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BOOK REVIEW: Fenrir  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: Fenrir


Author: M.D.Lachlan

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $32.99

ISBN: 9780575089648

Release Date: Aug 2011

Pages: 544



Description:

The second volume of one of the most critically acclaimed fantasies of recent years.

The Vikings are laying siege to Paris. As the houses on the banks of the Seine burn a debate rages in the Cathedral on the walled island of the city proper. The situation is hopeless. The Vikings want the Count's sister, in return they will spare the rest of the city. Can the Count really have ambitions to be Emperor of the Franks if he doesn't do everything he can to save his people? Can he call himself a man if he doesn't do everything he can to save his sister?

His conscience demands one thing, the demands of state another. The Count and the church are relying on the living saint, the blind and crippled Jehan of St Germain, to enlist the aid of God and resolve the situation for them. But the Vikings have their own gods. And outside their camp a terrifying brother and sister, priests of Odin, have their own agenda.

Review:

The first book in this series, Wolfsangel, is essential reading to full appreciate Fenrir. The story begun in WoIfsangel is continued in Fenrir in the brilliant historical fantasy intertwined with Nordic mythology. Fenrir faces moral dilemmas surrounding his inner wolf, which make his character very intriguing and complex.



The story is quite interesting, bringing elements of mythology and history together like a well blended coffee. I found the experience of reading the vivid settings to be an absolute delight. The dual transformation of the confessor, the clever deceit that never was is two of the elements of this book that keep the reader fully engaged from the first page to the last. The pace of Fenrir was just as rapid as Wolfsangel, making it a quick read.



Can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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