Nostalgia Reads

Nostalgia Reads: The Claidi Journals

nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh] – noun:
A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

I decided to start another segment here to appreciate some of the books from my past that I love to re-read (or want to re-read). I know not everyone re-reads books, and I understand that because there are so many new books to read. But I do enjoy re-reading old favorites. I find certain books to be comforting, like visiting an old friend, and sometimes it’s nice to pick up something I know I’ll enjoy. In some cases, I’ve even picked up on details I never noticed, or maybe understood something better due to being older or having a different mindset than when I last read the book.

I wanted to start off with one of my favorite young adult (or maybe this is considered middle grade? I’m really not sure…) series, The Claidi Journals, written by Tanith Lee. If I remember correctly (possibly I don’t), Wolf Tower was the first Tanith Lee book I read and that started my love affair with her work. At this point in my life, I’ll read and enjoy anything that Tanith writes.

Wolf Tower blurb from Amazon:

All her life, Claidi has endured hardship in the House, where she must obey a spoiled princess. Then a golden stranger arrives, living proof of a world beyond the House walls. Claidi risks all to free the charming prisoner and accompanies him across the Waste toward his faraway home. It is a difficult yet marvelous journey, and all the while Claidi is at the side of a man she could come to love. That is, until they reach his home . . . and the Wolf Tower.

When I was younger Wolf Tower was unique – I’d read fantasy before, but the world Tanith created fascinated me. A desert dystopia pockmarked with mansions with gardens, strange colonies and colorful cities inhabited by clockwork beings and humans with strange names; I could easily visualize her creations and I remember desperately wanting to join Claidi on her journeys. Plus there was romance!

I read this series again last July and found it just as fantastic as I remembered when I was in middle school. As always, Tanith’s environments pull me in and honestly, I’d still love to take off on an adventure with Claidi.


Wolf Tower (UK title: Law of the Wolf Tower ) was published in 1998.

Wolf Star (UK title: Wolf Star Rise) was published in 2000.

Wolf Queen (UK title: Queen of the Wolves) was published in 2001.

Wolf Wing was published in 2002 and is the final book in the series, though for years I’ve been hoping for a revival.

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