The Wolf of Tebron

The Wolf of Tebron In classic fairy tale style we embark on an enchanted journey with a young blacksmith Joran whose only desire is to live a peaceful uncomplicated life in his forest village a desire shattered by th

  • Title: The Wolf of Tebron
  • Author: C.S. Lakin
  • ISBN: 9780899578880
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wolf of Tebron

    In classic fairy tale style, we embark on an enchanted journey with a young blacksmith Joran whose only desire is to live a peaceful, uncomplicated life in his forest village, a desire shattered by the sudden and bizarre disappearance of his wife, Charris Later, Joran is plagued by nightmares of an unimaginable sea, where Charris remains trapped in a sand castle at the whIn classic fairy tale style, we embark on an enchanted journey with a young blacksmith Joran whose only desire is to live a peaceful, uncomplicated life in his forest village, a desire shattered by the sudden and bizarre disappearance of his wife, Charris Later, Joran is plagued by nightmares of an unimaginable sea, where Charris remains trapped in a sand castle at the whim of the Moon The goose woman insists he will find no rest from his nightmares until he solves the riddle of three keys She tells him to travel the treacherous journey to the house of the Moon to find the answers he seeks.Unable to ignore the urgings of his nightmares, Joran sets out north seeking the Moon Leaving a town and family where he never felt truly at home, Joran s journey becomes than just a search for his wife His path also leads inward, for he must face emotions that have tormented him his entire life feelings of alienation and anger, of despair and hurt Along the way he rescues a wolf a huge, imposing creature that becomes a companion, and eventually a trusted friend.Joran has the uncanny ability to speak with animals, and learns from the wolf, Ruyah, that he can manipulate his dreams to affect the real world With Ruyah s humor and guidance, Joran finds the courage and fortitude to press on, despite setbacks and disappointments With the wolf by his side he endures the darkness at the end of the world and the ravings of the lunatic Moon, who sends him off confused than before to the Palace of the Sun with a seemingly useless gift.After trekking through a vast, unmerciful desert, Joran arrives at the Palace of the Sun, where he meets the Sun s mother, Sola She helps Joran understand part of his riddle and then sends him, with the gift of a sunstone, to the cave of the South Wind, whom, she says, will finally reveal the truth to him about his wife if he dares hear it He and Ruyah travel south through jungle, and finally arrive at the cave There Joran is swept along a vision where he sees his past, and in horror, learns truths that send him into deep despair The South Wind dismisses him with one last gift but like the other two gifts, he has no idea what they are for or how they will help him rescue his wife She tells him to find the sea of his dreams far west, beyond his imagining.

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    1. Bookwraiths

      Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews The Wolf of Tebron is a Christian fable delivered in classic, fantasy style. Yes, it’s allegory, and yes, it is based on different stories of the Bible. And if you find it difficult to digest these type of message stories, then this novel is not for you. However, if you adore stories where every paragraph can be dissected for its hidden meaning (The author actually cites G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis throughout the book) then this brilliantly written [...]

    2. Becky B

      I have spent my past several reviews lamenting the sad state of the quality of modern Christian fantasy, so it was a breath of fresh air to read this book. I LOVED The Wolf of Tebron by C S Lakin. It reminded me very much of George MacDonald’s fantasy writing. I really liked the characters she introduced, I loved that the story had enough depth it left you with things to think about and chew over later, but most of all I loved her writing. The words were lyrical and well-chosen, the descriptio [...]

    3. Julie

      I received this book as a part of the CSFF Blog Tour. When it was first pitched to me, I wasn't sure this was something I would enjoy. However, I saw some great reviews on it and even heard that it was likened to C.S. Lewis's writing. While I've never read the Chronicles of Narnia series *big gasp* I have enjoyed the movies. I'm so thankful I gave this book a chance!!There is an incredible journey taking place when a marital spat occurs. Joran packs up his wife and sends her off to see family. I [...]

    4. Christie Hagerman

      What a spectacular book! I got caught up in this epic struggle in the very first chapter, and didn’t put the book down until I’d read it through. In this allegory, Joran, a simple young man, finds himself leaving the world he’s always known in search of his wife, who was captured by some force of magic. He is joined by a wolf who accompanies and guides him on his quest. Their adventures force Joran to confront his inner demons and embrace who he was meant to be.This is a book that can be e [...]

    5. Bluerose'sHeart

      It took me a little while to get into the story. I really think this is one you have to fully commit to reading or you won’t like it. I went back and forth between really liking parts of it and hating it. I found a lot of it confusing and weird, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The more you read, the more details are given. The ending clears up all other loose ends.This story is suppose to be a representation of God’s love and devotion. I’m not going to review on that aspect of th [...]

    6. Tami

      Joran liked his simple life as a blacksmith and coming home to his beautiful wife each night. In an instant, everything changed. It all began when Joran returned home a little earlier than usual. He walked past the neighbour’s farm and saw his wife in a loving embrace. Heart broken, Joran confronted his wife that night but she refused to acknowledge the truth. Seething with anger, Joran sent his wife Charris away. As often happens in small towns, soon everyone suspected that something was amis [...]

    7. Ron

      Excellent fairy tale in the The Pilgrim's Progress or The Lord of the Ringstradition. The hidden Bible quotes and Christian literary allusions increase the fun. Appropriate for young adult readers.Clear from the start that Joran was fighting himself at some level. Short book. Felt a little rushed; could have developed the journey portions. For added drama, do not read the Foreword. It gives away a lot.A very good read.

    8. Fred Warren

      Long ago, and far away, an apprentice blacksmith named Joran is tormented by nightmares. He claws his way up a sand-strewn cliff battered by ocean waves, desperately trying to reach his imprisoned wife. Every night, he fails, sucked under the dark, roiling water as a baleful moon looms overhead, mocking him.It’s just a dream, isn’t it? That’s what Joran thinks, until he discovers that the wife he sent back to her relatives in a nearby village after a heated argument never reached her desti [...]

    9. Nikole Hahn

      Book 1, The Gates of Heaven SeriesFrom childhood, Fairy Tales have always attracted me. Grimm’s, Aesop’s, and Hans Christian Anderson became my friends. I still love those stories. It was for that reason that I agreed to review The Gates of Heaven’s Series. It was billed as A Fairy Tale by C.S. Lakin. You might recall that she wrote a contemporary novel called, Someone to Blame. You can read THAT review here. And read her interview here.As in Someone to Blame, Lakin writes from a deep pers [...]

    10. Rachel Thomson

      In the village of Tebron, surrounded by forests and peaceful mountains, Joran works as an apprentice blacksmith because his unusually sharp ability to mindspeak with animals has made forestry, hunting, and fishing too painful an occupation. He is painfully aware of his difference from his brothers, whom he loves but is unlike. Joran is slender, gentle, contemplative, and quietly desperate, wishing above all things to feel true happiness with his beautiful wife Charris, to feel that he belongs.Wh [...]

    11. Shannon McDermott

      How far would you go to save your wife? Would you make good on the old lovers’ promise to go to the ends of the earth? Would you go to the most extreme north, to the house of the Moon? Would you go to the most extreme east, to the palace of the Sun? Would you travel the hot, wet forests of the south, or journey to the unimaginable sea? Would you enter your own dreams?Most men would have to make a good guess, but Joran – lucky fellow – gets to know for sure. He will discover how far he is w [...]

    12. Jennifer

      Joran is a happy little blacksmith until one day he has an argument with his wife Charris, and subsequently kicks her out of the house, sending her to visit her family in another village over the mountains. Only Charris doesn't make it there. She disappears along the way, and it is up to Joran to figure out what happened. Joran begins to have dreams of Charris, being locked up in a castle, guarded by the Moon. Then an odd woman from the village speaks in riddles to Joran. Joran is thoroughly con [...]

    13. MarleneSchuler

      There are only a few books that can take my soul, toss it to the winds of hope and make it soar to heights I never knew before. One is Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis, another is The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit. And another such book is this one. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. The cover says fairy tale, so naturally I was drawn in. I was maybe expecting something along the lines of one of those books you read one day then forget the next. Never in m [...]

    14. Bookworm1858

      I wanted to read this because I was intrigued about the idea of Christian fantasy, somewhat in the vein of CS Lewis. However I did not find that to be an accurate comparison. I remember the first time I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and how I was immediately drawn into the story and identified with the children. And because of how much I love the Narnia books, the memory hung over me and this suffered in comparison.But with this book, the characters did not do much for me. The main [...]

    15. Natalie

      I was slow to get into this book because Joran was so incredibly whiny and obtuse. At the beginning, you learn that he has sent his wife away for some unrevealed reason and it is pretty obvious that he was an idiot about it. Then, after she disappears, he waits two weeks before starting his quest to find and rescue her. On the journey, he complains about everything and if it wasn't for Ruyah (his wolf friend) he wouldn't have stood a chance. However, in his favor, Joran is always kind to animals [...]

    16. Lilian Gafni

      Beautiful Tale of a Struggle for LoveBy Lilian Gafni This is a beautifully, well written story of a man's enduring love for his wife, and the willingness to find her despite the mortal dangers in his path.The Wolf of Tebron is a fantasy fairy tale that questions assumptions of truth, and self-discovery. "What you see may not be true." The tale is also the struggle to undo one's wrong. Joran believes that his wife has been unfaithful and sends her away in a fit of rage. In a troubling dream, Jora [...]

    17. R Bartel

      I began reading some of the Christian fantasy/allegory books several years ago by picking up C S Lewis’ Chronicle of Narnia series for the first time in my life. Though I enjoy reading a good Christian fantasy/allegory now, my education in the Bible and my passion for the Truth tends to mean I find as much disappointment as pleasure, however, in many of the stories I read.As I began Lakin’s book, I became apprehensive about its message while at the same time enthralled with the majesty of he [...]

    18. Page (One Book At A Time)

      I was intrigued by the email I received pitching this book. It was described as being along the same lines as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. So, I accepted. I'm glad I did. I loved the fantasy world the author was able to create. It felt very real and definitely had the same feel and The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved how each journey was set up and how the scenery changed with each one.The characters were interesting. I was surprised at how fast Joran decided to take his jou [...]

    19. Cheryl Olson

      "The Wolf of Tebron" by C. S. Lakin is billed as a "fairy tale" and I would heartily agree, but a fairy tale with much allegory and deep meaning, along the lines of C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series. The main character/hero is Joran, a young blascksmith's apprentice who, you find early on, has the ability to mindspeak with animals around him which plays into the story in meaningful ways throughout. Joran is soon on a quest to free his missing wife who comes to him in dreams or rather nig [...]

    20. Truly Bookish

      Joran is a blacksmith who longs for a peaceful life and to not feel like an outsider in his family and community. He has a fight with his wife and in a fit of anger, sends her back to her family only to find out she never made it there. Joran sets out on an epic journey to find her and is joined by a wolf, Ruyah, who helps him. Joran’s quest to find his wife leads in him find out a lot about himself.Joran is such a human character. He makes grave mistakes and assumptions, he whines more than h [...]

    21. Michelle Griep

      Part fairy tale, part fantasy, this is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader engaged until the last page. If you’re a fan of C.S. Lewis, then C.S. Lakin just may be your new favorite author. Though Joran is the main character in the story, I’d have to say that the wolf is the true hero. Wise. Selfless. Compassionate. This animal is a virtual superhero. What I liked best was the wolf proverbs. Here’s an example: “It is said among wolves, the road to truth has not been tried and found w [...]

    22. Michelle

      This series has become one of my all-time favorites. The world of these books is guarded at key locations by gatekeepers who protect gateways to heaven. In each book, a gateway is threatened by evil forces that want to destroy all that is good and beautiful. The characters change in each book, but this theme ties the books together. In this first book, Joran is the main player. As he journeys to discover who he is and to find his destiny, he discovers many fascinating characters and travels to e [...]

    23. Kristi

      This book was recommended to me by the publisher because of my love of fairy tales. When I began to read it, it quickly caught my attention because of my love of tales that sends the main character to the far reaches of the earth until they wear out a pair (or for this tale, three pairs) of shoes. I enjoy following the development of the character throughout the tale. He has a lot to learn and improve about himself before he can succeed. Putting myself in the character's place teaches me to look [...]

    24. Jill Williamson

      Review by Jill WilliamsonJoran sent his wife away when he discovered something about her that he could not forgive. But then he discovered that she never arrived. He can’t stand not knowing what happened to her, so he investigates and discovers that his wife is being held captive by the moon. Joran embarks on a long journey to bring her back. Her befriends a wolf named Ruyah along the way, who becomes a close friend and protector.This book is filled with beautiful literary allegory and symboli [...]

    25. Melissa

      I really enjoyed this book. There was a portion part way through when things got very confused & it became hard to follow but I suspect that was precisely what the author intended it to feel/read like. In a way this reminded me of an old fairy tale or fable so imagine my surprise when the very first line in the end notes mentions that elements from a Grimm story provided inspiration for it. Very good although due to some emotionally difficult & semi-adult situations I wouldn't suggest it [...]

    26. Freda Mans-Labianca

      This is the best kind of fantasy one could find, filled with all four elements, magic and wonder.I was literally transported to another world in my mind, and even though the book compares itself to Chronicles of Narnia, I went somewhere all together different. But better different. It does carry attributes that are similar, like talking animals, but they don't talk to everyone.There were moments where Joran frustrated me with his griping and misery, but in the end I was glad it was there. It bel [...]

    27. Kelsey Bryant

      Ohwhere to start? This was lovely. It was a fairy tale in every good sense of the word, only enriched into a literary novel. The fairy tale elements of journey, symbolism, and magic were there, but the characters were well rounded and there were allusions to Biblical themes and authors like C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton. The writing is elegant---a large vocabulary, and plenty of description, which is essential if an author is crafting a fantasy land. The resolution of the tale kept me guessin [...]

    28. Holly

      Read it for the second time and just as good still cried This is the first book in The Gates of Heaven series. The author has definitely grown in her writing in this series as she's progressed, but this was a beautiful tale. I loved Ruyah and what he added to Joran's life. Joran is like so many of us who let's anger and bitterness take over his life. The adventure was fun and allows your imagination to soar. I never thought I would enjoy fairy tales as much as I've enjoyed these by C.S. Lakin.

    29. Bill Tillman

      AMG has unleashed a power house Christian fantasy writer. I do not know why but somehow left this book sitting on my electronic shelf for nearly three years. Written as Christian allegory it is beyond great, the relationship between the wolf Ruyah and Joran is remarkable. Tightly woven plot and character development lead to a delightful tale. I just absolutely love the pithy sayings of Ruyah: 'There are two ways of getting home-and one of them is to stay there. 'The longest way 'round is the sho [...]

    30. Rachel

      C.S. Lakin's novel,The Wolf of Tebron is a story filled with allegory and adventure. Written on an accessible level, but filled with hidden layers of meaning, this is a tale for both young and old.That being said, some parts of the book seemed rushed and there were many instances where I would have enjoyed some more detail. This book might be better suited to reading aloud, for it does read like a ballad or fairytale. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an abstract allegory with fan [...]

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