Wolf Mark

By Associated Content, Sharon Tyler

Wolf Mark begins like many young adult novels, with a teenager struggling to fit in and avoid attention that might bring trouble to his door. However, that is where the typical ends. Luke’s upbringing has been that of a spy in training. He knows how to use all kinds of weapons, fight and speak a variety of language. His infallible memory provides him with cultural and factual insights as he encounter things he might not otherwise understand. Then there is the little fact that Luke is a skinwalker, and there are other varieties of paranormal people all around. As he discovers his heritage, he also discovers vampires or Upyrs are among his classmates and an evil plot to capture and use the DNA of those that are different to create soldiers and living weapons. </br></br>

The tid-bits of individual cultures, and some history and language, is used extremely well in Wolf Mark. My only real complaint is that Luke was a little too perfect. In his search to balance his nature, even before he understands what it is, he seems a little too thoughtful and contained. Although, that is partially explained by his upbringing. His strange effect on electronic never really meshed for me either, since it only really seemed to affect his particular branch of paranormal. The inclusion of several different cultures, languages, histories and legends really worked for me and added an unexpected depth to the story. The multiple cultures are actually the focus of the new Tu Books publishing imprint. I am looking forward to seeing what else Tu and Bruchac publish in the future.</br></br>

Wolf Mark struck me as something fresh and new in an overabundance of novels with paranormal elements. The blend of humor, science fiction and some of the more obscure paranormal creature legends made Wolf Mark stand out. I recommend Wolf Mark to everyone age nine and older. Older children, tweens, teens and adults will each find something worthwhile in this entertaining and unique adventure.</br></br>