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Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan is the first novel in a planned multivolume epic. It combines Vikings, Feneris as well as more elements from the Norse Mythology and a love story. The story begins with a Norse king kidnapping two kids after hearing a prophecy that the Saxons had stolen a child from the gods. He is told by the witches that if he steals the same child and raises him as his heir, the child shall lead his people to glory. But when the king discovers twin baby boys; he brings them both back to his home to the witches who gave the prophecy. One is raised as the Viking king’s heir while the other is raised as a protector for one who schemes against the god, Odin. The events that follow will challenge the gods themselves as the story details the journey of the werewolf from his early beginnings then through the ages.

Wolfsangel is wonderful historical fantasy that gives a different spin on the werewolf legend that tells a story of love, betrayal and the search for the truth. It is a tale that mixes love, betrayal and brutal action in a satisfying way that will leave a reader wanting more. This is recommended for fans who wish for a more brutal type of werewolf story in a historical fantasy setting. I give this one five stars Top Pick keeper status and looking forward to the sequel!

Book Blurb for Wolfsangel

The Viking King Authun leads his men on a raid against an Anglo-Saxon village. Men and women are killed indiscriminately but Authun demands that no child be touched. He is acting on prophecy. A prophecy that tells him that the Saxons have stolen a child from the Gods. If Authun, in turn, takes the child and raises him as an heir, the child will lead his people to glory. But Authun discovers not one child, but twin baby boys. Ensuring that his faithful warriors, witness to what has happened, die during the raid Authun takes the children and their mother home, back to the witches who live on the troll wall. And he places his destiny in their hands. And so begins a stunning multi-volume fantasy epic that will take a werewolf from his beginnings as the heir to a brutal viking king, down through the ages. It is a journey that will see him hunt for his lost love through centuries and lives, and see the endless battle between the wolf, Odin and Loki - the eternal trickster - spill over into countless bloody conflicts from our history, and over into our lives. This is the myth of the werewolf as it has never been told before and marks the beginning of an extraordinary new fantasy series from Gollancz.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 5.00