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Vulpi ➿ Vulpi Free ➶ Author Kate Gordon – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Cat Connolly is a Thyla now She s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn t want to go back to the human worldBut all is not well among the shapeshifters The treaty between the Thy Cat Connolly is a Thyla now She s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn t want to go back to the human worldBut all is not well among the shapeshifters The treaty between the Thylas and the Sarcos is causing tension and the malevolent Diemens are still on the huntThen into Cat s life wanders someone who should be an enemy but acts like a friend and everything changes again She discovers about shapeshifters and Diemens, about Tessa, and about her own heartVulpi continues the story of Tasmania begun in Thyla It is the story of how the shapeshifters were created, and a clue to what they might become It is the story of what happened to Cat, and about the decisions we all must make as we learn how to be.


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10 thoughts on “Vulpi

  1. Lissa Lissa says:

    Hmmm location photos probably won t come for a while because that would require an actual road trip and I have to, you know, work and stuff.My review is split in to five sections Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X Factor Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X Factor which can utilise two whole stars.Writing 0I hate to do this I really do Where has Gordon s decent prose gone I didn t have a problem with the actual technique in Thyla the second person narra Hmmm location photos probably won t come for a while because that would require an actual road trip and I have to, you know, work and stuff.My review is split in to five sections Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X Factor Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X Factor which can utilise two whole stars.Writing 0I hate to do this I really do Where has Gordon s decent prose gone I didn t have a problem with the actual technique in Thyla the second person narration was interesting and fairly innovative, but the info dumping through eavesdropping was way too convenient The writing was smooth and well structured, for the most part, until Tessa figured out her secret.I didn t love Thyla, but Vulpi was a chore to read and I was thoroughly tempted not to finish The biggest thing that kept me going was the fact that I didn t want to be the first person to give Vulpi one star on Goodreads Because I mean, who am I Some uppity self published nobody Gordon s been traditionally published She s actually had editors and presumably the experience to back up her publishing deal and grants.Which is why the following writing really jars me so much The spoiling parts are hidden by spoilers If you don t mind spoilers, then by all means feel free to read them Also please note if you find absolutely nothing wrong with the following excerpts, then you will probably enjoy the book Also note I only started taking notes after page 100 P117There was a Diemen in front of me Hello, sleepyhead, the Diemen hissed Piss off, I said and clawed him in the neck I never was a morning person.As the Diemen slumped to the deck I looked around me.I coughed as smoke flowed into my throat and nose Delphi I yelled I couldn t see anything through the dust and grit Tessa Cat Help It was Delphi.She was about ten metres away, towards the front of the boat It wasn t far but I could hear fighting all around me, even if I couldn t see it I could run straight into a Deimen I could be killed.But Delphi was in danger.I steeled myself I breathed out steadily.And then I bolted P174RightArchie pulled up suddenly I kept running Oof Archie complained, jerking forwards Sorry I cried You just Stopped awfully suddenly Yes, I know Why I asked, rubbing the elbow that had collided with Archie s ribs P177 Are you all right, Cat Archie said I can feel you re afraid I nodded I am, a bit, I said.He reached out and took my hand again It felt like electricity was pulsing through it You re afraid of what we are about to do, he said, nodding I nodded back, even though it wasn t entirely true I was a bit apprehensive about what would happen next whether we d have to fight Diemens or even Vulpis, whether we d find Isaac and Tessa alive but what I was really afraid of was how my heart raced when I look at his face and how my body shivered when he touched me Cat, I believe you can do this, Archie said Take a leap I think you ll find you ll fly Archie squeezed my hand Of course, I could be completely wrong You might fail spectacularly But that s all part of the adventure, isn t it And with that thought to comfort me, Archie dragged me out of the shadows, and into the light P202 view spoiler Archie pulled his hand away from Tessa and held it out to me He hoisted me up Tessa moved slowly forward, pointing the knife at him Oh, I think you ll find we did that all by ourselves, Tessa said, pressing the knife against his throat Tessa, don t I cried We can trust him Believe me Tessa looked at me through narrowed eyes You trust himYes, I insisted.Tessa nodded curtly and lowered the knife The other Diemens are still upstairs, she said tensely hide spoiler P 232 True love, I suppose, looks past the colour of one s fur, Archie replied Cat I turned around Isaac was standing behind us P264 And I haven t Charlotte cried I haven t told a soul I ve held up my side of the bargain Now you need to tell me what s going on And don t bullshit me Charlotte cried What happened What s happening now I deserve to know P280 view spoiler Erin Ah, yes, I remember You re the friend of that young ginger girl, aren t you I remember her screaming your name as we cut her little white belly open Erin roared and launched herself at Lord As you wish, he said unemotionally He reached out and grabbed Erin by the throat He raised her into the air as if she was as light as a kitten Erin dropped her gun as she struggled and gagged She tried to scream but Lord was holding her throat too tightly What s wrong, little native I thought this was what you wanted Lord cocked his head to one side It s been a long time, he said menacingly I ve almost forgotten what black girl tastes like Oooh, yes I remember I used to have quite an appetite for your kind, back in the day He cocked his head to one side There is something rather familiar about those dark eyes of yours So pretty Tell me, do you have any sisters Lord licked his lips If you re as delicious as you look I could have a new favourite meal hide spoiler P298 view spoiler Rhiannah raced over and pushed the catch on the handcuffs with the hand of her good arm, freeing me Don t worry, she said I think it s just a sprain The crack was just me falling on some glass I ll be fine Are you sure Rhiannah nodded I looked from her to Charlotte to Hatch s crumpled body, still leaking blood on Charlotte s plush white carpet Are you okay I asked Charlotte hide spoiler Before we move on, I just want to add that there was one small section of descriptive writing of a particularly gruesome nature that I did thoroughly enjoy reading view spoiler It was when Cat and Archie discover the girls strung up and drained of blood in the Diemen s lair hide spoiler It added a touch of the macabre and horror to the novel, which I appreciated No shying away from stuff there AwesomePlot.5First half 0Second half 1There was no plot in the first half of the book The characters spent entirely too much time naval gazing Oh no, they ve kidnapped Rhiannah We ve got to do something Cue no characters actually doing anything Cue offpage action Cue Cat being so fucking boring I wanted to tear my hair out The introduction of Archie is when I actually started enjoying reading this He doesn t speak like an English person at all LOL I should know, I dragged one here but he s funny and brave, if a little freakishly psychotic view spoiler Who the hell would leave dead bodies as signs pointing to the bad guys then introduce yourself to the people you re supposedly hiding from anyway Weird hide spoiler Also Picked the traitor from the first hint I was surprised Cat didn t She reminded me too much of Tessa in her blind trusting nature Oh, maybe I have enemies, I ll just blurt my secret to this girl because she s different but she might be my enemy OH WELL Tessa asked the right questions, but didn t put two and two together in her head I know it was for the benefit of the reader to make the connections first, but with someone writing book 1 from second person point of view I would have thought there wasbravery and daring to be different in book 2 as well Ah well, the tropes return.Worldbuilding 1I liked the addition of the Vulpis It s clever It s especially clever because I freaking LOVE foxes Tasmania is the only place in the entire world bar Antarctica where you will not find foxes That s arguable I know, because in recent years people seem to think they ve seen foxes jumping off shipping crates from Victoria and people claim to have found fox scats or DNA in the far south of the state but I don t think it s true.Anyway, I really liked how the shapeshifter myth was built It s not exactly original view spoiler Doctor Who is not the only one to mix English royals and shapeshifters together hide spoiler , and it s far from believable, but it s acceptable, and that s all I ask for Also, the Diemens aren t as scary as I wanted them to be view spoiler Why go to all the bother of taking away a shapeshifter s powers just to turn them into Diemens Especially when you don t have to take away their powers as proven by Delphi, and especially when the Diemens are also perfectly happy to also turn non shifters, as evidence by their mass kidnappings hide spoiler Characters 0I don t like Cat I don t care about her It was a huge risk taking the story from Tessa s point of view to Cat s point of view, and I don t feel that it paid off Cat is annoying and boring, part time damsel in distress and part time ass kicker Inconsistently And the most annoying thing That s she s a poseur who really had no reason to run away from home except that she didn t want to be her mother s daughter anyThat d be cool, if say her mother was the mayor or the prime minister or a movie star But Cat s mum is a nobody police officer Cat is an incredibly selfish character, and I can t for the life of me figure out why two characters fall in love with her and a third makes sexual advances I don t find anything about her redeeming.I also think she s in love with Tessa Tessa s all she can think about Tessa s name revolves in her thoughts You know how in Thyla Tessa s mantra was woven throughout the novel I am Tessa, I am brave, I do not cry Well, Tessa s name is woven through this narrative as well, except that it s Cat thinking about Tessa and worrying about Tessa and obsessing about Tessa and not in a best friend kind of way I mean something deeper than that I also think that she s in love with Tessa because she so firmly pushed Delphi away and tried to make it clear to the reading audience that she was straight Well, I don t buy it Denial, much Actions speak louder than words.As for the wonderfully perfect Tessa well, she was inconsistently written She spoke quite strangely I suspect it was an attempt to make her seem old timey in comparison to Cat smodern headspace, but it just failed It failed because she didn t speak like that in Thyla.Archie was a good addition, but not for the romance He could answer a lot of questions, even if it did seem rather like an info dump most of the time.and X Factor.5I didn t find very much about this book redeeming Archie gets half a star for humour and dedication to a dislikeable character.OverallI didn t like Vulpi That upsets me It was extraordinarily close to being 1 star, but I only rate books I don t finish 1 star I pushed through this book because of my loyalty to Tasmania and I was rewarded with Archie, which was pretty cool And I genuinely believe that if you don t see the problems with the excerpted material I posted above, then you ll probably enjoy this novel, too, once you get past the extraordinarily non eventful first half.I wish Gordon all the best for book 3 and 4 if there is one I would really like to see one of the books from Charlotte Lord s point of view, and I doubt very much I will pick up book 3 4 unless that comes to pass I can t say I trust Gordon yet she sucker punched me with Thyla and left me disappointed with Vulpi It s totally awesome to see Tasmania get its own paranormal history but I m in no rush whatsoever to read the next book


  2. Steve lovell Steve lovell says:

    Brave young ladies are marching off into my island s primeval forests to hold the line against those who would wish to deprive future generations of their magnificence a magnificence that has been present in our wilderness since well before the tread of humankind They stand before towering, monstrous machines they shackle themselves to Kingdom Plantae giants and they gird themselves for long stays in flimsy constructions in the canopy Why one has even become the iconic Angel of the Weld Per Brave young ladies are marching off into my island s primeval forests to hold the line against those who would wish to deprive future generations of their magnificence a magnificence that has been present in our wilderness since well before the tread of humankind They stand before towering, monstrous machines they shackle themselves to Kingdom Plantae giants and they gird themselves for long stays in flimsy constructions in the canopy Why one has even become the iconic Angel of the Weld Perhaps as tribute to these feisty protestors, author Kate Gordon has put together a female assemblage of another kind, yet one sharing the notion that here on our island in the southern seas we possess a way of life that is worth protecting to the end of our very being be that the threat of the travesty that is unfettered forest destruction, or the dastardly intentions of those dark Diemens, the epitome of all that is sinister on our planet.Gordon is a savvy writer and is prepared to take risks in her chosen vocation It would have been very easy to continue her saga of goodness v the demonic with the spunky Tessa as our constant guide, following on from her acclaimed on Goodreads first book in the series, Thyla She, though, has chosen another to be the mouthpiece to narrate her epic battles, Cat It took this reader a while to warm to this new voice, but Gordon deliberately grows this Thyla as the story continues, and one soon becomes smitten Old friends are back and we learn how Tessa and Perrin are progressing, although this relationship is not to the fore as some of aromantic bent perhaps would wish New heroes, new villains are introduced, the most successful creation being the wonderful throwback to Blighty in the verbose vulpine Archie his olde worlde charms and turn of phrase are one of Vulpi s true highlights And then there are the vile titular shapeshifters Gordon knows her target audience well keeping her language at all times accessible, being prepared to forsake adult driven gongs to truly appeal and the novel does It s just right for those on the cusp of teenagerdom through to, well, in this case, sixty plus year olds.There are dark passages and violence a plenty,so than in Thyla , but such is the author s sureness of touch these are not dwelt on for sensationalism, but quickly bypassed as the narrative rollicks on.As was the case seen in Thyla , with its historic slant, Gordon throws in references to tempt a teenager to inquire further Dad, who s Guy Clark , Mum, who are Heathcliffe and Mr Darcy or perhaps, Please sir, what s a misogynist And to please this reader, another romance of sorts is developed.Towards the end a few characters start to emerge from the background giving indication they may playprominent roles in the continuation of this intriguing journey on the dark side So please Random House, don t keep us in suspense for too long, for there is so much that we need to discover and unravel.Those who enjoy Marsden s masterful yarns of teenagerhood as national protectors as well as the shapeshifting shenanigans of the True Blood franchise and its ilk, will thrive on the efforts of this author who continues to be a fresh voice for the genre, as even some American readers are discovering online May I question, though, as to whether our author is also having a sly poke at out state s government and the millions it has spent on attempting to discover the existence of a certain wily feral, but only finding a few tantalizing hints and nary a flash of orange Yes she makes this reader wish he could shapeshift into his favourite totem, or even better, become a freewalker Well done Ms Gordon and kudos to her publisher for continuing to have faith in young Australian literary talent


  3. Cecilia Cecilia says:

    Revelations abound, ice Queens start to melt and new love starts to blossom Vulpi is one heck of a ride Vulpi is the stunning second installment in Gordon s brilliant Thyla series set in picturesque Tasmania and yet again she has squarely hit her mark I absolutely adored the first in the series Thyla and its main protagonist Tessa, so it was with some trepidation that I set out on this whole new adventure with a whole new lead in Cat I really didn t expect Cat to worm her way into my heart Revelations abound, ice Queens start to melt and new love starts to blossom Vulpi is one heck of a ride Vulpi is the stunning second installment in Gordon s brilliant Thyla series set in picturesque Tasmania and yet again she has squarely hit her mark I absolutely adored the first in the series Thyla and its main protagonist Tessa, so it was with some trepidation that I set out on this whole new adventure with a whole new lead in Cat I really didn t expect Cat to worm her way into my heart with as much speed and conviction as Tessa did but Cat totally knocked me for six I simply could not put this down and devoured it in less than 24 hours Gordon has managed to not only bring a whole new perspective to her world but has superbly crafted another powerhouse lead who again grasps our full attention from the very first sentence and stands firmly in the spotlight in her own right Yes we do still get to catch up with Tessa and the rest of our unique and delightful shape shifting crew, but Cat maintains a firm voice and the experience of seeing this strange new world through Cat s eyes is as exhilarating as it was through Tessa s.This time the focus iscentered around the ongoing war with the Diemen s and the action is certainly knocked up another ante The plot is thick,fast and furious and life with the Thyla s is certainly not for the faint hearted Gordon s gift for not only bringing a story to life but for mixing history both real and the slightly twisted with the here and now is again at the forefront Visually rich and intoxicating, this is a world you ll instantly find yourself fully transported to and often not wanting to leave And for those of you who love a good literary crush, keep your eyes out for a certain foxy fox he s sure to scamper away with a little piece of your heart Unfortunately it looks like another agonizing wait for the next installment but this series is certainly a world I m happy to re visit and re read again and again If you haven t read Thyla yet I highly recommend you do before embarking on Vulpi,the experience will be all thericher.And to Kate, thanks for bringing this ex pat Tassie girl a unique and enthralling taste of home once again


  4. Anita Anita says:

    view spoiler My opinion, following reading Kate s latest blog post, is that the blurb for this novel isn t quite right It seems to suggest that Cat Connolly is, like Tessa, a Thyla, when in Kate s blog post, she has written that Cat is actually a Vulpi, which is a fox transformer wrong word, I know I ve forgotten the other one oh Shape shifter I m not sure how I feel about Tessa no longer being the narrator, but it will certainly be interesting to get a different point of vie view spoiler My opinion, following reading Kate s latest blog post, is that the blurb for this novel isn t quite right It seems to suggest that Cat Connolly is, like Tessa, a Thyla, when in Kate s blog post, she has written that Cat is actually a Vulpi, which is a fox transformer wrong word, I know I ve forgotten the other one oh Shape shifter I m not sure how I feel about Tessa no longer being the narrator, but it will certainly be interesting to get a different point of view, if nothing else Suffice to say, I will be at Dymocks on April 2, 2012, and then at the Cascade Female Factory Site on April 7, with both of my Kate Gordon novels ready to be signed, ready to have a chat with a wonderful author Maybe I ll see some of you there x hide spoiler All of what I ve written is basically worthless now, halfway through the novel I misinterpreted Kate s blog I love hearing the story from Cat s perspective And I couldn t go to the signing because I had work Damnit I think I will finish this book tomorrow in between research sessions for my 2,000 word sociology essay kill me now I guess the only thing I can say is that the novel has taken a while to get going, but that s fair enough, because without the initial build up I mean, a book that was just action action action would be kind of annoying Anyway, Kate, I am enjoying your novel thus far.And I ve finished it a long time coming, I know That s what you get for trying to read six books at once, I guess I really enjoyed Vulpi and there were a couple of plot twists that I didn t see coming though I m usually blind to these kinds of things anyway, unless they re bleedingly obvious I loved being able to think of it as a place that I knew South Hobart, Mount Wellington it s brilliant And I ve always wanted to travel to the South West, but now I m a little frightened what if there are Diemens down there waiting to suck my virgin blood and eat my heart I don t know if I loved it as much as I loved Thyla, however in saying that, I felt Archie was muchI felt like we actually got to know Archie, where with Perrin, it kind of felt like a Boom Tessa is in love with Perrin, a Sarco, then me going, Wait, what And almost a feeling of dislike of him I m not a particular fan of hate love forbidden unless the characters are shown to fall in love, if that makes sense Archie, though, I loved immediately And Cat s voice Kate Gordon, I love you, I hope you never stop writing, and I hope that Cat and Archie end happily ever after because they re cute and I love them I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series already Now onto those other 21 books I have to read in the meantime P.S I was thinking about it again, and I really like the idea of us all being made of stardust It s such a beautiful idea


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    2.5Vulpi by Kate Gordon is the second book in the Thyla series Vulpi picks up a couple of weeks after the events at the end of Thyla.The story is told from Cat s point of view in this book Tessa has returned to her pack of Thylas but she is still attending Cascade Falls College Her friendship with Harriet, a Sarco, is now strained Tessa encourages Cat to start a journal and one of the first thing she writes down is an explanation of what makes a Thyla they have blood that is half human and 2.5Vulpi by Kate Gordon is the second book in the Thyla series Vulpi picks up a couple of weeks after the events at the end of Thyla.The story is told from Cat s point of view in this book Tessa has returned to her pack of Thylas but she is still attending Cascade Falls College Her friendship with Harriet, a Sarco, is now strained Tessa encourages Cat to start a journal and one of the first thing she writes down is an explanation of what makes a Thyla they have blood that is half human and half thyla and while they don t age, severe wounds can kill them.The Diemens are attackinggirls and kidnapping them and there s mention of The Solution, something the Diemens have been working on The Thylas and the Sarcos need to form an alliance to stop the Diemens but both sides have issues with helping out their former enemies And it s not just each other they have to worry about, there are other shapeshifters to worry about, Vulpis.I enjoyed listening to Cat as the narrator of Vulpi She s a fairly intelligent girl but she s feeling lost and lonely She desperately misses her mum, who isn t aware of her shapeshifting abilities, and since she has no home, Cat gets stuck minding the camp with fellow pack member, Delphi She often thinks of her dad and the mystery of what happened to him is revealed over the course of the story Cat begins having dark dreams as well as seeing flashes of copper in the bush and later she meets Archie, a Vulpi, who came to Tasmania from England Cat s supporting cast were an interesting bunch of characters Fans of Tessa will be pleased to know that she plays a part in the second book as well as her love interest, Perrin, but their forbidden romance doesn t take over the story Delphi was a character that really grated on me, she was extremely overprotective of Cat and was too quick to act in some most situations Archie was a sterotypical, old fashioned, Englishman but also provided us with a history on how Vulpis, and other shapeshifters, came into existence and it was great to find outabout the world that Kate has created.Vulpi was action packed making it a very different novel from Thyla and it does have quite a dark feel to it, especially the scenes involving the Diemens It definitely didn t have typical second book in a series issues such as no plot accompanied by a cliffhanger I found parts of it predictable as I was sure I knew who the traitors were from the beginning but I was surprised at the end when I found out I was wrong about one character and my speculations about what had happened to Cat s father were also incorrect Vulpi is a good follow up to Thyla withaction and world building as well as new characters While I wasn t as invested in it as I was in Thyla, I am sure paranormal fans will find it a fun read It s available online for overseas readers and in local book stores for Aussies


  6. Lizz Smith Lizz Smith says:

    Firstly, I declare my bias Kate Gordon and I were at school together and I consider her a friend.And I don t read a great deal of YA fiction or fantasy fiction so I m not the best qualified to comment But here goes.Although it is only a year later, Vulpi strikes me as a muchmature novel than its prequel and I can see strong development in Kate as a writer I had felt that the battle scenes in Thyla were a bit under written it almost felt as though she was a bit afraid of being too graph Firstly, I declare my bias Kate Gordon and I were at school together and I consider her a friend.And I don t read a great deal of YA fiction or fantasy fiction so I m not the best qualified to comment But here goes.Although it is only a year later, Vulpi strikes me as a muchmature novel than its prequel and I can see strong development in Kate as a writer I had felt that the battle scenes in Thyla were a bit under written it almost felt as though she was a bit afraid of being too graphic so shyed away from any detail at all and although I would have perhaps appreciateddetail, I can understand that this would perhaps be inappropriate for the market.I liked the character of Cat and the further development of Charlotte, Isaac Vinnie and Connelly I felt that Cat had a stronger voice than Tessa in Thyla, but was less writerly This could be due to Tess being essentially a historical character and sowork, and Cat being contempory through and through The sense of place in Vulpi seemed stronger than in Thyla, but without being as specific Over specifying location in novels annoys me Its the primary reason that I hate Christos Tsolkis The Slap I didn t get annoyed at all in the geographic placing in Vulpi at all.I wish there was a half star option in Goodreads Vulpi deserves an extra half.The SlapThyla


  7. Jane Tea Jane Tea says:

    Vulpi Awesome title It s the second novel of the Thyla series, and man, did I love the first novel How awesome was it So of course, I expected a lot from it And well, it was a really good read The novel was great, and I love how even though Tessa isn t a main character any, she s still important to the story and important to the character development of Cat Love Tessa The development of Cat s character the main character in this novel was really well done I got to see hoe she r Vulpi Awesome title It s the second novel of the Thyla series, and man, did I love the first novel How awesome was it So of course, I expected a lot from it And well, it was a really good read The novel was great, and I love how even though Tessa isn t a main character any, she s still important to the story and important to the character development of Cat Love Tessa The development of Cat s character the main character in this novel was really well done I got to see hoe she really, sort of I guess, come out of her shell and really become a great character to read about.Anyway, the novel is great and you should definately read it As well as the first if you haven t already


  8. Casey Anderson Casey Anderson says:

    Kinda tore through this one, for me But I loved it If you enjoyed Thyla you ll enjoy Vulpi The main character switches which at first annoyed me but it was a continuation of the story, not just a different view of the same thing I really enjoyed the different character development of this, the new main character as well as development for the previous books main character And I just love the creatures and the world I m super upset she hasn t seemed to write another one yet, and nothing on Kinda tore through this one, for me But I loved it If you enjoyed Thyla you ll enjoy Vulpi The main character switches which at first annoyed me but it was a continuation of the story, not just a different view of the same thing I really enjoyed the different character development of this, the new main character as well as development for the previous books main character And I just love the creatures and the world I m super upset she hasn t seemed to write another one yet, and nothing on her website mentions one in the works Alas I haven t read a book in awhile that made me want to be something, and right now I kind of want to be a Thyla or a Sarco


  9. Poppy Gee Poppy Gee says:

    I really loved this book I had not read Thyla, but that was okay, I understood enough to enjoy the novel One of the characteristics of good writing is that you don t really notice the prose because you re so transported by the story and that was very much the case for me with this novel Lots of twists and turns, lovely Tasmania references Can t wait til my daughter is old enough to enjoy it too.


  10. Hannah Elms Hannah Elms says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved it because there were so many twists and turns I never expected Charlotte to be good and Hatch to be bad and Delphi to become a diemen Every time a shock was revealed I literally jumped up and screamed My favourite character was Archie because I loved his olden days charm Also I am very happy that Cat and her Mum are together again I wish there was a third book, so yeah, loved it


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  1. Lissa Lissa says:

    Hmmm location photos probably won t come for a while because that would require an actual road trip and I have to, you know, work and stuff.My review is split in to five sections Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X Factor Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X Factor which can utilise two whole stars.Writing 0I hate to do this I really do Where has Gordon s decent prose gone I didn t have a problem with the actual technique in Thyla the second person narra Hmmm location photos probably won t come for a while because that would require an actual road trip and I have to, you know, work and stuff.My review is split in to five sections Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X Factor Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X Factor which can utilise two whole stars.Writing 0I hate to do this I really do Where has Gordon s decent prose gone I didn t have a problem with the actual technique in Thyla the second person narration was interesting and fairly innovative, but the info dumping through eavesdropping was way too convenient The writing was smooth and well structured, for the most part, until Tessa figured out her secret.I didn t love Thyla, but Vulpi was a chore to read and I was thoroughly tempted not to finish The biggest thing that kept me going was the fact that I didn t want to be the first person to give Vulpi one star on Goodreads Because I mean, who am I Some uppity self published nobody Gordon s been traditionally published She s actually had editors and presumably the experience to back up her publishing deal and grants.Which is why the following writing really jars me so much The spoiling parts are hidden by spoilers If you don t mind spoilers, then by all means feel free to read them Also please note if you find absolutely nothing wrong with the following excerpts, then you will probably enjoy the book Also note I only started taking notes after page 100 P117There was a Diemen in front of me Hello, sleepyhead, the Diemen hissed Piss off, I said and clawed him in the neck I never was a morning person.As the Diemen slumped to the deck I looked around me.I coughed as smoke flowed into my throat and nose Delphi I yelled I couldn t see anything through the dust and grit Tessa Cat Help It was Delphi.She was about ten metres away, towards the front of the boat It wasn t far but I could hear fighting all around me, even if I couldn t see it I could run straight into a Deimen I could be killed.But Delphi was in danger.I steeled myself I breathed out steadily.And then I bolted P174RightArchie pulled up suddenly I kept running Oof Archie complained, jerking forwards Sorry I cried You just Stopped awfully suddenly Yes, I know Why I asked, rubbing the elbow that had collided with Archie s ribs P177 Are you all right, Cat Archie said I can feel you re afraid I nodded I am, a bit, I said.He reached out and took my hand again It felt like electricity was pulsing through it You re afraid of what we are about to do, he said, nodding I nodded back, even though it wasn t entirely true I was a bit apprehensive about what would happen next whether we d have to fight Diemens or even Vulpis, whether we d find Isaac and Tessa alive but what I was really afraid of was how my heart raced when I look at his face and how my body shivered when he touched me Cat, I believe you can do this, Archie said Take a leap I think you ll find you ll fly Archie squeezed my hand Of course, I could be completely wrong You might fail spectacularly But that s all part of the adventure, isn t it And with that thought to comfort me, Archie dragged me out of the shadows, and into the light P202 view spoiler Archie pulled his hand away from Tessa and held it out to me He hoisted me up Tessa moved slowly forward, pointing the knife at him Oh, I think you ll find we did that all by ourselves, Tessa said, pressing the knife against his throat Tessa, don t I cried We can trust him Believe me Tessa looked at me through narrowed eyes You trust himYes, I insisted.Tessa nodded curtly and lowered the knife The other Diemens are still upstairs, she said tensely hide spoiler P 232 True love, I suppose, looks past the colour of one s fur, Archie replied Cat I turned around Isaac was standing behind us P264 And I haven t Charlotte cried I haven t told a soul I ve held up my side of the bargain Now you need to tell me what s going on And don t bullshit me Charlotte cried What happened What s happening now I deserve to know P280 view spoiler Erin Ah, yes, I remember You re the friend of that young ginger girl, aren t you I remember her screaming your name as we cut her little white belly open Erin roared and launched herself at Lord As you wish, he said unemotionally He reached out and grabbed Erin by the throat He raised her into the air as if she was as light as a kitten Erin dropped her gun as she struggled and gagged She tried to scream but Lord was holding her throat too tightly What s wrong, little native I thought this was what you wanted Lord cocked his head to one side It s been a long time, he said menacingly I ve almost forgotten what black girl tastes like Oooh, yes I remember I used to have quite an appetite for your kind, back in the day He cocked his head to one side There is something rather familiar about those dark eyes of yours So pretty Tell me, do you have any sisters Lord licked his lips If you re as delicious as you look I could have a new favourite meal hide spoiler P298 view spoiler Rhiannah raced over and pushed the catch on the handcuffs with the hand of her good arm, freeing me Don t worry, she said I think it s just a sprain The crack was just me falling on some glass I ll be fine Are you sure Rhiannah nodded I looked from her to Charlotte to Hatch s crumpled body, still leaking blood on Charlotte s plush white carpet Are you okay I asked Charlotte hide spoiler Before we move on, I just want to add that there was one small section of descriptive writing of a particularly gruesome nature that I did thoroughly enjoy reading view spoiler It was when Cat and Archie discover the girls strung up and drained of blood in the Diemen s lair hide spoiler It added a touch of the macabre and horror to the novel, which I appreciated No shying away from stuff there AwesomePlot.5First half 0Second half 1There was no plot in the first half of the book The characters spent entirely too much time naval gazing Oh no, they ve kidnapped Rhiannah We ve got to do something Cue no characters actually doing anything Cue offpage action Cue Cat being so fucking boring I wanted to tear my hair out The introduction of Archie is when I actually started enjoying reading this He doesn t speak like an English person at all LOL I should know, I dragged one here but he s funny and brave, if a little freakishly psychotic view spoiler Who the hell would leave dead bodies as signs pointing to the bad guys then introduce yourself to the people you re supposedly hiding from anyway Weird hide spoiler Also Picked the traitor from the first hint I was surprised Cat didn t She reminded me too much of Tessa in her blind trusting nature Oh, maybe I have enemies, I ll just blurt my secret to this girl because she s different but she might be my enemy OH WELL Tessa asked the right questions, but didn t put two and two together in her head I know it was for the benefit of the reader to make the connections first, but with someone writing book 1 from second person point of view I would have thought there wasbravery and daring to be different in book 2 as well Ah well, the tropes return.Worldbuilding 1I liked the addition of the Vulpis It s clever It s especially clever because I freaking LOVE foxes Tasmania is the only place in the entire world bar Antarctica where you will not find foxes That s arguable I know, because in recent years people seem to think they ve seen foxes jumping off shipping crates from Victoria and people claim to have found fox scats or DNA in the far south of the state but I don t think it s true.Anyway, I really liked how the shapeshifter myth was built It s not exactly original view spoiler Doctor Who is not the only one to mix English royals and shapeshifters together hide spoiler , and it s far from believable, but it s acceptable, and that s all I ask for Also, the Diemens aren t as scary as I wanted them to be view spoiler Why go to all the bother of taking away a shapeshifter s powers just to turn them into Diemens Especially when you don t have to take away their powers as proven by Delphi, and especially when the Diemens are also perfectly happy to also turn non shifters, as evidence by their mass kidnappings hide spoiler Characters 0I don t like Cat I don t care about her It was a huge risk taking the story from Tessa s point of view to Cat s point of view, and I don t feel that it paid off Cat is annoying and boring, part time damsel in distress and part time ass kicker Inconsistently And the most annoying thing That s she s a poseur who really had no reason to run away from home except that she didn t want to be her mother s daughter anyThat d be cool, if say her mother was the mayor or the prime minister or a movie star But Cat s mum is a nobody police officer Cat is an incredibly selfish character, and I can t for the life of me figure out why two characters fall in love with her and a third makes sexual advances I don t find anything about her redeeming.I also think she s in love with Tessa Tessa s all she can think about Tessa s name revolves in her thoughts You know how in Thyla Tessa s mantra was woven throughout the novel I am Tessa, I am brave, I do not cry Well, Tessa s name is woven through this narrative as well, except that it s Cat thinking about Tessa and worrying about Tessa and obsessing about Tessa and not in a best friend kind of way I mean something deeper than that I also think that she s in love with Tessa because she so firmly pushed Delphi away and tried to make it clear to the reading audience that she was straight Well, I don t buy it Denial, much Actions speak louder than words.As for the wonderfully perfect Tessa well, she was inconsistently written She spoke quite strangely I suspect it was an attempt to make her seem old timey in comparison to Cat smodern headspace, but it just failed It failed because she didn t speak like that in Thyla.Archie was a good addition, but not for the romance He could answer a lot of questions, even if it did seem rather like an info dump most of the time.and X Factor.5I didn t find very much about this book redeeming Archie gets half a star for humour and dedication to a dislikeable character.OverallI didn t like Vulpi That upsets me It was extraordinarily close to being 1 star, but I only rate books I don t finish 1 star I pushed through this book because of my loyalty to Tasmania and I was rewarded with Archie, which was pretty cool And I genuinely believe that if you don t see the problems with the excerpted material I posted above, then you ll probably enjoy this novel, too, once you get past the extraordinarily non eventful first half.I wish Gordon all the best for book 3 and 4 if there is one I would really like to see one of the books from Charlotte Lord s point of view, and I doubt very much I will pick up book 3 4 unless that comes to pass I can t say I trust Gordon yet she sucker punched me with Thyla and left me disappointed with Vulpi It s totally awesome to see Tasmania get its own paranormal history but I m in no rush whatsoever to read the next book

  2. Steve lovell Steve lovell says:

    Brave young ladies are marching off into my island s primeval forests to hold the line against those who would wish to deprive future generations of their magnificence a magnificence that has been present in our wilderness since well before the tread of humankind They stand before towering, monstrous machines they shackle themselves to Kingdom Plantae giants and they gird themselves for long stays in flimsy constructions in the canopy Why one has even become the iconic Angel of the Weld Per Brave young ladies are marching off into my island s primeval forests to hold the line against those who would wish to deprive future generations of their magnificence a magnificence that has been present in our wilderness since well before the tread of humankind They stand before towering, monstrous machines they shackle themselves to Kingdom Plantae giants and they gird themselves for long stays in flimsy constructions in the canopy Why one has even become the iconic Angel of the Weld Perhaps as tribute to these feisty protestors, author Kate Gordon has put together a female assemblage of another kind, yet one sharing the notion that here on our island in the southern seas we possess a way of life that is worth protecting to the end of our very being be that the threat of the travesty that is unfettered forest destruction, or the dastardly intentions of those dark Diemens, the epitome of all that is sinister on our planet.Gordon is a savvy writer and is prepared to take risks in her chosen vocation It would have been very easy to continue her saga of goodness v the demonic with the spunky Tessa as our constant guide, following on from her acclaimed on Goodreads first book in the series, Thyla She, though, has chosen another to be the mouthpiece to narrate her epic battles, Cat It took this reader a while to warm to this new voice, but Gordon deliberately grows this Thyla as the story continues, and one soon becomes smitten Old friends are back and we learn how Tessa and Perrin are progressing, although this relationship is not to the fore as some of aromantic bent perhaps would wish New heroes, new villains are introduced, the most successful creation being the wonderful throwback to Blighty in the verbose vulpine Archie his olde worlde charms and turn of phrase are one of Vulpi s true highlights And then there are the vile titular shapeshifters Gordon knows her target audience well keeping her language at all times accessible, being prepared to forsake adult driven gongs to truly appeal and the novel does It s just right for those on the cusp of teenagerdom through to, well, in this case, sixty plus year olds.There are dark passages and violence a plenty,so than in Thyla , but such is the author s sureness of touch these are not dwelt on for sensationalism, but quickly bypassed as the narrative rollicks on.As was the case seen in Thyla , with its historic slant, Gordon throws in references to tempt a teenager to inquire further Dad, who s Guy Clark , Mum, who are Heathcliffe and Mr Darcy or perhaps, Please sir, what s a misogynist And to please this reader, another romance of sorts is developed.Towards the end a few characters start to emerge from the background giving indication they may playprominent roles in the continuation of this intriguing journey on the dark side So please Random House, don t keep us in suspense for too long, for there is so much that we need to discover and unravel.Those who enjoy Marsden s masterful yarns of teenagerhood as national protectors as well as the shapeshifting shenanigans of the True Blood franchise and its ilk, will thrive on the efforts of this author who continues to be a fresh voice for the genre, as even some American readers are discovering online May I question, though, as to whether our author is also having a sly poke at out state s government and the millions it has spent on attempting to discover the existence of a certain wily feral, but only finding a few tantalizing hints and nary a flash of orange Yes she makes this reader wish he could shapeshift into his favourite totem, or even better, become a freewalker Well done Ms Gordon and kudos to her publisher for continuing to have faith in young Australian literary talent

  3. Cecilia Cecilia says:

    Revelations abound, ice Queens start to melt and new love starts to blossom Vulpi is one heck of a ride Vulpi is the stunning second installment in Gordon s brilliant Thyla series set in picturesque Tasmania and yet again she has squarely hit her mark I absolutely adored the first in the series Thyla and its main protagonist Tessa, so it was with some trepidation that I set out on this whole new adventure with a whole new lead in Cat I really didn t expect Cat to worm her way into my heart Revelations abound, ice Queens start to melt and new love starts to blossom Vulpi is one heck of a ride Vulpi is the stunning second installment in Gordon s brilliant Thyla series set in picturesque Tasmania and yet again she has squarely hit her mark I absolutely adored the first in the series Thyla and its main protagonist Tessa, so it was with some trepidation that I set out on this whole new adventure with a whole new lead in Cat I really didn t expect Cat to worm her way into my heart with as much speed and conviction as Tessa did but Cat totally knocked me for six I simply could not put this down and devoured it in less than 24 hours Gordon has managed to not only bring a whole new perspective to her world but has superbly crafted another powerhouse lead who again grasps our full attention from the very first sentence and stands firmly in the spotlight in her own right Yes we do still get to catch up with Tessa and the rest of our unique and delightful shape shifting crew, but Cat maintains a firm voice and the experience of seeing this strange new world through Cat s eyes is as exhilarating as it was through Tessa s.This time the focus iscentered around the ongoing war with the Diemen s and the action is certainly knocked up another ante The plot is thick,fast and furious and life with the Thyla s is certainly not for the faint hearted Gordon s gift for not only bringing a story to life but for mixing history both real and the slightly twisted with the here and now is again at the forefront Visually rich and intoxicating, this is a world you ll instantly find yourself fully transported to and often not wanting to leave And for those of you who love a good literary crush, keep your eyes out for a certain foxy fox he s sure to scamper away with a little piece of your heart Unfortunately it looks like another agonizing wait for the next installment but this series is certainly a world I m happy to re visit and re read again and again If you haven t read Thyla yet I highly recommend you do before embarking on Vulpi,the experience will be all thericher.And to Kate, thanks for bringing this ex pat Tassie girl a unique and enthralling taste of home once again

  4. Anita Anita says:

    view spoiler My opinion, following reading Kate s latest blog post, is that the blurb for this novel isn t quite right It seems to suggest that Cat Connolly is, like Tessa, a Thyla, when in Kate s blog post, she has written that Cat is actually a Vulpi, which is a fox transformer wrong word, I know I ve forgotten the other one oh Shape shifter I m not sure how I feel about Tessa no longer being the narrator, but it will certainly be interesting to get a different point of vie view spoiler My opinion, following reading Kate s latest blog post, is that the blurb for this novel isn t quite right It seems to suggest that Cat Connolly is, like Tessa, a Thyla, when in Kate s blog post, she has written that Cat is actually a Vulpi, which is a fox transformer wrong word, I know I ve forgotten the other one oh Shape shifter I m not sure how I feel about Tessa no longer being the narrator, but it will certainly be interesting to get a different point of view, if nothing else Suffice to say, I will be at Dymocks on April 2, 2012, and then at the Cascade Female Factory Site on April 7, with both of my Kate Gordon novels ready to be signed, ready to have a chat with a wonderful author Maybe I ll see some of you there x hide spoiler All of what I ve written is basically worthless now, halfway through the novel I misinterpreted Kate s blog I love hearing the story from Cat s perspective And I couldn t go to the signing because I had work Damnit I think I will finish this book tomorrow in between research sessions for my 2,000 word sociology essay kill me now I guess the only thing I can say is that the novel has taken a while to get going, but that s fair enough, because without the initial build up I mean, a book that was just action action action would be kind of annoying Anyway, Kate, I am enjoying your novel thus far.And I ve finished it a long time coming, I know That s what you get for trying to read six books at once, I guess I really enjoyed Vulpi and there were a couple of plot twists that I didn t see coming though I m usually blind to these kinds of things anyway, unless they re bleedingly obvious I loved being able to think of it as a place that I knew South Hobart, Mount Wellington it s brilliant And I ve always wanted to travel to the South West, but now I m a little frightened what if there are Diemens down there waiting to suck my virgin blood and eat my heart I don t know if I loved it as much as I loved Thyla, however in saying that, I felt Archie was muchI felt like we actually got to know Archie, where with Perrin, it kind of felt like a Boom Tessa is in love with Perrin, a Sarco, then me going, Wait, what And almost a feeling of dislike of him I m not a particular fan of hate love forbidden unless the characters are shown to fall in love, if that makes sense Archie, though, I loved immediately And Cat s voice Kate Gordon, I love you, I hope you never stop writing, and I hope that Cat and Archie end happily ever after because they re cute and I love them I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series already Now onto those other 21 books I have to read in the meantime P.S I was thinking about it again, and I really like the idea of us all being made of stardust It s such a beautiful idea

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    2.5Vulpi by Kate Gordon is the second book in the Thyla series Vulpi picks up a couple of weeks after the events at the end of Thyla.The story is told from Cat s point of view in this book Tessa has returned to her pack of Thylas but she is still attending Cascade Falls College Her friendship with Harriet, a Sarco, is now strained Tessa encourages Cat to start a journal and one of the first thing she writes down is an explanation of what makes a Thyla they have blood that is half human and 2.5Vulpi by Kate Gordon is the second book in the Thyla series Vulpi picks up a couple of weeks after the events at the end of Thyla.The story is told from Cat s point of view in this book Tessa has returned to her pack of Thylas but she is still attending Cascade Falls College Her friendship with Harriet, a Sarco, is now strained Tessa encourages Cat to start a journal and one of the first thing she writes down is an explanation of what makes a Thyla they have blood that is half human and half thyla and while they don t age, severe wounds can kill them.The Diemens are attackinggirls and kidnapping them and there s mention of The Solution, something the Diemens have been working on The Thylas and the Sarcos need to form an alliance to stop the Diemens but both sides have issues with helping out their former enemies And it s not just each other they have to worry about, there are other shapeshifters to worry about, Vulpis.I enjoyed listening to Cat as the narrator of Vulpi She s a fairly intelligent girl but she s feeling lost and lonely She desperately misses her mum, who isn t aware of her shapeshifting abilities, and since she has no home, Cat gets stuck minding the camp with fellow pack member, Delphi She often thinks of her dad and the mystery of what happened to him is revealed over the course of the story Cat begins having dark dreams as well as seeing flashes of copper in the bush and later she meets Archie, a Vulpi, who came to Tasmania from England Cat s supporting cast were an interesting bunch of characters Fans of Tessa will be pleased to know that she plays a part in the second book as well as her love interest, Perrin, but their forbidden romance doesn t take over the story Delphi was a character that really grated on me, she was extremely overprotective of Cat and was too quick to act in some most situations Archie was a sterotypical, old fashioned, Englishman but also provided us with a history on how Vulpis, and other shapeshifters, came into existence and it was great to find outabout the world that Kate has created.Vulpi was action packed making it a very different novel from Thyla and it does have quite a dark feel to it, especially the scenes involving the Diemens It definitely didn t have typical second book in a series issues such as no plot accompanied by a cliffhanger I found parts of it predictable as I was sure I knew who the traitors were from the beginning but I was surprised at the end when I found out I was wrong about one character and my speculations about what had happened to Cat s father were also incorrect Vulpi is a good follow up to Thyla withaction and world building as well as new characters While I wasn t as invested in it as I was in Thyla, I am sure paranormal fans will find it a fun read It s available online for overseas readers and in local book stores for Aussies

  6. Lizz Smith Lizz Smith says:

    Firstly, I declare my bias Kate Gordon and I were at school together and I consider her a friend.And I don t read a great deal of YA fiction or fantasy fiction so I m not the best qualified to comment But here goes.Although it is only a year later, Vulpi strikes me as a muchmature novel than its prequel and I can see strong development in Kate as a writer I had felt that the battle scenes in Thyla were a bit under written it almost felt as though she was a bit afraid of being too graph Firstly, I declare my bias Kate Gordon and I were at school together and I consider her a friend.And I don t read a great deal of YA fiction or fantasy fiction so I m not the best qualified to comment But here goes.Although it is only a year later, Vulpi strikes me as a muchmature novel than its prequel and I can see strong development in Kate as a writer I had felt that the battle scenes in Thyla were a bit under written it almost felt as though she was a bit afraid of being too graphic so shyed away from any detail at all and although I would have perhaps appreciateddetail, I can understand that this would perhaps be inappropriate for the market.I liked the character of Cat and the further development of Charlotte, Isaac Vinnie and Connelly I felt that Cat had a stronger voice than Tessa in Thyla, but was less writerly This could be due to Tess being essentially a historical character and sowork, and Cat being contempory through and through The sense of place in Vulpi seemed stronger than in Thyla, but without being as specific Over specifying location in novels annoys me Its the primary reason that I hate Christos Tsolkis The Slap I didn t get annoyed at all in the geographic placing in Vulpi at all.I wish there was a half star option in Goodreads Vulpi deserves an extra half.The SlapThyla

  7. Jane Tea Jane Tea says:

    Vulpi Awesome title It s the second novel of the Thyla series, and man, did I love the first novel How awesome was it So of course, I expected a lot from it And well, it was a really good read The novel was great, and I love how even though Tessa isn t a main character any, she s still important to the story and important to the character development of Cat Love Tessa The development of Cat s character the main character in this novel was really well done I got to see hoe she r Vulpi Awesome title It s the second novel of the Thyla series, and man, did I love the first novel How awesome was it So of course, I expected a lot from it And well, it was a really good read The novel was great, and I love how even though Tessa isn t a main character any, she s still important to the story and important to the character development of Cat Love Tessa The development of Cat s character the main character in this novel was really well done I got to see hoe she really, sort of I guess, come out of her shell and really become a great character to read about.Anyway, the novel is great and you should definately read it As well as the first if you haven t already

  8. Casey Anderson Casey Anderson says:

    Kinda tore through this one, for me But I loved it If you enjoyed Thyla you ll enjoy Vulpi The main character switches which at first annoyed me but it was a continuation of the story, not just a different view of the same thing I really enjoyed the different character development of this, the new main character as well as development for the previous books main character And I just love the creatures and the world I m super upset she hasn t seemed to write another one yet, and nothing on Kinda tore through this one, for me But I loved it If you enjoyed Thyla you ll enjoy Vulpi The main character switches which at first annoyed me but it was a continuation of the story, not just a different view of the same thing I really enjoyed the different character development of this, the new main character as well as development for the previous books main character And I just love the creatures and the world I m super upset she hasn t seemed to write another one yet, and nothing on her website mentions one in the works Alas I haven t read a book in awhile that made me want to be something, and right now I kind of want to be a Thyla or a Sarco

  9. Poppy Gee Poppy Gee says:

    I really loved this book I had not read Thyla, but that was okay, I understood enough to enjoy the novel One of the characteristics of good writing is that you don t really notice the prose because you re so transported by the story and that was very much the case for me with this novel Lots of twists and turns, lovely Tasmania references Can t wait til my daughter is old enough to enjoy it too.

  10. Hannah Elms Hannah Elms says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved it because there were so many twists and turns I never expected Charlotte to be good and Hatch to be bad and Delphi to become a diemen Every time a shock was revealed I literally jumped up and screamed My favourite character was Archie because I loved his olden days charm Also I am very happy that Cat and her Mum are together again I wish there was a third book, so yeah, loved it

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