Meg Long’s Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is a captivating debut about survival, found family, and the bond between a girl and a wolf that delivers a fresh twist on classic survival stories and frontier myths.
On a frozen wasteland of a planet, a girl is on the run with a wolf who is born to be a killer but bound to be her guide. As they fight to escape ice goblins, giant bears, and a ruthless leader intent on trapping them both, one question drives them relentlessly forward: where do you turn when there is nowhere to hide?
What’s it about (in a nutshell):
Cold the Night Fast the Wolves by Meg Long will make you cheer, turn you into a puddle, and keep you on the edge of your seat. Sena is a 17-year-old girl orphaned on a cold desolate planet who wants nothing more than to earn enough money to leave the only place she knows as home in this survival of the fittest adventure novel.
What I Enjoyed:
Iska, the red wolf, stole my heart. Stories with heroic animals always grab my heart, break it, and hopefully mend it back again, and this story is no exception. Iska is a survivor, she is brave, and she bears the name of one of Sena’s mothers, so you know she is destined to be a driving force in the story. I instantly fell in love with her loyalty, bravery, and ability to adapt to any situation as the story unfolded.
I also enjoyed the relentless fast pace that starts immediately and never lets up. Sena and Iska are fighting for their survival in a world with many dangers, and it feels like they must have come up against every one of those dangers at some point on their journey. Added to that is that the majority of the story is indeed a race, an event that this world revolves around, and I held in my hands a compelling, immersive story and kept me on the edge of my seat.
The world-building is incredible and utterly immersive. I could feel the cold icy vistas chilling as if I were there. Even the underground world felt alive and vibrant with the rows of shops, the fighting rings, and the visitors and inhabitants that frequented it. Even the more people-friendly areas are fraught with dangers that don’t allow Sena or the reader ever to relax, even a little bit.
What I Wish:
I wish I knew more about Sena’s mothers. They are an influencing component of the story, but I had a hard time grasping any details about them that might fill in the noticeable blanks in the narrative. I felt like they were important enough and influential enough in the story to warrant more of a look back, even if that meant more pages and a much larger book.
All of the characters, even the ones in the smallest of support roles, are so richly complex that they quickly stirred my emotions for good or bad as their actions dictated.
Sena is the hero and narrator of this story. She is somewhat a morally gray hero, which I always love, and boy does she make more than her fair share of bad decisions. But, her heart is always in the right place or seems to be. Since the story is told from Sena’s perspective, the reader gets an inside look at what motivates her good or bad decisions.
Reminds Me Of:
It’s a survival story with a wild animal companion, so it reminds me of the many stories of the same nature that are often told, with the setting being this planet.
To Read or Not to Read:
Look no further if you are looking for an edge of your seat action-adventure novel. Cold as Night Fast as Wolves will grab your heart and pull you along for a dangerous ride.