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Wolfsangel Paperback – March 22, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Wolfsangel Cycle Series

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Sorcery and savagery fuel this rousing historical fantasy, the first volume in a planned multivolume epic. Acting on the witch Gullveig's prophecy, Viking raiders kidnap two infant brothers from a village. Wily and clever Vali is groomed to be Viking king Authun's heir, while Feileg is raised ferally as Gullveig's werewolf protector as she schemes against the god Odin. The boys enjoy adventures peculiar to their different upbringings until their mutual affection for farmer's daughter Adisla draws them together as comrades in arms as well as rivals in love. Lachlan (a pseudonym for Mark Barrowcliffe) keeps supernatural inflections to a minimum, opting instead for a colorful and credible evocation of the Norse world as one where the paths of gods and men frequently cross. Vivid in its rendering of the primitive historical past, this entertaining adventure will have readers eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. (Mar.)
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"Sorcery and savagery fuel this rousing historical fantasy...Vivid in its rendering of the primitive historical past, this entertaining adventure will have readers eagerly anticipating the next book in the series."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616143576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616143572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wolfsangel is a fairly brutal tale, based on the Norse mythology of the end-of-the-world wolf Fenris, and personalised by twin brothers who are caught on opposite sides of the godly struggle.
As suggested in the title of this review, Wolfsangel appeared right up my alley; epic fantasy of mythological proportions, violent werewolf battles, and just enough human element to form a connection.

M.D. Lachlan kept it up for most of the novel. However, perhaps under the mistaken assumption that one must fill a single volume novel (I assume and hope anyway) with all the various pointless characters that traditional multivolume series have, Wolfsangel's plot eventually buckles under unrememberable names and loosely linked scenarios.

Thats not to say Wolfsangel didn't have its good parts, the background mythology was cool, the rivalry and suspense around the twin brothers was well-played, unfortunately these good parts were.... diluted by the weaknesses. It seemed like we were going to get a well honed story of love triangles, empires falling and our heroes stepping up to their destines, instead I felt like the plot was mostly a collection of semi-random happenings that eventually got us to the point where the conclusion happened.

I realise that perhaps if I sat down and memorised names and put some real effort into keeping track of places, the story might technically be more complete, but I have a philosophy that if a novel requires effort beyond what you're willing to give, then it has failed.

Wolfsangel had a lot of potential, and perhaps more is to come from Lachlan. Based on this work, I will only be finding out if I suddenly grow a buttload more reading time.
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M.D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel is not your usual werewolf horror story. Nor it is one of the glut of supernatural teen romances that have flooded the market of late. But don't let that put you off ;)

Lachlan has crafted an amazing story of love, and betrayal and that ever elusive search for true self, all set to the backdrop of ancient Norse life and mythology.

Gone are your "infected" werewolves of the Wolfman and Stephanie Myers and instead Lachlan gives us something new, and more importantly something fresh.

When a Norse king kidnaps two children he sets in motion an event that will bring gods to their knees. Vali, the prince and Felig, the wolfman, couldn't be more different, but when both fall in love with the farm girl Adelisa they set forth on an amazing journey literally dripping with gore.

Wolfsangel is fast paced, well written and uses a great mix of modern language sprinkled with more archaic usage to great effect. Lachlan paints beautiful and believable landscapes of frozen tundras and bustling market towns and unlike some, manages to people them with characters you can actually believe.

Don't let anyone tell you this is paint-by-numbers hack and slash fantasy, they couldn't be further from the truth. M.D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel is the perfect blend of horror-fantasy that makes lesser writers weep with envy.

5/5.

One warning, don't read this late at night with the lights out. Nightmares guaranteed.

-Daniel Chuter
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Even in the largest of Viking villages, there isn't much to do. Farm, fish, train, raid, repeat, and even the Norse Gods get bored sometimes. And what better cure for a god's boredom than having themselves born into a human body and forgetting who and what they are? As long as Odin, all father, all hater, and ultimate God of War, welcomes his dead warriors to Valhalla, most Vikings don't really care what he does in his spare time.

Wolfsangel is a brutal and visceral retelling of ancient Norse mythology, and Lachlan had me hooked in the first chapter with teeth didn't let go until the final page. Exquisitely violent, this is not a book for the faint of heart. I don't think Odin would accept anything less.

In desperate need of a male heir, King Authun follows a prophecy to towards a child rumored to be stolen from the Gods. Instead, he finds identical infant twins, and their scarred mother. The Witches of the mountains allow Authun to keep one child, and they keep the mother and the other child for themselves. One boy is raised as Prince and then ward, the other is raised by the wolfmen in the wilderness.

One child, Vali, is raised to be Authun's heir. Much to the disappointment of his future father-in-law Forkbeard, Vali shows little interest in politics or warfare, especially due to the events surrounding his first raid. Vali would prefer to spend time with visiting traders, learning about far away lands and languages. Even worse, he's in love with the farmgirl Adisla, who is most certainly not his betrothed. When the village faces danger from an invading force of wolfmen, Forkbeard offers Vali a choice: Return with the wolfman, dead or alive, or watch as Adisla is sacrificed to Odin.
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While it started out as a very good adventure; it quickly devolved into something other than sword and sorcery. It became dark and miserable and entered the modern trend of fascination with "tedious monotony of inescapable gloom".

Spoiler Alter: I only read the book because the author does have an excellent grasp of viking age culture and at first the political twists and turns were interesting. It's too bad he then decided to make the book into a self looping sequel of induced gloom fest. There are few to no hero's to really cheer for and it's a bit much of the modern trend to "kill off" all the main characters. If you enjoy seeing good characters trapped in inescapable dilemma, this is the book for you.

The following books in the series follow up on this mental crush; but really, there's no AIDA to keep following the story...unless you are a true fan of tragedy.
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