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WolfsangelThe 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 Athun discovers not one c. Wolfsangel is the debut fantasy novel from M D Lachlan a pen name for author Mark Barrowcliffe Lachlan’s first foray into the realm of epic fantasy is a dark and enthralling alternative history involving Norse gods sinister magic and a uniue take on the werewolf mythosWolfsangel begins with Viking King Arthun leading a raid against an Anglo Saxon settlement However he and his men seek much stranger plunder than mere slaves or riches Arthun acts to fulfill a prophecy of the child witch ueen Gullveig who assures him that in doing so he will find not only the son and heir he so desperately reuires but one that will inevitably lead his people to glory However things do not go entirely as planned as Arthun finds not one child but twin boys and has no way of knowing to which the prophecy refers Further the witches have their own reasons for aiding the king reasons that involve an eternal battle between gods the monstrous Fenris wolf and the death of the god Odin at Ragnarok Thus begins a bloodthirsty conflict that will carry through the ages and sweep up many lives in its wakeVikings and mad godsOverall Wolfsangel is a tale of human rebellion against a callous and bloodthirsty god Lachlan’s uniue take on the Nordic pantheon was particularly fascinating and stirred in me a new found desire to learn as much as possible about the fascinating gods and monsters that feature throughout the narrative I also enjoyed the fact that the novel focused on a mythology that remains relatively unexplored throughout fantasy fiction especially compared to that of some other cultures and religions such as ancient Greek Roman or Christian Likewise in much historical fiction Vikings only appear as the bad guys so it was a refreshing change to see a story written from their perspectiveA fascinating hybrid of history horror and mythOne of Wolfsangel‘s greatest assets is Lachlan’s ability to seamlessly blend elements of history mythology fantasy and horror alongside a truly human story of love jealousy and struggle against destiny From all accounts Lachlan pays close attention to historical detail and adds his own spin on Norse mythology instead of engaging in mere ‘lazy borrowing’ or resorting to cliché The horror elements of the story are also masterfully done and genuinely disturbing In addition I have to give Lachlan credit for creating both witches and werewolves that feel original and are capable of unnerving the reader despite the fact that the horror impact of these fantasy staples has been diluted through many different incarnations in modern literature The novel is also very well written and Lachlan excels in creating atmosphere whether he’s describing the eerie and claustrophobic caves of the witches the warm hearths of a cottage or the wild lonely places The prose is darkly poetic and flowing though never overly wordy or distracting thus allowing the reader to become fully immersed in the story and invested in the characters and the events that take placeDisturbing yet intriguing magicThe bizarre and sinister magic system depicted throughout Wolfsangel is one of the most interesting and uniue aspects of Lachlan’s worldbuilding In order to obtain prophecy or perform magic one must bring themselves to the very precipice of death or madness Only then may one walk the realms of gods and monsters This erosion of sanity is usually achieved through pain and deprivation and thus the witches freuently engage in various forms of self torture The gods Odin in particular also reuire devotion through pain and sacrifice An exception is Loki the trickster often an enemy to the gods but an occasional friend to mankind Overall I found this element of the novel particularly well realized Although such magic features heavily in the novel and is integral to the plot its specifics are revealed slowly enough to maintain an air of mystery and allow new developments to still shock the readerCharacters that come snarling to lifeAll in all Lachlan’s characters are well developed and believable The protagonists are believable and human while the antagonists are crafty and threatening Our main viewpoint characters are Vali an intelligent young prince who prefers the company of women to warriors and stories to warfare; Adisla a strong willed farmers daughter; and Feileg a young man raised among wolves and wolfmen Many characters Vali and Feileg in particular display varying degrees of moral ambiguity throughout the book Although you may not always agree with their actions or their decisions they manage to remain relatable and their motives are understandable within the context of the story This attention to detail also extends to the minor characters throughout the novel who also display uite distinctive personalities and never feel like empty plot devices Another highlight came in the form of some particularly strong characters both male and female who do what they can to make their own destiny within the restrictions of their society and against overwhelming oddsA brutal and surprising taleWolfsangel is a bold gritty and thrilling work of fantasy with enough action to satisfy even those possessing shorter than average attention spans It also has an admirable propensity to surprise the reader Just as you begin to think you can see where the plot is heading some new revelation will emerge sink its teeth in your expectations and tear them to shreds The events depicted throughout the novel are freuently violent and often uite gory yet they make sense within the story and never seem to be included purely for shock value Nevertheless there are some particularly gruesome scenes that may not still well with sensitive readers Characters are also put into situations where they must make some exceedingly tough decisions For instance would you kill a loved one to spare them torment at the hands of raiders Can you betray a kinsman if the occasion calls Overall I found these brutal elements provided contrast to the tender moments making them feel poignant and helped define the characters and their relationshipsLachlan contains a fast paced and complex story in relatively few pages so the reader must be sure to keep their wits about them if they are to keep pace with the narrative and experience this novel to its fullest Conseuently although Wolfsangel is perfect for those who prefer their fantasy intricate gritty and thought provoking I would not recommend it for light reading Personally I really enjoyed the ending of the novel; nonetheless some readers may be slightly annoyed by the cliffhanger Despite the fact that some conflict was left unresolved I thought that this suited the overall story perfectly and set up some interesting issues for further exploration in the following booksWhy should you read this bookAll in all Wolfsangel is a brilliant and fascinating novel that I would recommend to all fans of dark epic or historical fantasy or those with any interest in Norse mythology It represents a refreshing departure from usual epic fantasy fare and breathes new life into some old fantasy staples Lachlan’s excellent fantasy debut begins what promises to be an extremely uniue and worthwhile series and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on the next book

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Hild 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 handsAnd 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. Re posted from I back and forthed about buying this book for the longest time When it was only newly released I dismissed it mostly because of its cover But then I read some good reviews of it But then I read some bad reviews But then I read a really good review that made it sound right up my alley and I came really close to buying it then But then the author came over all passive aggressive on twitter over a mildly poor review of his book and it turned me right off Finally my finance got sick of me picking it up and putting it back whenever we were in a bookshop and bought it for meAnd my yesno relationship with the book was destined to continue as for the whole time I was reading it I kept changing my mind over whether or not I liked itThe concept was a tick in the like box definitely A Norse king with no sons follows a prophesy to a village where he plans to pillage himself an heir Problem is the prophecy promised one baby boy and he finds twoHowever I found it really hard to get into Lachlan's writing style It was too detached for me and too often leaned on telling rather than showing At times it was like reading a newspaper article than a novel It was like a man with no personal involvement was detailing something that had happened a long time ago and the lack of warmth and immediacy really stopped me from becoming invested in the bookAnd it really stopped me from caring about the characters which as you know is where a book lives or dies for me It was frustrating because while in the narrative the characters were treated almost clinically in the dialogue they shone Lachlan's dialogue was pretty brilliant infused with genuine wit and life Which only made all those stuff outside the uote marks seem all the less so The MC Vali for example had some really funny one liners in his dialogue yet in the narrative there was hint of him being witty or being anything at all reallyIt didn't matter so much during scenes of high action and really these were then scenes I enjoyed most throughout the book Lachlan has the knack of taking complicated battles and making them easy to follow and exciting to boot But in the uieter moments where you might expect to see some character development the book was sorely lacking and action will only take you so farBy the end I found I was skimming over the text in the barest way possible I wanted to see how the book ended but I didn't really care how it ended if that makes senseThe unanimous opinoion seems to be that the book's seuel Fenrir improves massively upon Wolfsangel So I may continue on this series but then again I may not

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READ & DOWNLOAD Wolfsangel î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB » 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 AutAges 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 livesThis is the myth of the werewolf as it has never been told before and marks the beginning of an extraordinary new fantasy series from Gollanc. 45 StarsThis is a delightful dark journey that is filled to the brim with historical fiction and old Norse mythology It is a fast page turner that is filled with action and suspense The book uickly moves the story from it's base that starts with the King to that of the story of the    Prince brothers The magic system fascinated me and really elevated the dark feel to this book Magic can only be achieved by one that enters the realm of death either from dying from madness or from both The magic was raw and dirty and left the reader feeling a bit uncleanGreat StuffThe Norse mythology  really worked and gave this book a really wonderful historical feel The two brothers were both likable even after a major plot twist changes the direction of this book and the seriesLachlan's writing is fresh and sufficientHe waved the sword again its blade bright in the light of the moon and the fire The torches caught the jewels on the wolf’s eyes turned the rings on the king’s arms to burning snakes made the scabbard of his sword dance like fire itself His cloak seemed alive with sparks and even his mouth the teeth inlaid with tiny red sapphires seemed to burn Only the space where his eyes should have been seemed dead dead and pitilessOthers saw a different meaning in the rune one that it would bear down the centuries until one day someone gave it a name Wolfsangel What a breath of fresh air as  M D Lachlan writes this book to be a completely uniue take on the werewolf story and make me really want to read  Sorry Bella no love for you hereA great fantasy debut that will be loved by readers of dark fantasy