Crown. I’m really excited to share this book with you. The Wolf’s Cry was released this year in January, and is the first book in Natalie’s The Semei Trilogy – a really exciting, original, young adult, Fantasy novel!
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 cover and title of The Wolf’s Cry suggests something paranormal with werewolves, but it’s defineltly closer to fantasy rather than paranormal, don’t be fooled! In The Wolf’s Cry, we are taken into another world of shape shifters under our current world. This, among other things, I loved, but I did have a few concerns with connecting to characters and the pace of the plot.
One of the best parts of The Wolf’s Cry is the world building. In my mind’s eye I have a fair idea of what the world looks like from a Semei’s (shape shifter’s) point of view. There were a few times during the book that I wished there were more descriptions, but otherwise I believe this was done really well!
Another thing I liked about this book was the plot. You could tell through reading that it was well planned. I liked that the climax was strong and included lots of anticipation. Despite this I feel as though the plot was jumpy. Some parts I could barely get through, while others sped by in a blur. The purpose of the plot also wasn’t very clear until a quarter way in, where we began to see another perspective.
I liked how the book included more perspectives where necessary. It was mostly Kammy, the female lead and Jad the male lead. I think it would be interesting to include someone who follows the villain in the book, because for me, him and his motive’s were vague. A major problem I did have with the characters though, is that Kammy was not characterized very well. I couldn’t really connect with her as much as I would have liked.
Despite this, I did feel that every other character was developed and dished out. This includes Tayah, Jamie, Fii, Jad – all of them. What Kammy lacked, these characters had, which almost makes up for it.
I liked how mysteries in the book were released slowly, though I did feel that Kammy’s situation was a little predictable, and her response to the revelations about her felt a little off and unnatural. This coulbe be because I didn’t really understand her. Also, sometimes the dialogue felt very jumpy and unnatural, though this was rare and I’m just nit picking.
I do think that Crown has demonstrated relationship and friendship dynamics amazingly in The Wolf’s Cry. I believed in every relationship shown and how their actions reflected this. Per chance, these dynamics did add to the overall storyline immensely.
Overall, I did enjoy The Wolf’s Cry. Despite how I feel about Kammy and the plot pace, the last half of the book I read without disturbance or any other thought other than just enjoying the story. I found myself shipping for Jad and Kimmy, getting teary and emotional, and just hanging to see what happens next! Can’t wait to see what the 2nd installment of The Semei Triolgy brings. I recommend the Wolf’s cry to any young fantasy reader!
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
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
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
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.