Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Mad Wolf's Daughter (MMGM review)


The Mad Wolf's Daughter
Author: Diane Magras
Kathy Dawson Books (March 6, 2018)

This is the second week in a row participating in Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, and as I mentioned last week, the second debut middle grade novel that launches a series I know may will loved and look forward to. You can read other MMGM picks linked at Greg Pattridge's MMGM page.

A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home--with all the excitement of Ranger's Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.

One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage.


I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, and especially about Drest, the heroine who won't give up until she saves her family, even if her family may turn out to be less than the stellar ideal she has in her head.

This book transports the reader back to medieval Scotland when girls were not expected to be as strong and brave as their brothers, and certainly not expected to become legends. I really like that Drest is as strong-willed and determined as she is without being unrealistic, and both her quest and her dealings with her captive and others show the power of both her spirit and her belief in what is right.

One of my favorite characters is Tig, a friend and ally Drest meets on the way. More than anything else, Tig believes in Drest, and helps her believe in herself.

A simply wonderful middle grade adventure with a simply terrific heroine, I can't wait read the sequel. (For those who worry, this book stands alone very well, but you'll want to spend more time with Drest and her world.)

I strongly recommend this for kids and anybody who loves an exciting adventure.

Five stars!

Buy The Mad Wolk's Daughter on Amazon US,

or find where you can buy it in a local indie bookstore.

Find the rest of the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday reviews for April 16th

Or you can read my last week's MMGM review of The Serpent's Secret.

6 comments:

  1. So glad you liked this one so much. I hadn't heard of it but the author contacted me to be featured on my blog later this spring, and the book sounded so good from the blurb. Now I have confirmation that I should read it. Thanks.

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  2. You had me at "Scottish". Such an intriguing plot and the characters sound memorable. Can't wait to read!

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  3. I'm always up for stories set in the medieval period. Thanks for featuring this one today. I'm putting it on my TBR list for sure.

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  4. Yes, I liked the idea of a Scottish medieval adventure. I got caught up in Outlander, so I'd find this an interesting read with a strong heroine!

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  5. This sounds SO great! Gotta see if our library has it.

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  6. I love books set in this period. I will have to check this one out. Thanks for telling me about it.

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