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The Wolf Banner by Paula Lofting – Review

Title – The Wolf Banner
Author – Paula Lofting
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 474 Pages
Publication – 20 Aug 2016.
My Rating – 5/5 Stars

Synopsis

WAR AND BLOODFEUD
1056…England lurches towards war as the rebellious Lord Alfgar plots against the indolent King Edward. Sussex thegn, Wulfhere, must defy both his lord, Harold Godwinson, and his bitter enemy, Helghi, to protect his beloved daughter.
As the shadow of war stretches across the land, a more personal battle rages at home, and when it follows him into battle, he knows he must keep his wits about him more than ever, and COURAGE AND FEAR MUST BECOME HIS ARMOUR…

Review

The Wolf Banner is the follow up book to Sons of the Wolf which I loved! This has to be one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I didn’t let me down.

First off I must says it’s taken a while for the author to get this book ready to be published but I can say honestly that all the time and heard work she has put into it has paid off.

The book follows on nicely from where Sons left off, as as you’d expect it’s full to the brim of action and develops the characters even further. I really enjoyed Burghred in this story.. The author explains little is known about him so she was able to give life to him with her words and besides Wulfhere he was the most interesting character for me

Another character I believe came into his own in this tale was Aemund, a very funny cheeky chap indeed.

The twins are back also in this tale and they play a pivotal role..They have matured a little and are ready to stand in the shieldwall with their father.

The family feud that existed in Sons of the Wolf is even more heated if that’s possible and Edgar and Freyda are in the thick of it….will it ever end? I guess I’d like to see things resolved but at the same time I like the possibilities this feud can bring to the story.

The best scene which I won’t ruin for you involves Gunnhild.. who you may remember from the first book. She not likeable at all and there’s a funny little event that plays out that had me laughing for ages.

For those who are fans of a good battle won’t be disappointed either as Wulfhere gets to show he may be getting old but he can still fight tooth and nail.

Although the book focuses on the life of Wulfhere the underlying tale of Harold Godwinson plays out beautifully. Anyone who enjoys this period in time should find this book the perfect accompaniment to go with other tales of Harold.. This book brings fresh life to the period for me and makes me want to reread books I thought I’d probably not look at again.

I can’t fault this book, not one bit. I loved it from start to finished and it ticked every box for me.

Paula really knows her history and how to hook the reader in and i can’t wait for book three Wolf’s Bane! I’ve been left me on tenterhooks as to what will happen next (FYI I’ve never used tenterhooks in a sentence before 🙂 )

Head to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com to pre-order now!

Sons of the Wolf by Paula Lofting – Review

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Title – Sons of the Wolf
Author – Paula Lofting
Genre –  Historical Fiction
Length –  396 Pages (Paperback)
Publication – 2012
My Rating – 5/5 Stars

Synopsis

On bloody fields he fights for his life, but sometimes the enemy is closer to home…

1054, pious King Edward sits on the throne, spending his days hunting, sleeping and praying, leaving the security of his kingdom to his more capable brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex.

Against this backdrop we meet Wulfhere, a Sussex thegn who, as the sun sets over the wild forest of Andredesweald, is returning home victoriously from a great battle in the north. Holding his lands directly from the King, his position demands loyalty to Edward himself, but Wulfhere is duty-bound to also serve Harold, a bond forged within Wulfhere’s family heritage and borne of the ancient Teutonic ideology of honour and loyalty.

Wulfhere is a man with the strength and courage of a bear, a warrior whose loyalty to his lord and king is unquestionable. He is also a man who holds his family dear and would do anything to protect them. So when Harold demands that he wed his daughter to the son of Helghi, his sworn enemy, Wulfhere has to find a way to save his daughter from a life of certain misery in the household of the cruel and resentful Helghi, without comprising his honour and loyalty to his lord, Harold.

On the battlefield, Wulfhere fights for his life but elsewhere the enemy is closer to home, sinister and shadowy and far more dangerous than any war.

Review

So this book follows the life of Wulfhere, a thegn who has a very complicated life. The author has taken the choice the write about a character that little is known about and because of this was able to put a fantastic story together. If you’ve read other tales from the period you will of course have heard of Harold Godwinson and the events that unfolded but because the author decided to focus on a different character for me it brought fresh life into the period and boy what a tale it is!

Love, family, death, war, rivalries and adultery are all packed into this tale.. but it gives you so much more.

Because this story is fiction it meant the author was free to put as much depth into her characters as she liked and it worked. One of the main focuses in the book is a feud with Helghi, Wulfhere’s neighbour. I won’t give the game away but this plays out throughout the book and I sincerely hope the author takes the time to bring us the next part in the series so I can find out what happens next!

For me the book was written well, characters were brilliant and the storyline fitted well. I really couldn’t put my finger on anything I didn’t like. I honestly felt the author must have put a lot of time and energy into the novel and I for one thing it’s great

Wulhere is a very complex character, he has his demons… he’s not perfect… but he clearly wants to be the best he can..he just doesn’t do everything right. Who doesn’t love a flawed man? I know I do.

Paula has a way of writing that managed to capture me instantly. I felt for Wulhere and his family… although I hated the twins! (read the book.. you’ll agree ha ha).

I’m never one for spoilers so I won’t say too much else on the storyline but it worth reading.. Definitely!

This book would be perfect for anyone who likes historical fiction or enjoys reading about the period. It’s fast paced and ticked all the boxes for me.

The book is only currently available on Amazon in paperback format so get a copy if you can. If not may I suggest you contact the author.. let’s get this on Kindle (I think it might have previously been available this way?)

Also if you’ve already read the book please let Paula know.. Without support we won’t get to read book 2!

To find out more head to Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Goodreads. You can make contact with the author via twitter here.. let her know what you think of the book!