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4.4 out of 5 stars

on 21 November 2012
It is Tudor England and the werewolf army is on the march. Cardinal Wolsey and the Protektorate are out to halt their murderous advance. But then the monarch, Henry VIII, is bitten in a werewolf attack.

What a great idea, and thoroughly well executed too. Moorat cleverly weaves the history of the period into his fantasy tale. We all know that the King broke with the church in order to marry Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More was executed for his opposition - but now, thanks to A.E. Moorat, we know the truth behind history's cover-up - the King was a werewolf.

There are some splendid characters in the story, in particular the witch-finders. One warning though - you do need a strong stomach and I wouldn't recommend reading while you are eating your lunch.

One or two criticisms: the use of minor characters for viewpoint purposes is confusing to the reader. Reader sympathy was also vague - is the reader supposed to sympathise with a man who has suffered such tragedy as Moorat's Henry? This left me confused.

Overall, though, a great book and an absorbing read.
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on 29 September 2015
Brilliant twist. I love these types of books!
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on 4 June 2015
very happy quick delivery
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on 12 September 2014
Excellent book
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on 24 April 2016
Excellent book.
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on 4 July 2013
Having thoroughly enjoyed Queen Victoria Demon Hunter I was looking foward to the next "A E Moorat" novel. I'm afraid it really is not as good.

It is linked to Demon Hunter by the idea of demons being a threat to the monarchy that must be negotiated with or fought and is in the same vein. The vein however has been opened rather more widely here.

There is a ton of gore describing characters having their throats ripped out by werewolves and it gets a bit stomach churning e.g. "he looked like he was trying to vommit a hairy parsnip!"

There needs to be a fair amount of gore admittedly for the werewolves to be taken seriously as a threat. Laced with humour like in Demon Hunter and built up to properly, gory descriptions can have a visceral shock efect. But when it's just layered on it becomes merely unpleasant instead.

There are hardly any sympathetic characters but the portrayal of Henry with allowance made for these extraordinary cirucmstances is an authentic one. He's a man capable of being very generous or very vicious who is obsessed with the idea of a male heir.
There's a bit of 1941 Wolfman Laurence Talbot guilt at the attrocities but mostly he likes being a werewolf.

Moorats' werewolves are fully self aware and while they cannot control the transformation, remember who they are in wolf form. This is a good idea for wolfmen and the gradual increase of wolfish thoughts in Henry's mind is well conveyed.

However innaccurate this may be, I felt reading it that Moorat's heart may not really have been in it.

The best I can say it that if you really loved Demon Hunter, it's worth a read & has its moments but does not live up to its pedigree.
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on 17 September 2010
This story was basically an extremely long and elaborate flashback between the prologue and epilogue, with a silly afterword. While Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter was almost a believable behind the scenes story of real historical events, Henry VIII Wolfman was more of a completely alternate historical account...from another universe. Even though I didn't find it nearly as amusing as QVDH, it was a great horror story about a werewolf struggling with his identity.

In the prologue, Henry has transformed into a werewolf, and has devoured the Queen, but which wife is not specified. He then flashes back to everything that led up to the moment described in the prologue. Henry is beginning to get fat, he's in the Palace of Greenwich, and Anne Boleyn catches his eye.

There is a wolfen cell, led by Malchek, who is sick of werewolves being the lowest rung on the ladder among the Baal descendants. He uses King Henry as a pawn, infecting him with lycan blood. The king tries to hide this turn of events from everyone at court.

Meanwhile, Sir Thomas More is falsely accused of being a werewolf by fake witchfinders; Thomas Boleyn and the Duke of Norfolk refuse to help More. Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, who is searching for Thomas More, is desperate to find a reason for the Pope to declare war on the Wolfen, despite the treaty signed at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520, or else convince the King to abandon his quest for revenge.

The best parts of this story, for me, were the witchfinders, Hob and Agatha. These two reminded me of the entertaining Lord Quimby and his man-servant Perkins in QVDH. I wish there had been more of that humor in this novel. I wasn't sure which genres the author was trying to blend together, aside from the obvious twists on Henry's reign.

I am still a fan of "Moorat," and I'm hoping that he will finally give Lord Quimby and Perkins a spin-off novel.
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VINE VOICEon 13 August 2010
Urban fantasy is a genre that's fast on the rise, but authors need something new, something innovative and of course something different to the many titles out there to make their work stand out. In this, the author's second novel, they've gone back in time to Henry VIII and reinvented the six foot monarch as a werewolf. It's quirky, its definitely entertaining and of course, the author plays with established history to make it fit to their novel. Overall its fast paced, has plenty of action and with a comic flair of a natural comedian all blend together to make this a real joy to read.
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on 26 July 2010
The title pretty well says it all. As does the back cover: "Wolf Hall, with bite." I enjoyed Moorat's Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter, I loved Henry VIII: Wolfman (as my husband said, on glimpsing the cover "Well, that would explain a lot.") It is very clever and very funny. In Moorat's vision of Tudor England demons are real and dangerous, but they have signed a treaty - at the Field of the Cloth of Gold - with humanity. This is disturbed by the ambition of the wolfen, Arcadians, the lowest rank of demonkind, put-upon by everyone, who are beginning to resent their position and to attempt to do something about it. Unfortunately this involves eating Henry's much longed-for baby son, and biting Henry himself with the result that he finds himself turning into a monster every full moon, a process he does not find at all unpleasant, especially when he is joined by the transformed Anne Boleyn. Add to the mixture the witchfinders Hob and Agatha Hoblet, (who, interestingly for a couple who have built a lucrative career on sadism are actually involved in episodes of healing and rescue) Cardinal Wolsey (desperately wondering if - when - the King is going to announce to his Privy Council "Hey everyone, I'm a werewolf"), Jane Seymour, member of the Protektorate, Graham the Wolfman, Sir Thomas More, and more and you have something even funnier than The Tudors.
There are episodes of torture, hideous deaths, and bad language. But then this is Tudor England.
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on 15 July 2010
I bought this book at Heathrow Airport and it kept me completely engrossed all the way from London to Montreal. Although I'm not really what you'd call a fan of the Horror genre I'd read Queen Victoria Demon Hunter and had really enjoyed it and this is by the same author.

I suppose you'd call it a "Historical Horror" and as you might expect it focuses on the life of Henry VIII with Demons and Werewolves as a backdrop and explores the battle between "good" and "evil" and the blurry (or should that be `furry') bits in between.
It's exciting, horrific and very funny rollicking along at a terrific pace. Peppered with "hat-tips" to real historical events, it cleverly challenges our traditional perceptions of Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More etc. and by the end of the novel actually "does a 360" and confirms those original perceptions but not in the way you'd expect - it's very, very clever - I don't want to give too much away!!!

Although it really nails the sense of period too with some vivid description of the highest quality there are also lots of modern parallels to be drawn, not least in the torture scenes which (for me) seemed to touch on the whole War On Terror / Guantanamo situation.

This has all the ingredients you'd want in a great page turner, It's pacey, tightly written and the characters are really well drawn - the WitchFinder couple are an absolute joy. There are also some great descriptive set-pieces that will have you on the edge of your seat and twists in the plot that you just won't see coming - again I don't want to give too much away, but this is clever, clever writing.
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