The Wolf at the End of the World

The Wolf at the End of the World

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A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

The debut novel from the multi-award winning author that Library Journal describes as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction."

"I can't remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I'll be rereading it in the future because it's that sort of book. Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it." -Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.

Gwyn Blaidd is a Heroka of the wolf totem. Once he led his people in a deadly war against the Tainchel, the shadowy agency that hunts his kind. Now he lives alone in his wilderness home, wolves his only companions.

But when an Ojibwe girl is brutally killed in Gwyn's old hometown, suspicion falls on his former lover. To save her, Gwyn must return, to battle not only the Tainchel, but even darker forces: ancient spirits fighting to enter our world...

And rule it.

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 517g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0991800737
  • 9780991800735
  • 2,701,750

Review quote

"An immersive and enjoyable reading experience. Readers will delight in learning more about Native American mythology, which is skillfully woven throughout the story. Smith's novel is both well paced and deftly plotted--leaving readers curious about what comes next for the Heroka in the modern world." --Publishers Weekly

"What makes THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD such an engrossing read are the characters and Doug's wonderful prose, a perfect blend between matter-of-fact and lyricism. I can't remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I'll be rereading it in the future because it's that sort of book. Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it." --Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

"I don't read a lot of paranormal stuff. ... There are some interpretations of lore I like, though, and some authors I will read, almost regardless of what the story is. Douglas Smith and his debut novel, The Wolf At The End Of The World, fill both criteria. ... The last twenty pages were an emotional experience (read: messy), which is always what elevates a book from four to five stars for me. I love a story that hits all the emotional buttons from laughter to tears. When that happens, it goes without saying the writing is good and the story is engaging, the characters are deep enough to make me feel. ...

"In his introduction, Charles de Lint touches on the same points and the same feeling. It's the interweaving of lore and ideas that gives this novel so much substance. ... Given the number of awards Douglas has won for his short stories, it's hardly surprising he's written such a fabulous book and it's lovely to be able to say so, unreservedly. I really enjoyed 'The Wolf At The End Of The World' and I'm happy to have a copy to put on my shelf. With adventure, intrigue, shape-shifters, family, a touch of romance and a lot of heart, this is a book I'd recommend for readers of all genres." -- Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest

"An excellent debut novel. ... Modern controversy over aboriginal land claims is mixed with a romantic embellishment of ancient stories. ... Staccato pacing and multiple POVs with a hook at the end of each short segment [keeps] the energy level perpetually high." --The 49th Shelf-Recommended Reads

"As with the finest of urban fantasy, the collision of magic and reality works wonders, resulting in an entertaining fantasy that respects our legends even as it subverts them. ... Smith guides his adventure with a firm hand, doesn't skimp on the gore and horror, and leaves the reader (or me, anyway) hoping for further Heroka stories down the road. -- Cory Redekop

"A fabulous book...a thriller, an urban fantasy, and definitely mythic." -- Mythic Writers
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About Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable" who has been published in thirty-two countries and twenty-six languages around the world.



Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.



His other works include:



CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Collection - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award



IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Collection - Finalist for the Aurora Award



PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION (Lucky Bat Books, 2014) - A guide for writers



LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Collection - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane



A sample of what others have said about Doug and his writing:



"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." - Library Journal



"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." - Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author



"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." - Charles de Lint, award-winning author



Doug's website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at smithwrtr.
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