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Epub º Fenrir Author M.D. Lachlan 443 pages ô Reflectionslisburnltd ä The Vikings are laying siege to Paris They want the Count's sister in return they will spare the rest of the city Can the Count really have ambitions to be Emperor of the Franks if he doesn't do everything he can to save his people CThe Vikings are laying siege to Paris They want the Count's sister in return they will spare the rest o Author interview published under The Ranting DragonFenrir is the seuel to M D Lachlan’s brilliant fantasy debut Wolfsangel and the second installment in his unnamed Norse werewolf series Now many readers will have but one uestion regarding this book “Is it as good as Wolfsangel” The answer in my opinion is an emphatic “yes” While the two novels are uite different in a number of ways Fenrir lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessor and in many cases exceeds themA struggle throughout the agesFenrir is set approximately 100 years after the events of Wolfsangel in an early medieval Paris set alight by the torches of Viking invaders The hordes lay siege to the city yet strangely their leaders demand not slaves or riches but the Count’s sister Aelis They are not alone in seeking the young woman—the raven priests of Odin also hunt her as does a mysterious wolfman lurking in the shadows Unbeknowst to Aelis her role in these events is due to no mere machination of politics but serves a greater sinister purpose The crippled and blind living saint Jehan is given the task of speaking to the girl and perhaps convincing her to accept her fate However Aelis and Jehan are about to become pawns in a mad god’s schemes In their future lies death madness dark magic and the monstrous Fenris wolf fated to kill Odin at RagnarokA new perspective on the familiar Once again Lachlan delivers a dark and thrilling tale incorporating Norse gods and monsters historical detail and sinister magic into a tragically human struggle against fate It is these human elements that stand out in this book when compared to the last The characters are developed and their relationships are complex Some old characters reappear eg Loki and we are introduced to many new ones as well as some that are simultaneously new and familiar—the reincarnations of those in Wolfsangel This in and of itself is one of the most interesting aspects of the novel as we learn about each of the major players from an entirely different perspective We see who they have become and how they react in vastly different circumstances For instance Adisla is no longer a farmer’s daughter but the highborn lady Aelis and as a result she acts uite differently in some regards while still retaining certain characteristics from her previous incarnation In other cases the differences are even pronounced and Lachlan keeps the reader guessing who is actually who in relation to the previous novel Often he manages to surprise in this respectEnhanced characterization While the characters in Wolfsangel were already believable and human Lachlan takes his characterization to a whole new level in Fenrir Each character develops as an individual has their own flaws and almost every one displays some degree of moral ambiguity The protagonists are never completely irreproachable while the antagonists never come across as wholly evil or without motivation for their actions In many cases you may well find yourself sympathizing with a character you initially wrote off as irredeemableAnother noteworthy improvement regards the female protagonist AelisAdisla who takes on a much greater role than she did in Wolfsangel She evolves from being possibly the least developed of the protagonists to one of the most well characterized In addition she displays greater agency and is much proactive character instead of being a hapless victim dragged into a struggle not of her own making Personally I found this made her much easier to relate to and a much well rounded character than she was previously There is also a much greater focus on the feelings and internal struggles of the characters in this book as they come to understand much of what is happening to them and endeavor to fight against their fates Can they really rebel against the inevitable and defy a god There’s only one way to find outEvocative prose and an immersive atmosphereLachlan’s writing already proficient in Wolfsangel is further perfected in Fenrir fully immersing the reader in this strange world of gods and monsters There were moments when I could almost hear the dripping of moisture in a dark cave or see the light streaming down through the canopy of a forest Lachlan excels at creating atmosphere and pays great attention to historical detail effortlessly evoking a bygone age Although lyrical and flowing the writing never distracts from the story and the historical aspects are incorporated seamlessly into the plot For instance we are not told about the differences and conflicts between Christian and Norse religion but come to understand them through Jehan’s interactions with his companions In fact some of the amusing moments in what is otherwise uite a dark novel involve the Vikings pragmatism in response to Jehan’s attempts to convert them they’ll believe in his god if his god brings them a shelter or makes them fiercer warriors or misinterpretation of each others customsA dark and brutal taleFenrir is even darker and intense than its predecessor and includes a few somewhat disturbing and rather graphic scenes that I would not recommend to anyone with a weak stomach Nevertheless these scenes are used in context with the rest of the story and often play important roles in the progression of the narrative Though many of the events depicted throughout the novel are undeniably violent and often horrific they are never depicted in an overly gratuitous manner or included purely for shock value with no relation to the plot The novel is set in a brutal age and Lachlan does not try to sugarcoat this provide an idealized version of history or glorify bloodshed Often I felt this added to the authenticity of the story and made the fantastical elements believable Additionally the juxtaposition of the tender human moments with the gory or violent scenes increased the impact of the story as a wholeA linear character driven plotFenrir is a longer book by around 200 pages than Wolfsangel and the plot unfolds in a primarily linear fashion without as many jumps between time frames Some readers have mentioned the pacing of Fenrir is also marginally slower; however I see this an inevitable by product of the greater focus on character development Personally I felt getting to know the characters better—and as a result caring about what happens to them— than compensated for a slower pace All things considered the plot is still thrilling the world still fascinating and the pace uite fast compared to many other novelsWhen reading Fenrir one must keep in mind that this is but the second book in a longer series the exact number of installments is not yet finalized and as such may not offer the reader the closure they may desire Those hoping for a decisive conclusion to the overall storyline are setting themselves up for disappointment Personally I am thrilled that there are to be books after Fenrir and was uite satisfied with the ending It provides a conclusion to this chapter in an ongoing struggle and hints at how circumstances may change in the books that followWhy should you read this bookIf you haven’t already done so I would strongly suggest you read Wolfsangel before picking up Fenrir In fact if you haven’t read Wolfsangel why are you wasting time reading this review Stop immediately go get your hands on a copy and read that instead If you read and loved the first book like I did I would definitely recommend you read this one as well as in my opinion it is even better While Fenrir is an engrossing and well written story in its own right it is an excellent second book in what is shaping up to be a brilliant multi volume series Honestly the worst thing about this novel is the fact I now have to wait for the next one

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F the city Can the Count really have ambitions to be Emperor of the Franks if he doesn't do everything This was an amazingly well crafted blend of historical fiction and Norse legend It's not an easy task to imagine much less vividly convey the mindset of cultures that flourished over a thousand years ago but the author does that in a believable way with language that is both poetic and brutally realistic at the same time For a while in the middle of the story I wondered if my confusion of who was who might have been less for having read the first book which is going on my to read list but I realized at the end that the confusion was the essence of the story and that true enjoyment of it reuired letting go of my 21st century insistence on logic and simply following the flowAn excellent novel and highly recommended

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Fenrir Author M.D. LachlHe can to save his people Can he call himself a man if he doesn't do everything he can to save his sist This is a continuation of the story in Wolfsangel but it is not the usual direct seuel we are so used to from fantasy Instead it is the next installment in the cycle of the story And the cycle is also the central theme of Lachlan's fantasy series The protagonists here are not the same as in Wolfsangel but they are aspects of them The story is moving on with different players and I found this worked well Lachlan maintains the saga like uality of his prose which is a good thing It worked very well in Wolfsangel and if anything it works even better here The story is really fast paced There's uite a lot of action and even in uieter parts of the novel the story is moving along steadily I can't think of any part of the book that was really a rest period and this makes it a book that can be difficult to put down There's a lot of magic in this book But Lachlan doesn't use this as a prop it is integral to the story he is telling and it never feels like it is out of place As with Wolfsangel there is also a presence of gods here the dark and fallible Viking variety that will be familiar to students of Norse mythology The characters we encounter in the book have their separate tales to tell and all of them are interesting There are several main characters here that could easily have carried a novel by themselves and they are propped up with supporting characters that are interesting in their own right Lachlan makes use of several points of view This can be annoying in some stories but here they add up to giving a much greater whole than the sum of the individual viewpoints The different protagonists are used to great effect to draw the story together and form a single narrative This time the location is outside the Scandinavian homeland of the Vikings mostly in modern day France but we also get to go to Russia As someone who is Norwegian and interested in history I think it was really refreshing to see these lesser known locations for Viking activity used to great effect here And it also makes me excited to find out where we are heading next in Lachlan's saga I can't think of anything I disliked in this book it is very close to a perfect novel For anyone who feels that modern fantasy is getting a bit stale this will be the perfect antidote And if you have any interest in Vikings or Norse mythology Lachlan has created an excellent fantasy for you This is a perfect read for dark winter eveningsReview originally published on my blog