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The Wolf in the Whale

A sweeping tale of clashing cultures, warring gods, and forbidden love: In 1000 AD, a young Inuit shaman and a Viking warrior become unwilling allies as war breaks out between their peoples and their gods-one that will determine the fate of them all."There is a very old story, rarely told, of a wolf that runs into the ocean and becomes a whale."Born with the soul of a hunter and the spirit of the Wolf, Omat is destined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps-invoking the spirits of the land, sea, and sky to protect her people.But the gods have stopped listening and Omat's family is starving. Alone at the edge of the world, hope is all they have left.Desperate to save them, Omat journeys across the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world...or save it....

Title : The Wolf in the Whale
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ISBN : 9780316417150
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 pages
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The Wolf in the Whale Reviews

  • Kathy

    The Wolf in the Whale is a languid, immersive tapestry consisting primarily of Inuit culture and mythology but one that has threads of Norse mythos weaving through it. And the result has a little bit of everything--fantastic character work, slow-burn romance, meddling gods, wolves that are whales that are wolves, battles ranging from small-scale to continent-spanning, and themes of gender roles and identity.

    Above all that, though, it's about changing narratives that others have set up for you.

    "You don't seem to believe in a world you cannot see. And yet, if I were you, I wouldn't believe your stories of deserts and volcanoes and tall buildings of stones. I would say you made them up, since I've never seen them. But instead, I trust that there are many things beyond my understanding."


    It's a quiet, introspective scene that does nothing to further the plot and everything to further the characters, and I love it so damn much. There are many like it and they show that, beyond the meshing of mythologies, this is the area Brodansky truly excels at.

    Speaking of which...to cap all this praise off, you also get Norse gods clashing with Inuit spirits and the result is exactly what I'd hoped for--exhilarating, educational and, again, highlighting parallels between the two cultures.

    That being said, I did have issues with the pacing in the latter third of the book. I think the events leading up to the ending could have been a lot shorter, or if not shorter, then had more of an in-depth exploration into Freydis, the woman who's leading the Norsemen. She's a fascinating character and I wish I could have gotten a bit more from her.

    I also have a niggling issue with the fact that Omat only becomes comfortable with her female body the moment she starts getting sexually involved with Brandr. It's obviously not the author's intent to be like, "Hey, kids, you only need to meet the right man to make you feel comfortable in your own skin!" But that's kind of what it comes across as.

    Overall, The Wolf in the Whale is a wonderful standalone mashup of history and fantasy, and one that celebrates a culture that isn't often explored in mainstream fiction.

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    Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own. ...more

  • Nina Carboni

    Excellent! A bit slow to start but I had goosebumps by the end.

  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    “Why would I continue life as a man trapped in a girl’s body when I could just as easily fly into the heavens or run with the wolves?”

    Imagine a world so breathtakingly beautiful and dangerous, so hard and cold and brutal, yet bristling with colors that will never be brighter and enormous landscapes unmarked by the will of humankind. In this world, every step could be your last, and every breath is spent in the fight for survival.

    I must praise Brodsky on her inimitable style and writing technique
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  • Mara

    I really enjoyed this, especially as a breath of fresh air in the fantasy books I've been reading in the last year. I absolutely adored the Inuit & Viking lore interwoven to create the magic system & fantasy world. I loved the characters, and was delighted to see the exploration of fluidity in Omat's gender identity. That was definitely an unexpected thematic element to this 1000AD era fantasy world, and I thought the author's unraveling of Omat's feelings about her own status as both ma ...more

  • kath | novelandfolk

    The Wolf in the Whale was a book that I expected to enjoy but found myself surprised by how much I ended up loving! so many feels - this book is grim, brutal, heartbreaking. the wolf in the whale is a powerful exploration of survival in the most barren of landscapes, family loyalty, and gender fluidity in a time that afforded no leniency for challenging the established ways.

    these characters, especially omat and brandr, got under my skin and spoke to me deeply. i’ve never read anything like omat,
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  • Jacqui

    Jordanna Max Brodsky's The Wolf and the Whale (Redhook 2019) is a saga of life before man was the unequivocal alpha on the planet, when Nature still thought she could defeat us. This is a time when man protected barely survived the coldest weather, when food was a treat to be relished when available, when only the tough had any expectation of surviving. If you weren't tough, you weren't valued.

    Omat is that person. She suffers mightily from hunger, bad luck, and deaths of the hunters within her I
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    OMG! Poor wolfie. It's gonna die in there

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