Wolf and the Crown Paperback – 1 Sep 1998
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A tale of myth and magic in which the young Arthor must fight to keep hold of his new crown and his realm from being taken by the ravenous wolves, both human and otherworldly, who are threatening Britain. From the author of CENTURIES, THE DARK SHORE and THE SHADOW EATER.
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Now I remember. Its this book.
The first two books are wonderfully lyrical in their writing, and full of the hallucinatory blend of quantum physics and mysticism that I think is Attanasio's trademark. This books isn't any of those things, and seems, as others have said, hurriedly written to fill a deadline.
What I find most painful is the page-and-a-half "chapters" that are the book's structure. The books winds up being just a set of vignettes, really, advancing in parallel the four or five stories that are being advanced. While this technique might be intended to keep the pace brisk, what it really does is completely distance the reader from the characters and the action. Why should I care about any of this given how I'm not invited to connect with it in a meaningful way.
Also, the "Merlin as a lisping dwarf" thing gets old real quick.
I'm slogging my way through and will buy the concluding volume just because I'm a sucker for punishment (and it seems more well-regarded than this book), but as others have said, you read this one because you like the series, not because you like this book.
Interestingly, it doesn't appear that his work suffers because of it...yet it was still disconcerting. This was the first Attanasio book I've read. Despite what others have written, it is possible to use this as a jumping-off point into his novels.