Firekeeper never viewed her ability to speak with animals as anything other than her birthright as a human raised by wolves. However, to the theocrats of Liglim, it is literally the answer to prayer. Determined to pry the secret from the wolf-woman, the Liglimom kidnap Firekeeper and Blind Seer. Determined to leave no trail, they even take the risk of kidnapping Derian Counselor.
But being trapped in a new land is only the beginning of the shocks to Firekeeper’s world view. Unlike the humans Firekeeper has met to this point, the Liglimom not only know about the elite Beasts who Firekeeper considers her people, they have enshrined them as go-betweens in their communication with the Divine.
Before she departs Liglim, Firekeeper is determined to learn the truth about the relationship between the Wise Beasts and the humans of Liglim. If they are captives –as she, Blind Seer, and Derian are captives – then the wolf-woman vows to do everything in her power to set them free.
Firekeeper, the wolf-girl, finally hits her stride in the exhilarating fourth book in Lindskold's well-received fantasy series (Through Wolf's Eyes, etc.). Born a human but raised by wolves, Firekeeper is only grudgingly accepted by each community. Along with counselor Derian Carter, Firekeeper is kidnapped and taken to the land of Liglim, where the people worship their gods with the aid of "Wise" animals called yarimaimalom. The rulers of Liglim have heard that Firekeeper can speak to animals and they want her to teach them this skill. The Liglimoshti use the yarimaimalom to interpret the will of their gods through divination. To be able to talk directly with the animals would bring the Liglimoshti one step closer to their gods. Is Firekeeper willing to be the bridge between the animal world and this strange kingdom? In trying to answer this question, Firekeeper finds more intrigue than she reckoned and comes tantalizingly near to discovering who she really is. An increase in pace and greater character depth, coupled with a decrease in "me Jane, you human" dialogue and cutesy animal business, help give this exciting book an edge over the first three entries in the series.