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“Enjoyable, entertaining, engaging fantasy.” (Tor.com)

At the Emperor's Command

Multiple races carefully navigate the City of Elantra under the Dragon Emperor’s wing. His Imperial Wolves are executioners, the smallest group to serve in the Halls of Law. The populace calls them assassins.

Every wolf candidate must consent to a full examination by the Tha’alani, one of the most feared and distrusted races in Elantra for their ability to read minds. Most candidates don’t finish their job interviews.

Severn Handred, the newest potential recruit, is determined to face and pass this final test — even if by doing so he’s exposing secrets he has never shared.

When an interrogation uncovers the connections to a two-decade-old series of murders of the Tha’alani, the Wolves are commanded to hunt. Severn’s first job will be joining the chase. From the High Halls to the Tha’alani quarter, from the Oracles to the Emperor, secrets are uncovered, tensions are raised and justice just might be done…if Severn can survive.

The Wolves of Elantra

Book 1: The Emperor’s Wolves

©2020 Michelle Sagara (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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the story I've been waiting for

just yes, all yes omg yes. now I need the next one so I can learn about his weapon on chains. omg yes

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  • Wendy
  • 16-10-2020

Excellent and long waited for

This is a spin off from the Chronicles of Elantra series, but you don’t need to read that series to follow and enjoy this book. This book is part of the back story for Severn, one of my favorite characters from the Cast books. It tells us how he came to be a Wolf; how he met the Tha’alani Cast Lord Ybelline, the Keeper Evanton, and the Eternal Emperor; and his introduction to the High Halls.

The characters were engaging and the plot was interesting. The pace was well done. It was definitely worth the credit and I’ll probably listen to the book again every time a new book comes out in the series. I can’t wait for the next book which is supposed to be Severn’s journey to the West March.

Kristine Hvam, who also narrates the Cast novels, did a great job and the voices of the characters were consistent with their voices in the Cast novels which I really appreciate. The only criticism I have is that the pronunciation for Ellieann was different in this book than in the Cast novels. Probably not a big deal to most, but did make me cringe the first time I heard it. I liked the diversity of her voices for the characters which makes it easy to keep track of who is talking. The tone she gives the book is exactly what I imagine the author intended.

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  • Antigone
  • 14-10-2020

New perspective in a favorite world

I so enjoyed getting a peak at Severn's time with the Wolves. The author did a great job balancing between giving us totally new info and characters and giving us additional perspective on the events in the Chronicles of Elantra series. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Veronica Johnson
  • 14-10-2020

severns story

loved this book. we get too see how severn became a wolf. cannot wait for the next in the series. great start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-2020

frequent reader

Good stand alone book, but also fills in back ground from others in the series. enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

more please

The world Michelle creates in the Cast series, and now this side story, is one of my favorites. I have always had a fondness for Severn and this story only further entrenches my love for him as a character. Getting some insight into his background was enlightening and has me wanting more. Can't wait for the second book (and hopefully more) to come!

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  • Love to read
  • 16-10-2020

WOW JUST WOW!

Wow , I love the Alantra series. My favorite characters are Kaylin & Sevrin. I am so very happy that this is a spin off of them. I always wondered about the wolf lord and was so pleased to get to meet him and several other new characters in this book. Ms. Sagara is such a wonderful author that can transport her readers so you feel that you are apart of her books, she literally describes the places and feelings and you can see and feel the things she writes. She is my favorite author to date. I am patiently waiting for next books in both series.

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  • Beckett Family
  • 15-02-2021

So well written

Michelle Sahara has a style of her own. She delves into the minds of her characters, thereby letting the reader know the nuances of what was said and thought. She spares the reader the character’s flights of fancy or deep introspection. Although her books can be read or heard individually, this series is best understood if taken in order. And yes, I have read or heard her books in order many times,

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  • AndiLynn
  • 08-02-2021

Hard to differentiate characters

Normally, I really enjoy the Elantra chronicles, but this time I found it challenging to differentiate many of the characters by voice, especially at the end. Still, a nice back story about Severn with a few twists I didn't expect.

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  • keril
  • 01-02-2021

Same wonderful series, different point of view.

My second favorite book in the series.
Welcome sub-story about a major “supporting - role” character.

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  • Lachri
  • 23-01-2021

Exactly what I have been waiting for!

I've always been more interested in Severn's story than anyone else's in this series and this book did not disappoint! It's probably my favorite book written in the Chronicles of Elantra world in years. It brings up even more questions about Severn's past which make him even more interesting. I've listened to it several times already and I can't wait for the next!!
The narration was excellent as always.

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  • L
  • 15-10-2020

Brilliant

I have been looking forward to this book for months, and I have to say it definitely didn't disappoint. I love the Cast In series and have read/listened to all of them so far, and Severn is by far one of my favourite characters - I'm really hoping that he and Kaylin finally get together - so when I saw there was going to be a series more focused on his side of things I was utterly delighted.

This book is set right back at the beginning and tells you how he became a Wolf, and many other aspects of his story that you get hints of in the other series. It is, as always, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Also, I am glad they kept Khristine Hvam as the narrator as not only is she one of my personal favourite when it comes to narrators, but it also really felt like a continuation of the other series as the charters were recognisable.

Would recommend, and can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anna
  • 19-04-2021

Already waiting

As always Sagara knocks you out with her stunning command of the written word, wow!

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