Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood


Potentially Intense Themes


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Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves

Meg Long

After angering a local gangster, seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen must flee with her prize fighting wolf, Iska, in tow. A team of scientists offer to pay her way off her frozen planet on one condition: she gets them to the finish line of the planet’s infamous sled race. Though Sena always swore she’d never race after it claimed both her mothers’ lives, it’s now her only option.

But the tundra is a treacherous place, and as the race unfolds and their lives are threatened at every turn, Sena starts to question her own abilities. She must discover whether she’s strong enough to survive the wild – whether she and Iska together are strong enough to get them all out alive.

A captivating debut about survival, found family, and the bond between a girl and a wolf that delivers a fresh twist on classic survival stories and frontier myths.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“Cold is the night that falls. Yet, Fast are the wolves that race the storm.”

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) It was so easy to get lost in this world! Sena is an orphan, stuck in an ice world that is under the corporation’s control. Her one goal is to get off this world and live elsewhere. When given the chance to coach teams in the most difficult race, she can’t turn it down. She needs the money, but she refuses to race.

Sena was easy to love. She was downtrodden, barely surviving and alone. Everything seemed to depend on this race her mothers died in. Her perseverance and strength were admirable. The relationship between Sena and Iska is heartwarming. I loved watching them learn to trust but also endure. They forged a family with others and you could almost see Sena’s emotional walls cracking and breaking.

“Maybe surviving the race is more than just skill or prep or luck. Maybe, the team you race with matters more than anything else.”

It’s a fast-paced story about survival and love and everything in between. It’s exciting throughout with moments that provoke thought and emotion. 

“Nothing gets easier, Sena. You get stronger.”

The end had a different feel from the main story but was well done. I loved that it was a unique and fascinating setting and that so much good prevailed.

Content Summary: The language is high but with no F words. There was physical violence with some details about blood and creature attacks that may be too intense for some. Otherwise, the content felt mild enough that I believe most could read this.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

The book releases January 11, 2022.

Detailed Content Review



H***- 43

S***- 25

A**- 13

B****- 4

D***- 40

Bas****- 5

Religious Cursing



G**- 5


Derogatory terms etc-

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A young woman drinks beer. 

A young woman drinks cider with liquor. 

A young woman drinks beer. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*Very minor LGBTQ+ aspects included* 

A young woman grew up with two moms. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A young woman pick pockets to survive. 

A young woman punches a woman for offensive insults. Then she knees a nan in the groin and ribs. She smashed a glass on another man’s head, knocking him unconscious. She fights back and forth with these people, causing them injuries and getting bruised herself. 

A young woman steals many items. A man grabs her hair and holds her off the floor. He throws her against a wall, and chokes her. She hits a man with an object, knocking him unconscious. A man points a gun at a young woman. 

A wolf bites a man to the bone and thrashes. 

A young woman and a wolf fight some adults. The young woman knocks an adult unconscious. A man shoots a woman. 

A creature attacks a young woman, trying to bite her neck. 

Physical aggression to an older woman, leaving her with crushed hand bones and many bruises over her body.

People are shooting at a young woman and one hits her in the back. 

Hunting and killing for food. 

A man has a shard of ice impaling him. Blood is coating the ground and his clothes. 

Three people fight with a bear. A dog tries to bite its neck and is injured. A person fights it with an ax. 

A creature attacks a young woman and wolf, biting. The young woman hits it multiple times with an ax and her fist and it bites her. Blood is covering all 3 of them as they fight. 

A man punches a young woman in the jaw. 

**SPOILER** A man tells of killing two women with rigged explosives. A young woman attacks him, clawing at his face. He throws her to the ground. He comes at her with an ax and a wolf humps on him and tears his neck, killing him. An ax is embedded in the wolf’s side and blood is covering the ground. 

Potentially Intense Themes

A young woman’s parents have died. Each mother died during a race.

In the past, many people have died in the race. The elements, injuries, animal attacks and more cause the deaths. 

A scene with traveling over a frozen river causes injuries and intense situations. A dog drowns. 

Near bear attack. 

A man nearly drowns. 

Survival in snowy conditions.

Hallucinations in snowy conditions. 

Death from injuries and snowy conditions. 

Injuries and amputations from frostbite. 

**Any quotes from the book may be taken from the advance copy and therefore may not be fully accurate or correctly compare to the final copy of the book.

**As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 


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