wolves of dynamo

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Title: The Wolves of Dynamo
Author: Gareth S. Young
Publication Date: Feb 11, 2016

the wolves of dynamo

Goodreads Summary:

Thirteen-year-old Eileen MacCormick has always called Dynamo City home. Its bustling streets, imposing Cathedral, and enveloping forest fascinate her, giving her solace after the death of her father. But after moving closer to the forest she finds so comforting, she discovers that it hides a dark, magical world. Eileen’s life changes irrevocably when she crosses paths with a murderer who is terrorizing the city. Heartsick, she finds herself drawn back to the forest where an enclave of mysterious wolves reveal themselves to her. Eileen is shocked to learn she can communicate with the wolves and outraged when the ancient animals demand she lure the murderer to the forest. How can these creatures ask this of her? How can a thirteen-year-old possibly catch a killer? Bewildered by her role in this new magical world, and by the wolves’ extraordinary request, Eileen must battle her sorrow and find courage as she begins the most dangerous and incredible adventure of her life.

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My Review

The Wolves of Dynamo is deceptively more complex than it initially seems. It start of quite innocuously until it blossoms into a tale with a touch of the supernatural, legends of long ago and modern-day super heroes.

The world of Dynamo City is an interesting one in which there is a hidden layer  where the supernatural creatures, elements of legends and heroes and villains abound. There are some really mysterious creatures in this shadow world of Dynamo City that I’m really curious about and since we only got a glimpse of this layer and them, I’m hoping to learn more about them in the sequel.

The main protagonist , thirteen year old Eileen MacCormick is thrust into this hidden world, that had been making itself known to her in mysterious ways, when tragedy strikes home again. Still reeling from the death of her father, having the murderer strike so close again she is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. She seeks out the wolves living in the nearby forest, who task her with something she is determined to fulfill. not fully realising the dangers. I liked Eileeen’s resilience and determination. Even knowing the odds were stacked against her , she never gives up.

The characters are relatable and interesting especially the antagonists who were not always easy to name. The pacing is good and the plot is intriguing, complemented by the supernatural elements and the super heroes and villains.

I am left curious and eager for the sequels since there are a lot of questions yet to be answered and I am expecting big things from the sequel. The potential revealed by the questions left unanswered in this novel is huge.

The only issue I had with this novel was that it was a bit vague in parts. I get that some questions are left for the sequel but some of the legends etc. could have been explored in this book.

All in all, a very enjoyable and well crafted urban fantasy embossed with well-developed characters, supernatural elements, legends and super-heroes.

My Rating

4 hearts

About The Author


Gareth S. Young was born and raised in Scotland, but has now lived for more than 15 years in the American Midwest. This has played havoc with his accent.

In 2010, he published his first full length story, a mystery/suspense novel called Monsters.

In April 2013, his short story “The Orange-headed Serpent” was published in the Orange Karen Anthology.

In 2016, he published his second full length novel, The Wolves of Dynamo, part one of an audacious YA urban fantasy series.

Other upcoming works include Persephone, the much anticipated follow up to Monsters, and part two of the Dynamo City saga.