Tuesday, 18 May 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Wolfsangel - MD Lachlan


The Viking King Authun leads his men on a raid against an Anglo-Saxon village. Men and women are killed indiscriminately but Authun demands that no child be touched. He is acting on prophecy. A prophecy that tells him that the Saxons have stolen a child from the Gods. If Authun, in turn, takes the child and raises him as an heir, the child will lead his people to glory. But Authun discovers not one child, but twin baby boys. Ensuring that his faithful warriors, witness to what has happened, die during the raid Authun takes the children and their mother home, back to the witches who live on the troll wall. And he places his destiny in their hands. And so begins a stunning multi-volume fantasy epic that will take a werewolf from his beginnings as the heir to a brutal viking king, down through the ages. It is a journey that will see him hunt for his lost love through centuries and lives, and see the endless battle between the wolf, Odin and Loki - the eternal trickster - spill over into countless bloody conflicts from our history, and over into our lives. This is the myth of the werewolf as it has never been told before and marks the beginning of an extraordinary new fantasy series from Gollancz.


A fantasy debut from Gollancz that really is a cracker. If you love historical fiction but want more of a fantasy edge tied up with Nordic mythology/magic then this is the book for you. With solid characterisation, wonderful dilemmas and an adventure to sail the whale road it is definitely the tale to keep many a fan happy.

Add to the mix descent dialogue, an emotional growing curve for the characters sprinkled with the chance to give some good old flighting alongside bloody realistic combat and its one that will stay in the readers memory for quite some time. So pick up your shield, grab your seax and charge down to the shops for this little gem is just waiting to be raided.

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