Along Came a Wolf

Along Came a Wolf

The Yellow Hoods #1: Steampunk meets Fairy Tale

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
230 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2015
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Author Biography

Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.

When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.

Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Along Came a Wolf: The Yellow Hoods #1 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Adam Dreece. Tee and her two fellow Yellow Hoods, her best friends, Elly and Richy, have been having a marvelous time in their mountainside tree house, which mysteriously seems to get the most useful upgrades, such as a system of pulleys, ropes and weights for easy access to and from the small village of Minette. Their adventures and explorations take a more serious turn when Andre LeLoup, a sinister stranger claiming to be on official business and carrying an urgent message, comes upon the Cochan brothers and Tee in the woods. He's looking for Tee's grandfather, Nikolas Klaus, a renowned and reclusive inventor, who's adored by his granddaughter. LeLoup is nothing but trouble Nikolas fears and, indeed, he's been sent by Klaus' rival, the equally sinister Simon St. Malo. If LeLoup doesn't find what he's come for, there will be trouble.

In his young adult fantasy, Along Came a Wolf, Adam Dreece adroitly weaves fragments of classic fairy tales into his original and exciting steampunk fantasy story. Tee and her fellow Yellow Hoods are marvelous characters and I enjoyed seeing how the three of them work together to evade the clutches of the dastardly LeLoup. Dreece's nod to steampunk is fantastic and filled with odd and exciting devices that delighted this reader as much as they do Tee and her friends. I definitely want a sail-cart and wouldn't mind having a few shock-sticks around in case of emergencies. In Along Came a Wolf, Nikolas' imaginative and clever devices reminded me just how much I love the steampunk genre. Along Came a Wolf is highly recommended.