Wolfsangel Paperback – 22 Mar 2011
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"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."
A superbly written fantasy epic that spans hundreds of years of our history to bring Norse legends and the myth of the werewolf to blood-curdling life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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And I wasn't disappointed. MDL takes a story and imbues it with a wild dark magic that lifts an almost standard quest adventure (historical) fantasy into something vivid, gritty and wonderfully epic.
The king's action at the beginning of the novel is so imaginatively over the top, I initially thought it was a dream sequence. Little did I know this was in fact the tone of the entire novel. King Athun leads a raid on a small village with the express desire to steal away a baby boy, to take him back to his own kingdom and raise him as his own. Only thing is, when he finds the boy, he discovers not one but two boys. Twins. He takes the decision to raise one and send one to be raised by the witches who sent him on this quest in the first instance. Athun's word is law - his thanes, friends and fellow warriors - obey his instructions and stay to fight the people from the village and surrounds, ensuring their king's escape. This opening salvo is already seeped deeply with the magic of the otherworld. It shows us the iron-hold of the witches on a king and a king's hold on his people.Read more ›
So I feel slightly guilty towards Wolfsangel. I've been reading it for about six weeks whilst real life makes heavy demands of my time. However, probably the greatest compliment I can pay to it is that the book always kept me coming back for more.
It's competently written as well. I've always believed that prose should serve the story not self-serve the writer's ego, and I recognised a lot of this in the style of Wolfsangel, to the extent that I've spent many a night recently wondering if writers from a journalistic background have a more functional style of writing.
Now that doesn't mean the writing is dull, just that the quality of the prose is consistent, that there were no standout moments, no one-liners I thought "Oooo, I must remember to quote that when I come to write up my thoughts". In fact the only real flourish comes in Chapter 6,
"What is prophecy? It is a wide thing of many forms. We don't call a person who anticipates a cat will knock over a cup and moves to catch it a prophet. We don't maintain that the ability to look at the clouds and say it will rain makes you a seer."
The lack of flourish doesn't cause an issue. Lachlan sets out to tell a big story and flourish would just get in the way.Read more ›
On a larger scale there are various political schemes and plots afoot between several warring kingdoms. This guarantees that there is plenty of blood-thirsty action. I particularly liked the berserker mercenaries when they were introduced. There are a number of excellent battle scenes that vividly depicts their unrestrained violent behaviour. This is where the plot of Wolfsangel really excels. Lachlan has an eye for detail that incorporates both the small details of individual character plots with the epic visuals of frenzied fast paced battles.
The werewolves in Wolfsangel are quite different from others that I have come across elsewhere during this month. There is more of a blending of man and animal. Feileg has a bestial quality due to his upbringing, as the story progresses he slowly re-learns what it means to be human. Vali meanwhile, suffers the opposite fate. He becomes more and more of a beast.Read more ›
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I found this quite hard to get into initially, the story begins almost as if in the middle of a tale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by FlamingKaty
One of the most awe inspiring books i've ever read. A bit of a slow burner but once its gets going its amazing.Published 15 months ago by Mr. Paul J. Kearns
I absolutely loved this the author has really done the background work and I could not stop reading it once I started I am going straight for the second book now brilliant.Published 16 months ago by Jonathan Woolley
I can't understand why, but this book almost make me feel ill, in a deranged and obsessive way, and utterly brilliantly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Harry
I did struggle with sections of the book as the plot went off into philosophical folk lore. Maybe I wasn't in the right place to read this book. Will probably give it another go.Published 24 months ago by Haus Frau
I wasn't sure I was going to like it as it sounded more mystical than the adventures I typically enjoy but I'm happy to say any fears were ungrounded and I've thoroughly enjoyed... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by Dean
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
Overall I enjoyed this book but the title of this review says it all really. It started brilliantly, very intense with a strong sense of Norse saga. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by MarcthePat