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Shadow Of The Wolf

(Berserker #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Blood Lust!

When Odin's curse fell upon him, Harald Swiftaxe, the young Norse warrior, lusty in love and battle, was fully human no longer. He was incensed with the animal rage of the god's devotees, the Berserkers. The snarling ferocious savagery of the bear possessed him. Immune to fire and steel, frenzied by the smell of blood and the sight of torn human flesh, he was dr
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160 pages
Published August 18th 1977 by Sphere
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S.E. Lindberg
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Viking Age: The Sword and Sorcery group on Goodreads had a Viking Age theme, for fans of books like The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson or Scott Oden's newly released A Gathering of Ravens ...or C. Dean Andersson's Bloodsong! — Hel X 3. I went after 1970’s Berserker series.

Availability: The Berserker series was originally published in 1977-79 under pseudonym Chris Carlsen (real name Robert Holdstock). Since 2014, it has been available as an omnibus paperback edition under Holdstock: Berserker SF
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David
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chris Carlsen aka Robert Holdstock

Wow! Brutal, savage, raw, earthy, mythic. Unpolished like a freshly flint-knapped piece of obsidian and might just make you bleed if when you pick it up uncarefully. Set in a world like our, in the early Viking Age but with real magic and vengeful Gods. Poor young warrior Harald is cursed by evil Odin to be a Berserker. Very much in the Sword and Sorcery realm and perhaps a precursor to our current Grimdark. this is a swift moving and brilliant little novel whic
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Jason
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars.

Chris Carlsen was a pseudonym for writer Robert Holdstock, probably best known for his Ryhope Wood cycle, including Mythago Wood, winner of the 1984 World Fantasy Award.

Shadow of the Wolf, published in 1977, was the first of three Berserker novels written under the Carlsen name, the other two being The Bull Chief and The Horned Warrior (currently misidentified here on Goodreads as simply Berserker). It is a bleak and gritty tale. Like many a Viking saga, there is a foreboding
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S.wagenaar
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good Historical Fantasy. Dark, grim and very bloody; they don't write stuff like this anymore!
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