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The Wolf of the North

(Wolf of the North #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  6,184 ratings  ·  301 reviews
It has been generations since the Northlands have seen a hero worthy of the title. Many have made the claim, but few have lived to defend it. Timid, weak, and bullied, Wulfric is as unlikely a candidate as there could be.

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric’s life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, a
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published October 8th 2016
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Michael Britt
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I had only bought this audiobook because of how short it was. I wanted something I could get through before the end of work tonight, but not something that I couldn't finish (I only listen to audiobooks at work so I would've had to wait til Monday to continue). Man am I glad I chose this book! It was so much better than I had expected.

The premis is actually pretty typical of a fantasy novel: the coming of age tale of a great warrior. Wulfric is the son of the First Warrior in their l
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the way this story was told, it was a lot like King Killer Chronicles in that one of the characters in the book is narrating a story. In this case it's an older man who's profession seems to be story telling.

It was a really quick read, the fact that the story was being narrated by someone else helped speed the story along because the author was able to put in non-awkward time gaps.Sometimes time gaps can be awkward or jolting, but before each time gap you get an interlude with the
Mark Halse
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Solid two star book.

This book wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either. The story was mildly interesting despite the sheer number of poorly executed fantasy tropes.

The main problem with this book was the pacing. The plot seemed to be sprinting towards the climax and then the climax never came. POVs shifted at a jarring pace and this combined with the overly quick pacing made for a confusing read.

This book may have benefited from a few hundred extra pages, a slower pace and more division betw
The Wolf of the North is outstanding to start to what looks to be a great fantasy trilogy! I listened to the audio book and, as always, Simon Vance brings the story and characters to life. These books are currently reasonably priced on Amazon.

The title interested me in looking into this book. I like the Viking type stories. There are flavors of Norse mysticism in the book but the story is not heavily reliant on that genre. This is a multilayered epic fantasy story. Wulfric starts out as kind of
Nicholas Kotar
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A competent, exciting, traditional epic fantasy. Not as good as Anthony Ryan's Blood Song (with which it shares more than one similarity), but still good all the way through. I'll definitely be continuing the series. ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked up 'The Wolf Of The North' based upon a couple things: Firstly, it's generally positive reviews. Secondly, it was recommended on Audible, and narrated by the brilliant Simon Vance. Thirdly, it was only ~10 hours, and one thing I LOVE is bite-sized fantasy.

The novel is a pretty straightforward mashup of quite a few stories we've all read already. It begins with an 'expert storyteller' in a tavern, getting coerced into telling the tale of Wulfric, the Wolf of the North. The story within
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Enjoyable beginning to a trilogy, with some usual fantasy tropes, and type characters.
will see where the author will take the magic system, characters and setting.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Basic but not great!

I liked the book but the author has a basic writing style without much energy and excitement! The book was free for me since I have Kindle Unlimited, I will read the next book because I can't start a series and not finish it!
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly Enjoyable

I found this to be an excellent, well-written, engaging story. Fast paced but not lacking in details, I felt most of the characters came to life for me. I've become very picky in my sci-fi/fantasy choices because I'm probably not the usual target audience. Most seem to be in the young adult age group, which is fine and you can find some very good stories in the YA. But this felt firmly an adult recounting of events though the main character was young. I'm so glad I stumbled o
Katie (Melting Pages)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-pub-fantasy
To be completely honest, this was originally a cover buy. While I was waiting for this to arrive, I looked at the synopsis and it sounded like something I would love! Then, when it finally arrived, I was a little disappointed because it was only around 300 pages or so, which for me is a pretty small book. But let me tell you, I am so happy that I gave this a chance because I enjoyed it immensely!

This sounds like your stereotypical fantasy novel - the coming of age of a famous and great warrior.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is tough to rate. Honestly it could go anywhere from 3 to 5 depending on what you are looking for in a book. Since you all are paying me (or not) for my opinion I would give it a strong 4. There were parts of the story that were great, the pace fast, with a good amount of action and gritty battles. I also like how the story is told similarly to say Anthony Ryans Blood song or as you have a narrator in present day recounting a story, yet you know the end of the story will be after the e ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good story teller. I love when a book portrays a story teller giving you the story that will unfold. It reminds me of my Grand Father or my Father. I guess it is the nostalgic way of viewing things.
"The Wolf of the North" is a great story. As always its about a boy and a girl. Can the boy get the girl. But this one has a twist like every good one does.
The similarities with Vikings in this story will put you at ease. The beliefs of the characters are very much in line with them. But it
David Rose
Outstanding fantasy in which the strengths are the immersive quality of the writing and the collision of cultures. The lead characters are good and engaging, others not so much. Unsurprisingly the setting, while not specific, is reminiscent of Norse fantasy. The plot is excellent, leading to disappointment at the abrupt and quite unresolved ending. The pace was very good. I'll be looking for the next volume. Please. ...more
kartik narayanan
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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People want an exotic hero, someone who stands apart from them. No one wants to hear about the man from two fields over who becomes a great hero. That only makes them feel bad for not doing it themselves.

The “Wolf of the North” trilogy is written by Duncan M. Hamilton, author of the excellent “Society of the Sword” series. The trilogy is at it’s a core a heroic fantasy – it is the story of Wulfric Wolframson who braves all odds for love a
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written, but unremittingly sad.

I found the story compelling 3/4ths of the way through. Then I began to suspect NOTHING encouraging or positive was ever going to happen to our hero. That's when I began to skim. I finished the book, but won't be continuing the series.
If I wanted to be sad, I would watch the nightly news.
Judy Lesley
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I had high hopes for this book series but disappointment with the first one will keep me from reading any more. This is such a basic coming of age story it just had no life or vivacity to it at all. I've read this same story much too often and there wasn't even the smallest spark to keep me interested. The story is told by a traveling storyteller who keeps everyone entranced in the local gathering place as he drinks the ale people keep buying him and recounting the early life of the local folk l ...more
Angel Haze
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Duncan M. Hamilton has a strong voice and I was immediately drawn into this story. It reminded me of the Kingkiller Chronicles with the use of the narrator (and those parts were particularly well done). Because it's a coming of age, it reads more like a ya fantasy. The scenes are short, sometimes a little too short and skipping some detail I would have enjoyed reading. This book seems to be laying the foundation for the rest of the series. It was a quick read, despite a few slow spots and the mo ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wolf of the North is a story about an epic hero named Wulfric's life journey.
This first book is the beginning of his journey from a fat bullied victim who daydreaming to become the village's first warrior like his father to young warrior apprentice finding his path to an angry warrior. I have to admitted that he his journey is so rough and bumpy I want to scream.
The writing is solid and suit with the tales and while the book's steady rhythm tends to keep the excitement at bay the story is st
Alston Antony
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-lead, action
Good start to the series.

It was interesting read and I didn't rate 5 stars because for some reason the story and it's leading events kept me down. So far really liking the the main character as per others I am not sure.

I am not ready go through next book right away so probably will pick it up later.

Kelsey Langenfeld
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story with a decently interesting protagonist. I was a bit disappointed with the simplistic style of writing that the author has used. The switch from character perspectives often seemed a bit random and disjointed and was the biggest negative to me. I will continue to read the series though, as it is interesting and an easy read.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this story so far. I do sometimes wish there was more character development, and that the author took a little more time with the story, but that's me and my desire for complete and total immersion. It's well written, and the pace is quick but not rushed. I started book 2 tonight, and it looks to be a beautiful continuation. ...more
James Tomasino
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic execution of the familiar story of a protagonist growing from chubby useless kid to powerful warrior.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fanstastic beginning to an even more amazing series. I can’t say enough about how well written this is. Great world building (kind of Game of Thrones meets The Vikings but better). And the character development & writing are superb.
If you like your Protagonists smart & badazz & villains that aren’t cardboard or cartoonish then snap this series up. And unlike game of thrones this is a complete journey in only 3 books and they are already written.
I liked this series so much I went out and found a
Radwan Ahmed
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
A basic story, told in a basic manner, basically.

Short story, of a time proven plot; a young boy growing to manhood, the finest warrior of his particular region and beset by misfortune and dastardly villains. Oh and the obligatory childhood sweetheart for a love interest.

As the title suggests a tad predictable and I doubt I'll be back to catch the next episode.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nothing special. I was surprised I finished the book!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
decent.....ticks all the fantasy boxes
Jay Aspen
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nordic-fantasy adventure story about a young boy overcoming disadvantages to become a respected 'hero' of his community. Plenty of action and atmosphere! ...more
Steven Naylor
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rating 2.0 stars

I feel bad about that rating. That is the rating for how I felt but not what I think. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance who I think is awesome. On an intellectual level this was probably a 4 star book. If it wasn't for the fact that I thought about cutting my wrists at the end of the story (no, not really) I would have rated it higher. Seriously this story was super depressing. Tragedy indeed. I can't understand why anyone would want to spend so many hours read
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I have read by Duncan Hamilton and impressed by the many 5 star reviews I read it. For me it just didn't work though I did complete the book. I won't be buying the second in the series though even though the book ended on a 'cliff hanger' as so many books in a series do. I found it distinctly average and struggled for it to hold my interest. There is a hint of magic (a stone) which is never really explained except to imply it endows anyone who touches it with some useful p ...more
Dylan Derby
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
the scope of the book never really gets too large, but with it being book one that is forgivable. I am a fan of the story being told by a narrator at an Inn, a narrator who I still do not know if I have actually met them as a character in the book which I liked. Wulfric has a nice coming of age story in this book and by the end he is a bit of a bad ass, yet his world is so small outside of wrecking fools I imagine he would be a fish completely out of water. this book was a super fast and super e ...more
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