GoldenEars

The Pale Skulls

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
374 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2021
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Author Biography

Jane was born in Bristol, then later with her family moved to Colchester, Essex, where she was brought up and educated. An avid reader from a young age. She believes it was this early introduction to books that helped foster her love and passion to read; and unsurprisingly, the seed for reading great English literature had been planted.
Jane was a former window display designer, and worked alongside her team of talented artists in the competitive and changing world of consumer goods. Over the years, Jane has written a selection of short stories for adults and younger readers. Jane says, 'my ambition is to try my hand at illustrating one of them. My little characters are so adorable, I'd love to see them come to life on the screen. I love art, and dabble with acrylic and oil paints. Drawing is a joy, the simple process of graphite on paper is both pleasing and satisfying. I support many charities around the world, their work is important as is their tireless dedication to help and protect endangered species. Wolves are my passion, and to draw one is a privilege and a pleasure. The wolf is the most persecuted animal on the planet. It is time misconceptions concerning wolves were changed, and the wolf is respected for the beautiful intelligent creatures they are; for without them the continued stability and health of our ecosystem will be under threat.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Golden Ears: The Pale Skulls by Jane H. Wood begins as Edmund researches in the historic library in Edmonton to resolve the disappearance of his wolf friend, GoldenEars. In the archive section, he meets Joe, who recognizes him as a “Shadow Follower” and teaches him Blackfoot legends. Returning to Huxforest Wildlife Reserve, Edmund learns that something monstrous is attacking livestock on neighboring farms. He must search for the “Buffalo Stone”, all the while hunted by mysterious “pale skull” creatures. Edmund’s journey takes him far into the caves, and along a path only he can follow. On the outside again, the rangers continue their battle to banish the skull creatures, and create a safe haven for the wolves. At one point it seems that all is lost, and GoldenEars tumbles into a ravine. Edmund must recover the will to live; several bonds have to be resolved, and he has his work as a ranger to continue with.

GoldenEars 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, 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 by Jane H. Wood is suitable for young adult and new adult audiences.

Sheena Monnin, Luminosity Media Group

Reviewed for Luminosity Media Group by Sheena Monnin on March 2nd, 2021 – March 3, 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.

Sherri Moorer

Sherri Moorer – March 4, 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

Sarah Starr – March 4, 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.

Edd Moore

A Spelling Binding Story.
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 Huxforest Wildlife Reserve to the strange, supernatural world dominated by The Pale Skulls and beyond.
A really gripping story full of intrigue and emotion.