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

''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 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...

!!This trilogy provides examples of:

* ApologeticAttacker: When Ruuqo kills Kaala's littermates and is about to kill her, he apologizes to her and says that he is 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=].
* 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.
* BerserkButton:
** For Kaala, it's [=TaLi=] being threatened.
** Ázzuen gets ''[[ShipTease pissed]]'' when another male wolf asks Kaala to be his mate.
* 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; they will destroy or save their respective clans.]]
* TheBully: Minn (according to Kaala, since he helped drive away her mother), Unnan, Borlla, and to a lesser extent Reel.
* CanisMajor: The Greatwolves are almost twice as large as a regular wolf. 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.
* 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.
* DeadGuyJunior:
** Ázzuen is named for his grandfather, Ruuqo's father.
** Tlitoo says he is named for his ancestor, although it is not clear whether he is speaking about the name Tlitoo or Nejakilakin (a LegacyCharacter name he dislikes).
* 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.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even as a tiny pup, Kaala vowed to not go down without a fight.
* 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.]]
* 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, 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").
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: 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); [[CoolOldGuy Tre]][[TheMentor vegg]] insisted they be taught it. Some of the wolf words include Kaala and her brother Triell's names ("Kaala" means "Daughter of the Moon", and she says Triell was named for the dark of a moonless night), and ''romma'', the mark of pack acceptance. One of the human words is ''krianan'', which basically means "shaman".
* 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.
* IWasNamedMyName: Played with. Kaala's name is wolf-speak for "Daughter of the Moon". Her human friend names her Silvermoon, and Kaala is surprised and 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 the pack chose her name when she was born. It makes sense that [=TaLi=] would also see it and think the same way.
* 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 generation's Nejakilakin, but he doesn't like it when other ravens call him that by name - even "Neja" bothers him - and Kaala is the current Moonwolf.]]
* 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").
* 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.
* ThePromise: Ancient wolf Indru made a promise 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.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: 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. 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* TomatoInTheMirror: The third book reveals that Kaala is a [[spoiler:wolfdog]]. This comes as a surprise, as she has been mocking them the whole trilogy.
* 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.