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Fenrir (The Wolfsangel Cycle #2)

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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? Can he call himself a man if he doesn't do everything he can to save his sister?
Paperback, 532 pages
Published July 21st 2011 by Gollancz (first published 2011)
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Ranting Dragon
Sep 17, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, michelle

Fenrir is the sequel 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 question regarding this book: “Is it as good as Wolfsangel?” The answer, in my opinion, is an emphatic “yes.” While the two novels are quite different in a number of ways, Fenrir lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessor, and, in many cases, exceeds them.

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Fenrir is the sequel 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 question regarding this book: “Is it as good as Wolfsangel?” The answer, in my opinion, is an emphatic “yes.” While the two novels are quite different in a number of ways, Fenrir lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessor, and, in
Aug 23, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MD Lachlan is proving to have as deep an imagination as Tolkein showed in Lord of the Rings, with his mind blowing sequel to Wolfsangel with Fenrir.

The sequel may still feature more brotherhoods of Vikings but he has taken the reader into the world of the early medieval French dukes, knights and princesses and most notable of all, monks and prophets. But to add a little to the rabble of viking armies around Paris MD Lachlan introduces some fascinating characters of Munin and Hugnin, a brother an
Jan 04, 2012 dbaskls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fenrir is the follow up to M.D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel. Wolfsangel tells the story of wolves, the gods Odin and Loki and battle between them. It is set in Anglo-Saxon times. Fenrir tells the same story, its characters being reincarnations of those from Wolfsangel and is set in medieval Europe. The magic and mysticism of Norse mythology was better explained in Fenrir which helped to keep the reader engaged. The harsh landscape of medieval Europe was described beautifully and the characters were wel ...more
Jess (The Best Kind of Book Nerd) Willard
It is very rare that I consider a book to be worth five stars, but this book definitely deserves it. It has everything I was looking for and more in a historical fantasy/werewolf novel. The accurate portrayal of the Viking invasion of Paris in the 8th Century mixed with the enchanting and bloody undertones of Norse mythology, religious warfare, forbidden love, and gruesome battles, (not to mention the anticipation and horror that accompanies the transformation of an innocent boy into a savage an ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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), ...more
Guy Haley
The Norse gods are back, pre-enacting Ragnorok again in book two of Lachlan’s werewolf saga.

It’s 885, and the Viking age is at its peak. As the Northmen siege Paris a band of mortals are brought together, the cast of Wolfsangel reborn, to discover that they’re about to be screwed by the Aesir one more time.

Concordant with the novel’s déjà vu plot, what was good about Wolfsangel is good about Fenrir – Lachlan’s brutal magic, his attempts to depict mindsets from a different time, his use of histor
Nick Stead
Jul 17, 2015 Nick Stead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Wolfsangel, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into the next instalment of this awesome series and Lachlan did not disappoint. Even though we know the same main characters from the first book have been reborn and that the story must play out in a similarly bloody fashion, the tale is still fresh and exciting, and doesn't feel in any way to merely be a rehash of book one.

Once again the storytelling is superb and there's some great action and gore, and there's also still plenty of twis
This book, is absolutely stunning.
Picking it up, I had no idea it was the second in a series, I didn't feel lost or confused, or like I was missing anything.
The story itself is beautifully told and takes the character on an insane ride, that I might compare to something Six Flags dreamed up.
There are moments that are described with enough detail to leave your stomach churning, but not enough to make you sick or leave the book.
The nightmare the characters go through is quite real and it grips
Feb 10, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Lachlan’s debut, Wolfsangel, to which Fenrir is a sequel, so I had pretty high hopes for this. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite meet them. The plot – deliberately – echoes that of Fenrir, but this time takes place in the late ninth century, and in France. Three characters unknowingly act out the romantic triangle from the earlier book, which apparently echoes some Norse god romantic triangle and will bring about Odin’s return to Earth. Fenrir opens with the Siege of Paris (885 – 886 ...more
Fenrir was actually a sequel to a novel. I only found this out after I had begun reading it. That said, I didn't feel like I was missing anything for not having read this author's first novel. He is such a good writer and made sure to explain things briefly so new readers weren't left behind. Explanations didn't take away from the story, either.
This story was interesting. I originally picked it up because it claimed to be a sort of "werewolf" novel. I won't disagree with that but it definitely
Ole Imsen
Jun 09, 2013 Ole Imsen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, saga
This is a continuation of the story in Wolfsangel, but it is not the usual direct sequel 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 quality of his prose, which is a good thing. It wor
Apr 10, 2012 Ash rated it it was ok
AT LAST I FINISHED IT!! I thought I would never ever finish this book.
The setting of this story was good but not as good as the first one. This one was far more darker and dull which didn't please me, only some terrifyig disgusting details made this book cool.
The characters. Oh my I didn't like any of the characters and I can't believe the first book characters incarnated to what they are in Fenrir UGH that was just terrible!!! I only liked Oefeti but the rest were meh and Odin's witch servant
Sarah burrows
Fenrir is the sequel to Wolfsangel, which I hugely enjoyed and became one of my favorites, and now Fenrir has joined it as another favorite. I don't often like to chose favorites within sequels/series as I like to credit the books on their individual merits but with these two books I don't think I could chose a favorite even if I had to.
the story and plot were wonderfully imaginative and mesmerizing, gripping from the very first page till the last.
if i'm honest, at times, it was a little confusi
Nov 03, 2011 Anachronist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked:

The sequel, like the first part, is a literary rendition of the cyclical myth of Fenrir, the wolf destined to kill Odin at Ragnorok and end the era of Norse deities for good. It also features the same set of main heroes. From almost the very beginning it becomes obvious that prnicess Aelis, the main female lead, and Adisla (a peasant girl from the first part) are, more or less, the same person. Identifying Vali and Feileg, the twin brothers from the previous part, in love with her w
Chris Girvin
Aug 10, 2012 Chris Girvin rated it it was amazing
Fenrir is a dark twisted tail that is very well written. Unlike Wolfsangel, Fenrir dabbles in Christianity and with this comes great (un)holy sacrifice. Added to already greatly written (and revised) Norse legend of Odin, Loki, Fenrir etc, we add a man of God. Another myth some might say? But i cannot say much without giving the plotline away.
Saying this book is dark is an understatement, a friend of mine read Wolfsangel and loved it. But then she gave up half way though Fenrir, saying it was to
Sean the Bookonaut
Oct 03, 2011 Sean the Bookonaut rated it liked it
Fenrir is the second book in the Craw series. The first Wolfsangel, received critical acclaim from some heavy hitters in the speculative fiction field - Joe Abercrombie recommended it as “dark and original”, Adam Roberts classed it as “unputdownable”.

I haven’t read Wolfsangel and to tell you the truth that fact didn't hinder me as much as I thought it would. Reviewing for publishing houses means that I do often get the second book in the series without having read the first. Generally, I find th
Dan Smyth
Feb 03, 2016 Dan Smyth rated it it was ok
Second book in the series. Plot is the exact same freaking one as the first book, but set in a different time/place. World-building is incredibly minimal. Pacing is slow. Head-jumping all over the place makes it very difficult to follow and/or care about what is going on or to whom. Ending is a complete mess. Read as a sword and sorcery novel, one might be able to enjoy this, but otherwise? No chance.
Lori Schiele
I greatly enjoyed the first book of this series, Wolfsangel and decided to try the second, however I was deeply disappointed.
I believe most of my disappointment came from the time period involved. While Wolfsangel was based around the time of the Vikings, the Norse... Fenrir was based much later in Paris involving the Franks, Danes, Romans, and Catholics. A time period I have little interest in and know little about. Plus, with all of the different "peoples", I was easily confused about who was
Apr 30, 2013 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After quite liking book 1 of this series, I must say I was disappointed in this one, particularly toward the end. I found I was looking forward to the end ...i mean ending...really, for it to finish.. and began to find the whole wolf/raven/witch/priest/everything else quite tedious.
I do like mythologies of most cultures and I think that is what I do like about the Craw series, however, characters did begin to meld far more than they were meant to, and much of the information began to blur.
The p
Aug 04, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: norse
I read the first book in the series, Wolfsangel, which is necessary to appreciate Fenrir. I delighted in reading Fenrir. Experiencing the same familiarity and suspicion yet without fully knowing, described by some characters. Marvellous. The descriptions of journeying into that other reality, I suspect, a little too realistic to be simply a product of the authors' imagination. The wolf-man’s knot-so-notty quanrdy, brilliant (‘Who’s on first base’ came immediately to mind), very funny. The dual t ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't this more or less the same as the first book? I mean, yeah, there was some mentions of the first book and the characters in it, but... but... WHAT? Why?!

The writing style was a tad pretentious and not very good. I can manage that, but I had an issue with the amount of typos in at least this edition. They seemed to be focused on the beginning and the end, but it does sort of confuse the reader when a character suddenly seems to change her name at the end.

Ah well. There is a third part wai
This book took me a long time to get into and I didn't like a lot of the characters. I did really enjoy the last third or so of it, though, and I could tell that M.D. Lachlan has done a lot of research in writing this book.
It was a bit too gory in places for my taste but I did think it was very cleverly written. I didn't read the first one in the series, and didn't even realise it was a series until I looked up Wolfsangel on the internet after finishing Fenrir.
With most books, I'll happily read
Sep 08, 2011 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to Wolfsangel doesn't disappoint. The action is fast-paced and up until the very end the reader is trying to guess which character has which role in rehearsal of Ragnarok. The attention to historical details that the author puts in the book is great and he really successfully translates the medieval world on the pages of the book.
Especially fascinating is the characterization of the Fenrir and moral dilemmas he faces as he tries to fight the Wolf inside him. It makes a reader feel much
Christopher Taylor-Davies
Wonderful sequel to Wolfsangel. Rich in sensuous detail, the story moves along at a brisk, but controlled pace. The characters are firmly placed in their time, their thoughts and actions sometimes may seem odd to 21st century thinking but fit perfectly the setting. Magic is suitably messy and most characters (sensibly) fear it. Even minor characters are often named and have their own motivations, never feeling like they are there just to help the plot along. One minor character in particular gre ...more
Daniel Kaine
Oct 01, 2011 Daniel Kaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of a three part series, that tells the story of Fenrir and Odin, and the gods' plans to bring about their mad prophecies. I think the first book, 'Wolfsangel', was better, but that said I did quite enjoy this book. Once again I found myself surprised at the true identities of certain characters, and twists that I didn't see coming.

It felt a little long-winded at times (and it is a big book), but for the majority it was well paced, with plenty of action and twists. A definite r
Sep 10, 2015 Edith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
veelbelovend in het begin, maar gaandeweg werd het langdradiger en kostte het meer en meer moeite om de aandacht bij het verhaal te houden.
Heb toch doorgebeten en het uitgelezen, maar had er meer van verwacht.
This novel was very slow to start out with and I wasn't sure where the story was heading. Even after being 200 or so pages into the story I still wasn't sure where it was going. There were so many different stories wrapped into one novel that it was hard to keep track of the true story. None of it seemed to match with what was being told in other story lines. It was hard to follow whats happening or even who is who or rather who is what. I was disappointed in this novel.
Thomas Olsen
Aug 28, 2015 Thomas Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3 star rating I initially gave does not sit well with me since I have given other books 3 star ratings, and this one outshines many of those. The writing is evocative and imaginative and the story makes many deft twists and turns that even a savy reader may not see coming. I was expecting something a bit different, though, and, so, I do prefer the first book, Wolfsangel, in terms of how revelatory it is of Lachlan as a writer/wordsmith.
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Aka Mark Barrowcliffe.

MD Lachlan is a pen name - created after Mark Barrowcliffe, author of works such as Girlfriend 44 and Lucky Dog, felt himself irresistibly drawn back to fantasy after writing his Dungeons and Dragons memoir The Elfish Gene.

Wolfsangel might surprise readers of Mark's other work. He's always been noted for his comic writing ('Wickedly funny' - New York Post, 'Painfully funny' -
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