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Product Details

  • Series: The Rage of Kings (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857663550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857663559
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Andy Remic:

"It's a fast brutal fantasy adventure with some fun characters and some fantastic ideas. I am really excited to see the series develop." - Un:Bound

"I have already preordered the next book in the series as I really enjoyed reading this book. If you love Gemmell you will love Remic." - State of Review

" a bloody, violent, fantastic journey through carnage, terror, and a downright epic tale that makes Underworld and every zombie movie look bad... Remic is the Tarantino of fantasy, and if that isn't a compliment, then I don't know what is." - Fantasy & SciFi Lovin'

"Remic (The Clockwork Vampire) delivers the goods for fans of stark brutality and violence in a fantasy setting ... A cliffhanger ending promises more gritty action in future installments."
- Publishers Weekly (November 18, 2013)

About the Author

Andy Remic is a British writer with a love of ancient warfare, mountain climbing and sword fighting. Once a member of the Army of Iron, he has since retired from a savage world of blood-oil magick and gnashing vachines, and works as an underworld smuggler of rare dog-gems in the seedy districts of Falanor. In his spare time, he writes out his fantastical adventures Get closer to the mayhem at andyremic.com. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Customer Reviews

Story line was great the characters you could really connect with .
Anding82
The bad: poor writing, poor character development, a totally undeveloped world with no consistency, unoriginal, terrible language and a really lousy plot.
J. Laubacker
The ending was a joke and made me feel like reading the whole book was a waste of time.
The Mad Hatter

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Pecoraro on January 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Iron Wolves is a paint by numbers fantasy with too many sad tropes and some really questionable content. First of all, and most disdainful in my opinion was the author’s constant use of foul language. I’m fine with some foul language but he seemed to use the F-word as a dialog filler. Also, the book borders on misogynistic in many places, I’m not sure the author crossed the line but he comes very close. The book reads more like a 90s New York Street Gang novel written by a sixteen year old boy than a fantasy book

Second, the ending… I won’t spoil it for you, but the Deus Ex Machina nature of it was a serious let down. The author had obviously painted himself into a corner and said, screw it… I can usually handle somewhat of a Deus Ex Machina ending but it was like two kids were playing and one is going to be beat the other and the kid getting the dirty end of it says,

“Oh yeah, and I have super powers!”

The other kids says, “You never said you had them before.”

“The kid says, oh well… I just remembered.”

I wish I was joking, I really do…

I mentioned paint by numbers yes, here we go:

Step 1: gather your ragtag group of anti-heroes

Step 2: make them unlikable and have a dark past brought on by terrible person circumstances.

Step 3: make even the King of the land be so corrupt that he doesn’t side with the heroes

Step 4: create an unbeatable foe for them to fight.

Step 5: At the last minute have one of them(the most likable hero) pull victory from disaster.

But more than anything, for the first book in a series; Iron Wolves has a TERRIBLE final act/epilogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Adams on April 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Iron Wolves" is the latest addition to the “grimdark” wave of fantasy that is taking over the shelves these days. These novels are bloodier, grittier and supposedly more “realistic” than the epic fantasy of the past with characters that are either morally ambivalent or just plain sadistic. While that sounds either exciting or disturbing based upon your viewpoint, these tropes of grimdark are not necessarily good or bad by themselves; the ability of the writer to take these elements and weave them into a coherent, gripping tale is still what matters the most, as it always has with any novel. That is why for every excellent examples of stunning grimdark fantasy penned by authors such as Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence there is a grimdark book that has splashed blood across the pages yet been abject failures. As for "The Iron Wolves", it is not a masterpiece of the genre but is far from its worst representative.

The story itself focuses on the surviving members of the Iron Wolves. Twenty years or so ago, the Kingdom of Vagandrak was invaded by Morkagoth, an evil sorcerer, and his army of monstrous mud-orcs. The only thing that saved the land was the Iron Wolves, who held back the man-eating hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones and somehow banished Morkagoth from the world. The surviving Wolves became heroes. Their names revered by all the people. Epic tales of their heroic stand sung around the land. And off into the glorious sunset our heroes rode with their duly earned rewards of gold, titles of nobility, and a life of well-earned peace, far away from the world of violence that they had been forced to endure.

But things are never quite that simple in the real world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Hatter on February 25, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cool title (I fell for it), very interesting creatures, intros into potentially badass warriors and then not long after the book begins it begins to fall apart. There are so many starts and stops in the plots that it becomes confusing on what you are supposed to pay attention too and what is worth paying attention too. Bad formatting hampers the reader more by not having the basics to space paragraphs between sub-plots on a page providing a confusing read when one suddenly turns into another without there being any transition.

The first part of the book is a convoluted mess of character introductions and minor, useless stories which takes you to a gathering of bad people that are meant to be the good guys. What happens to them really doesn't matter and why they come together matters even less. They meet up and then go on a quest as if nothing ever happened since the last time they were together (20 years ago!) and renders all the stories beforehand pretty pointless.

Then you hit the second part of the book where suddenly the "Heroes" have a focus and determination to get to the real threat for no real reason. We find out they have something wrong with them, we find out they are skilled warriors for a reason, we find out they are supposed to be an elite unit of warriors although there is no mention of this in the first 3/4 of the book. Why? Well that is saved for a rushed ending that briefly answers one thing but then nothing else while in fact raised more questions.The two parts of the book are forced together happening at the Dead Forest.

The questions I came away with about the book are not the kind that would lead me to read Book 2. The ending was a joke and made me feel like reading the whole book was a waste of time.
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