The Wolf and The Moon Seeker

Children - Preteen
282 Pages
Reviewed on 11/16/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Wolf and The Moon Seeker is a work of fiction in the fantasy, magical adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for the middle-grade reading audience and it was penned by author Stephanie Teer as part of the League Warriors series. Fourteen-year-old Mateo Reyes resides in a seemingly insignificant town, deemed a nobody by everyone around him. His life takes an unexpected turn when three individuals known as League Warriors arrive. They reveal his destiny as a feared warrior within the League, altering his perception of himself. With a mother who's distant, a school principal who dismisses his potential, and bullies that constantly torment him, Mateo's self-esteem is shattered. However, this encounter with the League Warriors opens a new path. He must regain his memory and trust in himself, embracing the courage needed to embark on a journey that uncovers his true powers. A white wolf from his dreams holds the secrets to both his past and his future.

Author Stephanie Teer invites her young readers into a tale of self-discovery, courage, and embracing one's destiny. The book explores themes of identity, belief, and the power of determination in the face of adversity, making it a captivating read for young fantasy enthusiasts and newcomers to the genre alike. The author displays a particular flair for character in the dialogue and narrative presentation, especially around the emotionally complex Mateo, which allowed me to become fully immersed in his struggles and triumphs in a natural fashion, like getting to know a good friend. The theme of embracing one's true potential resonated strongly, and the narrative struck a balance between action-packed scenes and poignant moments of personal growth. The concept of the League and the mysteries surrounding Mateo's past kept me engaged and eager to uncover the truth alongside the characters and it paves the path for some really exciting future books too. Overall, The Wolf and The Moon Seeker is a highly recommended read that navigates the challenges of identity and courage that young readers often face while, at the same time, delivering an entertaining and enchanting tale.

Liz Konkel

The Wolf and the Moon Seeker by Stephanie J. Teer is the first book in the League Warriors series. All Mateo wants is to escape his life and get away from his mom, her boyfriend, the bullies that torment him, and his crummy job. Little did he know that his wish was about to come true in the most unexpected way. Mateo never thought of himself as capable and never imagined that he’d be able to leave it all behind until three new friends changed his life forever. League Warriors draw him onto a path where he can discover a destiny he never knew he had and face the dangerous forces of the Dark Order. To do so, Mateo must learn how to believe in himself and understand the power he has within, starting with a mysterious wolf that appears while he sleeps and is the key to stopping the Dark Order’s dastardly plans.

The story has an escapism tone with hopefulness to it in how Mateo finds solace with his new friends and finally believes that he has a purpose. Friendship is an essential element as his new friends alter his life by presenting him with a chance to change his circumstances. This has a subtle commentary that shows how friendship can change the way people view their lives. Stephanie J. Teer sets the groundwork for a coming-of-age journey by whisking him away from the obstacles tearing him down in his ordinary life. Part of his journey is self-discovery as he uncovers secrets about his past and about the power he never knew he had. The Dark Order creates a worthy adversary for Mateo’s first battle. The inclusion of animals plays a crucial role in their magic system and will quickly catch middle-grade children’s attention. The writing portrays the animals as majestic and powerful through a genuine love of animals and the immense bond that humans have with them. A coming-of-age journey, The Wolf and the Moon Seeker is perfect for older children to enjoy with a fast-paced plot, action-packed scenes, self-discovery, a hero’s journey, and plenty of animals.