Fans of fantasy stories featuring a fierce and bloody war between humans and animals will want to take note of the War of the Animals series.


About The Book

War of the Animals: Book 1
Publication Date: June 27, 2023

Mankind struck first. This time, nature fights back…

A failed effort to weaponize animals awakens their intellects. The military responds by creating death camps to exterminate infected animals. Moon Shadow, an Arctic white wolf, unites with White Claw, a polar bear king, to form Animus Nor, the first animal republic, to negotiate peace. The uneasy peace is broken with the rise of Azaz, lord of the grizzly bears. Azaz attacks human settlements, considering humans an invasive species that wreaks havoc on bears and the environment. A world war breaks out as animals face humans and each other to see who will rule the world.



The Review

Genetically enhanced animals square off against the humans who created the nanotechnology in a new series by Jonathan DeCoteau.

The series, titled War of the Animals, begins with The Shut Face of Thunder. Categorized as adventure fantasy, there’s an intricate world complete with a new language and mythical beings.

Once humans realize what is happening, the slaughter begins to eradicate the animals. However, since the animals have evolved and are able to communicate with each other, they form an alliance and fight back. While I believe the author is incredibly talented, truth be told, this particular subject doesn’t appeal to me.

It’s a complex battle for supremacy as the animals rebel. With victory comes an internal war for dominance as Azaz the Bear claims the crown. The “humanness” of the animals provides a deeper level of intensity for the story.

Fans of fantasy stories featuring a fierce and bloody war between humans and animals will want to take note of the War of the Animals series.

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About The Author

I am a nature lover who lives and teaches in beautiful, pastoral New England.

The War of the Animals books were inspired by the 2020 pandemic lockdown. I remember driving by animals that freely roamed the streets after we were in lockdown (I was getting groceries—not ignoring state mandates—I promise!). I felt for the first time how much the animals were in lockdown whenever we weren’t. That inspired the idea of a variety of animals having voices and speaking up for the earth. I started writing the books shortly thereafter.

My website (with character profiles and links to other work) can be found at


Blog Tour Schedule

September 25: Kit ‘n Kabookle
September 26: Gina Rae Mitchell
September 27: Fabulous and Brunette
September 28: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
September 29: The Avid Reader
October 2: Kenyan Poet
October 3: Long and Short Reviews

October 3: Sandra’s Book Club
October 4: Novels Alive


Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thanks for hosting me today and for taking the time to review my book! I’m off to work, but I wish everyone the best of luck in the giveaway!


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Fans of fantasy stories featuring a fierce and bloody war between humans and animals will want to take note of the War of the Animals series.4-STAR REVIEW: THE SHUT FACE OF THUNDER by Jonathan Decoteau