Fenrir Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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Praise for Fenrir
"M. D. Lachlan is simply the most exciting, visceral, and deeply imaginative writer of fantasy working today. I thought Wolfsangel was a masterpiece, but Fenrir is even better, a superbly conjured historical world, potently readable storytelling, beautiful and savage in equal measure: it is unlike any other novel in print. Be wary, though: his werewolf will prey upon your dreams."
-ADAM ROBERTS, Author of Gradisil and New Model Army
"Fenrir is the eagerly awaited sequel to M. D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel. . . . Utterly convincing. . .plenty of action, strong characters, and vivid description. The story is sufficiently independent of its predecessor to be read and enjoyed on its own."
Praise for Wolfsangel
"Savage, dark, strange, and unpredictable. Recommended."
-JOE ABERCROMBIE, Author of The First Law trilogy
"A unique take on the werewolf mythos, on the Norse pantheon, and on magic itself. An enthralling, mesmerizing book."
-MIKE CAREY, Author of the Felix Castor series
"Sorcery and savagery fuel this rousing historical fantasy. . . . Vivid in its rendering of the primitive historical past, this entertaining adventure will have readers eagerly anticipating the next book in the series."
"From raids to single combat, the author really puts the reader into the heart of the action; it is close, brutal, and often highly personal. . . . Wolfsangel is a highly recommended historical fantasy. . . . Dark, atmospheric, original. . . . This is a great read."
-CIVILIAN READER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second volume of one of the most critically acclaimed fantasies of recent years.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
All in the prose is excellent, the pace fast and above all else it's a story of love, of fate and of adventure. It's well written, the characters are outstanding and when blended with a pretty unique authorly voice and some magical sleight of hand, this title is, for my money, even more thrilling than the original. It really will be interesting to see what MD turns up with for the next part in this series and I suspect that some of the hidden unfinished threads will leave a nasty surprise or two for the future "heroes" to discover at their peril.
Compared to Wolfsangel this book visits some very dark places and the introduction of Christianity into the main plotline is very well done.
The author has the knack of drawing you into a world of Norse legend (which i had no interest in beforehand...)and then leaving you wanting more.
Roll on the next book, i am waiting with bated wolf breath.
One thing that truly sets this book apart from other fantasy books is the imagery, and the skill with which MD Lachlan weaves it. With a simple sentence, a full image appears in your mind, landscapes form in the blink of an eye and characters become well-defined. No re-description is necessary as the images remain locked in your mind throughout the whole book. Any changes are made with a few choice words.
Praise of Fenrir wouldn't be complete without mentioning the storyline. You will be hooked from beginning to end, no two ways about it. There is a large reluctance to put the book down as each passage tempts you into reading on, finding out what happens next. The many characters get their own interpretation of the story from their unique angles. Their personal views on events seem to differ greatly, but each adds their own contribution to the flow of the story. It isn't long before you learn the personality of each character in turn, but each have their own surprises beyond what is laid before you.
I will finish by saying that Fenrir is a unique read and stands out from the other fantasy books out there. A brutal, exciting and fast-paced tale of love, excitement and adventure, all told with an amazing feel of realism. Each event forms so easily and fluidly in your mind that it sometimes feels like a memory of something you already know. This epic tale deserves to be read, as does the predecessor, Wolfsangel.
I enjoyed the first book as it was a great idea, it grew in complexity and the characters were well written. The second book is fantastic with better characters and (maybe because I had a better idea where it might go) the plot seemed much stronger (which isn't to take anything away from the original by the way).
If you like dark fantasy, and it is dark mind, then give this a go.
It starts off introducing the characters in a city (Paris) under siege and you're immediately in the middle of the story being sucked in further every page. The action get's underway quickly and the pace is fast, characters split up have their own little adventures and come together and though usually this tends to make me lose my way and forget who's who, it doesn't in this story. Characters are believable and the historic background is never dull or mundane.
The writing is superb and you can tell there's been a lot of research done to get the details right. I loved the attention to detail like the names of pieces of clothing I'd never heard of (I will admit to not being a native English speaker so that could just be me) but it was always clear what was meant. It's amazing to me how M.D. Lachlan get's into each characters head, sees their background and where they come from and let's them speak, think and act how I expect they would.
If you're looking for an action packed adventure that makes you want to read more (and luckily there is more) then this is definitely the book to read. I haven't read the first book 'Wolfsangel' and I had no trouble following this book. It can be read on its own and you come away with a complete story. I will definitely be looking for more books by M.D. Lachlan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superbly paced story. An original and well written historical fantasy with plot twists and memorable characters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Mcgowan
I would heartily recommend this book. It's an excellent mix of mystery, adventure and magic, which would be enjoyed by lovers of Norse myth and those who are new to them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by xeno
This series of books is really worth the effort of reading them! So unusual, creepy, historically and psychologically true, gruesome and claustrophobic. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Mr. James E. Tapp
Typical Lachlan dark Viking humour, hairy arsed bikers, death, destruction, twists and sudden violence. All good. Read it
One of the most original books based around the Norse myths. The characters from Wolfsangel are reborn over 100 years later and are forced to relive their tragic story again at the... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2012 by Amazon Customer
A follow on from the previous book and much the same. I did get lost a bit and tended to backtrack and read bits again. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Olaf the bald
MD Lachlan is proving to have as deep an imagination as Tolkein showed in Lord of the Rings, with his mind blowing sequel to Wolfsangel with Fenrir. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2011 by valkyrie1008
[A slightly longer version of this review appears on my blog - Civilian-Reader]
Fenrir takes the story that began in Wolfsangel further along in history, adding more... Read more