Author: Sarah Rayne
Date of Publication: 29th April 2016
This book was provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Sarah Rayne and Endeavour Press for the opportunity.
Throughout my time on Netgalley, I’ve come across very few finds which I would consider hidden gems. In fact, I can only count two; Soulless by Jacinta Maree and Gambit by C.L Denault. Wolfking can definitely count itself as the third in that very exclusive club.
When I first began reading, I did not expect to enjoy this. The beginning was ponderous, with lyrical musings on a post-apocalyptic world that, in the end, left me cold. However, about 10% into this book, something clicked. Suddenly I saw Wolfking’s hidden identity, obscured by the green mist of the Time Curtain – this was an amazing work of fantasy.
Wolfking embodies two things I love in fantasy fiction: great writing and a dark undertone. I am not a squeamish reader, but there were times when I genuinely flinched whilst reading this. Characters are so well created so as to be living and breathing on the page. There is no singularity to any one person; all are dual, triple or quadruple toned. Villains to allies, allies to enemies – there’s such a rich gradient to be found here. The darkest of the dark are the things of nightmares – as they should be.
Rayne’s writing of ancient Tara is so beautiful as to be mystical in its own right. I adored the writing style; like a half forgotten bard’s tale told with rhythm and mystique. Romance reflects the land, and is handled with a brutality and beauty which matches perfectly with the time. I am an avid hater of love triangles. Rayne succeeds in creating one in which I love all three people involved.
I could go on forever and a day, but I won’t. This is a must read for me; terrifying, beautiful, gruesome, romantic…Rayne is an incredible writer and I’m thrilled to learn that this (a new edition of an old saga) is one of four installments.