me a copy of the novel. And good job on your book. Dec 13, Princess rated it really liked it. Reed really takes RPG to a whole new level in this fantastic debut novel about random people sucked into their favorite gaming universe Chronopoint to play it in real life. This novel for me is ultimately about sacrifice, and honoring those who left before us.
It reminds us how to be brave in the face of adversity and to always draw strength and hope from the ones we love. Many thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this epic adventure in exchange for an honest review. Full re 3. Mar 16, Laura laurascozyreads rated it liked it. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All in all I really enjoyed this book!
I've never read anything which is based on the idea of people being prisoners in a game and I loved the magic elements. I didn't really get the Hunger Games-Mazerunner-feel which some people described, but I can't really compare it to anything else I've read lately. The story and the setting were interesting and, especially considering this is a debut novel, the writing was great.
But that also brings me to what I didn't like that much, it was a bit too fast paced for my taste. Also, this may have to do with the world being set up as a game, but why were there no women or girls besides Kiuno that played any important role?
That kind of was weird. Now the next part may seem picky, but it kind of bugged me throughout the book.
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I have to say a bit about Kiuno and the dynamics with her peers. So, as likeable as I found Kiuno, it didn't become clear to me how she had such a high position in the game before it became reality. If she has any amazing strategic skills or anything like that it didn't really show during the book. Quite the opposite, she's kind of rash and ready to risk everything to save a person she loves which isn't a bad thing at all, but someone who'd risk everyone else's life doesn't really seem like a reliable leader to me.
The others babying her most of the time didn't match up with that either, and while I totally get her being a good friend and a nice person, I don't understand why all of these people were ready to just follow this random girl they've never even met in real life to whatever end and protect her with their lives. Just a normal girl thrown here like anyone else. Another spoiler-y thing: view spoiler [I'm a bit salty that my favorite character, Kikyo, was killed, but I appreciate that Kiuno didn't fall for him!
I'm so tired of love triangles being used as a main plot point, and I'm really glad Kiuno stayed focused on Elite. Feb 24, Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it. The concept of transporting an average person into an alternate realm for high adventure has been around about as long as stories have been told. Authors such as Mark Twain, H. Wells, and Edgar Rice Burroughs all took swipes at this concept over a century ago. Science fiction and fantasy writers have followed that route time and time again ever since. With the advent of table top role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Gamma World, Call of Cthulhu among many others in the seventies, The concept of transporting an average person into an alternate realm for high adventure has been around about as long as stories have been told.
With the advent of table top role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Gamma World, Call of Cthulhu among many others in the seventies, the concept of transporting oneself into a fantasy realm took on a whole new meaning. Donaldson Thomas Covenant. Time marches on, and more recently, a new subgenre has been gaining popularity, thanks mainly to the influx of MMOs, or massively multiplayer online games, such as Everquest, World of Warcraft, and numerous other computer or mobile ap based games where a player can craft a character in a strange fantasy world and join thousands if not millions of others endlessly questing for new adventures.
Much like with their predecessors, the characters in these written works are tossed into a fantasy realm, though in this instance, it is a computer game universe. It may be a virtual reality, but it is with real world consequences-the characters are in true mortal peril with no reboots or extra lives to spare. This is where J. We are introduced to Kiuno, who wakes up one morning in a strange, primordial forest realm, separated from the real world where she lives in with her husband, working a regular job, and living a regular life. She can remember her life back home, but not her true name Kiuno is her online ID-the one she created for the games she plays.
Searching for anyone else in this wild and strange place, she comes across other survivors who are struggling to come to grips with this strange and dangerous place. With that in mind, she forms bonds with others with the goal of finding her online friends including her real life husband and to discover a way out of this lethal place, which is made of ten different realms, each one far more dangerous than the one before.
While the story is filled with fantastic creatures and strange magic Kiuno has to figure out how to manage the extremely potent and dangerous magic she possesses , this boils down to a story about survival and finding those around you who you can trust and build friendships with. For a first novel, this is a very solidly written work of fantasy, with a main character that is well fleshed out and worth rooting for, along with the friends she connects with, both new and old, in her journeys.
The editing is solid, though I did have a gripe with an overabundance of pronouns and some confusion, at times, as to who was speaking a given line-words are spoken but the actions in the same paragraph are that of someone else. Overall though, the writing and editing is crisp and the action moves at a rapid pace. It did seem a bit odd that Kiuno seems to be about the only female character of any relevance in this, the first book of what is likely a trilogy.
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There are other females, but none seem to take up more than a paragraph here or there, while there are numerous male characters to challenge and engage Kiuno in both battle and friendship. Much of the terror in this tale lies in the nightmares that Kiuno is going through-hoping her husband still lives while watching those around her die gruesome deaths as she learns how to control the lethal magic the realms has gifted her with.
The monsters she faces represent only brief interludes on occasion. The story does draw you in, despite the universe the author has created being a bit sparse when it comes to the fantastical again, there are a few run-ins with some quite fantastical monsters, but they are somewhat limited. Her closest friends are well thought out characters that I grew to both appreciate and enjoy, though the villains in this book were fairly uninteresting. While there are inhuman monsters that come in many shapes and sizes, none serve as more than a passing danger.
As the author continues to shape this world and crafts more and greater challenges for the heroes of the piece, it is my hope that Kiuno becomes more of the natural leader her companions believe her to be. Again, this is a solid debut novel and I look forward to checking out the second book in the series. Overall I enjoyed this book and it was a lot of fun, although it had a frustrating hiccough in the middle.
Based on the idea of becoming trapped in a fantasy computer game it could have been completely derivative, but it managed to partially avoid this. One thing that I found confusing was the age of the main character - was referred to as a girl but was also married, so that made it difficult for me to create a good image of her in my mind. Sep 19, Maria Vermisoglou rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Everyone. My first thought when I read the title was that it had nothing to do with wolves.
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I was right. A woman wakes up in a strange world not knowing where she is and who she is. Not even her own name. Learning all things wolfish becomes their priority. That is if the bad guys would leave them alone! Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. She entered the graphics field when there were still unions for typesetters and other creative people. She sped through different creative positions in advertising followed by design for a modular display house specializing in National Parks.
Then on to corporate design consulting while building her business. Soon, a position opened that exposed her to courtroom graphics and the drama that sits behind the creations, an amazing job. After all this fun, she found herself home. When a friend called emergency, she ran. Oscar Bandi-toe, a perfect Snowshoe kitten, came into her life.
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Both tired of the images of beautiful Oscar, so he then started to teach her writing, about him of course and his new friends. That was the beginning of words in this life and they do not seem to stop. Right now, she is trying to convince the other beasts in residence that they need a wolf like Nonny. Not Enabled. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. It's an adult epic following the magic of wolves drawn together for a higher cause, the world building and characterization is truly masterful. This book deserves a lot more recognition than it gets, 5 stars. Jan 31, Bryn Hammond rated it did not like it Shelves: imagined-fiction. I'm a Duncton junkie. This was awful. May 21, Geoff Battle rated it liked it. William Horwood's work can be tough going at times, however his words bring a sadness and poignancy.
The story follows a diverse set of wolves from across Europe, each grieving for loss of love, relations or times past. They hope to form a pack and regain lost territory: The Heartland. The story meanders somewhat, although pulls together at enough points throughout to ensure you keep reading. It feels at times padded, and if you can make it through those chapters, then you'll be content at a wel William Horwood's work can be tough going at times, however his words bring a sadness and poignancy.
It feels at times padded, and if you can make it through those chapters, then you'll be content at a well wrapped up conclusion, and probably pick up the second book if you're out of first choice material. Dec 01, Mazil rated it really liked it Shelves: animal-stories. If you enjoy those, this is a worthy and wolfy successor. Feb 28, caroline Hutchins rated it it was amazing. Great read, it was very difficult to put it down once I started reading it.
May 14, Kelly rated it did not like it. In my quest to read all animal-point-of-view adult fiction, I'd been eyeing this one since I was fourteen. Finally I got a copy for a buck online, and the whole time I thought "people call my writing long-winded and unreadable, and yet this made it to the shelves.
In the author's defense, he set up a great premise gods being banished to years of mortality and now on the cusp of reckoning. But then it went nowhere. Feb 18, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: didnt-finish. It is a very very deep story and it does take you a while to keep up with the universe Horwood has created around the animal civilisation of the wovles on a global scale not to mention all the lore that goes with it. I got to about half way through and was kind of enjoying it but not in the way that I wanted to read it everyday.
In the end I had other books that I knew I would like better and read quicker waiting in my pile so I ditched it and went to them instead. Geweldig boek! Ik ben altijd gek geweest op fantasy, maar dit eerste boek van de cyclus heeft mij werkelijk verrast. Om even bij stil te staan wat wij mensen andere soorten soms aandoen en om voor een keer de mens als 'the bad guy' te zien i. Jan 19, Kirsti rated it it was amazing. I definitely remember preferring this book to Dunction Wood, because Wolves. It is an epic saga though, and it took me a long time to even find my own copy of this book.
As such, I haven't read it since it was available at the Orange library, but I'd love to read it again. Must add it to my read again list! It was definitely worth five stars, but my memory is hazy on the details.
I hated not loving this book. It is darker and the prose has more chill to it than the Duncton series wolves being, I guess, more violent and volatile than moles. But honestly, I would stick with the mole-novels, because this departure from a successful theme is disappointing. Jan 04, Patrick Geoghegan rated it it was amazing. Horwood creates a fantastic world which you can really connect with because it allows your imagination to run riot.
Horwood weaves tales which are truly spectacular. Jul 26, Heather Robinson rated it it was amazing. Loved it - loved the whole series! Mar 26, C. Ardron rated it it was amazing. This is a brilliant story with some great characters. Again, I stress, not a book for kids. The story is deep and well written, with wolf lore and backstory revealed as you read. Apr 26, Ice Bear rated it really liked it Shelves: one-off-reads.
A book of insights both into the wolves and the potential of mankind's self destruction ability. Mar 24, Loz rated it did not like it. I couldn't get into this, but then I think I may have been too young when I first read it, I need to give it another chance as his Duncton series was fantastic. Kenia Lockhart rated it really liked it Feb 19, Damian May rated it liked it Nov 08, Andy Herschell rated it it was amazing May 11, Carly Kirk rated it it was ok Sep 14, Madison N.
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About William Horwood. William Horwood. William Horwood is an English novelist. His first novel, Duncton Wood , an allegorical tale about a community of moles, was published in