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Sons of the Wolf Paperback – 1 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781320276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781320273
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paula Lofting was born in Middlesex and grew up in South Australia, returning to the country of her birth when she was sixteen. She currently works as a psychiatric nurse as well as writing in her spare time. She now lives in Sussex with two of her three children and is an active member of Regia Anglorum re-enactment society. It was always her ambition to write a novel but found that life lead her on other paths until, in her forties, she began on the journey that has led her to her first book. Sons of the Wolf is Paula's debut novel and the first in a series of books about the Norman conquest of England.

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'Sons of the Wolf' is set at a tipping point in history, which for me gave the book an added piquance because I was keen to see the 'set up' for the momentous historical events just over a decade away.
This book not what I expected - in a good way! Perhaps because of the author's obvious knowledge of this period, I was expecting a much less 'emotional' read and more factual read majoring on battles and political machinations. Whilst there is an element of this to the plot (which is wonderfully written and will delight those readers who want battles) what really made this a great read were the characters.
I loved how Wulfhere was a brave man, yet haunted by sights from the battle field. I enjoyed how he coped with war, only to come home and be wrong-footed by his rebellious daughter. And then there was his wife, who when he left treated him with coldness, and on his return was warm and loving. I was on tenterhooks to find out how long her improved behaviour would last and learn what the motivation was behind her change.
I would describe 'Sons of the Wolf' in epic terms. It gives a sweeping yet detailed view of the people of early 11th century England, and how they lived. Add to that political intrigue, social rivalry and children trouble and you have a rollicking good read that you wont want to put down.
Well done, Ms Lofting, a literary star in the making.
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No spoilers in this review - I HATE spoilers.

Harold II is one of my favourite Kings and when he is featured in a book I always approach with caution. This time I had no cause to worry as Ms Lofting portrays Harold as convincingly and as fairly as I could have wished.
Sons of the Wolf is a sweeping story of loyalty, rivalry and conflict supported by the author's knowledge of the period and experience on the battle field - albeit re-enacted warfare. And, thank goodness, an author who is able to present characters who are believably flawed - this is what makes them human, whether we `like' them or not. Historical novelists are not supposed to paint a pretty picture but one as close to the truth as it is possible to come.
The claustrophobic living conditions of pre-conquest Britain are excellently drawn, the battle scenes are bloody, the historical detail as accurate as you could wish, and the narrative competently presented. The author has cleverly left unanswered questions which I am sure will be answered in her next book which I believe will be called The Wolf's Banner.
Recommended for all fans of historical fiction.
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Sons of the Wolf: Paul Lofting. Showing a comprehensive knowledge of pre conquest Britain, Paula Lofting has taken historical fiction to a whole new level, skilfully interweaving factual and well recorded events with the fictitious lives and loves the thegn Wulfhere and his family, neighbours and affinity. Wulfhere and his neighbour Helghi were real people who appeared in the records. Although the lives they led is unknown, Ms Lofting’s accounts of the family relationships - the marital problems, the bickering between the children, the tantrums of a teenager in love - are all so clearly described as to show a true understanding of human nature throughout the years. The book is carried smoothly by vividly realistic conversations and wonderfully picturesque descriptions which add greatly to the sense of time and place. The reader feels inside the book with the characters, living and breathing and seeing what they experienced. Ms Lofting’s knowledge of the history of the era is as comprehensive as her knowledge of the early language, yet never does the reader feel as if they are reading a lecture. I liked the personal nature of the story and its focus on Wulfhere and his family and their struggles amidst war and personal feuds. Wulfhere also takes part in actual historical events whilst in service to the King.The characters feel like real people, with complex human emotions.

The book itself is beautifully presented with a wonderfully designed eye catching cover and helpfully includes pronunciation and place names guides, as well as a glossary of unfamiliar terms, which is very helpful.

Sons of the Wolf is the first in a series of novels about the Norman conquest of England. I enjoyed this book very much and found it a delightful read. The wealth of historical detail keeps it from being a lightweight. I look forward to reading the next in the series!
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The Norman Conquest itself has long been a favourite topic for historical novelists, while the rich era leading up to the fateful events of 1066 had been much ignored until a new generation of largely independent authors began to shed light on the period.

Paula Lofting joins this genre with Sons of the Wolf, set in 1054 and 1055. She plucks a pair of neighbouring Sussex thegns - Wulfhere and Helghi - from the pages of the Domesday Book and brings their everyday existence, their family conflicts, their hereditary feud, into sharp and life-like focus. Paula also cleverly sets the national scene - the rivalry between King Edward and Harold Godwinson, plus the Battle of Hereford - from Wulfhere's perspective, so that we see through his eyes the pieces being set in place that will eventually pit Harold against William, Duke of Normandy.

Fans of writers like Helen Hollick, Georgette Heyer, Rosemary Sutcliff and many others will be delighted with Paula's debut novel and, personally, I am looking forward to reading the sequel, The Wolf Banner. Congratulations to Paula Lofting!
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