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The book follows the trials and fortunes of two families, one of these being the Godwinson family (whom history remembers mostly because of a little battle at Hastings in 1066). The very first pages introduce us to an event that happened in earlier days, an event which planted the seeds of contention for the Godwinsons. These are the seeds of contention which propel their motivations, causing more and more tensions to build through the story.
The other prominent plotline follows the family of the king’s thegn, Wulfhere of Horstede. Whenever I start reading a book, I actively look for a reason to care about the characters. I will take a skeletal plot filled with well-drawn characters over a superficial action/adventure with hollow characters any day. These characters can even take their sweet time to warm to me, but eventually they do have to come around. This was the case for Wulfhere. Initially I was indifferent to him, though with time and patience he grew on me.
Well-drawn does not mean perfect. In fact a perfect character quickly becomes tepid, because flaws make a more interesting life. Wulfhere succeeded for me because his life and choices wove a delightfully flawed tapestry with each failing. Again and again he proved this to be true with one emotion-induced tantrum after another, each step seemingly making his life and future more and more difficult. Yet in his mistakes, his humanity became readily recognizable. No matter how often he failed, I cheered for him to do better, to make right choices. The same could be said for the rest of Wulfhere's family -- his wife, sons, and daughters.
Because I know the history, I know what will become of the Godwinsons. As for Wulfhere and the sons of the wolf, I’m more uncertain. While this book leaves the reader hanging because of the unfinished business left for the characters, it is only the first book in a series, and the necessary ground will be covered in future books. I eagerly look forward to discover what is in store for these colorful, vividly drawn people. The Wolf Banner is due out in June, 2016. Undoubtedly Wulfhere’s children will take said banner and run!
Our Thegn has a wife and five children, and raises horses as well as managing a farm and his people. A flawed man, he loves his family, serves his Earl, (Harold Godwinsson) and obeys the calls to serve in various battles.
I very much enjoyed the development of his sons and daughters lives. I also liked how the author showed conflict and attempts at resolution in the families interactions.
At the heart of this story are the feuds that disrupt both the family and the kingdoms harmony.
I recommend this book highly, and look forward to the sequel, and I hope many more from this talented author!
Now thanks to Ms. Lofting, I have been given an intimate and insightful portrayal of a family and the events that swirl around them in 11th-century England. It was as if I was living with these characters and their daily lives, particularly the wonderfully realized Wulfhere and his wife. Sons of the Wolf is not only a story of the belief systems and attitudes of the time; it offers a detailed glimpse into the politics and schemes that orbit the King. The characters are vibrant and relatable and despite my difficulty with the names, I thoroughly enjoyed following Wulfhere, Ealdgytha and their somewhat raucous family. The story is engrossing all the way–including a highly descriptive, if bloody, battle and an unexpected rescue. It left me looking forward to what was coming next.
Wulfhere is a well-written hero because he isn't really a hero all the time. In fact, some of the things he did made me want to smack him silly. He is violent, adulterous, impetuous, but he also does everything he can for those he loves even if he's terrible at demonstrating that at times. He is humble, much to his ambitious wife's dismay, but his modesty is pushed too far when Earl Harold (future king) insists that Wulfhere betroth his daughter to the son of his enemy in order to put an end to their family fued.
The story of Wulfhere's family is part of the larger portrait of England as the search for an heir begins. King Edward has no hope of a son of his own, so he sends to the Continent for the son of his half-brother, Edmund Ironside. Of course, William Duke of Normandy has another plan. Since the crown is passed through approval of the Witan rather than the king's wishes or inheritance, the field of contenders promises to increase before Edward's demise.
My favorite part of this book was the battle, or more aptly named, massacre of Hereford. It is not an easy segment to read. It is violent, gory, & likely just what it was like to be in Hereford as the Welsh and Irish-Norse mercenaries attacked it. There is absolutely no romanticising it, which some readers will find to be too much. I appreciated the author's skill and honesty.
The newly released edition of this book also has a stunning cover.
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