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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 197593377X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0759Y3ZQY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“In the Company of Wolves” is the long awaited sequel to Barclay’s critically acclaimed, “Devil in the Countryside.” With the addition of Gustav, Barclay introduces the reader to yet another catalyst of the medieval mayhem—witches. Gustav has an ulterior motive for befriending Dieter and Sybil. He wants revenge for the death of his brother, the man who Dieter killed in self defense. Dieter and Sybil are responsible for his death, and Gustav is hell bent on bringing them back to Bedburg to face justice.
On the high seas, a buxom, red-headed female has just ascended to captain of a pirate ship called “The Lion’s Pride.” Her name is Rowaine Donnelly, and secretly, she searches for her father, a man she hasn’t seen in years. Soon, she intercepts a wandering vessel, one that contains two men, a woman, and a baby. Rowaine becomes suspicious of the man escorting the prisoners and realizes they have been wrongfully apprehended. She rescues a grateful Dieter, Sybil, and Martin, sending an enraged Gustav back out to sea.
Aboard The Lion’s Pride, a connection is made known. Rowaine is the daughter of George Sieghart. Together, she and the Nicolaus’ become allies. Rowaine remains haunted by memories of her mother’s murder. The killer’s face she saw that night will never leave her. The Nicolaus’ have provided a clue to the face’s identity, one that leads them all back to Bedburg as a whirlwind of action, intrigue, and mystery come together perfectly.
Cory Barclay has scored another hit with the second book, sure to be a successfully follow-up to the first. His storytelling is enthralling and captivating from start to finish. The characters are vivid and so likeable that the reader not only feels, but cringes for them. Barclay continues to immerse the reader in the history of the time frame. The world he creates is true to its history, and celebratory of its past.
Left behind in Bedburg is Sybil’s brother, Hugo. Hugo, once a sweet, innocent boy is now a thief in a gang. After a string of events, a heartbroken Hugo turns his adolescent admiration toward a man who begins skilling and teaching him—Ulrich the Punisher. It is through Ulrich that Hugo becomes involved in a scam he soon regrets. Barclay’s page after page action is addicting and fascinating.
I must say I enjoyed the first book a tad bit more, however, this one still deserves the rating of five stars. It kept a steady pace, and offered a few surprises you don’t see coming. As I did in the first book, I enjoyed Barclay’s way of descriptions. It’s so vivid, it’s as if I’m seeing the scene unfold.
My only issue is that sometimes the obvious tends to be stated through the narrative. Maybe it’s just me, but for example, in the beginning, one of the characters begins stuttering when he speaks. After I read his dialogue, I thought, “OK, he stutters.” Then in the next sentence, the narrative explains the fact that he stutters. There were a few more instances, but it wasn’t so much that it would knock any points off.
As always, the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed learning about most of them, especially Hugo. As a young boy trying to find his place in the world, he goes in a direction that surprises him and he’s unsure about. I’m sure many of us can relate to that in real life.
It’s not needed to read the first book before this one, though I highly recommend it. While, yes, the first one may have its flaws, it was a truly excellent introduction to the series. In the Company of Wolves, however, does give you the background you’ll need to appreciate the story.
It takes place a few years later, 16th century Europe, during a period of major religious strife and witch-hunt madness. With 3 separate stories developing, I thought things might get confusing but the action never stops, making each theme easy to follow. In fact, the pages fly by (cliche notwithstanding, I literally couldn't put it down).
The overall story has everything: pirates, mystery, violence, religion, politics, family, love. With enough twists to keep the pages turning. Without giving up any spoilers, following the characters as they make their way toward the grand finale -- against a backdrop of historical European society in full swing -- was great fun and non-stop excitement. Barclay's writing is smooth, his characters colorful and well-developed, his story lines fascinating.
If you thought America went crazy during its Salem witch-hunt days, wait till you read what Europe was doing! My only question is when's the next book?
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