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Watch Wolf
Faolan 2
Author Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator Cover art by Richard Cowdrey

Cover design by Lillie Howard

Publication date June 1, 2011
Publication Order
Preceded by
Shadow Wolf
Followed by
Frost Wolf
Watch Wolf is the third installment of the Wolves of the Beyond series, written by Kathryn Lasky. The hardcover was released June 1, 2011.


A battle for the Beyond.

Far from the owls of Ga'Hoole, a war is brewing. A bear cub has been snatched by a wolf- an unthinkable betrayal of the peace that has long existed between the wolves and grizzly bears of the Beyond. The bears are massing, roaring for revenge. The wolves claim to be innocent, but they must fight back or face total annihilation.

For Faolan, a young wolf raised by a grizzly bear mother, the threat of war starts a terrible race. Somewhere in the honorable wolf clan lies a traitor, and Faolan must stop him and rescue the cub before it's too late. If he fails, Faolan will lose everything... and the Wolves of the Beyond will be destroyed forever

Release Date

The hardcover of Watch Wolf was released June 1, 2011.


(Excerpt from Chapter 4: A True Gnaw Wolf?)

“Well, you’ve certainly learned quickly!” Ingliss, the larger of the two, said.

“Yes, but doesn’t a one-eyed wolf look funny with her hackles up?” Kyran added nastily. Kyran always took her cues from Ingliss. They worked as a tag team of abuse.

“You know, of course, you don’t deserve to go to the Ring,” Ingliss said. Edme tilted her head. She wouldn’t deign to answer them and walked on. But they followed her, one on either side, pressing close.

“Get away!” Edme yipped. “You can’t do this to me anymore, either with words or bites.”

“Oh, yes, that’s true,” Ingliss said brightly. “Indeed we should never have abused you. Seeing as you were never a true gnaw wolf.”

This stopped Edme. “Are you cag mag? What are you talking about?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know?” Ingliss teased. She turned to Kyran. “Should we tell her?”

“I suppose so,” Kyran replied casually, as if she had better things on her mind.

“Dear Edme, we have come to apologize for our behavior,” Ingliss said. Edme’s head swiveled between the two wolves.

Edme tried desperately to maintain a cool, disinterested demeanor. “An apology is not necessary, really. Now on your way. I must get to the Ring and the Watch.”

“I wouldn’t rush if I were you,” Kyran said.

“No, no, definitely not. For what will they say when they discover you were not born a malcadh, but made one!”

“What are you talking about?” Edme said, and she bared her teeth. Never had such a small wolf seemed so fierce.

The two yearlings cowered. “He did it to you, the chieftain Dunbar MacHeath!” Kyran blurted.

“Did what?”

“Tore out your eye!” Ingliss said.

“You mean… you mean…” Edme’s jaw dropped open. It was as if she was searching for the actual words. “I wasn’t born this way?”

“Not at all,” the two wolves said at once, regaining their composure. A smirk crawled across Ingliss’s face. “We heard it whispered in the gadderheal. So you see, you are not a true gnaw wolf,” Ingliss said.

“You’re a fake,” Kyran offered. “They’ll reject you when they find out.”

“They sense these things,” Ingliss said.

“What if I tell them?” Edme said, turning around and heading straight into the heart of MacHeath territory.

“Tell them? Tell who? Where are you going, Edme?”

“To your chieftain.”

“What?” the two wolves shrieked.

“You’re telling him what we told you? We’ll get in big trouble!” Ingliss was running beside Edme now, pleading with her.

“You should have thought of that before.”

“But what’s the use of telling Dunbar MacHeath? What will you tell him exactly?”

“Exactly?” Edme stopped short, and the beam from her single eye seemed to pierce Ingliss right to her marrow. “I shall tell him that I will serve at the Ring not as a member of the MacHeath clan, but a free runner!”

The two yearlings collapsed and began crawling after Edme on their bellies, begging her not to go to the chieftain. But Edme closed her ears and trotted on toward the Carreg Gaer of the MacHeath clan. Now it all made sense. She felt nothing when she arrived at her tummfraw because she had no connection with it whatsoever. Had they gone through the rituals of kicking out her birth mother and sire from the clan? What did it matter? It was all a charade and nothing more.    


  • Part One: The Journey
    • Part 1 - Faolan and Edme on their way to The Watch
    • Part 2 - Edme playing with Toby
    • Part 3 - Old Cags in the Pit with Toby
  • Part Two: The Ring
  • Part Three: The Cub



  • Thus Sayeth the Fengo
  1. Under the Stars
  2. Winter Dreams on a Summer Night
  3. The Scent of the River
  4. A True Gnaw Wolf?
  5. Blood and Thorns
  6. The Obea Speaks
  7. Tatters
  8. View from a Ridge
  9. The Hot Gates
  10. The Bone of Bones
  11. Dunbar MacHeath Considers
  12. First Watch
  13. Escape of the She-Wolves
  14. The She-Winds
  15. A Twinge in the Marrow
  16. Old Cags
  17. Shadows of War
  18. Graymalkin
  19. Killing Fear
  20. Breaking Rules
  21. The Pit
  22. Drums of War
  23. "Edme! Edme! Edme!"
  24. The Black Glass Desert
  25. Eight Moons Passing
  • Epilouge
  • Author's Note


The next book is called Frost Wolf and is the fourth book in the series. Frost Wolf is not last book in the series, there are two more books following Frost Wolf. The author has written, and will only write six books in total. The fifth book is called Spirit Wolf. The sixth book in the series is titled Star Wolf.



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