Rogue Wolf

The Oldenglen Chronicles Volume 3

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
384 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2017
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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

The peace of Oldenglen is threatened once again and the power of the Gladestone may not be enough to save the wood folk this time in Rogue Wolf: The Oldenglen Chronicles Volume 3 by Robin Mason. Jackson Wolfe, well named because of the wolf genes he carries as a result of a bite his father had received when he was younger, begins to feel the pull of the wolf part of his being as a new pack invades the quiet glen. Along with his friend, Sarah, Jax works with the Elder, Pondlefoot Badger and the other woodland animals to try to convince Rogue and his pack to leave the glen. Rogue is determined to stay, though, and desperate measures are needed to save the limited population of Oldenglen from ravaging wolves. Poachers are also a problem and take a young eagle, Windlord, that Jax and Sarah must also try to rescue. With the rogue pack of wolves attacking livestock, the authorities become involved and things really heat up when the bullets start to fly. Will the Green Glade ever be safe again or will the presence of so many people destroy what is special about Oldenglen?

Exciting action and extreme danger are just two parts of what makes Rogue Wolf such a wonderful book. These elements hold your attention, but the fantastic descriptions of the woods and all the types of animals and birds that live there paint a clear picture of the setting, helping you feel as though you are part of the story. Great characterizations of the different animals and a strong message that is subtle, not preachy. Jax and Sarah are great friends who dedicate themselves to the safety of the glen and its inhabitants and are quite resourceful. It doesn’t hurt that Jax has many traits of the wolf that are growing stronger within him! I love the intensity of Jax and Sarah and the theme of cooperation among all species. This is an excellent stand-alone story as much as it is a terrific addition to The Oldenglen Chronicles series by Robin Mason. I strongly recommend this book for its action, emotion and heart.

Christian Sia

Rogue Wolf by Robin Mason is the third book in the Oldenglen Chronicles, which perfectly blends sci-fi and fantasy to offer a delightful reward to young adult readers. In the Oldenglen forest, a wolf pack roams fearlessly. Jax is a school boy with an eternal longing for the forest — because of the wild wolf in him — and the thrill of running with the wolf pack is unbearable. But his loyalty is with the glen and its people. With the help of his friend, Sarah, they seek help from the Far Glen wolf pack to fight the invaders. But the adventure is just beginning because a great secret is about to be exposed, and only Jax and Sarah can protect the secrets of the Glen and the lives of their cherished wolves from a deadlier and unforgiving enemy.

Rogue Wolf is a beautiful adventure that is well-crafted with interesting characters. Although the storyline is great, I felt more drawn to the characters than the plot. Jax is a character with something fiery about him and this comes out wonderfully in his interactions with others and the world of the glen. The internal conflict within him is so strong it spices up the plot and the reader is keen to see the kinds of decisions he’d make. Will he follow his heart and join the rogue wolves or will he yield to the love of the glen. The conflict is one of the beautiful elements that drive the plot and it is carefully crafted to surprise readers with the climax. The denouement is also satisfying. Robin Mason has created a story that young readers will adore. I enjoyed it and the characters were a wonderful companion for a while.

Sefina Hawke

Rogue Wolf by Robin Mason is the third book in the children’s fantasy series The Oldenglen Chronicles. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of middle school children who enjoy fantasy stories where the main character is male. Jax was once an ordinary twelve-year-old, forced to move from city life in England to Oregon, but now Jax has his best friend, Sarah, whom he works with to protect the forgotten forest of Oldenglen. Oldenglen has been found and claimed by a rogue wolf pack that threatens the very balance of life in Oldenglen. Jax and Sarah must convince the wood folk to call in the debt owed to them by the Far Glen wolf pack to save Oldenglen and its inhabitants from harm. But is there a greater danger waiting to take advantage of the turmoil to strike at the glen?

Rogue Wolf by Robin Mason is a well-written middle school book with wonderful descriptive language. I found the cover to be beautifully done with lots of hidden details that made sense as I continued to read. Robin Mason truly creates a completely new magical world inside Oldenglen, with unique creatures and magic enough to lure in any fantasy fan. I found the concept of Jax having some wolf DNA from his father, that gave him the desire to run with the pack, to be an interesting plot twist. My favorite character was definitely Sarah; I just enjoyed the way that she continue to support Jax, even when their goals seemed almost impossible to reach. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I would recommend that anyone interested in the series should read books one and two first.

Arya Fomonyuy

Rogue Wolf by Robin Mason is the third book in an exciting fantasy plus adventure series, The Oldenglen Chronicles. Readers are introduced to two compelling characters, Jax and Sarah, and a fascinating setting. A pack of wolves led by a rogue wolf is terrorizing the whole territory of the magical glen, causing havoc and killing livestock, and this could mean a lot of trouble for the inhabitants of the glen. Jax, who feels the throb of wolfish blood in his veins, is attracted to the pack, but he has to make the choice to stand by the life of the valley, so he and Sarah take the lead to fight back and to seek the assistance of the Far Glen wolf pack. When the Far Glen wolf answers the call, it provokes an even worse outcome, the involvement of state and federal wildlife agents. Boxed into a tight spot, Jax and Sarah must do everything to protect the pack they love and the secrets of their beautiful glen.

Robin Mason is a great entertainer for adult readers, with storytelling skills that come through powerfully in Rogue Wolf. One of the elements that attracted me most was the setting, beautifully presented in moving descriptions and vivid images. Readers have a clear picture of where the action is taking place. The storyline isn’t very complex, but it has its surprising turns that will excite the minds of young readers. Jax and Sarah are a great pair and readers will enjoy the internal conflict Jax is caught up in. He has to choose between his loyalty to the wolves with whom he shares an affinity by blood and the family of the glen on whom he’s depended all his life. Character-driven, fast-paced, and captivating, this one is a great read for fantasy lovers.

Rabia Tanveer

Rogue Wolf: The Oldenglen Chronicles Volume 3 by Robin Mason takes us back into the lives of Jax and Sarah. The last time we met Jax, he was forced to give in to the wolf inside him, but he took control so that he could protect the forest of Oldenglen. However, the forest of Oldenglen is in trouble now and if Jax and Sarah do not do something really quickly, Oldenglen will no longer be a secret from the prying eyes of the outside world. There is a rogue pack of wolves now living in the forest and their leader has made Oldenglen his territory.

If that was not troublesome enough, Jax has this urge to join the pack and become a part of them. The wolf in him is craving the companionship of others of its kind. But he is loyal to his friend and the creatures of the Oldenglen, so he has only one choice: convince the wood folk to fight back and bring in help from the Far Glen wolves. However, they have to make a decision really fast because the rogue pack is drawing the attention of people and it is not good for anyone.

What can I say, I love Jax and Sarah and their co-ordination. Jax is my new hero. I love reading about him and I love his character development. The Jax we met in Lone Wolf is very grown up in Rogue Wolf; he is much more comfortable in his own skin and he has more control over the wolf within. He is more mature and he understands his mind, body and urges a lot better. Rogue Wolf: The Oldenglen Chronicles Volume 3 by Robin Mason is very entertaining and interesting and the cover, once again, is brilliant!