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Sons of the Wolf Paperback – 1 Aug 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Historical fiction is my favorite literary genre. Good historical fiction so subtly blends fact and fiction the reader is mesmerized. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kevin B
So this book follows the life of Wulfhere, a thegn who has a very complicated life. The author has taken the choice the write about a character that little is known about and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bairdy1985
As a Dark Ages historian and author writing novels set in the period, my first thought when I began reading Sons of the Wolf was, “This is the world I know. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Whitey
Now i dont do spoilers i prefer to let the reader go on that journey for themselves. The novel as a whole is well written and moves at a decent pace. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2014 by Robert Southworth
The author of this historical novel set at the time of the Norman Conquest is no stranger to the human mind and its darker corners -- she is a psychiatric nurse -- and her... Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Marius Gabriel
I gave5 because it is a very well written account and well worth reading again if you do not understand it first time of reading.Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by Brian
Sons of the Wolf, by Paula Lofting, is one of several books which have come out over the last few years exploring the period shortly before or shortly after the Norman Conquest of... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Richard Abbott
Romance, treachery, adultery and sibling rivalry… this book has it all! I shall look forward tremendously to the next book in Paula's facinating series.Published on 13 Nov. 2013 by caro