Companion To Wolves
Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
Copyright: July 2008
This is a stand-alone book, and not part of a series for once. I thought it was a good read (ended up reading until the early hours of the morning again), but I do have one big issue with Companion To Wolves: This is the first fantasy novel I've read that I believe needs an "Adult Content" warning of some sort. The story was very sexually explicit, and violent as well.
While this isn't a problem for me, I know that the fantasy section is a stepping stone for many from the Childrens/Young Adult areas of the store to the regular fiction section.
Aside from that one issue, I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline is original, the characters good and the world well created.
Like some other fantasies, such as those of Micky Zucher Reichert, this book is set in a northern/nordic based world. However, the authors have gone a little farther and based all the names, as well as many of the terms used on those of the appropriate region of northern Europe.
I liked the book, but I don't think its for every reader.
Another well thought out review of this book can be found at the blog Age 30+.
There is a review at the Fantasy Book Critic as well.