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The Tempering of Men

by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette

Tom Doherty Associates | June 26, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

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In Iskryne, the war against the Trollish invasion has been won, and the lands of men are safe again…at least for a while. Isolfr and his sister, the Konigenwolf Viradechtis, have established their own wolfhaell. Viradechtis has taken two mates, and so the human pack has two war leaders. And in the way of the pack, they must come to terms with each other, must become brothers instead of rivals—for Viradechtis will not be gainsaid.

She may even be prescient.

A new danger comes to Iskryne. An army of men approaches, an army that wishes to conquer and rule. The giant trellwolves and their human brothers have never hunted men before. They will need to learn if they are to defend their homes.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.76 × 4.14 × 0.85 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765364123

ISBN - 13: 9780765364128

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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The Tempering of Men

by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.76 × 4.14 × 0.85 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765364123

ISBN - 13: 9780765364128

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ONE   Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. They had almost nothing in common. Where Vethulf was red, Skjaldwulf was dark. Where Vethulf was sharp-tongued, Skjaldwulf was taciturn. Where Vethulf’s temper ran hot and savage, Skjaldwulf would brood and consider before he spoke or acted. There was only one thing they could agree on, and that was Isolfr. And agreeing about Isolfr did more to increase the tension between them than relieve it. For they both wanted him, desired him, cared for him, though he was as cold and distant and dutiful as any jarl’s daughter given in marriage unwilling. They needed him, not merely as men, but as the pair-yoked wolfjarls of Franangford. His recent two-month absence had made this unhappily manifest, even though he had returned from it with the unlooked-for svartalvish allies who had been the salvation of the entire Wolfmaegthing. The Franangfordthreat could not manage without its wolfsprechend; it was too new, the ranks too unsettled, and the second bitch, Ingrun, and her brother Randulfr were not mete to fill a konigenwolf’s place in the pack. That konigenwolf, Viradechtis—already a legend in the fifth year of her life, a konigenwolf of the sort who ruled songs and stories that were old when Skjaldwulf’s grandfather told them to the boy-child at his knee—had chosen two wolves to mate with, black Mar and odd-eyed Kjaran, and in that binding had bound their brothers Vethulf and Skjaldwulf to her broth
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In Iskryne, the war against the Trollish invasion has been won, and the lands of men are safe again…at least for a while. Isolfr and his sister, the Konigenwolf Viradechtis, have established their own wolfhaell. Viradechtis has taken two mates, and so the human pack has two war leaders. And in the way of the pack, they must come to terms with each other, must become brothers instead of rivals—for Viradechtis will not be gainsaid.

She may even be prescient.

A new danger comes to Iskryne. An army of men approaches, an army that wishes to conquer and rule. The giant trellwolves and their human brothers have never hunted men before. They will need to learn if they are to defend their homes.

About the Author

SARAH MONETTE is the acclaimed author of Melusine and The Virtue, as well as award-nominated short fiction. 

ELIZABETH BEAR is a multiple Hugo Award–winner for her short fiction.

Together, they are the authors of A Companion to Wolves, to which this novel is a sequel. 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Companion to Wolves:

"Coauthors Monette (Mélusine) and Bear (Blood and Iron) combine their literary talents in a saga of warriors whose love for their wolves and for one other serves to bind them together into a band of fierce protectors. Recommended for adult-themed fantasy and fiction collections."  —Library Journal

"It''s not surprising either that [A Companion to Wolves] is extremely well written, and more suspenseful than most contemporary fantasy I''ve read."  —Don D’Ammassa

"What Bear and Monette have done for wolves in this book is no more and no less than what Anne McCaffrey has done for dragons—they have made the wolf iconic, memorable, something larger than life... The storyline is gripping—I read this thing at a sitting—the writing is exquisite, and the book is destined to be a classic of its kind."  —SF Site Reviews

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