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Wolfsangel (The Wolfsangel Cycle #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,009 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
Viking King Authun leads his men on a raid against an Anglo-Saxon village. Adults are killed 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 takes the child & raises him as an heir, the child will lead his people to glory.
Paperback, 439 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published May 20th 2010)
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Ranting Dragon
Aug 18, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle
Wolfsangel is the debut fantasy novel from M. D. Lachlan, a pen name for author Mark Barrowcliffe. Lachlan’s first foray into the realm of epic fantasy is a dark and enthralling alternative history involving Norse gods, sinister magic and a unique take on the werewolf mythos.

Wolfsangel begins with Viking King Arthun leading a raid against an Anglo-Saxon settlement. However, he and his men seek much stranger plunder than mere slaves or riches. Arthun acts to fulfill a prophecy of the child witch
Ole Imsen
Jan 22, 2011 Ole Imsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, saga
Let us start with getting one thing out of the way, I am Norwegian. And you get kind of wary of people stepping in and using your cultural heritage when you come from a small region like the Nordic, or Norse, one. To give you an example, there was some jealousy in Norway when the Disney film Hercules was announced, we have just as rich a pantheon of gods. But once the film was released, and the Greeks started complaining, people sighed in relief that we hadn't been Disneyfied. -This is what a f ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, there are times when publicity can work for a book and sometimes when it works against the enjoyment of a book.

Sadly, for me this was one of those occasions where the publicity did me, as a reader, no favours.

If I had been able to sit down and just read the book, with no preconceptions or advance notice of what was going to happen, I would’ve enjoyed it a whole lot more. Though I did enjoy it.

You see, this is one of those books that has a great plot twist about two thirds into the book
Oct 31, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A good choice for a Halloween read: real scary and brutal, with a bodycount to rival the Rambo movies. Don't be misled by the angel in the title, the book is about the Norse pantheon, a bloodthirsty bunch with a feeble grasp on sanity, who treat humans as insignificant ants to be crushed underfoot for fun. There is a romance angle to the story, a good one that sends me back to some classical tales of doomed lovers like Tristan and Isolde, also some political developments between several No
Oct 16, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
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I back and forthed about buying this book for the longest time. When it was only newly released I dismissed it mostly because of its cover. But then I read some good reviews of it. But then I read some bad reviews. But then I read a really good review that made it sound right up my alley, and I came really close to buying it then. But then the author came over all passive aggressive on twitter over a mildly poor review of his book, and it turned
Jan 09, 2011 Truly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telah diramalkan, bahwa tubuh salah satu anak itu akan menjadi wadah bagi roh serigala, yang satu lagi akan menjadi makanan pemberi kekuatan bagi saudaranya

Jika rasa iri memasuki sosok seorang, takdir pun bisa direkayasa.

Buku ini mengisahkan mengenai kehidupan tiga manusia. Vali adalah seorang pangeran Viking yang telah melalui 13 musim panas , putra dari Authun Sang Serigala Putih, lalu Feileg yang diambil oleh penyihir dan tumbuh di alam liar sebagai serigala , serta Adisla seorang gadis anak
Aug 21, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
4.5 Stars

This is a delightful dark journey that is filled to the brim with historical fiction and old Norse mythology. It is a fast page turner that is filled with action and suspense. The book quickly moves the story from it's base that starts with the King to that of the story of the Prince brothers.

The magic system fascinated me and really elevated the dark feel to this book. Magic can only be achieved by one that enters the realm of death, either from dying, from madness, or from both. The
Oct 24, 2011 Anachronist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Authun a Viking king has a problem – he is childless. He is not just any king, mind you, he is Authun the Pitiless and his exploits are legendary. He must ensure his people will be led by somebody at least as good as him or better. In short his son. Acting on the prophecy of the witch queen Gullveig, he raids an Anglo-Saxon village looking for a promised infant. He finds twins instead, with their disfigured mother. One he keeps and names Vali; the other, Feileg, is kept by Gullveig hers
Blodeuedd Finland
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 b
Thomas Edmund
Wolfsangel is a fairly brutal tale, based on the Norse mythology of the end-of-the-world world Fenris, and personalised by twin brothers who are caught on opposite sides of the godly struggle.
As suggested in the title of this review, Wolfsangel appeared right up my alley; epic fantasy of mythological proportions, violent werewolf battles, and just enough human element to form a connection.

M.D. Lachlan kept it up for most of the novel. However, perhaps under the mistaken assumption that one must
Oct 26, 2010 Bee-Man rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pangeran, engkau tidak boleh
berbicara begitu
tentang aku,
bangsawan mulia.
Karena kau sendiri
melahap mangsa serigala,
menumpahkan darah saudaramu,
kausesap koyakan raga
dengan moncong dinginmu,
melangkahi mayat-mayat,
dan dibenci semua yang bernapas.

Puisi pertama Helgi Hundingsbani.
Kumpulan Puisi Nordik Kuno

Kisah Epic-Nordic-Saga yang sangat memukau dan membuat bulu kuduk merinding pada saat membayangkan mata hijau, taring, dan cakar sang serigala.

Jika pernah membaca novel atau buku-buku Jerman,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
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. None of that teen paranormal romance stuff for me, thanks!

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 or
Jul 14, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M.D. Lachlan brings us a story from the North, where a Prince falls in love with a farmer’s daughter and goes to the far ends of the earth to rescue her from slavery. Vali is the Prince in question, a boy stolen by King Athun under the influence of prophecy. What begins as a straightforward tale of Viking politics and berserker raiding as Vali grows from boy to man becomes infinitely more rewarding — a novel dealing with secretive magic and an everlasting battle between the Gods Odin and Loki.

Marcus Gipps
Aug 28, 2010 Marcus Gipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's another Gollancz Debut. What can I say? I enjoy them (well, most of them), and Gollancz send me them for free. If you too want your books to be read and reviewed, months late, on a blog nobody reads, get in touch! There's a couple of non-SF books coming up, I promise. Well, one. But I did the Jon McGregor recently as well!


I delayed reading Wolfsangel for a while and approached it a little more warily than I normally do, partly because I was a little burnt out from the previous
Why is it always so hard to write something when i really love the book? The ones that leave the most lasting impression are the ones that i have the most dilemma about what to say. I read this 3 days ago and it still plays in my mind and haunts me!

This book is a living contradiction.

-It is a debut novel, but it feels like something that came out of seasoned story-taller pen,
-It story is incredibly complex and has many twists, but at the same time it's not unnecessary hard to follow,
-The langua
Fantasy Literature
M.D. Lachlan brings us a story from the North, where a Prince falls in love with a farmer’s daughter and goes to the far ends of the earth to rescue her from slavery. Vali is the Prince in question, a boy stolen by King Athun under the influence of prophecy. What begins as a straightforward tale of Viking politics and berserker raiding as Vali grows from boy to man becomes infinitely more rewarding — a novel dealing with secretive magic and an everlasting battle between the Gods Odin and Loki.

Guy Haley
Norse gods are a popular choice in fantasy, but they’ve rarely been handled so well as here. Mad, bad, and dangerous to know, the old gods were not the kind of immortals you’d want living in the sky above you. In Wolfsangel they’re enacting a small scale version of Ragnorok in the mortal world. This is a battle Lachlan intends to revisit as it is replayed down the centuries to the present.

Lachlan also does a grand job of evoking the mortal side of the Viking age, he’s obviously done his research
Jacqueline Holzberger

In the book Wolfsangel, written by Mark Barrowcliffe while under the alias M.D Lachlan, we meet many characters that play a key role in the plot.

Authun- A berserker king, known as the wolf king, who shows sympathy to those he feels is worthy of it. He is also the 'father' of Vali. Unfortunatley, unfavorable events occur which majorly affect him.

Adisla- A farm girl/peasant who captured the heart of Vali and later on, the heart of Feileg. She is a very strong character who is also kind and loyal t
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I have my cavils with the quality of Lachlan's prose, but he's managed to write a gripping and reasonably original historical/fantasy novel layered with real-world folklore and a hauntingly strange conception of magic. Good stuff, if a bit heavy on those Herculean ordeals and struggles against all odds for my taste. I'll definitely read the sequel(s).
Moh Ass
Dec 13, 2010 Moh Ass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfsangel adalah simbol rune bangsa Viking yang belakangan digunakan oleh Nazi sebagai lambang organisasi mereka: swastika.
I have to give kudos to the author for being able to hold my interest enough to enjoy the book cover to cover. I read it all the way to the end AND gave it 4 stars. That was unexpected.
Despite reading a lot of fantasy many years ago, and one or two supernatural per year to date, I was still out of my comfort zone with Wolfsangel.
That's not to say the book was without flaws. It had flaws aplenty and many undulations in regards to writing quality, plot and character development.
So how did I still
Oct 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: viking and norse mythology fans
MD Lachlan has become one of only three authors I can name who have magically blended the historical world of vikings with that of norse mythology. He now joins the ranks of my favourite norse fantasy authors being Betsy Tobin with her fantastic Ice Land and Joanne Harris with Runemarks.

He grasps the reader by the hand in a firm yet gentle grip of storytelling that enchants the reader as much as the characters of Vali, Fealig and Adilsa are bound by fates, magic and the gods of war and mischief.
Matt Brady
Take the mythology of the werewolf, and graft it with Norse mythology, Ragnarok, and the killing of Odin by the wolf Fenrisulfr. Stage it on earth, at the opening of the Viking Age, when the Norsemen are poised to explode onto the world scene. Twin brothers, Vali and Feileg, sons of the trickster Loki and key players in his scheme to revenge himself upon the Norse gods, are raised in very different circumstances, but brought together by fate and dark magics. As the world around them begins to ch ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfsangel by M.D Lachlan is a novel that would apeal to the kind of reader who enjoys unusual 'strange' fantasy fiction with a twist, that is dark and mysterious. It contains a lot of battles, bloodshead and gore with a completely origional and unique storyline that is adventurous and thoroughly exciting. It contains a mixture of warewolfs and Vikings within a historical setting, with a plot that is completely and utterly enthralling, mesmirising and which captivates the reader. I was unable to ...more
Fearsome viking King Authun has no male heir so, acting on a prophecy of the Witch Queen's, he organises a raid to steal a baby boy from a small village. This boy will lead his people to untold glory. However, when Authun arrives he finds that there are two boys, twins, and he is forced to make the journey back to the Troll Wall and the Witch Queen to find out which child is the one he must take for his own. This decision will be just the first link in a long chain of events bringing about love, ...more
Amber Hinton
Sep 13, 2011 Amber Hinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always found fantasy to be a bit of a "hit or miss" genre. You can either pick up a complete dud or a gem. Wolfsangel is one of the brightest of those gems. It is a gripping fantasy with one huge labyrinth of a plot. I had heard the book described as "unpredictable" before I read it, and truly; it was. Every time I thought I'd sussed the book out it would about turn and go down another route altogether. Lachlan does not do this in an erratic, unskilled way at all. In fact, the plot twists a ...more
Kathy Davie
Dec 05, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action
First in the Craw Trilogy fantasy series involving Nordic myth about Odin and a wolf.

My Take
Oh lord, this story was so convoluted! I gave up trying to make sense of it and just read it to get it over with. There is a very nice summing up at the very end. You might want to read that before you start this story so you have some idea what is happening. I'd like to say it's well-written and the descriptions are gorgeous, but Lachlan is trying too hard to be mysterious and simply leaves the reader
David Hebblethwaite
This review first appeared in Vector 264, Autumn 2010

Acting on the prophecy of the witch queen Gullveig, King Athun takes twin boys from an Anglo-Saxon village during a raid. One, he names Vali and raises as his own; the other, Feileg, is kept by Gullveig to serve as her protector and sent to be schooled in the wolf-magic of the berserkers. Over the years, the twins become pawns in the complex game of magical subterfuge that is the eternal war between Odin and Loki. To say that Wolfsangel is a V
Oct 06, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I have to confess I didn't finish this so take my rating with that in mind.

I found the start of this story where the lead was the king Authun engrossing. The culture depicted was so different to what I'm used to. I can't say I liked the world that was shown but it was intriguing Then the lead changed to his son, Vali, and so did the tone. Vali's view of the world was much too modern for me. I didn't find it realistic given how he would have been raised. It also felt a bit clumsy, as if the autho
Peter Higgins
Nov 24, 2012 Peter Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-and-sf
Wolfsangel is a brilliant combination of Viking saga, werewolf tale and farmboy-with-a-destiny fantasy, enriched by a dark vein of Northern magic.

M D Lachlan's engaging characters try to do the right thing, motivated by love and duty and companionship, but their lives are damaged and distorted by the interventions of over-powerful, half-crazed seithr-working witches, Odin-drumming shamanic sorcerers and dangerous liminal encounters with gods in the woods and marshes. The story takes some dark a
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Wolfsangel Cycle (4 books)
  • Fenrir (The Wolfsangel Cycle #2)
  • Lord of Slaughter (The Wolfsangel Cycle #3)
  • Valkyrie's Song  (The Wolfsangel Cycle, #4)

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Only Loki was not a fighter. Only Loki stood at the sides and laughed, a laughter more deadly to the self-important gods than any sword or spear. No wonder they had chained him. 16 likes
“What is your name?" she asked.
"Names are like clothes, lady. I have many."
"And which one do you wear tonight?"
The god smiled. She could see he liked her words. He pulled her to him, pressed his wolf lips to hers and said, "My name is Misery, and would you know yet more?"
"Yes," said the girl, breathing in his scent, the scent of something beautiful, strange and burned. "I would know more."
He flicked at her lips with his tongue and whispered, "So is yours.”
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