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Wolfblade (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,739 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Marla Wolfblade of Hythria is determined to restore her family's great name, but conspirators surround her: the Sorcerers' Collective, the Patriots -- even members of her own family. She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory.

Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets -- but that doesn't matter to Marla
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published June 30th 2004)
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Apr 03, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Jacqueline Carey and Robin Hobb
Recommended to Glitterfairy by: a friend
Shelves: fantasy
Ultimately I would rate this book a 4.5, but as that's not possible I'll go for the five. If you like sophisticated fantasy series with a political lean, 'real' relationships (and by real, I mean human) and characters you become invested in, you will really enjoy this book.

Fallon is not the best writer I've come across - that title currently belongs to Jacqueline Carey - but comes rather close, especially where feuding females (and I mean POWERFUL, INTELLIGENT females) are concerned. No 2-D Good
The Game of Thrones books have largely ruined Fantasy novels for me - most others I've read get compared to them and fall short. So it was a treat to read a low-magic Fantasy book with an emphasis on political intrigue, multiple characters with believable and opposing agendas, and surprises and deaths of major characters.

At some points it seemed like this was a sort of Game of Thrones ripoff; there is even a major character that is a dwarf, wise in the way of politics, but I'm ok with that. Ther
I could not put this down. Once I stopped trying to figure out how this fit in with the other trilogy set in the same world, and decided it was a prequel, I was able to much better sort out events in my head, and follow the building story along to a climax, which while rather delicious led to some obvious plot twists, and while one scene did completely delight me, I would have preferred some closure with respect a few of the characters. However, I don't think that detracted much from the book, a ...more
This review first appeared in The Specusphere in May 2006

Jennifer Fallon is one of the brightest stars in the constellation of Australasian fantasy writers. She is in good company: shining alongside her we find several women writers of international repute, including Sara Douglas, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Lian Hearn, Glenda Larke, Fiona Macintosh, Karen Miller, Juliet Marillier and Marianne de Pierres. Each has a unique style, and all are worthy of recognition as fine writers by anyone's reckoning
Jennifer Fallon is one of my favorite authors. True she has nowhere near the level of talent as authors like Terry Brooks or Robert Jordan - but all the same - I enjoy her stories. JF books tend to learn more towards politically driven fantasy series but trust me when I say that they are really good reads.

Warlord is the 1st book in the Hythrun Chronicles & follows Marla Wolfblade, Princess of Hythria as she fights for the freedom to live her own life, to rise through the ranks of a male dr
Feb 22, 2008 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Female protagonists in high fantasy
Shelves: sff-fantasy
As I sat and started to read this book, I found myself snuggling deeper into my comfy chair, asking my husband for a glass of wine and happy that the kids were occupied elsewhere. This is one of those fantasy books that is like comfort food. It is familiar, yummy, satisfying without being too heavy, and yet too much of it may not be very good for you.

It takes place in a typical fantasy setting, namely a vaguely medieval setting with royalty, sorcerers and a recognizable caste system. The cast of
Sep 26, 2008 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Political fantasy fans
Recommended to Eric by: Nick Bozenko
Shelves: fantasy
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Jeff Raymond
I heard about this book in a reddit thread about political fantasy novels, and it sounded like it was down my alley. I thought I'd dig it after the first couple chapters, but things ended up moving far, far too slow for my liking, and I just wasn't enjoying it at all. I could also blame a few specific books behind it on my shelf, but, ultimately, I was looking for something more engaging than what I got from this one at this point.
This is a high fantasy story, of the swords and politics kind. It has a number of POV characters, but if the story has a center, it's two in particular: Marla, the 15 year old sister of the High Prince of Hythria; and Wrayan, the son of a famous thief and the apprentice to the leader of the Sorcerers. As her brother's proclivities make it unlikely he'll sire an heir, Marla becomes significant for the future son she'll conceive. The parts of the story--whatever don't center around Wrayan, at any ...more
Aaron Anderson
I liked this trilogy a whole hell of a lot more than I liked her Demon Child trilogy. That wasn't horrible by any means, but it wasn't that great. I thought this was very well done overall.

It has a bit of a feel of R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones. I think mainly the difference is in scope. Songs of Ice and Fire just feels hugely more epic. But this does have tons of political intrigue, and oodles of characters you'd totally swear are main characters that will live through the end of the series, or
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3.5 stars

Wolfblade is the first book in Jennifer Fallon’s WOLFBLADE trilogy which is a prequel to her DEMON CHILD trilogy which I read several years ago. These are fat epic fantasies with lots of characters that are focused mostly on political drama but also contain plenty of magic and romance.

This story takes place in Hythria, one of the kingdoms in Fallon’s world. Lernen, the current High Prince (a Wolfblade) cares nothing for his country and is not respected by his people because he spends hi
A decent book. I would in any case recommend this book to people who like Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire and want to read something with similar theme. It is probably the first book I have read which is like that, and which is also good on top of that. Speaking of that, I'm even wondering if this didn't start as a fanfiction about Sansa Stark being counselled by Tyrion Lannister.

Throughout reading, I have been very much torn between the question whether this is actually a well-written bo
Bibliobibuli YA Book Blog
Seems to me that everyone is obsessed with Game of Thrones. I don’t really understand it, but what really irks me is when Game of Thrones is the only fantasy story anyone knows, and so they compare all other fantasy stories to it. And yet, sometimes fantasy deserves the comparison. Wolfblade, for instance, is a good bet for the Game of Thrones fan still waiting for the 6th book. I find it somewhat superior, since Jennifer Fallon has written a book that holds all the political intrigue and schemi ...more
This is not my favorite of Fallon's books, but it is still good. It is kind of a prequel to Medalon.
Ryan G
As I've mentioned multiple times over, I suck at reviewing high fantasy. As much as I love to read fantasy, it's hard to summarize, or even articulate what worked or didn't work for me as a reader. High fantasy tends to have a huge cast of characters, story lines within in story lines, and generally covers a pretty huge geographical area, and that all tends to become to much to turn into bite sized impressions.

This, and it's two sequels, are a reread for me, and I enjoyed it just as much as I di
I think this might be one of the most frustrating ratings to make...this is just the genre and type of book I really love reading. Epic fantasy with some elements of political intrigue. But I was so let down by some of the poor character development and motivation. I think Ms Fallon definitely tries to follow in the likes of GRRM, with her (SPOILER-ISH ALERT) desire to kill of seemingly main characters without you seeing it coming, but it is a pale imitation because some of the methods behind th ...more
This is the first book of a trilogy that's actually a prequel to the Medalon series. My definition of a prequel has always been that it's something a writer resorts to when they either can't come up with new ideas, or they're trying to squeeze book sales out of rewriting the same story about the same characters that made them a success. They're usually a waste of time for me. So, I ignored this trilogy and pretty much dismissed it. After all, I already know what happens.

I love being proved wrong
I finished the previous trilogy of The Hythrun Chronicles some months ago, but didn't start right away with this one. It's probably better this way, because this story actually takes place about a generation before The Demon Child Trilogy, with some of the characters we already know at a younger age or about to be born.

It's certainly interesting to see where some of them came from, what they were like and how they came to become what they are. If only the author had stuck to fewer points of view
This book was incredibly wonderful. I loved how the main character goes from romantic, naive princess to an incredibly powerful woman who knows that sometimes you have to do things that are not necessarily on the white side of the spectrum. The best part was that this change was entirely realistic; it happened gradually, through many terrible events. I almost stopped reading at first because I couldn't stand her, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

I also enjoyed the political aspect of this novel. It
Verodarling Melani
I love Jennifer Fallon. And although this book didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like the Second Sons Trilogy, I enjoyed it very much. I like the way Marla Wolfblade changed, from a naive, romantic adolescent to a powerful woman capable of anything for her son. I like the fact that bad characters have their good parts and good characters are capable of doing something bad given the right circumstances. Just like in real life.

I just hope Alija and Mahkas don't ever meet and become friendly. I
Matt Larkin
I read Wolfblade about two and half years ago, so this will be a short review, but I want to give a shout out to the author Jennifer Fallon. She's an Australian author that's not nearlly as well known in the US as she deserves to be.

This trilogy is actually a prequel to the original Hythrun Chronicles (or the Demon Child Trilogy as it's sometimes called). I read it first and I don't feel it spoiled anything, unlike most prequels. Even though some of the characters appear in both, it mostly stand
Apr 26, 2008 Raven rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy, want-to-own
This being the first book in the Wolfblade trilogy but the fourth book in the Hythrun chronicles it’s hard for me to say as yet if this is better then the Demon Child trilogy (first part of the Hythrun chronicles).
Set some years before the Demon Trilogy it makes for an interesting read seeing as you get to revisit old characters and learn more about characters mentioned previously. It’s also obviously not really a carry on from the first trilogy. Other then the fact that it’s set in some of the
From the moment I read the first sentence of chapter one, I was captivated. I didn't realize how weary I had become of poorly developed characters until Jennifer Fallon showed me what a real story should be. This is the first book I have read in a long while that actually gives a depth and reality to the characters. Never once did I question any of the characters actions. Sure, there were characters I didn't like, and things happened that I didn't like. But never once did any character act outsi ...more
Having finally read this after a friend kept telling me how much she loved them, I found that whilst not being a huge fantasy reader, I loved this book! Jennifer Fallon has created a believable world in that magic is a dying art, the High Prince has no intention of running his country and the fate of Hythria basically boils down to an old magician (with no magic of his own), a teenage girl who's most obvious use is as a coveted prize to whoever will pay the most and an enslaved dwarf.

Whilst Jenn
Kanzeda Crenshaw
I stumbled upon this book in an online bargain bin and nearly scrolled past it just because of the title. Luckily, the image of a young girl on the cover made me stop to read the synopsis. Although this book was originally published as the 4th book in the Hythrun Chronicles, I am very pleased to have it be my first as it is chronologically first in the story line.

The characters in Fallons Wolfblade are complex and the political plotting that drives the story is brilliantly treacherous. I found m
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Well this book is a marathon rather than a sprint and news that there are more books in the series makes sense. I get the feeling the author could write forever with complicated kingdoms, characters and plots spilling out of her in all directions in this book. Having said that it was a relatively easy book to get into and the main characters and story-lines were well thought out and had more twists than you could poke a stick at! Most of the story follows Marla the sister of the high prince of H ...more
Kat  Hooper

Wolfblade is the first book in Jennifer Fallon’s WOLFBLADE trilogy which is a prequel to her DEMON CHILD trilogy which I read several years ago. These are fat epic fantasies with lots of characters that are focused mostly on political drama but also contain plenty of magic and romance.

This story takes place in Hythria, one of the kingdoms in Fallon’s world. Lernen, the current High Prince (a Wolfblade) cares nothing for his country and is not respected by his people because he spends his time
I feel like this book could have been so much better - it had all the right ingredients, politics, court, female protagonist, gods and goddesses...the list goes on.

Instead, I found that this book was flat as hell - barely any characterisation, plot holes, twists you could see coming a mile off and terrible - I mean terrible - dialogue.

Two stars because I LOVED the Harshini and Wrayan and Elezaar.
Carissa Anne
I found this series by chance, while searching the fantasy and science fiction section for something to sate my need for epic tales while I awaited the latest George R.R. Martin novel to release. When I found this series, I knew that I wouldn't be let down - and I wasn't. These books easily and instantly placed Jennifer Fallon amongst my favourite authors, as she not only clinched the usual struggle of creating an entire new universe with ease, but also created characters beyond your usual run-o ...more
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat
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