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Valkyrie's Song

(The Wolfsangel Cycle #4)

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The Harrowing has come to the North. And the wolf of Viking legend, a wolf that will kill a god, is on the hunt...

M.D. Lachlan's brooding and powerful tales of Vikings, Norse gods and werewolves have already won praise from, amongst others, Joe Abercrombie, Adam Roberts, Mike Carey and Chris Wooding.

With an original and terrifying take on magic, an ability to bring the
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 16th 2015 by Gollancz
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Artemiz
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Valkyrie's Song by M.D. Lachlan is another wonderful addition to The Wolfsangel Cycle series. But at the same time, if it was possible to read Wolfsangel,Fenrir and Lord of Slaughter without knowing anything about the previous books, then for understanding this book you should at leas have read the Lord of Slaughter.

Besides this, it is another wonderfully book that is full on surprising history, confusing nightmare like scenes in caves, love triangles, meddling gods and grisly deaths.

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J
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not gonna lie: I love these books. I love them so much I cannot begin to articulate my love for them without descending into an incoherent gush. Not only does it combine favourite tropes, favourite historical time period, favourite mythology, haunting magic, and a topping of good olde tragedy, I ... well, I got nothing but praise.

This time we've shifted the scene to Norman England (!) and follow a new set of characters playing out their familiar roles, and you'll have a fun time guessing
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Jess (freaks over books)
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. All I can say is, Lachlan has done it again. Magic, dark Gods and Goddesses lurking in the realms of the dead and the living, a story between two brothers, one a wolf, or in this case the wolf and the brothers are one and the same, and a girl. All pieces of the same mythological puzzle, they who are reborn again and again, careening and veering and clashing through times of historical significance and turmoil. This novel takes place during the time of William the Conqueror, when the Normans ...more
Rebecca
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: norse-fantasy
A deliciously gorey, grim and gripping dark norse fantasy set in the bloodiest era of english history. The overall tone may be black but it makes the characters shine like stars and the danger sizzle with tension. Compared to the previous 3 books I would say this is my favourite due to the focus on the simple yet the savage cost of survival. Whether it is with or without the magic of runes. It is also a closer and more intimate maybe even sympathetic look at the character that is Wolf-Cursed. ...more
Riobhcah
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dark, bizarre and intriguing, in a Nordic manner...This was a book I hardly was able to put down. I think it's even better than the first three of this series. I hope this is not to be the last book that M.D. Lachlan writes in this series. There wasn't much closure, so I'm hoping that he plans to write another.
Tanabrus
Come sempre, anche in questo quarto volume del ciclo di Wolfsangel l'autore ci stupisce.

Ci aveva stupito con la storia del primo, ci aveva stupito con il rimescolamento di carte nel secondo, ci aveva colti alla sprovvista nel terzo con lupi e dee.
Qui si diverte ancora a sorprenderci: la storia si svolge nell'undicesimo secolo, un secolo (più o meno) dopo le vicende del terzo volume.

Ma Styliane e Loys rimangono.
Styliane con le rune dentro di sé, catturate al pozzo alla fine del libro precedente.
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Nick Stead
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off, let me start by saying I am really enjoying this series. It's always good to read a new take on werewolves whilst keeping to the bloodthirsty monsters we know and love so well (none of this romantic werewolves and vampires rubbish!) and I do love the historical setting and the Norse mythology. However, I didn't enjoy this fourth book quite as much as the other three, hence my rating of 4 stars rather than 5, though I do think part of the problem is that I could really have done with ...more
Lillia
I actually liked this one better than some of the others in the series. These books are always a big wandering, with twists and turns, and you're never quite sure what's going on. I like that the author carried over characters from the last book. I just kind of wish that once the author would let the characters get their resolution, but when you're talking about a mythology where the wolf eats the sun bringing on eternal winter as the ultimate resolution of everything (so no happy ever afters), ...more
Todd Campbell
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haunting, vivid, eerie and unusual. A stunning saga told in a very unique voice.
Emma
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to find out that this book took place in England in 1066. Finally entering the time period that I know a lot about! It was really cool to read about the Normans, the Englishmen, and the Vikings all in the same area, how everyone killed the Englishmen, and the Normans and Vikings killed each other, all vying for control over England. At times it got a little confusing, just trying to remember Normans were Frenchmen from Normandy, not the Northerners. But other than that the ...more
Shane Kiely
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a little unfair to this book in relation to the rest of the series in that I read it in isolation, whereas the others I read as a block. To that end, I'd forgotten a bunch of the stuff in the meantime (I'd apparently totally misremembered how book 3 had ended). A departure in that previously the books felt very like historical fiction where Fantasy/Supernatural elements crept in over time, this time around, the fantasy is fairly prominent from the outset. In historical terms, there is a ...more
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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.

The Wolfsangel series draws on Norse Mythology to tell the story of a werewolf trapped in the schemes of the Gods, doomed to be reborn endlessly.

Mark also
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Other books in the series

The Wolfsangel Cycle (5 books)
  • Wolfsangel (The Wolfsangel Cycle #1)
  • Fenrir (The Wolfsangel Cycle #2)
  • Lord of Slaughter (The Wolfsangel Cycle #3)
  • The Night Lies Bleeding (The Wolfsangel Cycle, #5)