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Wolfblade (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy #1)

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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,446 ratings  ·  91 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.
Paperback, 711 pages
Published July 3rd 2008 by Orbit (first published June 30th 2004)
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Glitterfairy
Apr 03, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mcrib
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
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Satima
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
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Lauren
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 dri
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Tina
Feb 22, 2008 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eric
Sep 26, 2008 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fantasy Literature
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
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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
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Ken
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
Damali
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
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Cecile
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
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Elisebeth
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
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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
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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
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Raven
Apr 26, 2008 Raven rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sabrina
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
Shannon
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
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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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Erin
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Janet
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
3.5

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
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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
James Charles
Political intrigue, great fantasy.

this is the best story Jennifer Fallon has crafted, and I've read almost all of her books to present date. The entire Hythrun series is well worth the time of anyone who enjoys political intrigue with a few gods thrown in just for fun.
Angela
This remains one of the most impressive books I've read.
Starting out with one of the most riveting hook sentences I've ever come across, it continues to enmesh you with the political shenanigans of the Wolfblade dynasty and countrymen.
Top, top stuff.
Tori
This was 60% politics and 40% commentary on various characters' bizarre sexual practices. Most of the characters were morally bankrupt or dead by the end of the novel. I was completely engrossed. I wouldn't use this book to make myself sound highly sophisticated, but let's be real, I would gladly read another 3,000 pages of Marla Wolfblade LEARNING POLITICS and SURVIVING IN A CUTTHROAT PATRIARCHAL LAND. (Although, really, it wouldn't be hard for authors writing the wicked sexual deviant to not f ...more
Christopher Bashforth
This was an impulse borrow from my local library. The back of the book claimed that there was a lot of political intrigue and that attracted me. The story does not disappoint. There is no lack of political machinations and the fantasy setting certainly takes a background role. The main characters were well developed and you definitely wanted to keep reading to see what would happen to them. Like the Night Watch book this was separated into 4 different novellas but still linked together. My only ...more
Jennifer
Sep 14, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like political intrigue in their fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
Those in the know like to say people read fantasy for the world-building and I suppose that's true. I really like it when the fantasy world includes a bunch of political intrigue so that it becomes like a political thriller with the added fun of magic. Wolfblade definitely delivers on the political thriller part and has the added benefit of being very heavy with really strong female characters. The female characters are generally stronger than the male characters. It's tightly plotted and Fallon ...more
Becky
good story lots of interesting charters she knows how to flesh out a book. I wish there was a little more romance but that is just me.
William Snee
One of the best opening paragraphs I've read in a long time. It pulled me right in. The book is a fantasy political intrigue that kept me guessing. About 75% of the time, I thought I knew where the story was going and was surprised and wrong each time.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy (3 books)
  • Warrior (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy, #2)
  • Warlord (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy, #3)
Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, #1) Treason Keep (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, #2) Harshini (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, #3) The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords, #1) Lion of Senet (Second Sons Trilogy, #1)

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