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WOLFKYNDE
WOLFKYNDE
by A. G. Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.72

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, intriguing mix of fantasy/history - an excellent read, 27 Oct 2011
This review is from: WOLFKYNDE (Paperback)
Set in Dacia, modern Romania, in 100AD, the book has as its background the Roman invasion by Emperor Trajan, in his efforts to subjugate the Dacian leader Decebal. The history is detailed and (I assume!) accurately depicted, with fantastic and vivid battle scenes.

But the book is not simply an historical review. The main characters are, as the title suggests, the Wolfkynde - a human sub-species that exists in parallel to the 'normal' human world, with the ability to 'semble' into wolf like creatures. The prologue sets the scene, and intrigue, from the outset, with its almost mystical description of the Pack wars which ravaged the Wolfkynde hundreds of years before the book is set, and explains the divide between the more numerous Asperian, and the scarce, but superior (and slightly unhinged) Indracit....

Their existence is threatened however, firstly by the Romans and also by a bane that is killing the line breeders of the pack.

An unexpected find, I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of fantasy and history. The ending suggests there is more to come, and I for one look forward to reading more.


The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's hope Britain wakes up!, 14 Nov 2009
A couple of years ago I was working in Copenhagen, and several Danish friends were raving about Stieg Larsson. The best selling books in history in Denmark, apparently. Yeah yeah yeah I thought...... alright alright, I bought the first book in the series and...... actually, it was very, very good!

But, I wasn't prepared for the sequel. This is where the series really comes to life in my view - it starts at a gallop and gathers pace as you proceed through the story of Lisbeth Salander (yes, it's really about her and not Blomqvist after all) - starting from the warm fuzzy feeling you enjoy alongside her as she enjoys the fruits of the denouement of the first book, but running through the injustice and indignation heaped upon her, to her ultimate revenge (or is it?) - this is a book to be read as slowly as possible, to avoid that exhilarating but depressing moment when you come to the end and realise there is no more until the next book....

If this was written by an American it would be top of the best-sellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Buy it anyway - you won't regret it!


Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes, 13 Nov 2009
This review is from: Midnight's Children (Paperback)
I will keep this short and sweet - something the authour is incapable of. An excellent potential subject matter, let down by an overblown, self important literary 'style' which does its best to alienate and exclude the reader. I was determined to finish this book, and managed it after numerous excruciating weeks. It actually put me off reading for a time. If this is one of the critics' favourites, what hope for real talent? Utter, utter rubbish.


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