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

David Dalglish
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"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!"

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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?

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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.


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  • 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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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New series? Yes please... June 29, 2011
By JOA
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
By endhalf
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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.

*spoiler*
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, One of the Plots was Decent July 26, 2012
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This was an odd book. The writing was generally good. One of the main plots was pretty fun. Even the POV from the werewolves was good, and while the werewolves didn't all that different than humans to me, they felt different enough to sell it. Plus, their dialogue was often amusingly bloodthirsty.

I had a minor quibble with the writing every now and again when it seemed hokey, or when the dialogue seemed too modern. Then again, the author was not laying on the "ye olde" speech, so maybe he never meant them to sound anything but modern and this was just me being married to the tropes of the fantasy genre. I can admit it, and that was perfectly easy to look past.

A much more major problem was that the book tried to have two full main plots, and not have them be related. That, unfortunately, just does not work. The plot with the werewolves and the village is fine, even pretty darn good at points. Simple, but that's not always bad. It would be a good light fantasy tale on its own. But in addition to that we had _another_ plot, which was much more epic in scope yet told sparingly, concerning Gods and paladins and a big holy war. Yet it is in the background, and seemingly unrelated - despite the fact that one of the gods created the werewolves in the first place, and a couple other reasons that led me to believe he would eventually tie all the events together. Instead, the schism bothered me right up to and past the end of the book, when even more stuff jumps out of nowhere and in fact the whole gods and religion thing suddenly rears up and tries to resume the focus. Sorry, doesn't work like that.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical
I don't often venture into unknown territory with new authors when it comes to fantasy novels, but I sure am glad I gave this one a chance. Read more
Published 16 days ago by chad j.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by ken cuyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoy the story and the writing flows well.
Published 2 months ago by shane chafin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but the next books are better
Not a bad book, the battle that takes place with the wolf men and the town was somewhat interesting but the story around the good and dark Paladins at the end of the book is were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior071
Easy read!!!! Loved it,exquisite storytelling! !!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good, but not good enough to pay for the ...
It was good, but not good enough to pay for the rest of the series. I would have read them all if they had been free like the first though probably.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago by TSnider
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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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