The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1)
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, 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.

The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1) Details

TitleThe Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2016
Rating
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Audiobook

The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1) Review

  • Michael Britt
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 little village. His dad is fierce and the greatest warrior of their village. While Wulfric is a bit timid, overweight and is picked on by the mean kids who take advantage of his weaknesses. Until one day when one of the kids says something wrong about the girl he likes, Adalhaid. After that day, Wulfric makes his life better and much worse in the days to come. This book has a very Viking-esque feel to it. A lot has to do with the names and the setting. Since I'm pretty obsessed with Vikings, this was a huge bonus. While not much really happens in this book, and the writing is pretty basic, I still found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I might have to chalk this up to how spectacular the narrator was. But I still really liked the character development we got. Again, it's pretty typical for the type of story we get, but each character has their own little special something to make them feel unique enough to get some enjoyment from it. The pacing of the story was decent. Again, it was pretty typical of what to expect from what feels like a trilogy. He sets some things up that will be really cool once we get to them in the later installments. The best part had to have been his journey to gain his status as warrior. We get some pretty cool fight scenes out of it. I really enjoyed some of the things the ending set up. But once again, it'll be something we'll have to wait to reap the rewards from in later novels.I think the best way to describe this book would be that it's laying the foundation for the rest of the story. Some may like that, others may hate it. But he does give us just enough action and character development to make this a pretty entertaining novel. You're not going to be blown away by this book, but if you go into it expecting a set-up novel, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with it. I can definitely recommend this as a really great audiobook to fill in any downtime you may have. Other than that, proceed at your own risk. I mean that in a good way, of course.
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  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 story teller, and then he just says "and we'll continue with the story 3 years later" go over some random plot points from those three years and you pick up to where you need to be to reasonably progress the character. In this way, you don't get this hero going from novice to badass in a matter of chapters and have it seem forced and fake. Plot:This series so far has been about warring clans/towns who have been partly manipulated into war through politics and happenstance. A mix of bad timing for certain crimes to be committed on top of old hatreds between the clans make warfare pretty common. I like the fact that this is "medium stakes". It's not mundane in a slice of life kind of way, but this isn't world ending kind of thing either. The characters are normal townsfolk and some town leaders called First Warriors and that's about it so far - I've started the second book but haven't finished yet. Characters:Although this is being told sort of like King Killer, it differs in that it hops around POV's, it's mostly about a young man named Wulfric but you get to see a bunch of minor POV's as well. I like the main character, he's fairly easy to relate to, not much angst for a teenage character, a light romance interest that grows slowly in importance which was nice - I don't like when you're hit over the head with a love at first sight infatuation kind of thing. Some minor POV's include some boys in the same general age bracket as the main POV, his love interest, his mother and father, the town Priest who works as a healer/educator and some other older male tribe/townspeople. In the second book we get a more developed female POV, but in the first book it's mostly about the main character. Tone:I'm going to use "adventurous" as a tone again. It's not dark, it's not light or funny - there's a fair amount of action in the book whether it's skirmishes, battles, or fighting wild animals. Pacing:There's a good amount of background politics going on and action scenes and character development scenes. So the pace ebbs and flows nicely for me, it's not a whirlwind book that's all battles, but it's not a book that's mostly dialogue either. Audience:This book will appeal to people who enjoy:Multi POV light magic coming of ageseries vs stand alone swordsbeast fights
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a nerdy kid who gets is picked on by bullies and lives in a small village in the "north" near the "high places," the craggy peaks of the mountains. His best friend is the red headed girl Adalhaid. There has always been a natural attraction between Wulfric and Adalhaid. She doesn't care about the bullies. The village social hierarchy is based on a warrior-type society and Wulfric's dad is the First Warrior, the leader of the village. Wulfric is betrothed to another warrior's daughter more suitable to his rank. These two rarely speak to each other. Wulfric seems an unlikely candidate to be a warrior until his father takes him hunting where Wulfric manages to kill a wild boar that threatens to gore him with its tusks. His dad decides he should take the test to become a warrior's apprentice...The characters and storyline are nicely written. I was able to get into the story almost immediately. This is a foundation book for the other two books to come so the beginning starts slow but I never found it to be bogged down or dragging. Of course, the talent of Simon Vance as a storyteller cannot be ignored. He does a superb job! Book 2 of the series does not have an audio version yet so I'll be reading that on Kindle. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up the same level of enthusiasm.
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  • RJ
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly EnjoyableI 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 Thoroughly EnjoyableI 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 onto this story and this author. I will be reading more and look forward to the next part of this story.
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  • David Rose
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Radwan Ahmed
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing special. I was surprised I finished the book!
  • Leila
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 powers but neither the reader or the characters seem to know how. A storyteller begins the book by gathering a crowd to tell the tale of the protagonist. It is the familiar theme of a young overweight and timid boy not really warrior material who is often bullied by the antagonist and his cronies. The boy somehow goes through a transformation at the coming of age ceremonies successfully but with the hint of help from the magic element. His strength gradually appears to be more than would normally be expected.There are lots of battles and skirmishes between neighbouring villages, various schemes of skulduggery and a forbidden love interestto add spice. The overall story to personally appeared plodding and predictable. It just seemed to go on and on and on and I found myself skipping here and there - always an indication I am not enjoying a book. I found it joyless and just not the best read for me though I am obviously in the minority.Apparently the style reminds readers of David Gemmell's books. I never really got into his books either though again he was hailed as a top class writer.As it is book one.. the ending on a critical point was so frustrating. It left me with few answers as to how our hero would overcome the last blows overwhelming him... on an intensely personal level, involving his love and his apparently triumphant hated antagonist. Obviously this is common practice to encourage readers to purchase the next book in the series. I don't really want to know the outcome enough to go for book two though; not when there are so many better reads on my BTR pile.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alston Antony
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ian Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the next book. Full review to come.
  • Kian
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointed at how little happened in the entire book, it has good potential but i feel the story so far could fit in a single chapter. I may read book 2 if it's better than this one and has more twists and action.
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I really do like this story. I have only one complaint, and while it is only one complaint it was so constant throughout the story that it dropped this book 2 stars for me. The extremely rapid switch between character perspectives. I picked this one up on audio book and it felt like every 1-2 minutes the character perspective changes, I find that extremely frustrating, right as I start to get into one character, it switches on me, over and over, and over. Story wise this is five stars for me, I I really do like this story. I have only one complaint, and while it is only one complaint it was so constant throughout the story that it dropped this book 2 stars for me. The extremely rapid switch between character perspectives. I picked this one up on audio book and it felt like every 1-2 minutes the character perspective changes, I find that extremely frustrating, right as I start to get into one character, it switches on me, over and over, and over. Story wise this is five stars for me, I really enjoyed the entire plot of the book. Great fight scenes, fantastic training to get stronger, fighting beasts, loved it. Listening to 10 hours of character switching every 2 minutes (sometimes it felt like only 30 seconds) however, was absolutely infuriating. I paused mid book to complain about this just now lol. I think this book is a winner, but I would honestly prefer just having Wolfrics portion of the story compiled into one long short story.
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  • Michael Sorensen
    January 1, 1970
    GoodIs good. Book read. Like. Man hit things with sword. Good. Small first, weak, then big. Him love pretty girl. Then hit things with sword. Good.
  • Andy Mangham
    January 1, 1970
    This book was the first in what seems like forever that really engaged me and got me rooting for the main character. Duncan Hamilton did an excellent job with this fantasy book–there's battles, heroic quests, and edge-of-your-seat tension, but there's also a lot of really refreshing and special elements I've never seen before in a fantasy novel. Not only does Hamilton add a unique flavor on a coming-of-age-story which I found I could really relate to, but he also throws in an element that's quit This book was the first in what seems like forever that really engaged me and got me rooting for the main character. Duncan Hamilton did an excellent job with this fantasy book–there's battles, heroic quests, and edge-of-your-seat tension, but there's also a lot of really refreshing and special elements I've never seen before in a fantasy novel. Not only does Hamilton add a unique flavor on a coming-of-age-story which I found I could really relate to, but he also throws in an element that's quite new to the genre: cultural death.Arguably, the main conflict of the novel is how Wulfric struggles to deal with his people's way of life coming to an end. The village he lives in (minor spoiler) goes from being a prosperous and culturally-rich town to nothing more than a burned-out settlement, only to be rebuilt by foreigners which usher in a new way of life. As this changed progressed, I found myself feeling the "culture panic" that I think Wulfric was experiencing, and the feeling of isolation and despair that comes of being one of the last of your kind.This novel is unique and powerful in a lot of ways–while reading, I found myself feeling a lot of things I hadn't expected, and being unsure about the turn of events I'd just been taken on. However, I'm glad to say that even though this book throws you on a bit of a bender, in retrospect I'm really glad it happened and had a ton of fun reading it. Without a doubt, I'll be reading the sequel!!
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  • Edith
    January 1, 1970
    Why did I just read this.Seriously, it ends on what, in a better paced story, would be the end of the first act. So why was all that other stuff included? To establish Wulfric's character? I can tell you his character in 1 sentence: He's a violent (anglo stereotype of a) viking dude who sees no value in anything except in violence except that, because this is a story that worships at the altar of masculinity, this somehow makes him the good guy.Setting up plot threads for later books? Pretty muc Why did I just read this.Seriously, it ends on what, in a better paced story, would be the end of the first act. So why was all that other stuff included? To establish Wulfric's character? I can tell you his character in 1 sentence: He's a violent (anglo stereotype of a) viking dude who sees no value in anything except in violence except that, because this is a story that worships at the altar of masculinity, this somehow makes him the good guy.Setting up plot threads for later books? Pretty much all of them get cut by the end, and the ones that don't are honestly simple enough we didn't need to see the setup for them get played out.To build up the relationship with his love interest? Honestly she has no character either, spends most of the book off-page, and has nothing to do with the plot except to serve as a source for Wulfric's manfeels. Classic instance of a character replaceable with a table lamp.Maybe this works better as the first third of a work meant to be read as a whole. But once I got to the end I looked back and was just "Wait, that's it? That's where it's ending?" Books in a series, especially first books, have to work as standalone novels too and this book just does not cut it.Tw fat shaming, slut shaming, rape mention, slavery mention, suicide mention, graphic gore, and just toxic masculinity out the wazoo
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  • Matthew Doyle
    January 1, 1970
    A gripping tale from start to finish!I downloaded this book to my Kindle when I saw it was free with Prime Reading, and liked the look of the blurb. Honestly, I was never expecting to enjoy it as much as I have! It was a gripping tale from start to finish, with enough mystery to keep me wanting (needing!) the next chapter and more than enough exposition to make me feel truly engrossed in a vast wold and rich history. The characters are compelling, the action is surprisingly fast-paced, and the s A gripping tale from start to finish!I downloaded this book to my Kindle when I saw it was free with Prime Reading, and liked the look of the blurb. Honestly, I was never expecting to enjoy it as much as I have! It was a gripping tale from start to finish, with enough mystery to keep me wanting (needing!) the next chapter and more than enough exposition to make me feel truly engrossed in a vast wold and rich history. The characters are compelling, the action is surprisingly fast-paced, and the story had me engrossed from the first page. I can say for one thing that this book is great for the unexpected; just when I thought I knew what would happen next, I turned the page and was proved very wrong I really recommend this for any fans of fantasy, and thoroughly look forward to reading the rest of the series
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  • Luke Hammond
    January 1, 1970
    Another great find! I've seen this book for months now and I finally had time to grab it and give it a shot. Loved the title and cover and I was always drawn to it. This was a great book...sort of reminding me a Gemmill story. I wouldn't say there was much knew in the story, but that didn't bother me as I was drawn into the characters and the world. I love the main character who doesn't fit into the perfect shell of a hero. Wulfric was that type of guy. He didn't do what others thought he should Another great find! I've seen this book for months now and I finally had time to grab it and give it a shot. Loved the title and cover and I was always drawn to it. This was a great book...sort of reminding me a Gemmill story. I wouldn't say there was much knew in the story, but that didn't bother me as I was drawn into the characters and the world. I love the main character who doesn't fit into the perfect shell of a hero. Wulfric was that type of guy. He didn't do what others thought he should do...he did what he wanted to do and what he perceived was right. Even though his actions were typically violent, he saw them as the correct path and stayed true to what he believed was the right thing to do. Great book and fun story. I'll have to go back and check Mr. Hamilton's older books.
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  • C.S. Houghton
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the author's prose and did like the book, but on an emotional level, the narrative ultimately left me behind. The protagonist's world, though enjoyably stressful, appeared colorful and full of possibility to me while he was young, but later it all dimmed and his opportunities dwindled as I shared with him the sting of his many small failures. I enjoy more realistic fantasy, but I suppose what I really prefer is a realistic presentation of a fantastic story, rather than a realistic narr I enjoyed the author's prose and did like the book, but on an emotional level, the narrative ultimately left me behind. The protagonist's world, though enjoyably stressful, appeared colorful and full of possibility to me while he was young, but later it all dimmed and his opportunities dwindled as I shared with him the sting of his many small failures. I enjoy more realistic fantasy, but I suppose what I really prefer is a realistic presentation of a fantastic story, rather than a realistic narrative with some colorful embellishments. I do want to stress though, that overall I liked the book, and I would recommend it to anyone really interested in down to earth fantasy.
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  • Victor Salinas
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing !!!This book is lacking in a lot of ways.the pace of the story line is up and down .the world the author has put together lacks detail .I was looking forward to a great start to the series,but I didn't finish the book .I tried again and again but I was just lost in ridiculous choices the main characters were doing . People don't react like that it was just so silly that the author would even think about writing stuff like that . Don't waste your money like I did.
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  • Francis Chamberland
    January 1, 1970
    The Wolf of the North: Wolf of the North Book 1 ReviewDuncan, what a magnificent story! When do you expect to have book 2 ready? I just started reading your stories a few days ago and have enjoyed each and every one of them. I love your characters and plot lines. All your stories are so hard to put down once started. The poor heroes of the stories have so much bad luck that it seems like they have no luck at all. I highly recommend reading your stories to anyone interested in reading a great sto The Wolf of the North: Wolf of the North Book 1 ReviewDuncan, what a magnificent story! When do you expect to have book 2 ready? I just started reading your stories a few days ago and have enjoyed each and every one of them. I love your characters and plot lines. All your stories are so hard to put down once started. The poor heroes of the stories have so much bad luck that it seems like they have no luck at all. I highly recommend reading your stories to anyone interested in reading a great story. Thank you for a wonderful time.
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  • Nick Harriday
    January 1, 1970
    This one was interesting for sure. As a fantasy book, there is not a whole lot of magic compared to most of the genre. It's not bad by any means, written well, good introduction to many of the characters and I'm sure the sequels will be great. As for this first book of the series, it really is just an introduction to a much larger story.
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  • Richard W Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Conan Reborn?Could it be that Duncan Hamilton has given Rise to a New Hero? Well for someone who has been reading Sword and Sorcery for 40 years or so, I Absolutely Loved the first book of the Series. Very well thought out Plot, Characters and Storyline. There are a few Characters that I felt could have been Fleshed out more, but hopefully that will happen in the next book.
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  • Felix
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing and long-winded.The book starts out promising, similar to Anthony Ryans Blood Song. But after around 100 pages you notice the same content would fit a short story perfectly.If you want to read it please be aware of a book filled with stereotypes on every turn and being bloated to double its perfect length.
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  • Gina Basham
    January 1, 1970
    Hurry up with book 2!Loved it. I love all of Duncan's books. Like how I used his first name like I know him? Well his books are so accessible you feel like you do. He is a fantastic writer and his stories are exciting. You will love it. I can highly recommend. Gbash
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  • Amy Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent readStrong character development; interesting villains and plotting. The English is decent and I enjoyed the descriptions of the village and countryside. Looking forward to the next book.
  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Great first book in a series. I enjoy tales where there is a bard telling a tale. Curious to see where this goes.
  • Roger Koo
    January 1, 1970
    Great story for fantasy loversPerfect balance of a traditional hero with the love of his life and battling evil . Can't wait to read the continuation....
  • Bruce Brending
    January 1, 1970
    Great storyEasy to read, keeping you hooked from first page to the last page, highly recommended for the avid fantasy reader
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