The first section of the book, entitled "Amaroq the Wolf", is rich in figures of speech.
Some examples of personification in the description of the main character's life with the wolves on the vast tundra are "winds scream", "the frigid environment has sculptured life", "plants and birds pointed the way", "city...sat on a hill". Each of these gives human attributes to things that are inanimate, or wouldn't otherwise have these qualities.
Examples of metaphor, which are comparisons between things that are not inherently alike, include "the great wolf's eyes (are) brittle yellow jewels", "the tundra was an ocean of grass on which she was circling around and around", "wolves are gentle brothers", "the pond...the tundra looking glass", and "the mitten was a trophy".
Finally, some examples of simile are "birds...like leaves in a wind", "tail like a semaphore signal", "fur...like metal", and the pup "was like water and slipped through her hands". Similes are comparisons between two things using "like" or "as".