Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman | Book Review


book #1 in the Elementals series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was so much fun!

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy
Author: Amie Kaufman
Published: March 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 432 (paperback)

I am so pleased that I loved this as much as I did – no complaints from me! I’ve had a rough trot with Amie Kaufman, having read two other books that she co-wrote, but didn’t love either of them. So I was somewhat apprehensive going into this that I also wouldn’t gel with Ice Wolves.

But this was just a good time! I loved the adventure, the orphan story, the magic and the rivalry. The twist of two siblings – twins! – manifesting different magic in a world where that is never supposed to happen added so much intrigue to the story.

Not to mention Ulfar academy gives off major magic-school vibes, which is always a big plus in middle grade fiction.

I really enjoyed Anders’ POV and the complicated friendships and family themes we explore through his story. I absolutely must know what happens in book two, so this is all thumbs up from me – and Kaufman redeemed in my eyes also!

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Title: Ice Wolves
Series title: Elementals
Author: Amie Kaufman
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Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

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