The Tiger and the Wolf - Adrian Tchaikovsky

The cover is gorgeous, that much is clear. The rest of the story left me more conflicted though.


Maniye has grown up in a world where people from clans with different totems can 'Step' or transform into these animals. The different clans are constantly at war with each other, which also fills a major part of the story. Maniye is the result of her Wolf father mating with his Tiger trophy, which left Maniye with the ability to transform into both a Wolf and a Tiger. Her father plans to use her for yet another war, but Maniye doesn't want this and escapes her father's clan.


I feel like I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. The beautiful cover made me believe it would be impossible to put the book down but that wasn't true. Besides Maniye's story there are many other featured. I think it stands for something when the most interesting storyline is not the one featuring the Dragon-shapeshifter! Large parts of the book cover fights between almost everyone and people being hunted. It became a bit repetitive since this is not something I particularly enjoy reading about. I did like the writing, and I would pick up the next book to see where the story is going from here.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!