The first in the Echoes of the Fall series, The Tiger and the Wolf is a high fantasy novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming . . .
Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.
The Wolf chieftan plots to rule the north and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
Continue this sweeping coming-of-age fantasy with The Bear and the Serpent.
Tchaikovsky (the Shadows of the Apt series) opens a new epic fantasy series, Echoes of the Fall, with this brilliantly conceived and executed shape-changer Bronze Age saga featuring a heartbreaking heroine. Maniye is torn between her Wolf heritage from her uncaring father, Akrit, chieftain of the Winter Runner Wolf clan, and the inner Tiger she inherited from her mother, who was killed (perhaps by the fearsome warrior Broken Axe) on Akrit's orders immediately after Maniye's birth. With absorbing realism, Tchaikovsky spins out Maniye's painful maturation. At first she transforms from a small, friendless child into an undersized wolf to escape her father's plans to marry her to Broken Axe. Then Maniye finds herself drawn into the rumblings of a major conflict to come, learning that her father's Wolves may play a major role in supporting one claimant for dominance in the civilized South, inhabited by Lizards, Crocodiles, and Dragons. Over the course of many strange adventures, Maniye begins to develop an accommodation between her warring Wolf and Tiger natures. At each perilous juncture, she is reminded that appearances and first impressions can deceive, and she learns that wisdom always demands an enormously heavy price. Maniye's story and her frightening world are exquisitely drawn with sharp attention to the psychological truth of human and animal behavior. Readers will be captivated by the well-realized characters, splendid action, and a satisfying conclusion that promises more wonders to come.