This is not your typical fantasy novel. The Red Wolf Conspiracy is an adventure novel first and foremost. The fact that the characters range from humans to sentient animals is secondary to the tale that grips you from the first pages.
The Mzithrin and Arquali Empires have been locked in a 40-year war over the resources in the Crownless Lands on their common frontier. Pazel Pashkenle, introduced as a victim of that war, becomes a tarboy on the Mega-ship Chathrand, where many of the other characters come together. There are spies and intrigue, a bully or two, a half-mad captain, an unwilling bride, miniature warriors, sentient animals, and a powerful sorcerer all intertwined in Pazel's adventures and misfortunes. Each character is introduced in turn, and all become believable in this fantasy adventure. This novel is part adventure on the high seas, part coming of age novel, and part fantasy. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next installment of Pazel's adventures in The Ruling Sea.
The Red Wolf Conspiracy