The Wild Ways
by Tanya Huff
Penguin, $24.95hb, $7.99pb, 432pp
Release Date: November 6, 2012
The Wild Ways is the sequel to The Enchantment Emporium.
While The Enchantment Emporium introduced us to the Gale family, that book focused on Alysha Gale. With The Wild Ways we follow Alysha’s cousin, Charlotte “Charlie” Gale as she comes into her own.
Charlie is a Wild Power who is trying to spend the summer making music on the Celtic Festival circuit but it seems the family, and circumstances, will not let her be. First she finds herself allied with a family of Selkies who have had their sealskins stolen by Charlie’s Auntie Catherine, also a Wild Power, who has aligned herself with an oil company determined to place an offshore oil rig in the midst of the Selkie’s home waters. Charlie also finds herself wrangling her 14-year-old nephew, Jack, who aside from being a teenager, is also a dragon prince and a sorcerer.
If you have not read The Enchantment Emporium, I suggest reading it first for added enjoyment of this book though it is not totally necessary. It is possible to follow along and get up to speed fairly quickly even if you have not read the first book. The action is fast-paced, the characters are interesting and the story pulls one helter skelter into the whirlwind of Charlie’s life. The Gales are a fascinating family and I can only hope we will see more of Alysha, Charlie, Jack and the Aunties in another book soon. Highly recommended. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon