Author: C.S. Lakin

Publisher: AMG Publishers / Living Ink Books

ISBN-13: 978-089957-888-0: ISBN-10: 0-89957-888-8

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In search of his wife, who has disappeared without trace, Joran, the young blacksmith, sets out from his home, where he has been besieged by recurring nightmares for many a night. On the way, he rescues a wolf, Ruyah, who insists upon accompanying him. Joran speaks telepathically to all animals, and has never felt at home in his small village. One is led to wonder why. Thus starts an adventure that is likely to intrigue you and capture your interest in ways that you might never have imagined possible. A fairy tale which is intended for youngster and adult alike, The Wolf of Tebron is a profoundly spiritual work, which teaches values of truth, integrity, courage, companionship and fealty.

In her discussion of The Wolf of Tebron, which she provides at the end of the book, Lakin explains that she wrote the novel to reflect God’s love and devotion to the personal growth and salvation of those who believe in Him. Her aim was to flesh out in the relationship between two individuals the way in which our awareness of God can permeate every inch of our beings. Ruyah is the Christ figure, who has vowed never to leave us, nor forsake us. By using allegory and metaphor, Lakin is able to draw on both traditional fairy tale elements and Scripture to impact on our consciousness of the deeper meaning of life.

The overwhelming sense of evil which prevails in the prologue is never far from the underlying timbre of the book, just as in real life we are constantly having to guard against surrendering our integrity and essential goodness to forces which mean to harm us. By casting the Moon in the role of villain, Lakin is able to achieve a sustained concentration of a sense of evil throughout the text which is so much more omnipresent than the focusing of such evil in a single individual might otherwise have been. One tends to associate the moon with lovers’ trysts, so that, when considering the shakiness of Joran’s marriage, and his suspicion of his wife’s adultery, it is unsurprising that an object which is traditionally associated with sexuality and physical love is upended and treated as the arch enemy.

 The Wolf of Tebron should appeal to modern-day youth, who tend to be so enthralled by the cult of werewolves and vampires. By using the murky world of the unknown to captivate her audience, Lakin is likely to attract a far wider audience than might have otherwise been willing to become drawn into her text. The Wolf of Tebron is not easy reading, but combines a number of literary approaches to render a coalescent whole which is persuasive and convincing in its power. Whether all those who read the tale will be capable of, first time round, appreciating the subtler aspects of the text is debatable, but then C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has, in similar fashion, attracted the musings of both young and old. Spanning the generations in its appeal, Lakin’s The Wolf of Tebron deserves some serious contemplation, whether or not the reader is of the Christian faith.


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