Wolfsangel

Wolfsangel

by Lachlan, M.D.

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ISBN-13: 9781616143589
Publisher: Pyr
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: The Wolfsangel Cycle
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 355
Sales rank: 984,078
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

MD Lachlan is the pen name of a successful writer of mainstream fiction and non fiction. He lives near London, England with his wife and children.


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Wolfsangel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lachlan tackles a huge project in this book and the result is a strange and interesting tale. While the start of the book was less than stellar, plauged by flat characters and relationships which felt forced, once the adventure picks up Lachlan does a great job of holding the reader's interest. The story is set mostly in Viking Age Scandinavia. Lachlan shows that a lot of research went into this work, and also takes a great deal of artistic freedom (Viking Age students and scholars should keep in mind that despite the obvious research put into this, Lachlan ultimately wrote a fantasy story). In many ways this story is very unpredictable; while the plot goes exactly where one expects it to, the manner of its arrival is where Lachlan excels. All in all, I certainly recomend this book, even if you don't plan to stick with the series. This novel can be read alone, and is interesting enough to at least have a small taste of.
harstan More than 1 year ago
King Authun leads his men on a raid of a village; but before they arrive at their destination he warns them they will all die. None are afraid as warriors prefer death in combat. The monarch's mission is to find the royal heir to his throne as prophesied by the Queen of the witches. In a Christian church, Authun finds twin male babies. He takes the pair with him leaving behind his loyal soldiers except one to die. In the North Sea his last comrade raises his sword in combat before diving to his death as no one except the witch, the king and his wife will know the heir's origin. Several years later, one of the infants Prince Vali the heir lives with a rival ruler. He loves Adisla and prefers working the land rather than fighting for land. When raiders attack, Vali uses strategy to defend the village successfully though they capture Adisla. Those he saved from certain death loath Vali for using unacceptable tactics as the warrior credo insists on fighting to the death. Cerebral Vali and his feral brother Feileg raised by the Witch Queen as a warrior wolf join on a quest to rescue Adisla though neither realizes they are related. The adventures of the twins are just beginning. Using Norse mythology, M.D. Lachlan tells a strong quest fantasy that contains two distinct yet related story lines. The first described above is a sword and sorcery thriller while the other subplot involved the intrusion of the Gods on the lives of mortals. Fast-paced and loaded with plenty of action while establishing the Lachlan world order and setting up future escapades; readers will be hooked as the twins chase after raiders to rescue Adisla. Interestingly even with long stretches without either of the polar opposite twin stars, Wolfsangel enchants the audience. Harriet Klausner
stefferoo on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was not at all what I expected from a fantasy "werewolf" novel. But one of the reasons why I did pick it up was for the mythology and its Viking/Norse setting, and knowing that it was going to have a dark and brutal story. Wolfsangel begins with a Viking raid on a small village, the leader a king who has seen in a prophecy that he was to kidnap a child to be his heir. But what he finds is not one but two infants -- twin boys whose origins and fates are entwined with the gods. Vali grows up as a Viking prince, while his twin Feileg is raised in the wilds with wolves to be the protector of a witch. Years later, the abduction of a simple farmer's daughter is the link between them that draws them together in this tale of savage adventure.It was really difficult for me to rate this book. At first, I was taken with the story. It's easy to be drawn in right away, especially given the style of the writing which I felt was perfect for the novel's theme and background. I loved the Norse mythology and fantasy elements, as well as the imagery the writing invoked. The plot started in a pretty straightforward way, which I didn't have a problem with.However, the further I got, the more lost I became. The author does have a way with words, but towards the end I felt all of it was getting needlessly confusing and complicated. All the subplots and characters that I had felt had supported each other so well near the beginning began unraveling, which made everything feel less coherent, more random and difficult to follow.In sum - great opening and set up, but unfortunately starts losing its steam as it goes on.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
My thoughts:I heard some buzz about this book and got intrigued, Vikings, magic and werewolves, that sure caught my attention. It isn't the easiest book to describe; it is a strange book, like a dream or a tale told long ago by the people living in the North. There Lachlan succeeded, I did feel the Norse Sagas over this story.The book is dark and brutal. It tells the story of two boys, Vale who grows up not wanting to fight, and falling for a farmgirl. He is to become the Big Bad Wolf that can bring down a God. But in the beginning he is nice, and righteous. He does not want to look up to the Gods of War and instead he looks to Loki the trickster who laughs at the Gods. Even when he is plummeting into darkness I like him, and when I say dark, I mean pitch-black, crazy and lost. His brother is raised by Berserks and then by Wolfmen, he is also a Wolf. A bit crazy, also lost, and seems to be the violent one. This is a tale in which you do not know what will happen.The magic in this one is true to its origin, runes, witches, and people nearing drowning for a glimpse of the future. It's magic that is real, but at the same time you just do not know, perhaps it is all a coincidence?The book itself is about growing up, finding yourself, doing the right thing, and in the end, being a mere plaything for gods, or should we say the destroyer of them. Because at the end of time Ragnarök will come, the last battle where Odin is killed by the Fenris wolf. And in this book we meet the Fenris wolf, Odin, and Loki who fathered the wolf. But this book does not end the way you think it will, because there is a second book, though at the same time there is an end. Why? Well you will just have to read to find out.Conclusion:It was a good book, and if you like adventure, vikings, magic, and fighting then this is the book for you. It is fantasy dipped in reality, a strange dream and a time when Gods were real and present. A time where a new religion started to emerge in the North. And it's the story of the werewolf. It is the Norse sagas told with modern language, and with a totally new spin to things.Rating;I actually have no idea how to rate this book. He sure has a way of words, a good book.
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