Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves: A Review

“Nothing taken, nothing given.”

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg LongEvery species on the frozen planet of Tundar is predatory. When everything has sharp teeth and sharper claws, the people have to be hard too. Including seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen.

Sena never loved Tundar–it’s not a planet that engenders love–but she loved her mothers and the home they made for her on the planet between Tundar’s infamous sled race seasons.

They both died in the last race. Sena has been struggling to pay her way off the planet and away from its painful memories ever since.

After angering a local gangster, Sena is out of time to earn her way off the planet. Instead she has to accept a dangerous bargain leading a team of scientists through Tundar’s sled race while trying to protect Iska, the prize fighting wolf she never wanted to let herself care about.

Haunted by memories and grief, predators, and her enemies, Sena will have to use all of her wits and her strength to survive the race and make it off Tundar with Iska in Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves (2022) by Meg Long.

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Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is Long’s debut novel.

Long blends fantasy with survivalist adventure in this action packed novel. Long takes her time building up the world with rich details and a varied cast of characters. Sena’s first person story starts slow, carefully building out Tundar’s harsh realities before drawing readers into the novel’s plot.

Sena’s slow work to process her grief over her mothers’ deaths and reluctantly form new connections with both people and her wolf Iska play out against the Tundar sled race where the stakes for Sena and Iska are literally life or death. Readers should also be wary of casual violence throughout the story and frostbite induced injuries in the final act.

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is an engrossing adventure which hints at many more stories to be told in this world.

Possible Pairings: Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, Fable by Adrienne Young

*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

February 2022 Reading Recap

Miss Print's Reading Recap

Planned to Read:

  • No plan this month! We’re taking it as it comes.


  1. Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed
  2. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  3. Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
  4. Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez
  6. Killing Time by Brianna Ehrlich
  7. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  8. A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
  9. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
  10. Long Story Short by Serena Kaylor
  11. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
  12. Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky
  13. Last Things by Jacqueline West
  14. In the Ballroom With the Candlestick by Diana Peterfreund
  15. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  16. Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse
  17. Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex? by Sophie Escabasse
  18. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  19. We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman

You can also see what I read last month.