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Night of Wolves (The Paladins Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Dalglish
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Book Description

"The humans are weak. Their skin is soft, and their minds dull from years of safety. We are the vicious. We are the destroyers. Come the full moon, when our goddess watches our victory, we will taste of their blood!"


Wolf-men, savage creatures given humanoid form in an ancient war, mass along the Gihon River. Led by their packleader Redclaw, they seek to cross the river and claim a land of their own, slaughtering those that would stand in their way. Two paladins, Jerico of the god Ashhur, and Darius of the god Karak, must helm the desperate defense against the invasion. Their friendship will be tested as their gods resume an unending war, and their very faiths call for the death of the other. Together, friend or foe, they must face Redclaw's horde.

NIGHT OF WOLVES by David Dalglish
Can faith remain when the gods call for blood?

About the Author:

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and snake, Velixar. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics and currently spends his free time watching Spongebob Squarepants with his daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5403 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (May 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053NZL12
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  • Lending: Enabled
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New series? Yes please... June 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 4.6 out of 5

What does friendship mean?

Is it sticking up for your cohorts in time of need? Is it putting aside differences and trying to find a common ground? Is it a solemn smile or a firm slap across the face when the other starts to stray? Is it setting aside your own fears and convictions, even though everything about you says to get away, because deep down you just trust this person, for better or worse?

These are the questions David Dalglish asks in Night of Wolves, the first book in his new Paladins series.

With this series, it seems Dalglish is going down a Memento path when it comes to his characters' stories - aka going backward. This particular book is the tale of Jerico, the paladin of Ashhur we first met (and fell in love with) in The Death of Promises. Wolves takes a few years before the events in the Half-Orc series, and introduces a major plot point that those who've digested Dalglish's work might find unbelievable.

A friendship between paladins of the two polar gods, Ashhur and Karak.

Jerico, it seems, has befriended a young man named Darius while both are stationed in the farming town of Durham, preaching the messages of their particular religions. Theirs is a relationship built upon mutual respect - they learn from each other, protect each other, help each other grow...the gods be damned. And when the wolf-men from the Vile Wedge start crossing the river, threatening the lives of the townsfolk, they must work together even more so than before, which causes just a few moral dilemmas within each of them. But work together they do, because they both realize that without their combined strength, the good men and women of Durham don't stand a chance.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great expectations, little satisfaction February 2, 2012
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As a lover of fantasy genre, I was recomended to read something from David Dalgish. This book seemed quite interesting so I picked it for like .99. While reading, I had to put the book down several times and force myself to read it through (just an interesting point - I fell asleep two times while reading this book). The characters are deeply uninteresting and shallow. Paladin of Ashur is good-hearted and kind, paladin of Karak is cocky and undecisive when it comes to something other than killing. That's all about two main characters... Sadly, uninteresting is also plot - two paladins kills one man-like wolf and this sets series of actions that are all the same or similar - they kill one, then they kill several of them and at the end, they are facing all of them. The pacing is slow and the story is boring. Basically nothing happens until the main battle which is at the end of the book (page like 180-190/217). Settings is very uninteresting since it is dull and boring. There isn't single place that is important for the story (except the village and the Wedge itself) nor single place that would be memorable. I'm baffled by such high rating this book has.. Does it really deserves such a high rating? Sorry, but I don't think so.

The wolf-men are very strangely depicted - firstly, they are described as nearly godlike creatures when Paladin of Ashur has troubles taking down ONE, but then, they stand up to like 200 of them. Strange, huh?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalglish is Getting Better with Every New Series February 24, 2012
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This is the third series of his that I have read, and I enjoy each one more than the last. He really seems to be maturing as an author, and I appreciate that he is shedding his unwillingness to protect all his favorite tertiary characters from harm. This book is well worth the time to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over Hyped Book... June 19, 2013
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Like most self-published books this title suffers from a lack of deep editing and runs rampant with pacing issues. Dalglish has published close to (13) books in less than 3 years, so I was not expecting really solid prose going into this novel. I found the book's plot and setting to be a rehash of some notable MMORPG fantasy games and that was a bit of a turnoff for me. I did not find Dalglish's paladins interesting and honestly felt the story lacked an overall maturity. While going through the book, I was forced several times by the plot's pacing and garbled descriptions to stop and reread passages, just to have things make sense. I applaud Mr. Dalglish for completing the book and having a great cover grace its pages. Outside of that I cannot recommend this book to any serious fantasy reader. However I think any MMORPG fan would just love the work he has done here, if you can get past the pacing and editing.

I wish Mr. Dalglish, luck on his publishing endeavors and know that a great story will come from him someday soon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine fantasy-adventure by David Dalglish June 20, 2011
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"Night of the Wolves" is the first book in 'The Paladins' series by author David Dalglish. This Kindle e-edition a 308 Kb download while the paperback copy is 216 pages in length.


A group of ferocious wolves have a new leader, Redclaw, and he has decided to assert his long suppressed desire to leave 'The Wedge' where he and his clan have be forced to live; forced because the humans have hunted them to near extinction everywhere else. These wolves, however, are not your average animal; they are huge, incredible strong, can stand erect and speak the human language (and thus are often referred to as 'wolf-men'). He decides to begin his quest for freedom by attacking a small isolated town, called Durham, and its inhabitants. However he doesn't take into account the fact that two Paladins, Jerico and Darius, have been assigned to watch over this remote hamlet. The story details several small encounters between the two groups before the big battle at the finale.


This is a well written story that builds in tensions as the stakes become higher with each encounter. The battles, initially little more than skirmishes rapidly progress into major confrontations. Things begin to take on a personal note as members on both side are killed...hatred, animosity and doubt begin to creep into all participants both human and wolf, adding to the depth of overall story and character development.

The story was told in a manner that alternated between the two faction and this technique had some pros and cons. The positive was that it gave the reader an excellent sense of what both sides where thinking and the rational for their actions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars its not a bad story.
A simple read. Engaging enough to keep me interested in the story line, but the story could have used alittle more of something....... All-in-all, its not a bad story.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Hatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, beetter than I expected
Very good book,beetter than I expected.
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
The world was very well thought out, not too fantastical but still close enough to reality that it could be believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MattJM82
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very entertaining with a story line and characters that will keep you enthralled. Love the relationship the paladins have that fight through the nature of their gods to help one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TSnider
4.0 out of 5 stars A good
Pull you in . A good read
Published 2 months ago by jeramy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This story is amazing! Great plot, characters. Its fantastic place and fantasy. Great work of the blood and gore.
Published 2 months ago by Edward j bollinger III
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid read
The characters introduced in this book are well defined and flushed out. The story is compelling, but does/could use more depth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Premo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Book
Published 3 months ago by Michael A. Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, intriguing, action-packed story (but strong language...
David Dalgish's 'Night of Wolves' is a very well-written, engaging and intriguing story. Following the adventures of two paladin knights from opposing religious sects, Dalgish... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LD Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book, outstanding characters!
Published 3 months ago by midnightreader
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More About the Author

David Dalglish graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics. When trying to be productive, and stave off returning to working fast food, he writes and self-publishes various fantasy novels, of which he's sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

He also has a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, with all three being far better than he deserves.

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