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The Sight by David Clements Davies, is a xenofictional novel about wolves and psychic powers.

A sequel has also been written: Fell. It focuses on the titular character as he goes on his own personal quest revolving around the Sight and another child, similar to the relationship between Larka and human-baby Bran. And there's Fire Bringer, which is also set in same universe, but in a different location.


This novel provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Morgra didn't mean to kill a cub, despite what most wolves think.
  • All-Loving Hero: Larka is one.
  • Alpha and Beta Wolves: The main wolf pack have this sort of ranking with fictional language words for alpha, beta and omega wolves, and only some of them are related - two parents and their children, the father's sister, her mate (whose relationship with her is noted to be unusual) and two others. Downplayed in that they are treated by the narrative as a family, and barring some Deliberate Values Dissonance in how they treat Bran act like one instead of a group trying to one-up each other.
  • Animal Eye Spy: The Sight lets you do this.
  • Anti Anti Christ: Fell is the wolf equivalent Satan, who freaks out Tsinga just by his presence. He's also a sometimes unfriendly but ultimately reasonable wolf, who ends up siding with Larka after she reminds him of his past.
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  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Larka dies, but appears as a heavenly figure to Kar at the end of the story.
  • Animal Talk: Aside from the obvious Translation Convention, the wolves also have their own language called varg. Examples include:
    • Dragga - Alpha Male
    • Drappa - Alpha Female
    • Sikla - Omega
    • Lera - Prey animals
  • Anyone Can Die: No one is safe, not even the main pack, including Larka.
  • Arc Words: The Sight.
  • Back for the Dead: After being Put on a Bus for much of the book, Skop returns to pull Kar out of his Sanity Slippage and then die.
  • Back from the Dead: But only for about a chapter, thanks to Morgra performing the Summoning Howl.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Many wolves think the sight is a naturally bad power, but Larka clearly isn't a villain. Start later explains that it is a fundamental part of nature that doesn't have a moral alignment.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: All wolves are scared of drowning because they believe it will result in this.
  • Becoming the Mask: Fell is brainwashed into becoming Wolfbane for Morgra.
  • Beta Couple: Khaz and Kipcha. It's also kind of a literal example, as Khaz was a Beta in Huttser's pack.
  • Big Bad: Morgra.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Larka reunites with her parents just when they're about to be forced to kill each other on Slavka's orders. Later Kar shows up to save Larka from being trapped in the Red Meadow.
  • Bittersweet Ending
  • Blessed with Suck: While the Sight is often seen as an extraordinary gift, Larka is shown throughout the book to resent it half the time, especially when she can't hunt without feeling her prey's pain as she kills it.
  • Blind Seer: Tsinga
  • Blood Magic: According to the prophecy, there needs to be a sacrifice of blood to activate the Vision.
  • Brainwashed: Morgra does this to Fell after she rescues him from the icy river.
  • Break the Cutie: Both Larka and Kar go through a lot, losing their entire pack, Larka having to deal with her destiny and Kar being nearly killed in a fire and not taking well to being alone...
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Bran couldn't catch a break.
  • Captain Ersatz: Larka has several similarities to Rannoch of Fire Bringer.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Larka uses her memories of love and happiness to give Fell his memories back and dispel his anger.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Prey animals are sentient and Larka can feel their pain when she kills one, which means she's terrified of hunting.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Larka and Kar, who grow up in the same pack together and are part of the trio with Fell when they are younger.
  • Cool Old Lady: Brassa.
  • Constantly Curious: Larka, when she is younger.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Morgra genuinely wanted to be let into Huttser and Palla's pack, and her rejection pushed her fully into evil.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Slavka threatens it for whoever wins Huttser and Palla's Involuntary Battle to the Death.
  • Danger — Thin Ice: Happens to Fell.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Fell is a Rare Male Example, as a wolf with strong Psychic Powers who sides with the villain and is motivated by his deep loneliness, and who is eventually converted back to the heroes' side by Larka.
  • The Day of Reckoning: There are two of them in foretold in the prophecy - first, the summoning of The Searchers in the middle of the humans' battle, and then the activation of the Vision, which, if Morgra achieves, will allow her to enslave all of the animals. Morgra succeeds in using the searchers to decimate the free wolves, but Larka hijacks the vision during the climax, stopping her from achieving the final part of her plan.
  • Dead Guy Junior: First there's Fell, who is named after his grandfather. Then there's Bran the baby, who Larka names after Bran the wolf and finally Huttser and Palla's second litter.
  • Death by Despair: Kipcha could have escaped from the Inevitable Waterfall like Bran did, but gave up due to fearing what her pups' lives would be like without Khaz and guilty about even briefly wanting Larka dead out of jealousy.
  • Disney Death: Fell after seemingly drowning and Kar after seemingly being killed in a fire.
  • Doing In the Wizard: After a whole book of mythological stories about the origin of wolves and humans The Vision allows the lera to see the scientific version of events.
  • The Dragon: Fell becomes this for Morgra for a brief time as a secret weapon against Larka.
  • Dwindling Party: Morgra curses the pack do die one by one. The curse was never real, but nearly all of the pack dies just as she predicted.
  • Evil Versus Evil: On one side of the Balkar/Rebel conflict is Morgra, the Big Bad, who is insane. On the other side of the conflict is Slavka, a mix of General Ripper and Well-Intentioned Extremist... who is also insane. Slavka has the chance to get better at the end. Morgra does not.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Characters often hear important pieces of information, such as details about the prophecy or Morgra's plans, while in hiding and eavesdropping on other wolves.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: And how....
  • Fantasy Pantheon: Most notably, Tor and Fenris.
    • And also Sita, who is the Jesus-equivalent for the wolves.
    • Can't forget Wolfbane, who, in contrast to Sita, was the equivalent of Satan.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Kar, though he gets over it.
  • The Hero Dies
  • Heroic BSoD: Larka experiences one after she witnesses her entire family and pack die one by one as a result of the prophecy surrounding her. And later Palla when Morgra tells her about Fell's fate.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Larka.
    • Also, Bran the Omega.
  • Identical Stranger: Larka and Slavka are noted to look exactly alike.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Larka feels this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Khaz gets impaled in a hunting trap. And the wolves also pass by many impaled humans.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Baby Bran. How many babies can go through what he did?
    • Horribly, horribly averted in the case of Kipcha's unborn pups, though....
  • Inevitable Waterfall: When the pack is crossing a river, Kipcha and Bran are swept up, and there is unsurprisingly a waterfall. Only Bran survives it.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Slavka forces Huttser and Palla into this as a fight to the death by threatening a Cruel and Unusual Death for the winner, to ensure they will fight to protect their "enemy".
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Again, Larka.
  • Jerkass: Fell is this to Kar at the beginning of the book when Larka starts giving Kar attention.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Fell leaves to do this at the end of the book, after escaping from being Reforged into a Minion by Morgra. This also acts as a Sequel Hook.
  • Kill 'Em All: Not quite, but it comes very f*cking close.
  • Living Memory: The Searchers in the Red Meadow are this - they are not actually dead wolves but manifestations of the memories of the living. This allows Fell to be among them, despite not being actually dead.
  • Lovable Coward: Kar starts out as this.
    • And then there's Bran the Omega.
  • Love Interest: Kar is this for Larka, and vice-versa.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Brassa, Tsinga and Tsarr end up dead by the end of the story. Averted with Skart, who survives until the end of the book.
  • Mercy Kill: Huttser and Palla go along with spoiler:trying to kill each other at Slavka's command to spare the other the fate of winning and facing a far worse death.
  • Mythology Gag: Several Shout Outs to Fire Bringer, since they are set in the same universe. Rannoch is mentioned as having the Sight, and the varg word Lera was also used in Fire Bringer.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Had the pack welcomed Morgra she wouldn't have become an antagonist.
  • Noble Wolf: Unsurprisingly, there are many of these.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Skart has a strong prejudice against ravens, which Larka calls him out on.
  • Plot Armor: Normally very much averted, but notably played straight at the climax of Part 2, where nearly all of the Free Wolves are killed by the Searchers or humans, but all of the named characters somehow survive.
  • The Promise: Larka, Kar, and a grudging Fell formed one when they were younger, calling it "the Pact". As the end of the book comes, Kar is the one who holds onto this promise the strongest.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: The prophecy in this book is this.
  • Prophecy Twist: A rare example that works in the heroes' favor: the prophecy does not say that none shall be free, just rhetorically asked who shall be free.
  • Raised by Wolves: Bran, literally.
  • Rebel Leader: Slavka.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Sort of. Larka hadn't died when she made the trip to the Red Meadow. Kar ends up rescuing her by calling her name over and over when the dead tried keeping her there permanently.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kar after he survives the fire. He gets better though, when Skop lives with him until his death from an infected wound.
  • Shout-Out: Skart briefly mentions Rannoch from Fire Bringer.
    "There is an old story of a Herla, a red deer, who learnt how to do it. His name was Rannoch and he lived on an island to the north-west."
  • Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: The author often attributes feline traits to the wolves - they are described as having retractile claws, and using their paws as cats do, to swipe at each other or grab at prey (real wolves have non-retractile claws, which are not used for hunting or fighting with). The packs also contain numerous unrelated wolves, and Kipcha somehow becomes pregnant outside the breeding season (when neither females nor males are fertile).
  • Spoiler Title: Fell dies a few chapters into the book, but having a sequel named after him might tip off a few people about his fate.
  • Start of Darkness: For Morgra, it was being accused of killing a cub and subsequently being banished for it. In truth she had been trying to save it from a predatory fox, and bit the cub's scruff too hard, accidentally killing it.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: One where it is left ambiguous if it truly was stupid or was necessary in the end. Larka is resigned to her fate after having a vision of her death when the prophecy is fulfilled, but she realizes right before the bridge she and Morgra are standing on is about to collapse that she does have a chance of changing the future. She debates with herself about whether she still needs to die, and ultimately decides to jump to safety, but just barely misses.
  • Storming the Castle: Harja, the citadel where the climax happens.
  • Survival Through Self-Sacrifice: After Larka defeats and pins down Gart in a fight, Gary decides to Face Death with Dignity, and Larka so respects him for this and how ultimately heroic he is, despite his cruel methods, that she spares his life.
  • Take It to the Bridge: Larka and Morgra confront each other on the bridge in Harja which collapses and kills them both.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Morgra spoiler:didn't ever intend to kill a cub, but her being accused of this crime leads to her doing far worse.
  • Title Drop Chapter: The third to last chapter is called "The Sight".
  • Those Two Girls: Keeka and Karma.
  • Vision Quest: Larka has to travel this way to the Red Meaadow in order to make the Searchers leave and get plot-relevant information.
  • Wham Episode: Of the chapters, "Ice", "The Searchers", "Harja" and "Past and Future" stand out.
  • White Wolves Are Special: As a white wolf, and a heroine, Larka represents light, hope and kindness in a dark world.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Larka knows this, too. Doesn't stop her from treading near Wangst territory for a bit, though. Later subverted when Larka learns that fate can be changed with difficulty in the Red Meadow, meaning she isn't doomed to die after all. In the end, she remembers this just a second too late.

Alternative Title(s): Fell