"If you’ve read and liked White Fang or The Call of the Wild, this book is a definite must for you. Endless love and tender emotion for the animal kingdom (wolves!) in this gripping, adventurous tale. Pure and honest as a snowflake, shiny as a crystal of ice..."
– Bernard Jan
Edmund vows to find his beloved wolf, GoldenEars. Returning home on leave, our newly-fledged forest ranger begins to research the myths and legends surrounding wolf lore.
Whilst at the library he meets a Native American, named Joe, who agrees to assist him. He learns about Edmund’s special friendship with a wolf; confirming that both their destinies are bound together. Joe warns Edmund of the coming dangers, and a journey that he alone must undertake; enter a world beyond his imagination if he is to find his wolf.
Evil stalks Canada’s western wilderness, threatening the existence of every living creature, including the people who live there.
A terrible truth is revealed, one Edmund can barely comprehend.
The story takes a devastating twist, forcing Edmund to dig deep into his soul. He must overcome heartache, jealousy and rage and rise above the hurt if he is to save himself and the wolves and make a better life for them all.
Jane H Wood was born in Bristol in 1951. Later her family moved to Colchester, Essex, where Jane was brought up. She worked for many years in the fashion industry and after returning to Bristol her career advanced to senior window display designer. She has two grown-up sons and now lives in West Sussex with her husband. GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls is her second novel. Jane is an enthusiastic artist and enjoys painting a scene on canvas or simply applying graphite to paper; animals are her passion. She is a supporter of ciwf.org and various wildlife conservation charities. Visit: www.janehwoodauthor.co.uk for more information.
WILLIAM F WILLOUGHBY (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
An original work that will keep you wondering how it will end. A young man goes on an adventure befriending and forming an empathic relationship with a wolf (golden ears) a very special wolf.
The story defines how some people have entrenched views about wolves and others have an understanding of all the creatures in our world and the dark fears that can challenge us. If you are wondering what this means then go and read this intriguing book.
Reviewed by Cecilia Hopkins for Readers’ Favorite (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls by Jane H. Wood presents a charming combination of animal fantasy and adventure. Wood has created an empathetic character in Edmund, the newly qualified ranger. I really identified with his longing to be reunited with his animal companion, GoldenEars, and eagerly followed his mission. The withdrawal of the wolves into the other realm formed a sustaining metaphor for their being an endangered species, and the conservation message was clear as the rangers struggle to set up a protected environment. Wood cleverly personified the canines, making them appealing. GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls by Jane H. Wood is suitable for young adult and new adult audiences.
Sarah Jayne Harry (Guest Review) - 22 Jun, 2021
A truly wonderful sequel in the GoldenEars series. The Pale Skulls takes place not long after the events of The Whispering Mountain as we follow Edmund on a new quest as he tries to find his beloved wolf, GoldenEars. The Pale Skulls is an intriguing and captivating story that once again left me wanting more. I just couldn't stop reading.
I enjoyed many aspects of this book: the unique worlds that the author creates, the compelling characters, and the unwavering bond between man and wolf. The author plays with my emotions with this one as each scene is played out. I was frustrated at Edmund's naive nature, saddened by loss, but ultimately happy by how everything played out in the end.
Although it started off quite slow, The Pale Skulls takes us on an exciting journey to the darker side of a spirit world, and it ends in a satisfying place for both Edmund and his wolf as they learn the part they must play in their new future.
Sherri Moorer (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
An excellent story that follows up on The Whispering Mountain in an exciting manner. The Pale Skulls has all of the elements of a great story: suspense, intrigue, compelling characters, and even a supernatural element. I especially like how Jane H Wood focuses on the bonds not only between Edmund and Kegg/GoldenEars, but amongst all of the characters, from family to friendships. This story has a wonderful depth that you can take from the book to real-life with you as it helps you realise that good, pure balanced relationships are truly the most important thing in life. Plus, you get the added bonus of learning about Native American culture and spirituality from a great new friend that Edmund crosses paths with on his journey.
Sarah Starr (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
A truly wonderful follow up book to GoldenEars ( The Whispering Mountain). The story is full of beautiful description while being of a darker nature, perhaps reflecting some of the anguish and desperation of adolescence. Edmund’s loyalty to his wolf is unwavering, ending in an exciting and moving climax to the book.
Julia Moore (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
In GoldenEars The Pale Skulls, we are carefully and meticulously reacquainted with Edmund, his family and friends from GoldenEars:The Whispering Mountain as the relationship between Edmund and his special wolf friend GoldenEars is developed through many twists and turns and especially the chance meeting in the Library with the Native Indian Joe who shares his knowledge and understanding of wolf lore.
In his quest to find his beloved GoldenEars Edmund, and indeed the reader, is taken on a roller coaster journey which takes him from the Huxforest Wildlife Reserve to the strange, supernatural world dominated by the Pale Skulls and beyond. A really gripping story full of intrigue and emotion.
Reviewed for Luminosity Media Group by Sheena Monnin on March 2nd, 2021 (Guest Review) - 26 Apr, 2021
GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls by Jane H. Wood is riveting from start to finish. Excellently crafted characters bring you along for every page of adventure, catastrophe, triumph, and surprise in this well-written adventure tale. With the feel of a cult hit like Harry Potter, each character and scene draws the reader in with all their senses and makes the reader feel part of the story – a rare accomplishment! All age groups from young adult upwards would enjoy reading GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls. Author Jane H. Wood crafts a surprising plot and provides upbeat pacing throughout the story that demands the reader continue on to see what happens next, Valuable themes of family, friendship, and loyalty pervade this work, driving home the message and leaving the reader uplifted. It is with excitement that I look forward to more from this author.
Amanda Sheridan (Guest Review) - 15 Jun, 2022
The Pale Skulls is a great sequel to Wood's debut novel, Golden Ears: The Whispering Mountain.
In the Whispering Mountain, there was a hint of a supernatural element which I found intriguing and I was delighted to find the author had developed it in the Pale Skulls.
Edmund is determined to find Golden ears again and returns home to research the myths and legends of the wolves. With the assistance of Native American, Joe he finds what he is looking for. But will he be able to use it to find his beloved wolf.
I loved this book. Edmund's story is one of bravery, love and determination. I love how the author took the myths around the wolves and created a world full of dangerous beasts and good people, and animals, who try to stop them. The story of Golden ears and his family runs alongside that of Edmund and his mum and dad, and the connection between the boy and the young wolf is strong, though at times dangerous.
The setting was also very beautifully described.
Five stars all the way.
Bernard Jan (Guest Review) - 22 Oct, 2021
OMG, I love it, I love it, I love it! I’m in love with this book, and this is my raw, non-edited explosion of emotions. If you’ve read and liked White Fang or The Call of the Wild, this book is a definite must for you. It’s just so . . . AMAZING. Endless love and tender emotion for the animal kingdom (wolves!) in this gripping, adventurous tale. Pure and honest as a snowflake, shiny as a crystal of ice. I wish there is no end to GoldenEars. So, Jane, please, I want book three!
All of you who are reading my review of The Pale Skulls, please also read my review of The Whispering Mountain to see why I’m helplessly in love with this story. I can’t think straight, I am choking with emotions. And it’s fine, it’s all good because I know GoldenEars will never be erased from my memory.