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

Reviews The Wolf in the Whale

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    *Review originally published on Book Fantasy 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 surf...
  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. The heroic journey of an Inuit shaman and a Viking warrior in an epic tale of survival, love, and clashing gods in the frozen Arctic of 1000 AD.Fantasy wrapped around Inuit and Viking legends. This is a very creative story but lagged in places. The final battle (Ragnarok) seemed to go on and on.3.25 stars
  • Colleen
    4 Stars*An intriguing blend of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that explores Inuit and Norse mythology*ARC provided by Redhook Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Last year, I read Brodsky’s debut novel, The Immortals, which was a creative, modern retelling of Greek mythology. When I saw that she had a new book coming out that would involve Inuit and Norse mythology, I knew I had to read it. I love mythology and am always on the...
  • Lynn Williams
    Loved it, Absolutely loved it. RTF
  • Sarah
    I wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Brodsky weaves together a tale of family, survival, courage and acceptance. Omat is born a woman but raised a man, a hunter. She is taught by her grandfather to hunt, speak to the gods and save her people. Omat's journey takes her from hunter, to slave, to friend, and finally back home. She journey's across the ice with her wolf-dog pack and eventually her Viking. The first 1/3 of this book is a little...
  • Kopratic
    4.5 stars. Full review to come.
  • Ken Fredette
    I can think that Jordanna used her history and literature degree from Harvard to learn everything that she could to put together the story that she tells about Omat, Kiasik, Puja, and Brandr. She describes this in detail after the story, which to me was a list of people and books worth reading. However, she describes how Omat, a boy in a girls body was made a boy by her Ataata (father/grandfather) who was a angakkuq (shaman) who wants him/her to ...
  • Kendra
    This is an original and imaginative novel that follows Omat, a shaman of the Inuk people, from birth to parenthood. Freely speculating on encounters between First Nations peoples and the Norse explorers of North America, Brodsky weaves a powerful story of identity, survival, rivalry, and enduring bonds among ice-sea hunters and the men and women of the Norse expeditions, delving into shamanic powers, the spread of religions, and the desires of th...
  • Sai Johnson
    Fascinating story that focuses on some thought provoking topics. The mysticism had a spellbinding effect which made the story impossible to put down and sad to finish. Highly recommended!
  • Janna
    This book was awesome.Combining Inuit and Norse history with fantasy elements, The Wolf in the Whale tells the story of Omat, an Inuit hunter and shaman living in the Canadian arctic in 1000 AD. Born a girl, her family believes the soul of her dead father has been reborn in her and therefore they raise her as a boy. Omat finds her identity in hunting for her family and communing with the spirits to keep them safe, but there are larger forces at w...
  • Glenn Coltharp
    I recieved this ARC book thru goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads for the chance to read this ARC and give an early review. I struggled between 3 & 4 stars for my rating of this book. To be honest, I’d give it a solid 3.5* if that were an option but due to almost giving up on the book early on I have to rate it at 3*. The book struggled for the first 1/3 and then was pretty good the rest of the way. I’ll break my review down in those t...
  • Kerri
    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. When I first read the summary, I was intrigued, but not sure what to expect. After reading it, I am so very glad that I won it. It is not my typical genre and probably not something I would have read otherwise and that would be a travesty. This story, the characters, the setting, and the mythology/folklore that it contains, is well worth reading. The concept is original and unique, not like any stor...