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.
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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.
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 waroftheanimals.com.
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