Wednesday, 20 July 2011

HISTORICAL FANTASY REVIEW: Wolfsangel 2: Fenrir - MD Lachlan

Release Date: 21/07/11


The Vikings are laying siege to Paris. As the houses on the banks of the Seine burn a debate rages in the Cathedral on the walled island of the city proper. The situation is hopeless. The Vikings want the Count's sister, in return they will spare the rest of the city. Can the Count really have ambitions to be Emperor of the Franks if he doesn't do everything he can to save his people? Can he call himself a man if he doesn't do everything he can to save his sister? His conscience demands one thing, the demands of state another. The Count and the church are relying on the living saint, the blind and crippled Jehan of St Germain, to enlist the aid of God and resolve the situation for them. But the Vikings have their own gods. And outside their camp a terrifying brother and sister, priests of Odin, have their own agenda. An agenda of darkness and madness. And in the shadows a wolfman lurks. M.D. Lachlan's stunning epic of mad Gods, Vikings and the myth of Fenrir, the wolf destined to kill Odin at Ragnarok, powers forward into new territories of bloody horror, unlikely heroism, dangerous religion and breathtaking action.


Fenrir is an epic second novel in the Wolfsangel series and whilst most authors pick up from where the original left off, MD keeps on going and picks the series up a hundred years later. Which isn’t a bad thing as it allows a larger look at the events that happened before and how they affected this current future in this Fantasy cross Historical Fiction title. Add to this a wonderful sense and pace of a thriller and the reader really has a special treat in store.

All in the prose is excellent, the pace fast and above all else it’s a story of love, of fate and of adventure. It’s well written, the characters are outstanding and when blended with a pretty unique authorly voice and some magical sleight of hand, this title is, for my money, even more thrilling than the original. It really will be interesting to see what MD turns up with for the next part in this series and I suspect that some of the hidden unfinished threads will leave a nasty surprise or two for the future “heroes” to discover at their peril.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

Another interesting find Gareth. Where do you find them all? Vikings...almost as fascinating as knights. I'd read or watch anything that includes them. Thanks for another review that makes me add another book to my list. :)