The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

The Wolf in the Whale

A sweeping tale of clashing cultures, warring gods, and forbidden love: In 1000 AD, a young Inuit shaman and a Viking warrior become unwilling allies as war breaks out between their peoples and their gods-one that will determine the fate of them all."There is a very old story, rarely told, of a wolf that runs into the ocean and becomes a whale."Born with the soul of a hunter and the spirit of the Wolf, Omat is destined to follow in her grandfathe...

Details The Wolf in the Whale

TitleThe Wolf in the Whale
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

Reviews The Wolf in the Whale

  • Nils | nilsreviewsit
    ‘I am no longer scared of being a woman — it doesn’t make me any less a man. I am both. I am neither. I am only myself.’🐺The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky is the story of a young Inuit shaman, living on the edge of the world, trying survive in a devastatingly hostile environment. WOW! This was one powerful, dark, atmospheric but absolutely beautiful read, and one I fell in love with instantly.🐺The world building in this ...
  • Jes Reads
    After taking a few days to have a good cry now that I've finished this book I think it's time for me to sit down and finally give everyone my full review. There is also a scheduled video review of this going up on my Youtube channel this week if you're interested in watching me attempt to not cry for 15 minutes. Thank you to Hachette Books for sending me an early copy for my honest review. Now to get into what I truly thought of this book. Often ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    5 of 5 star at The BiblioSanctum expected to enjoy The Wolf and the Whale, but what I was not prepared for was how completely it swept me off my feet. In this stunning masterpiece, Jordanna Max Brodsky weaves a cinematic tale of adventure and survival, blending history, mythology and timeless romance. All of this is set to the epic backdrop of the Arctic wilderness at a time of great change towards the en...
  • Jennifer
    “Birth and death, we are torn apart and recreated.” Loss, love, trauma, survival, spirituality, power, war, identity...the above quote can be seen in all of these elements as experienced by the main character Omat, an Inuit shaman. Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis. (view spoiler)[Born as a biological female, Omat inherited her father's gender and spirit when she received his name during infancy. She was raised as her father was...
  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    “Why would I continue life as a man trapped in a girl’s body when I could just as easily fly into the heavens or run with the wolves?”Imagine a world so breathtakingly beautiful and dangerous, so hard and cold and brutal, yet bristling with colors that will never be brighter and enormous landscapes unmarked by the will of humankind. In this world, every step could be your last, and every breath is spent in the fight for survival.I must prai...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    *Review originally published on Fantasy Book Review* "There are few sounds at night on the frozen sea besides the roar of the wind. No plants to rustle, no waves to crash upon the shore, no birds to caw. The white owl flies on hushed wings. The white fox walks with silent tread. Even Inuit move as softly as spirits, the snow too hard to yield and crunch beneath our boots. We hear little, but what we do hear is vital: the exploding breath of a sur...
  • Sarah
    This is the book I feel like I have been waiting for since this terrible reading slump hit back in October. I really just needed something to sweep me away- to make me care, to give me a reason to stay curled up on the couch all day and read. It has been a really long time since I read a 500+ page book in a 24 hour period. It was impossible to put down.This is the story of Omat, an Inuit two-spirit shaman living around 1000 AD, and what happens w...
  • Liz
    You should read this book. In fact, don’t even bother with my review, spend that few minutes getting the book instead and then reading it! Ciao!…OK, you’re still here :) Need more convincing? Not a problem! Well, first of all, I would like to say that this book is quite ‘dark’ in nature. I mean, literally, the Sun disappears for quite a while far up in the North… but… If you’re sensitive to the more cruel side of life and nature t...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    This review was originally published at THE FANTASY HIVE -’ve just finished The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky and I’m a bit blown away. It starts as a very tight and intimate story about a young Inuit and their relationship with their family and with the spirits that guide their daily life, then introduces the Viking threat from the outside world, then throws their gods into the mix and by...
  • Kristen
    Full review is here on my blog!~Wow. This book.I’m not sure how I’m going to sum this up, because this book gave me all kinds of the feels.This is the story of Omat, who is a young Inuit hunter and apprentice shaman. As there are very strong taboos about women hunting and women being shamans in Omat’s culture, this is a bit of a difficult situation. Omat holds her father’s spirit, and as such, she is raised like a boy, in fact she doesn...
  • Michelle {Book Hangovers}
    My favorite read of 2019 so far. What a delightfully brutal tale with myth and magic, Friendship and family bonds intertwined. I haven’t loved a character like Omat in a long time. So happy I got to take this journey with her.
  • kath | novelandfolk
    The Wolf in the Whale was a book that I expected to enjoy but found myself surprised by how much I ended up loving! so many feels - this book is grim, brutal, heartbreaking. the wolf in the whale is a powerful exploration of survival in the most barren of landscapes, family loyalty, and gender fluidity in a time that afforded no leniency for challenging the established ways.these characters, especially omat and brandr, got under my skin and spoke...
  • Nigel
    In brief - Well crafted and clever story telling. 4.5/5 In fullI found the start of this very intriguing. It is about the birth of Omat's, the main character. We are in the land of ice with an extended family of Inuit and in a time of gods and legends. Omat will become a shaman like Ataata, her grandfather. With these powers she can talk to and see the gods. However when they stop listening to her why is it that a number of gods continue watching...
  • Karen ⚜Mess⚜
    It's only January and I already know this is my favorite read of 2019. The Wolf In The Whale is a story that will stay with me. A beautiful, vivid tale of two cultures inevitably bound to collide. An Inuit story of how one tribe survives at the edge of the world and Norsemen out to conquer and discover new lands. I cannot just walk away from such an awe inspiring novel. Long after the pages stopped turning I still find myself seeking documen...
  • Karen
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In 1000AD, an Inuit community is dying. A young girl grows up with the soul of a hunter, raised as a man and determined to follow in her grandfather's steps. She wants to become the next shaman-type leader of her community, communicating with the spirits. But the spirits have stopped listening. Her community is starving and hope is all they have lef...
  • Mara
    I really enjoyed this, especially as a breath of fresh air in the fantasy books I've been reading in the last year. I absolutely adored the Inuit & Viking lore interwoven to create the magic system & fantasy world. I loved the characters, and was delighted to see the exploration of fluidity in Omat's gender identity. That was definitely an unexpected thematic element to this 1000AD era fantasy world, and I thought the author's unraveling of Omat'...
  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Recently, books that use mythology creatively are a very common phenomenon. One of them is this and I have the impression that this use is made in a quite different way, with the author based on folklore and history and adding to it the mythological elements. At the beginning of our history we come in contact with the Inuits, the natives of Greenland and North-East America, and their distinctive lifestyle in this icy environment that revolves aro...
  • Milena
    The Wolf in the Whale is a unique book, I haven't read anything like it! It has so many interesting elements: Inuit mythology (that I knew absolutely nothing about), Norse mythology, Arctic fantasy, discussion on different religions, and the aspect that I found the most fascinating - the complexity of gender identity. The author, Jordanna Max Brodsky, conducted an extensive research about Inuit people and their way of life in the harsh Arctic wil...
  • Kathy
    The Wolf in the Whale is a languid, immersive tapestry consisting primarily of Inuit culture and mythology but one that has threads of Norse mythos weaving through it. And the result has a little bit of everything--fantastic character work, slow-burn romance, meddling gods, wolves that are whales that are wolves, battles ranging from small-scale to continent-spanning, and themes of gender roles and identity.Above all that, though, it's about cha...
  • Bunny
    My 250th Book Read for the YearBefore I start this review, a shout out to Jes Reads Books, and her review of this incredible book. I heard about it through her, I was excited to read it because of her passion in talking about it. And then she went and sent it to me like the amazing person she is. Watch her review, read my review, then add this to your must read list. Because this book is truly incredible. And there is so much to love for so many ...
  • Lou
    From the moment I first clapped eyes on The Wolf and the Whale and read the synopsis I knew this was going to be something special, and boy it certainly was that! This is a tale that immerses you in the beautiful writing and the ominous plot right from the outset, and it reads a lot like a fairytale or the myths, legends and folk tales of old with the same deceptively sunken depths and intrigue. One of the standout aspects for me had to be the at...
  • Breanna
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman with an obsession with wolves, will automatically read any book featuring one on the cover.In all seriousness, this sounds amazing.
  • Lynn Williams
    Loved it, Absolutely loved it. Wolf in the Whale was an absolutely gorgeous read. I adored it. It pulled me in from the first page and held me under its spell to the final pages – in fact beyond because I also read the information provided by the author about Inuit words/research, etc.. It gave me a flood of emotions making me well up with tears at one point and then smile and laugh ridiculously the n...
  • Books on Stereo
    A unique historical fantasy that failed to enthrall.
  • Jacqui
    Jordanna Max Brodsky's The Wolf and the Whale (Redhook 2019) is a saga of life before man was the unequivocal alpha on the planet, when Nature still thought she could defeat us. This is a time when man protected barely survived the coldest weather, when food was a treat to be relished when available, when only the tough had any expectation of surviving. If you weren't tough, you weren't valued.Omat is that person. She suffers mightily from hunger...
  • Glory
    Есть старая легенда, которую редко вспоминают: о волке, что бежит в океан и становится китом.жанр: историческое фэнтезиповествование: от первого лица с редкими вкраплениями от третьегоЕдва открыв книгу, я поняла, что буду орать с нее так же, как с ...
  • Mili
    This book is amazing! Definitely a favourite!All the stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!! What a beautifully written tale based on Inuit and Norse folklore. Everything about it strikes right to the core, so many feelings. And so well written, ah my heart 😭💚. It takes place in ancient Alaska, and there is so much beautiful content: family, growth, survival, love, choices, spirits. There is shamanism and the connection with nature and gods. We get to ...
  • Geonn Cannon
    This is a remarkable book. I requested it because I was a fan of the author's Olympus Bound books, but this is a whole new level of writing compared to those. She takes her time setting the scene, a world that's alien but familiar at the same time, and then ties it all together with a fascinating exploration of mythology from two very different cultures. This book was everything I'd hoped it might be when I read the description. I was a fan of th...
  • Jordan
    This book killed me a lot and I loved every second of it. This was beautiful and intense and heartbreaking.... I just need everyone to read it and for it to be recognized for how stunning it is. Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up The Wolf in the Whale. I had no idea that I was opening up a book that would become one of my new all-time favorites that I am sure to re-read many, many...