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, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.
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By Simon on 17-05-17
Hungry Like the Wolf
Our hero Wulfric treads a path familiar to anyone who has read much of this genre. He follows a tough course through his "coming of age" which is populated by rivals, enemies and naturally a love interest too. The building of his world is not hugely detailed but interesting nonetheless including some of the customs of Wulfric's village. Magic is there but handled with a light touch. It's all told in a direct and straightforward approach making this easy listening fantasy. The narration by Simon Vance is very good with a wide variety of voices though some of them sounded a bit weak and wheedling to me.
Even if it isn't going to set the genre alight this book made for a pleasant read. It ends this first part of the story with a good setup and it did actually develop the politics of the village and those it interacts with in an interesting way. If what I've written sounds in any way dismissive it's not meant to be. This was an enjoyable audiobook and I'll likely follow the series as more is released. It's just not one I would place alongside a Sanderson or Abercrombie though to be fair there aren't many that I would!
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By Walter on 23-08-17
I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings....
...And I don't care! I really liked this and I've immediately bought the next one and I'm sure I'll be getting The Blood Debt when that comes out in October-ish this year.
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By Amazon Customer on 22-05-17
Great opening to a series
Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to be better than the print version?
The print version was good but it is always better to listen so you can get subtle nuances that you can miss when reading the print version. I love print but an really learning to love unabridged audio versions lately.
What other book might you compare The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to and why?
I am just getting into this genre and this 1st book rivals Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. I have listened to the entire series and it was a great series so Mr. Hamilton is off to a great start.
Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened to The Millennium Series (Lisbeth Salander) by Stieg Larsson, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, and Daniel Silva's Portrait of a Spy all of which he was great in.
Any additional comments?
Only comment I would make is I beg please, PLEASE don't make the same mistake so many audible authors make and change the narrator. Simon Vance is a phenomenal narrator and now he is the voice of the series. I know it may seem a small thing but it throws the listener, or at least it does me, off when a different narrator is reading the story.
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By Christopher on 12-07-17
I liked it but it could have been better.
What did you love best about The Wolf of the North, Book 1?
I loved finding out more about the world he was building and can't wait till book two to find out more about it.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolf of the North, Book 1?
The end of the book. I won't spoil it, but it's one of those moments you say "finally I was about to go into the book and do that myself just wish the second one was there too but then there wouldn't bad guy for future books".
Which scene was your favorite?
I would have to say it was the same as my most memorable moment.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No. Not really.
Any additional comments?
I see a lot of people comparing this to Patrick Rothfuss' KingKiller Chronicles but it reminds me more of Anthony Ryan's A Raven's Shadow novels. This book started great. At first it had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening, but then probably around the second time skip I started noticing that the characters while getting older they didn't really progress and grow. They stayed the same and nothing really ever changed about their way of dealing with things and their thought process. Looking at how many years passed in the time skips you would think they would grow and mature but I didn't really feel that. So I never really cared much about any of them. They where all pretty predictable and you could tell what was going to happen chapters before it did. I just felt kinda cheated because it felt like such a great start to a good book (I think I feel that way because I went into it comparing it to KingKiller Chronicles), but that is my biggest complaint about this book and hopefully we will see more character progression in the second book.
The only other complaint I have about the book was the cussing. Now don't get me wrong I'm a fan of Stephen King so foul language in a book doesn't turn me away, but at the same time the cussing in this book just felt out of place and didn't really add anything to it. In that aspect it's kind of like Brent Weeks' Lightbringer novels where his first book is clean and then in his second book for some reason he started adding in cussing. So in these cases it feels like they are adding the bad words just so people won't mistake it as a "kids" book.
Okay, now that I ranted about the stuff I didn't like let's talk about what I liked. So like I said earlier the book started off strong and the beginning had me hook. I wanted to find out more about the characters and the world they live in (I think that's why I felt let down about the character progression, also once we see our main character out and about in the rest of the world hopefully we will see him mature more). So I'm hoping in the second book we will actually see some growth. This series has good potential and I hope it grows into a series I want to listen to and immerse myself in, but that will definitely depend on the second book. So, fingers crossed I hope that happens.
Now the narrato. I like Simon Vance's voice and if I see his name on a book, I know if I don't like the book it will not be because of the narrating. He is a little slower when reading so in some books I turn the speed up to about 1.5x but that's only in the slower parts "filler" of the books.
So, now the big question is, is this book worth a credit? I would say yes. While I was a little let down after reading the other reviews because they made it sound more like the KingKiller Chronicles than it actually was, it was overall an interesting story in which I want to find out more about the world and characters. Like I said earlier, what is going to make or break this series (at least to me) will be how the author handles the second book. I hope he does a good job on the second book. (That way I can add another world to lose myself in;) Hopefully someone will find this review helpful (it's my first time) but if not just take everything I say as the ramblings of a crazy person.
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