The Wolf's Cry Book Tour and Giveaway


Thanks for stopping by my tour stop for The Wolf's Cry by Natalie Crown. This is a YA Fantasy book that released in January 2014. This is the first book in the The Semei Trilogy.  This tour will run March 10th-21st and consist of reviews, author interviews, guest posts, top tens and a giveaway.  Stop by the tour page for the full list of tour stops.

Book Title: The Wolf's Cry (Book One in the Semei Trilogy)
Author: Natalie Crown
Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: YA
Length: PDF is 199 pages

She is his weakness.
And she will ruin everything.
Kammy Helseth's idea of adventure never amounted to more than getting a boat across to the mainland and finally escaping to London. That was until she stumbled through the mouth of the forest into a world beneath our own, the world of the Semei.

Her only wish is to find her way home but when Jamie, her best friend, is taken into this new world of shapeshifters and Crystals she has no choice but to stand up to her fear and to remain beneath the surface. Hunted by Bagor, King of Alashdial, and those that are loyal to him, Kammy finds herself in the company of a group of outlaws led by Jad, a Prince with a bitter past and a similarly bitter demeanour.

They overcome age-old prejudice to find a way to work together. But Bagor knows a secret about the Crystals that threatens to change everything. Kammy and Jad must find a way to thwart the king and to save Jamie, but that is just the beginning. For Kammy is in possession of a Key and the fate of countless lives, both human and Semei, may rest in her hands.
The Wolf’s Cry by Natalie Crown was a really interesting YA fantasy. I would have to say it is definitely one of those books where the cover is deceiving. I would have never picked this off the shelf, nor thought the book was going to be something I would have enjoyed from the cover.


  • Natalie did an amazing job with the world building. She created a whole population of shape-shifters that live below Earth’s crust. They survived on crystals, which in turn made them rely on the human race not to pollute the surface and kill the crystals that support them.
  • I enjoyed the MC Kammy, she was relatable and well-written. She felt different but really wasn’t on the outside, but she was teased and had low self-confidence.
  • The side characters, Eric, Jad, Tayah and Jamie were interesting, had unique personalities and were great supporting characters. They brought the tough, funny and sensitive emotions to the story.
  • The villain was amazing. He was both awful and appealing at the same time, for a few brief seconds you start to hope that he really isn’t evil. I always think it takes an amazing writer to make you care, even briefly, for a villain who you should immediately hate.
  • The series is going to have some great places to go. The Wolf’s Cry was awesome because you had a full plot and climax, it definitely did not feel like a “lead up” book to the rest of the series, which seems to be written a lot lately.
  • The beginning was not well done. The author needed to get into Kammy’s head and show that she was feeling as an outsider, but it just seemed off and thrown into the story. I think Natalie was having trouble getting the lead up to go into the Semei world. I can totally understand this, and once they were in the Semei world was amazing.
  • I am not sure if it was just in my digital copy, but the POV changed between Kammy, Jad and Eric within the story, but there were no page headers stating the swift.
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About the Author:
I grew up in a village called Swilland, in the countryside of Suffolk, England. There wasn't much around, other than farms and fields, but for the most part I loved it, and I still do. I’m a passionate person by nature. I don’t just LIKE things, I LOVE things. Whether it’s a book, a film, or a sports team. Once I decide to enjoy something, I enjoy it to the MAX.

I’m a terrible cook. I prioritise essential social media work over keeping my flat tidy, because I know best. I

Onto my love of reading and, consequently, writing - it was my dad that played a big role in encouraging me to read. He didn't push me towards books necessarily; he simply read a lot himself. Then I would pick up his books and read them after him. I was reading high and epic fantasy from a very young age. I guess that might explain why I have always loved adventure stories with magic and intrigue and princes and princesses in.

I was aware that I wanted to ‘be a writer’ from a very young age. I was convinced I would be the first best seller that hadn't reached double figures in age yet! I wrote about the Danshees, furry creatures that lived through a mirror. I wrote about a Sand Bottle that transported a boy into a world of magic. I wrote about a sick girl finding a music boy that healed her, but transported her back in time. (Wow, I always have loved alternate universes…)

When I was eight I wrote my first novel called The Land of No Return. Despite the title, I am determined to return to it one day. I feel like I owe it to my past self. So, as you can see, I have always been writing. There have been times when I have gone weeks without scratching down a word. Then there are days where I churn out multiple chapters and only my body’s silly desire for sleep and/or food can stop me.

I write because I enjoy it. I write fantasy because I enjoy it. I try my hardest to put something of myself into my writing. I like to think my characters have depth, I like to think that my fantasy worlds reflect upon the real world in some way. You guys will be the judge of that but even if you don't agree I know that I at least try and I can do no more than that.

These days I live in North London and I love it. I work full time and London is a hectic city. Juggling work, writing and a social life is tough but nobody is forcing me to do it so I can't complain. The dream is that writing will be my career one day but it doesn't matter if I never quite make it. I love writing too much to ever pack it in.

I am desperate to get a dog. My mum suspects I miss my cats at home more than I miss her. I am a devout Arsenal/Ferrari/Rafael Nadal fan. I get all mad when confronted with a case of social injustice and then I get all mad when people take the fight for social justice too far. I mostly keep those thoughts to myself and simmer with rage. I watch good TV and bad TV, because I can. What I can’t do is enjoy bad books (subjective opinion of course). I just can’t.

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How did you come up with the idea for The Wolf’s Cry?
 Wow. Honestly, I can't boil this down to one point. I've been working on this book for ten years or so, on and off. It has changed and been rewritten so many times that a lot of it is very different from the initial idea. My process when thinking up ideas is to pick a random starting point and to roll with it. Sometimes 'rolling with it' lasts five minutes. Other times, I get gripped by something. I distinctly remember writing a chunk, about a chapter long, which I titled 'The Bell of Alashdial.' This chapter introduced Jad and it introduced the Semei, as well as a starting point for a novel. Kammy, the main character, didn't come along until a year or so later. Everything else over the years stemmed from that idea and this scene still happens in the world of the book, it's just not included in the text itself because spoilers. A chapter is called The Bell of Alashdial in honour of it though!
How long did it take you to write The Wolf’s Cry?
As I just said, it's been in the process for over ten years now. That said, I feel as though the period of time from graduating university to now has been ten million times more productive than any other period in my life. The last two years have been where I have really made progress. I wrote the final draft, tightening up the plot and the character arcs along the way. I made plans with regards to publication, cover art, marketing and the like. So yeah, let's say just under two years for this final incarnation. 
What was your biggest inspiration for The Wolf’s Cry?
 I'm rubbish at this question! I honestly can't think of a specific inspiration. That said, I have a lot of 'favourite things' that are always rolling around in my mind and probably do provide inspiration without me knowing it.Raymond E. Feist's books, the Harry Potter books, His Dark Materials, Star Wars, Final Fantasy games, fairytales - both original and Disney...perhaps there are hints of inspiration from these sources within my work, that I'm not exactly conscious of.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
 Don't put too much pressure on yourself. You don't need to write a book within weeks, and you don't need your writing to be instantly perfect. This is something I used to struggle with. If I felt like my writing was terrible, even if it was a first draft, I'd get really miserable and I'd walk away for writing for days, or even weeks. The thing is, it's okay to suck. Particularly if you are just getting the initial ideas down. Churn it out, even if it reads terribly, even if it's something a five year old could write. It doesn't matter. Just getting the ideas down will lay the plot out more clearly. It will allow you to track your character arcs. It will make everything fall into place.You don't need your writing to be anywhere close to perfect until you're putting it out to the public eye. Before that, you just need it to help you along.
What do you like to do when you are not reading or writing?
These days, I feel like I don't do much else if I'm honest! I work full time so my free time does get consumed by my writing, which is fine because I love it. I try to put time aside to see friends though, because while I'm happy in my little bubble, I do eventually start to feel a bit isolated. I read, of course. Other than that, I love travelling. I love history, and I love natural sights. I find those things incredibly inspiring. Which, you guessed it, ties right back in with my writing. I'm also obsessed with tennis, football ,and Formula 1, so I spend a lot of my time watching things. Haha. Does that count?
 If you could go anywhere, either real or in the book world, where would that be?
 In the real world I want to go EVERYWHERE. Happily, I'm going to China this summer, which has always been a dream. I guess my ultimate dream is to visit New Zealand though. It looks so beautiful and I can just imagine how inspiring I would find it to write there! From the book world, I'm going to go for the obvious choice - HOGWARTS PLEASE.



Giveaway:
2 $50 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)



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8 comments

  1. You asked wonderful interview questions Missie! Who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts? ;)
    I think you did a good job pointing out the positives and the negatives in your review. I'm glad to see the negatives are less than the positives. Your copy might have been the earlier copy and I'm thinking the final copy may have clarified the shifts in POV, but I might be wrong.
    I'm glad that for the most part you really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts about the book!

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  2. A) Your blog design is ADORABLE

    B) Sorry to hear that about the POV jumps. I haven't seen that be an issue with any of the files, so maybe Candace is right and you ended up with an early one somehow :/ Sorry!

    C) Thank you for sticking with it past the beginning that you didn't enjoy and I'm glad you thought it improved!

    D) I really enjoyed your interview questions! Thank you so much for taking part in the tour!

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  3. There are so many YA's that look good, I really need to need them more often. Adding this to my TBR :)

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  4. Damn! This sounds interesting. Living off of crystals? I'm interested in reading this and it's always great when the characters are really strong and interesting. Great review!

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  5. Great questions Missie! I really liked the answers Natalie gave too :) this looks like a great read!

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  6. Great questions!!! I've never did an author interview because I would not know what to ask. You did a great job! I didn't read the review only because I'm in the process of reading it myself. As soon as I am finished I am returning to see your thoughts.

    Heather @ Ya Fantasy Book Junkie  

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  7. Nice interview and advice

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