*Diane Magras. The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter.
Read by Joshua Manning.
Includes Bonus Pdf with Glossary.
5 CDs. 6 hrs.
Listening Library. 2019. 978-1-9848-3861-2 Ages 12 -17
As the prequel The Mad Wolf's Daughter ends, Drest, daughter of the powerful Robin-Hood-style Scottish renegade, Mad Wolf, has not only freed her father and five brothers from Faintree Castle where they were under a death sentence but also rescued and protected her best friend, Emerick, the real Lord Faintree, from enemies who seek his life. In this new sequel, Sir Oswyn, Emerick's uncle, realizes that his takeover of Emerick's kingdom is at risk of failing because Drest has freed them. He puts a price on her head called "wolf's head," offering a large reward to anyone who can to kill her. He then announces throughout the land that she has captured Emerick and killed him, pretending to be his nephew's avenger. When a castle knight named Fergal terrorizes the village where the refugees are hiding and tries to seize Drest to collect the reward, Drest with Emerick and her friend, Tig, take refuge on Phearsham Ridge. As soon as they realize that this place is also unsafe, Drest's father urges them to go on the run. Drest, however, prefers to confront the enemy at Faintree Castle. Action shifts continually, leaving the listener in suspense, unsure who is a traitor to be feared and who can be trusted. Drest's brothers, as in the first volume, are able by mental telepathy to offer her advice and observations as she pursues her prey. A series of harrowing adventures reaches a climax when Drest is forced to face Sir Oswyn on a precipice overhanging a gorge with a raging river and waterfall below. The Mad Wolf is forced to realize that his daughter will no longer accept his control, that she will now make her own decisions, face conflicts head-on, and be guided by her own moral code. Her higher vision of justice and compassion are then demonstrated when Fergal violates his oath of fealty incurring the death penalty. Drest decides to pardon him, recognizing that his background and lack of proper training caused him to fail as a knight. Set in 13thcentury Scotland, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter, a suspenseful and exciting quest tale, mixing real and supernatural elements, is sure to capture the interest of middle schoolers, older students and adults alike.
Reviewed by Susan Allison