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  • By Pete Tarsi
    Aug 6, 2016
    Werewolves have been used in many ways in literature and film: sometimes for horror and blood and gore, sometimes for love and lust, sometimes as symbols of humanity (or loss thereof) or as symbols of big change and transition. In Poet Tongue, the debut work by Kyla Stan, the werewolves are used to symbolize a change in character, but I was pleasantly surprised by the change they symbolized here. The imagery in this story is outstanding. All scenery, particularly with the book’s emphasis on nature, is vividly painted. The character development is strong, and the relationship between Violet and Tohon evolves at just the right pace. There’s great internal conflict within Violet, and there’s also enough external conflict—a zealot and his followers out to hunt the Skin Walkers—to keep the book gripping. My only quibbles with the story concern the fates of the supporting cast from Violet’s previous life. The jerky boyfriend gets some comeuppance for his jerky transgressions, but some might... More > think it’s a little too much. Violet’s friends in the band and Rose—poor Rose—deserve an explanation from Violet about where she’s been and headed. These are relatively minor issues, and Violet’s well-developed character arc more than makes up for them. She grows strong in many ways and finds herself along the way. It’s a nice inversion of the typical werewolf as lone wolf outcast; instead, she finds a place to belong because she chooses to defend and fight for the pack against its hunters. Though she’s a sensitive character, she’s also a tough heroine. Her toughness, and the story, is more than skin deep at FOUR STARS.< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Kyla Stan
February 8, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.56 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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