#awanderinglibrarianreads Book Review: The Tiger And The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky (5 out of 5 stars)
The Tiger and the Wolf is a sprawling adventure fantasy the follows shape-shifter Maniye, the daughter of the Wolf clan’s chieftain. Despite her father’s powerful role in the clan, Maniye is an outcast. Her mother was the Queen of the Wolf’s ancient enemy, the Tiger tribe, which leaves Maniye an outsider who can shift into both Wolf and Tiger form. When pressured to claim one form and forsake the other, Maniye escapes and is pursued into the Wilds of her northern home by a deadly hunter from the Wolf Clan. From there she meets friends from the Southern part of the country, as well as other tribes from the North, and unwittingly sets events into motion that will either lead to the salvation or destruction of all tribes.⠀
I loved the story, the detailed world building, and the rich character development. The reader feels like they get to know Maniye and her world so well, and that we see her thought process grow and change as she learns more about herself and about the motivations of others. You truly experience Maniye moving from childhood to adulthood, and I really appreciated that Tchaikovsky was able to bring the reader so intimately into the story while also creating a complex plot. This attention and care is also apparent in the realistic characterizations and relationships that fill this novel. I would NOT recommend this book if you are looking for a quick read or fast-paced adventure that never lets you pause for breathe- this is a hefty tome and the plot does take time developing. I would recommend this book to those who love fantasy, shape-shifting, rich character development, and/or complex plots. If you fall into this second category and have some time to invest in this novel, I encourage you to pick it up ASAP!