A guest review by Sirius
Summary: An interlude from Malick’s past, which I found more enjoyable than I thought I would.
A short story set in the Wolf’s-own series.
Life for an immortal can get a little dull. But Skel has just found a new spark of interest in Wolf’s new Null, and he’s taking another look at life, love, the world, and Kamen Malick
While this little story could be read as stand alone, it would make much more sense if you at least have read the first book in the Wolf’s-own series, and even more sense if you read both books that came before (even though this is a prequel of sorts).
This short is devoted to the first meeting between Kamen Malick and Skel. If you have read the books, you know that what Skel did and what happened to Skel seemed to have great impact on who Kamen Malick became by the time the series began. Obviously since this story happens before the start of the series, Jacin is not in it and I actually thought it was a very good thing, because where Jacin is involved, my emotions tend to get involved much more than usual.
Since Jacin is not there, I actually kind of felt more at ease to examine the younger Malick in more detail and I really liked what I saw. Even in the series we can see that Malick likes mortals a lot and did not exactly forget that he used to be mortal at some point in time. In this story he had been turned by Wolf only couple decades previous and we can see how his compassion still seems to be the driving force of his dealings with human beings, because he still remembers clearly that he used to be one.
The interesting thing is that knowing what happened to Skel (even if it is not described in great detail in the series, it was enough for me), I expected to have some sympathy for him, for his motivations, for his drive, but instead I found myself to be totally indifferent towards him. I understand that partially it is because the story is set before that crucial event, so we don’t exactly see Skel’s passion to do what he did and his reasoning, and on one hand I am kind of grateful for that. I wanted a real breather without my emotions jumping in the high gear and this story sort of delivered that to me. At the same time my reaction to Skel after this story was basically “whatever”.
I also found myself wishing that all the hints we are being given would be fleshed out and soon in the series. For example, how do the powers and motivations of the various Gods differ? Plus, there is this: “Wolf, perhaps does not make his intentions quite as clear as his counterparts might, but he always has a reason for what he does.” I am so very impatient to find out just what the heck those intentions really are, because something tells me that despite what poor Jacin thinks in the second book, Wolf’s plans are very far from being fully revealed to us. And how are Bear’s powers so different? What exactly are they? Questions, questions and not too many answers.