Book Review: Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves

Author: Meg Long
Publisher: Wednesday Books

First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book and giving me the chance to read it.

And where do I begin with this review? I love wolves and as soon as I saw the title and read the synopsis I was in. And what an awesome read it was!

Sena is stuck on the frozen world of Tundar. Tundar is a cold place ruled by greedy corporations trying to mine the planet – but the planet fights back. Everything on it is mean and predatory (sometimes even the trees). Sena lives by trying to scrape by and steal enough money to make it off the planet, and forget the tragedy from her past. She agrees to help Boss Kalba by nursing his prized fighting wolf Iska back to health. Some things happen and Sena manages to survive with Iska in tow, and is offered a chance off the planet if she participates in a race – the same race that cost the life of her mothers…

I really liked this book! I wasn’t expecting a Sci-Fi but I still loved it! Stem-cell healing, vonenwolves who were bred specifically for fighting or racing, splinter wood that would hurt people… all these were awesome and interesting editions to make the book that much more real.

The backstory was interesting and I love how the author built up to it and added a sense of intrigue as we figured out Sena’s past. The history behind Scavvers and how they were treated vs the offworlders and more advanced people was a good dynamic, and the fact that Sena would revert to Scavver ways was really interesting. I love the tricks and information she shared (even in the beginning as she first started helping Iska with Temur.)

The characters in the book were strong, three dimensional people. When she met Boss Kalba I could almost see him standing next to me, big man that he is. Temur, Aunt Kirima, Iska – and all of the characters we meet keep the book interesting and don’t feel excessive or like they weren’t well thought out enough.

My favorite part of the book – the worldbuilding. It is incredible! I’m impressed with the ice-world, it’s history, it’s off world travelers. I think the author did a great job in creating an entire world for this book. I love the information about the corporations that tried to exploit Tundar, (even building and blowing up one of their own refineries to try and raise the temperature of the planet) and the fact that basically all of the fauna (and even the flora!) became predatory and fought back.

All in all, if you love animal stories (I want a wolf!) and Sci-Fi – I definitely recommend this book for you! Meg Long built a beautiful world full of pain, strength, overcoming our difficulties and worthy adversaries.

4 out of 5 stars 🙂

Until next time!

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