The Iron Wolves (Rage of Kings Series #1)

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Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.
 
Now, a new terror stalks the realm. In hushed whispers, it is claimed the Horse Lady, Orlana the Changer, has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody ...

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The Iron Wolves: Book 1 of The Rage of Kings

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Overview

Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.
 
Now, a new terror stalks the realm. In hushed whispers, it is claimed the Horse Lady, Orlana the Changer, has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from then slime and heading north to Vagandrak where, it said, the noble King Yoon has gone insane...
 
After hearing a prophecy from a blind seer, aged General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes of old for what he believes will be the final battle. But as mud-orcs and twisted beasts tear through the land, Dalgoran discovers the Iron Wolves are no longer heroes of legend... Narnok is a violent whoremaster, Kiki a honey-leaf drug peddler, and Prince Zastarte a drinker, a gambler, amoral and decadent: now he likes to hear people scream as they burn...
 
United in hate, the Iron Wolves travel to the Pass of Splintered Bones; and as half a million mud-orcs gather, General Dalgoran realises his grave error. Together, the Iron Wolves hold a terrible secret which has tortured them for three decades. Now, they only wish to be human again...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
Remic (The Clockwork Vampire) delivers the goods for fans of stark brutality and violence in a fantasy setting. The Iron Wolves are the stuff of legend. Their might and grit defeated the deadly mud-orcs, saving Vagandrak and ending the War of Zakora. Now, 25 years later, peace is threatened by Orlana the Changer and her inhuman army of beast-human splices, allied with ambitious King Zorkai of Zakora. Calling the Iron Wolves together, Gen. Dalgoran of Vagandrak finds them lessened by age and their war experiences, “like bad and rotting apples from the bottom of a broken barrel.” Fighting Orlana’s evil army and serving a king who’s gone insane, the Iron Wolves must overcome their personal issues and bond on the field of battle. A cliffhanger ending promises more gritty action in future installments. (Jan.)
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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)

From the Publisher
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)

Library Journal
12/01/2013
Thirty years ago, General Dalgoran tried to reunite the elite Iron Wolves for a new battle against the twisted forces of Orlana the Changer, but the years have taken their toll, and the Wolves are not what they used to be. This series opener recalls gritty fantasy in the style of Glen Cook's The Black Company.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857663559
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Rage of Kings Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 227,485
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Hard to make bad so good

    Its like the Black Company on crack. Love the seedy world and how the heroes seem ready to spill ANYONEs blood and guts for a wrong look.how people rarely get saved in time.casual and cruel violence.constant foul language.And the second one is better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

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    The Iron Wolves is a paint by numbers fantasy with too many sad

    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. It was too sudden and based on some of the crazy stuff that just happened 20 pages before it. The whole thing just drops on its illogical butt right out of suspension of disbelief.

    I did enjoy much of my time with Iron Wolves. In fact, if not for the very boring nature of it and some of the distracting profanity the book isn’t too bad. I just wish the author had focused his attention on more, original, pursuits rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. There are far better authors that have come before that have done this kind of fantasy far better. But even THEY don’t write it anymore…

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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