->''What is the promise of the wolf?\\
Never consort with humans.\\
Never kill a human unprovoked.\\
Never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live.''

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''The Wolf Chronicles'' is a trilogy by Dorothy Hearst, consisting of the books ''Promise of the Wolves'' (2008), ''Secrets of the Wolves'' (2011), and ''Spirit of the Wolves'' (2014). The author has also written a short prequel story on Wattpad, titled ''[[https://www.wattpad.com/story/25224137-the-atonement-of-clendru-a-wolf-chronicles-story/parts The Atonement of Clendru]]''.

14,000 years ago, the promise mentioned above is what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Many thousands of years before their time, however, wolves and humans formed a bond with each other, and this changed them. The Ancients nearly killed both species, until the wolves made [[ThePromise the promise]].

Young wolf Kaala is a mixed-blood wolf, with her mother having taken a mate from outside the Valley. Her littermates are killed because of their birth, but her life is spared by a pair of Greatwolves - a large species of wolves that enforces the rules of the valley.

Kaala's mother is banished from the Valley as punishment, and so Kaala must find her own way in the pack, growing up with the leaders' pups and trying to be accepted by the leaders. As she grows, she proves to be a strong, capable wolf, but in addition to her mixed blood they are uncertain about her because she was born with a crescent-moon-shaped mark on her chest, signifying that she is either very good or very bad luck.

Kaala does her best to be accepted by the pack, but as she learns about the humans, she feels drawn to them... With her adopted littermates Marra and Ázzuen, and a feisty raven named Tlitoo, Kaala begins to learn that perhaps wolves and humans being apart isn't the best way to go, and that perhaps the Greatwolves have some secrets of their own...

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!!This trilogy provides examples of:

* ActionPrologue: Book 2 opens with Kaala and her friends running from the Greatwolves for an unknown reason.
* AffectionateNickname: Kaala's pack and her ancestor Lydda occasionally call her "Kaala Smallteeth".
* AfterActionPatchUp: [=TaLi=] heals Rissa and Pell after [[spoiler:the almost-battle and elkryn stampede]] at the end of the first book.
* AlmostDeadGuy: In the second book, [[spoiler:Trevegg lives long enough to tell Kaala what happened to him and [=NiaLi=].]]
* AlternateAnimalAffection: Wolves tend to show affection to a mate by resting their head on the other's neck. They'll also exuberantly greet packmates, including their human companions, by licking them.
* AlternativeCalendar: Wolves measure time in moons instead of months, and winters instead of years.
* AlwaysSecondBest:
** According to Yllin, Ruuqo always felt that he was this compared to his brother, Hiiln - even his name means "second son" - so he's somewhat insecure despite being pack leader.
** Neesa felt like this compared to Rissa, and this was one of the reasons she intended to leave the pack as a youngwolf.
* AncientKeeper: The old raven, Hzralzu, who happens to be [[spoiler:a shapeshifter who can appear as a human, an old krianan named [=RalZun=]. He was the raven king in Indru's time, and Nejakilakin, and has remained alive in the thousands of years since.]]
* AnimalTalk: All animals have their own language, but as they're all based on Oldspeak, they're all similar enough that they can understand each other. Wolves can also understand humans for this reason, but humans cannot understand animals (aside from the rare few that [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speak Fluent Animal]].)
* ApologeticAttacker: When Ruuqo kills Kaala's littermates and is about to kill her, he apologizes to her and says that he is [[IDidWhatIHadToDo only doing his duty and what is right for his pack.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: [=TaLi=]'s tribe leader and aunt/caretaker want her to marry [=DavRian=], because he can bring more expensive gifts and because he does not believe that the tribes should listen to krianans and follow the old ways anymore, even though [=TaLi=] wants to marry [=BreLan=].
* AscendedFanboy: The Vole Eater pups, Prannan and Amma, are in awe of Kaala and what they have heard about her keeping the Promise. They end up helping her out and joining her "pack".
* AsleepForDays: Kaala usually sleeps for a full day or two after [[spoiler:visiting the Inejalun, even if she was only there for a few moments. It is ''not'' a place for living wolves.]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The pack leaders are generally the best fighters of the pack, since they must be able to withstand direct challenges to their leadership (which are typically done by fighting). One big reason that the packs cannot defy the Greatwolves is because the Greatwolves are so much bigger and impossible for a normal wolf to defeat in battle.
* AxCrazy: [=DavRian=] eventually becomes this, [[spoiler:killing several people in the village of Kaar and then setting a fire that kills most of the remaining village, just so that he can blame the wolves.]]
* BadassBoast: In the third book: [[spoiler:"I am the drelwolf. We are the Nejakilakin."]]
* BearsAreBadNews: The wolves tend to avoid bears because they're dangerous, but they aren't above stealing prey from them (especially young ones).
* BerserkButton:
** For Kaala, it's [=TaLi=] being threatened.
** Ázzuen gets ''[[ShipTease pissed]]'' when another male wolf asks Kaala to be his mate.
* BettyAndVeronica: Ázzuen is the Betty, Pell is the Veronica. [[spoiler:Kaala eventually chooses Ázzuen.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Ravens are often known to be tricksters who love jokes and who often can't be taken seriously. In the third book they show just how dangerous they are when [[spoiler:a flock of them '''''tears the Greatwolves to shreds.''''']]
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: Kaala and Tlitoo both have the mark of the crescent moon on them. [[spoiler:Kaala is the current Moonwolf and Tlitoo is the current Nejakilakin raven; they will destroy or save their respective clans.]] Lydda, Kaala's ancestor, also was marked with the crescent moon.
* BitchAlert: The first thing Borlla does upon meeting Kaala is poke her painfully hard and comment to Unnan that it doesn't look like "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]" will live long.
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Reel's]] death does this to Borlla. [[spoiler:Being kept as a slave by the Greatwolves breaks her further.]]
* BreedingSlave: In the second book, [[spoiler:Kaala discovers that when Borlla had vanished in the first book, she had not died as her packmates thought, but instead was being kept as a slave by the Greatwolves to breed with so that the Greatwolves don't become too inbred. A few other young wolves, including males, are also being kept by them for the same purpose.]]
* TheBully: Minn (according to Kaala, since he helped drive away her mother, though we don't really see him behaving that way), Unnan, Borlla, and to a lesser extent Reel (although Kaala admits that he seems like a decent wolf on his own without Unnan and Borlla around).
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Wolfdogs are "streckwolves".
* CallForward: Toward the start of the first book, Tlitoo tells Kaala that he has heard the Greatwolves say she is not a true wolf, and that she is more and less than wolf. It could be a hint about her being a wolf of destiny, but also a reference to the third book and [[spoiler:the reveal that she is a wolfdog.]]
* CanisMajor: The Greatwolves are almost twice as large as a regular wolf and live much longer as well. They may be a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dire_wolf prehistoric dire wolves]], if not a fictional version of the real animal.
* ChildHater: Werrna is mentioned as not having much patience with pups and being the only one who doesn't play with them. A possible reason for that is revealed in the second book: [[spoiler:she once had a mate, but he was killed.]]
* CleverCrows: Ravens are {{tricksters}}. When they're being especially mischievous, they tend to speak in haiku.
* CoolBigSis: Yllin, one of the yearlings, is this to her younger siblings and Kaala. While Minn remains aloof, Yllin plays with the pups and supports them. One of her notable moments was when the pack was taking the pups to their summer gathering place and Kaala felt like she couldn't go on much farther, and Yllin defied Ruuqo's orders by going over to Kaala and whispering encouragement in her ears: calling her "sister" and saying that she'll need a secondwolf when she eventually becomes pack leader.
* CoolOldGuy: Trevegg, the oldest wolf in the pack, who is always friendly to the pups and serves as a [[TheMentor mentor]] to them.
* CoveredWithScars: Werrna is mentioned as being very scarred and a strong warrior.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [=DavRian=] is willing to go as far as [[spoiler:murdering a whole village to place the blame on [=TaLi=] and the wolves]] in order to get revenge on [=TaLi=] for rejecting him and choosing [=BreLan=].
* CrisisOfFaith: Essentially what's going on in the human village. Half still want to follow the old ways, half do not and believe they should no longer have krianans.
* DeadGuyJunior:
** Ázzuen is named for his grandfather, Rissa's father.
** Tlitoo is named for his ancestor, Tlitookilalin.
* DeadPersonConversation: Kaala's conversations with Lydda and Indru.
* DeathOfAChild:
** In the first chapter Kaala witnesses the deaths of her siblings and is nearly killed herself.
** In the middle of the first book, [[spoiler:Reel is trampled by horses]].
** Toward the end of the the third book, [[spoiler:the human child [=JilaMin=] is accidentally poisoned by [=DavRian=]]].
* DebtDetester: Borlla hates Kaala and doesn't want to help her at all, but she reluctantly tells Kaala about the Greatwolves because Kaala helped her - Borlla even points out herself that she wouldn't have done it otherwise.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even as a tiny pup, Kaala vowed to not go down without a fight.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Happens in the wolf packs sometimes. At one point when Ázzuen disobeys Ruuqo he has to feed himself on smallprey because he knows Ruuqo won't let him eat much of the pack's kills for a while.
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaala runs into them several times, but the biggest (and most real) is toward the end of the third book, when [[spoiler:she and the other wolves have failed in the Promise and the Kaar village has burned to the ground, and [=RalZun=] and [=HesMi=], among others, are dead.]]
* DidntSeeThatComing: The climax of ''Promise of the Wolves'' turns around one of these: the characters were so focused on the coming battle between the wolves and humans that nobody noticed [[spoiler: the elkryn were also planning something.]] In retrospect, [[FridgeBrilliance they should have:]] [[spoiler: the humans had been hunting more and more elkryn since settling, and the wolves hadn't been letting up either. It was only a matter of time before they were backed into a corner and lashed out.]]
* DistantFinale: The epilogue of the third book takes place in the future (over 14,000 years after the events of the story).
* DistantPrologue: The prologue of the first book takes place 26,000 years prior to the events of the story.
* DontWakeTheSleeper: Kaala sneaks up on the sleeping Greatwolves during their dream-sage ceremony, intending to try and share the dreams of one. She accidentally slips and wakes [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Zorindru]], who instead of alerting the others merely looks at her, smiles, and goes back to sleep. Kivdru also wakes up later, but due to Kaala hiding her scent with uijin and the fact that he is still under the effects of the dream-sage, he thinks that she's simply part of his dream.
* DownerEnding: The most frequent complaint about the third book. [[spoiler:The wolves fail in the Promise, leaving it up to the streckwolves to succeed where they failed; most of the Kaar village is dead; [=DavRian=] makes it to the Laan village before Kaala and friends do, making them turn against the krianans, [=TaLi=], and the wolves; Kaala dies. In the DistantFinale, the ice caps have melted and polar bears and other creatures are extinct, and the world is hot and desertlike.]]
* DreamSpying: In the second book, [[spoiler:Kaala learns that she can do this with the help of Tlitoo. She does it to [=TaLi=], Ázzuen, Ruuqo, and attempts it with Kivdru.]]
* EarNotch: Frallin, the secondwolf of the Tree Line pack, has one, which he got protecting his pack's pups from a bear.
* ExcessiveMourning: Borlla after [[spoiler:Reel]]'s death. While the others are sad for a while, she only eats very little afterward and just spends her days going out to the spot where he died, and after being brought back (sometimes forcefully) just sitting around grieving until she gets a chance to slip away again.
* TheExile: Kaala is briefly exiled from her pack in the first book.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: At one point someone says something to the effect of "''this'' is the wolf we've heard so much about?"
* FantasticDrug: Dream sage, which causes hallucinations. Greatwolves use it in what is essentially a religious ritual, and [=DavRian=] chews it too and [=TaLi=] tells the Kaar village with scorn (after he claims she went mad like the rabid wolf) that he does so.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Distance is measured in wolflengths.
* FantasticNamingConvention: Both wolves and humans have name patterns. Normal wolves' names have a double letter in them - Kaala, Rissa, Trevegg, etc. Greatwolves' names end in -dru or -dra (Frandra, Zorindru, etc), as an homage to their ancestor, Indru. Humans have compound names such as [=TaLi=] and [=MikLan=]; the last half signifies their gender and which tribe they are from (for example, [=TaLi=]'s tribe is the Lin tribe, so all males have the ending "Lin" and all females have the ending "Li").
* FantasyPantheon: Sort of a combination of NatureSpirit[=/=]AnthropomorphicPersonification and TheLifestream: the wolves (and humans, at least the krianans) worship the Ancients - Sun, Moon, Earth, and Sky - who are said to have created all creatures as well as the Balance, which connects all living things. They are said in legends to have spoken to Indru.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: In the second book, Kaala has a chance to kill [=DavRian=], the human who's been nothing but trouble and a danger to the wolves for the whole book: he'd fallen down a hill and gotten pinned by debris on the edge of a cliff, and all Kaala would need to do is push him and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident. When the opportunity is offered, she refuses because it would go against the Promise and it's just wrong. He repays her by [[spoiler:killing [=TaLi=]'s grandmother and framing the wolves for it]].
* {{Fictionary}}: The wolves' and humans' language. There's a common, universal language that all others are based on, and that's how the wolves understand the humans (though not vice-versa); Ruuqo and Rissa insisted they be taught it.
** Some of the wolf words include their names ("Kaala" means "Daughter of the Moon", her brother Triell was named for the dark of a moonless night and sisters Onna, Tannla, and Suuna were named for flowers, and "Ruuqo" means "second son"), ''romma'' (the mark of pack acceptance), ''ilshik'' ("wolf killer"), ''drelshik'' ("cursed wolf"), ''drelshan'' ("savior wolf"), ''streck'' (weak prey that you don't have to even breathe hard to catch), and ''greslin'' (the tastiest, best parts from a kill).
** Two of the human words are ''krianan'', which basically means "shaman", and ''uijin'', the name of a mixture that hides scent.
* FirstPersonPerspective: The series is told as Kaala speaking to the reader.
* ForbiddenFriendship: Kaala and [=TaLi=] in the first book.
* FreakinessShame: Kaala feels this at times in the third book about her ability to [[spoiler:travel to the spirit world with Tlitoo]].
* FreudianTrio: Kaala/Ázzuen/Marra. Kaala is the Id, with her temper and impulsive behavior, Ázzuen is the Superego, often pointing out the problems with her ideas, and Marra is the Ego, the most levelheaded of the three.
* GrayEyes: Kaala visits the spirit world in the second book and meets Indru himself, noting that he has strange silver eyes. He shows her a memory of him first making the Promise, and he has yellow eyes in the memory; therefore, silver eyes represents the spirit world.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: "Mixed-blood wolves" - those with a parent from outside the valley - are not allowed to live because they're considered dangerous and unstable: some break the covenant of the Valley by either by being completely drawn to humans or compelled to kill them, and some just go mad. Kaala faces some discrimination, particularly from Unnan, Borlla, and Ruuqo, because of this.
* HappilyAdopted: Kaala is treated like a daughter by Rissa. (Not so much by Ruuqo.)
* HealingHerb: [=TaLi=] often uses them.
* TheHeroDies: At the end of the third book, [[spoiler:Kaala is weakened by traveling to the Inejalun four times in a row, but insists upon doing it one more time so that she can speak to [=TaLi=]. This proves to be too many times, and she realizes that she cannot return.]]
* HumansAreBastards: They frequently get too strong and try to control everything. The "paradox" between wolves and humans is that the wolves are drawn to the humans and want to be with them - and they must in order to fulfill the Promise - but that humans dislike the wolves' wild nature and often end up killing them eventually.
* HypocriticalHumor: When the pups first get fresh meat and Kaala unintentionally becomes aggressive, Yllin speaks to Kaala about how she must fight for what's hers but not become a bully, and says that a leader cannot let anger and greed overcome her. Kaala points out Yllin's hypocrisy in the narration:
-->Yllin's argument would have been more convincing if she had not growled so ferociously at me earlier, and if she did not immediately trot over to the carcass, bite Minn on the leg, and take his place.
* ICantFeelMyLegs: Said by Navdru when [[spoiler:Kaala brings him to the Inejalun]] in the third book, although it doesn't mean he's paralyzed, it's just a sign of [[spoiler:how the place sucks life out of the living wolves who travel there for extended periods.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Ruuqo says this about killing Kaala's littermates.
* IdiotBall: One scene in the third book. [[spoiler:Okay, so we need to gain the humans' trust especially since [=DavRian=] is trying to convince them we're killers/supernatural/etc. Sounds like a perfect time to pretend we're ghosts! Never mind that [[TheSmartGuy Ázzuen]] is pointing out the exact opposite of what we need and that he tends to be right about such things; it'll be ''fun'', and the humans will think that's ''hilarious!''.]]
* InformedAttribute: Minn is frequently referred to as a bully - not only by Kaala but other characters like Minn's littermate Demmen as well - but we don't really see him actually doing anything bully-like.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Borlla refers to Kaala as "it" when Kaala is first taken in by Swift River.
* ItsAllMyFault: Kaala after [[spoiler:Reel]]'s death, even though she knows he might not have survived anyway. Trevegg points out that Rissa does not let grief get in the way of her duties, and that they should be grateful that the rest of the pups still live since other packs rarely can keep so many alive, and that some of the other pups would have died without Kaala's intervention.
* IWasNamedMyName: Played with. Kaala's name is wolf-speak for "Daughter of the Moon". Her human friend names her Silvermoon, and Kaala is pleased that it's so close. It's a minor case of FridgeBrilliance: Kaala has a birthmark on her pelt in the rough shape of a crescent moon, and that was how her mother chose her name when she was born. It makes sense that [=TaLi=] would also see it and think the same way.
* JerkJustifications: Ruuqo is a {{Jerkass}} to Kaala and makes it clear that he only allowed her to live as a pup because the Greatwolves made him and the only reason he's not directly driving her away is because the pack would turn on him; this is because he thinks it's wrong for her, as a mixed-blood wolf, to have lived despite the Greatwolves' orders, and because she bears the mark of the crescent moon, which means that she has a chance of bringing bad luck to and destroying the pack. Her inadvertently causing [[spoiler:the death of another pup, who happens to be his son,]] doesn't help either. He also refuses to let her join in the hunt, one of the requirements to become a full pack member, because if she does become a full member and it turns out she is indeed bad luck, she will carry the Swift River scent with her wherever she goes.
* KidHero: The series begins when Kaala is just a small pup.
* KidsAreCruel: Borlla, Unnan, and Reel, as pups, taunt the weaker pups, try to keep them away from food, and even once attempt to directly kill them.
* LegacyCharacter: The ravens have a special raven called the Nejakilakin that is born whenever there is need, who can travel between life and death and can see the memories of others. Likewise, whenever there's a Nejakilakin, there's also a Moonwolf - a wolf with the mark of the crescent moon. Nejakilakin can travel in the spirit world alone, but he cannot view memories without Moonwolf, and Moonwolf cannot go into the spirit world without Nejakilakin. [[spoiler: Tlitoo is the current Nejakilakin, and Kaala is the current Moonwolf - though later they learn that "Nejakilakin" actually refers to both of them together, working as one soul.]]
* LetterMotif:
** All regular wolves' names have a double letter in them - Kaala, Rissa, Trevegg, Ázzuen, etc - but the Greatwolves' names, however, do not. (Their names, actually, end in either "-dru" or "-dra" as an homage to their ancestor Indru.)
** Also, all humans have compound names such as [=TaLi=] and [=MikLan=]; the last half signifies their gender and which tribe they are from (for example, [=TaLi=]'s tribe is the Lin tribe, so all males have the ending "Lin" and all females have the ending "Li").
* TheLifestream: The Balance. It is said to connect all living things, and when a creature dies they are said to have returned to the Balance.
* LifeWillKillYou: Mentioned by Kaala in the third book. [[spoiler:She can't believe that after Hzralzu has been alive for tens of thousands of years, he's died in something as ordinary as a fire.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Kaala thinks Milsindra is trying to do this when the Greatwolf drives a rhino toward her. She's actually driving it to Kaar village.
* MaliciousMisnaming: The ravens refer to the Greatwolves by names such as "Grumpwolves" and "Greatworms".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: In the second book, [[spoiler:Trevegg and [=NiaLi=] are both killed.]]
* MomentKiller: Pell tries to convince Kaala that they should be mates and that now's their best chance... Kaala finds herself drawn to him and getting excited... and then the Vole Eater youngwolves burst in to ask to join Kaala's pack.
* MoralityPet: Reel is one for Borlla.
* MysteriousParent: Kaala knows nothing of her father except that he was from outside the Valley. [[spoiler:She later learns that her father is Gaanin, a streckwolf (wolfdog). Her mother, after dreaming of having pups that would save wolfkind, mated with him in the hope that the pups with his genes would be the ones. He hoped the same thing, but had had many other pups for the same reason, and viewed it as more of an experiment than having any emotional attachment.]]
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: Long-fang names are a bit like this - for instance "Fierce Hunter of the Golden Plains" (aka "Gold"), a cub.
* NamingCeremony: There is a small naming ceremony when pups are named, and this signifies that the pack is pledged to protect the pup: if a pup is not expected to survive, it might not be given a name until later, if at all. Ázzuen is one such example: he was the only one of his litter to not receive a name, but he is given one later: [[DeadGuyJunior the name of his grandfather]], who was a great warrior.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Halfway through the first book, [[spoiler:Borlla]] vanishes and her scent trail disappears just as abruptly. The pack assumes that a predator of some sort has gotten her even though they cannot smell any other creature there. In the second book, [[spoiler:Kaala discovers that Borlla was taken away to be made a BreedingSlave by the Greatwolves.]]
* NiceGuy: Ázzuen is generally friendly to all.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Kaala is shocked the first time Ázzuen is genuinely angry at her.
* PairTheSpares: After Kaala and [[spoiler:Ázzuen]] decide to be mates, [[spoiler:[[DidNotGetTheGirl Pell]] and [[ThirdWheel Marra]]]] end up together.
* PleaseWakeUp: Borlla doesn't understand at first that [[spoiler:Reel]] is dead, shoving him and impatiently telling him to get up as the pack realizes what has happened and begins to grieve.
* PrecisionFStrike: Unnan calling Kaala ''ilshik'', or "wolf-killer", is basically treated like the ultimate swear/insult.
* {{Prequel}}: The "Atonement of Clendru" short story.
* ThePromise: Tens of thousands of years ago, a wolf named Indru made a promise with the Ancients. The wolves of the Wide Valley initially believe that it is what is listed on the top of the page: that they must not consort with or kill humans, and that they cannot allow a mixed-blood wolf to live. In reality, the promise is that wolves would not come into contact with humans, but that they would still guide humans, in order to keep the Balance. As Kaala grows older and learns more about herself and the Greatwolves, this promise is called into question many times.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Zorindru, compared to the other Greatwolves. For instance in the first book while the other Greatwolves are eager to pass judgement on the smallwolves and don't believe it's possible to stop the battle between the wolves and humans, Zorindru is willing to give Kaala a chance to try.
** Sonnen, the leader of Tree Line, is considered to be more reasonable than the other pack leaders.
* [=HesMi=] of Kaar is the more reasonable of the leaders, willing to accept new ideas and different sides of the story.
* TheResenter: Ruuqo resents the fact that he must keep Kaala in the pack since the Greatwolves saving her undermined his authority and he believes her to be bad luck/dangerous, but throwing her out would make his pack turn on him.
* TheReveal: Toward the end of the second book, [[spoiler:Indru reveals to Kaala that the smallwolves, not the Greatwolves, are supposed to be the ones watching and guiding humans.]]
* RiteOfPassage: Pups must pass several tests - the crossing to their summer home, the first hunt, and the first winter - in order to be accepted into the pack.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Kaala does this a lot, such as when she first saves [=TaLi=] from drowning despite not being allowed to associate with humans in any way.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Yllin tells Kaala that sometimes the leaderwolves will help a pup through the tests because they don't like to see pups die, but that they might deny any help if they wish to challenge a pup and test their strength, as Ruuqo did with Kaala during the crossing and Rissa, Werrna, and Yllin did for the pups at the river.
* SettleForSibling: Rissa was originally going to be mates with Hiiln, and the two would lead the pack. When Hiiln was banished, it was up to Ruuqo to lead, so Rissa became Ruuqo's mate instead. He'd always had strong feelings for her even before his brother left, and Rissa grew to love him as well. [[spoiler:Hiiln then settled for ''Rissa'''s sibling, Neesa.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Lallna ships Pell and Kaala, although she later gets some ShipTease with Pell herself.
* ShoutOut: According to the author, [[spoiler:[=NiaLi=] and Trevegg]]'s deaths are a shout-out to Literature/LittleRedRidingHood: [[spoiler:[=NiaLi=] is the grandmother that gets killed, and Trevegg is the wolf that gets killed by the huntsman]].
* SiblingRivalry: Unnan, Borlla, and Reel vs Ázzuen and Marra (and adopted sibling Kaala).
* SlashedThroat: How [=DavRian=] kills [[spoiler:[=NiaLi=] and some of the Kaar villagers.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAnimalCast: Level 3: Animal Cast With Humans As Minor Characters.
* SlidingScaleOfAnimalCommunication: Type 5. Each species has their own language but can understand each other well enough, and animals can understand humans, but only a rare couple humans can understand animals.
* TheSmartGuy: Ázzuen is noted to be one of the smartest wolves in the valley.
* SneakyDeparture: Kaala often snuck away to visit [=TaLi=], and once to see the Speaking between the krianans and Greatwolves. Borlla also snuck away frequently to sit at the spot where [[spoiler:Reel]] died.
* SnowMeansDeath: There are a lot of comments about the pups' ability to make it through their first winter, since if they are not strong, they will not survive the winter.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: [=NiaLi=]. It is mentioned that all krianans used to be able to speak to animals, but that ability has been lost, with [=TaLi=] being the last.
* SpiritAdvisor: Lydda is one to Kaala.
* StellarName: Kaala's name is wolf-speak for "Daughter of the Moon", and [=TaLi=] names her Silvermoon.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Kaala wants to find [=TaLi=] in the human camp for the first time, Tlitoo distracts the rest of the tribe, at one point squawking a loud haiku: ''"Look up, look up, look! Watch the raven fly over. There is no wolf nearby."'' The humans cannot understand him, however.
* TakeAThirdOption: At the end of the first book, rather than trying to stop the wolves from attacking or trying to warn the humans - neither of which will likely work - Kaala decides to [[spoiler:cause the elkryn to stampede]].
* TomatoInTheMirror: The third book reveals that Kaala is a [[spoiler:wolfdog]]. This comes as a surprise, as she has been mocking them for much of the book.
* TruceZone: Passage to the human camp is considered neutral territory. There are also spaces between territories that they call the "verge" that belongs to no pack, and this is where Gatherings of the packs are held.
* TrustPassword: Demmen tells Kaala the things that her mother told him, so that she would know that his message is indeed from her mother:
-->"As for whether or not I speak the truth, I can tell you what your mother told me, Kaala," Demmen said. "Your sisters' names were Onna, Tannla, and Suuna, after the flowers that grew near your den site, and your brother was Triell. You and he were especially close, and you challenged Ruuqo over his death. When your mother left the valley she told you to gain acceptance into your pack before you came to seek her."
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kaala and Ázzuen, also a bit of Kaala and Pell. [[spoiler:Kaala eventually chooses Ázzuen as her mate, but they're not ready to have pups just yet.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Kaala says that wolves hate seeing pups come to harm and that they'd rather chew off their own paws than hurt a pup, but in order to follow the rules of the Promise any mixed-blood pups cannot live. Ruuqo kills her siblings in front of her, and nearly kills her, but Kaala said he was only doing his duty.
* {{Xenofiction}}: The series is told from the point of view of wolves, and includes mostly-factual information about wolves' lifecycle. Humans are viewed through their eyes as strange creatures, and the wolves' biggest concern is survival and raising future pups.
* TheXOfY: Each of the book names: ''Promise of the Wolves'', ''Secrets of the Wolves'', and ''Spirit of the Wolves''.
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: Kaala is frequently referred to by different characters as the ''drelshik'' - "cursed wolf"/"the destroyer", the ''drelshan'' - "savior wolf", and the ''drelwolf'' - "wolf of legend" (potentially either/both ''drelshik''/''drelshan'').
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