Monday, January 3, 2011

CSFF Blog Tour: The Wolf of Tebron

Wolf Of Tebron (Gates Of Heaven V1) (Paperback)The Wolf of Tebron, The Gates of Heaven series, C.S. Lakin, Fantasy/Allegorical Fiction, Living Ink Books, 2010, 254 pages.

Synopsis: Joran dreams of living a simple life as a blacksmith in his forested village of Tebron. But when his wife, Charris, disappears in a whisk of magic, his dream shatters as he is forced to go on a perilous journey to the ends of the world to rescue her. The goose woman tells him he must solve the riddle of the three keys and will wear out three pairs of shoes before he battles the moon-who has trapped Charris in a sand castle perched above the sea.
Dismayed and fearful, Joran sets out alone, but along the way finds unlikely companionship in a wolf named Ruyah, who becomes his guide and trusted friend. In true fairy-tale tradition, Joran must face daunting challenges-within and without-in order to bring Charris safely home.

My thoughts: I was quite impressed with this story! It had many tell-tale elements reminiscent of a fairy-tale: three keys, three pairs of shoes, a sand castle, the Sun, the Moon, the South Wind, and talking animals. It portrays a man desperate to rescue his wife, a jealous Lunatic Moon, and a wolf who is loyal beyond compare. This wolf represents God’s faithfulness and friendship to His children, and also shows Christ’s immense sacrifice, but that is nearly all the similarity that should be understood. The dream metaphors were confusing, especially so on the last page. Another issue I had was the series as a whole. When reading the synopsis for the second volume of this series, I couldn’t find a correlation. Maybe it will turn up, but for now I don’t see it. However, I do plan on reading it upon its release.

My rating: 4 stars

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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Dawn King
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
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Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler


  1. Good review, Noah. You've made it clear what you liked and what problem you saw. That you plan to read the next one serves as a good recommendation. Thanks for participating in the CSFF inaugural 2011 tour.


  2. Looks good. I always like allegorical stories.

    I'll have to read it soon.

    Thanks for the review!


  3. Sounds good! Very cool :D Woh! Ms. Miller Commented! Wow! :O

  4. I've read this book and loved it as well. Do you think the term fairytale on the cover fits? I am still wondering about that.
    Loved the Lunatic Moon line!
    Great in depth review for a wonderful book!