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Destiny of the Wulf Reviewed

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The Aduramis Chronicles: Destiny of the Wulf 
by Harrison Davies (Goodreads Author) 


Lindsay‘s review

Apr 14, 12

4 of 5 stars false
Read from April 11 to 14, 2012

Would i buy this as a paperback: DEFINITELY!!!

I don’t like to say to much about the plot in my reviews as i find this can sometimes spoil the story. So very briefly:

The story follows the Wulf brothers, Coinin and Marrok, as they follow their destiny and take up their positions as the defenders of their world. Their enemies are many and powerful, and their path long and arduous.

So i know that doesn’t tell you a lot but the simple fact is, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!, if you are a fan of fantasy then this book is for you. If i tell you much more than that it will spoil it, and i hate taking the fun out of things for others.
The plot is strong, i have said many times that it is very hard to be completely original in the fantasy genre, so you have to find a new angle, and this book has managed it, It has standard fantasy elements, Simply folk finding out they are actually heroes, a quest and love, but it delivers them wrapped in a story that has a unique angle and delivery. I particularly like the way magic is dealt with, The author does not try to flatten you with overt displays of power, but instead uses it subtly, quietly in the background, porting and shapeshifting done as naturally as can be, no grandiose buildup, no over the top wand waving and silly incantations, just using magic as another tool. I like that!

The writing is sharp, there are a few scenes that were very intense, the ritual scenes especially, i kept reading faster and faster to see what happened, it truly made me nervous and excited which is something you just can’t fake.

Now for the main characters. Coinin is the younger of the two brothers, he is also the smarter, the shyer and more timid of the two, but he is strong and loyal and courageous. Marrok on the other hand is the warrior of the two, Strong and brave, a skilled swordsman and leader, he tends to let his passion and emotion rule his actions and prefers to act rather than talk. But he is also loyal and would die rather than let his loved ones get hurt.

The author has crafted two very believable, strong characters that are very easy to get behind. They are honourable and good without being annoying, they have fear and doubts, they make mistakes just like all of us. The author has managed to avoid the two major pitfalls that plague fantasy novels at the moment, having characters that are morally perfect (which is just completely unbelievable, even in a fantasy novel) or having a hero that is a criminal or moral degenerate who turns good, so overdone.

He has also managed to make a cast of ancillary characters that are diverse and really enjoyable. I want to learn more about Aniol, Laliala is a fascinating character that i can’t quite figure out, Draken is wonderfully sinister and Jericho is definitely one to keep your eyes on! This alone is enough to make me want the second book so i can see how all of these great characters develop and how their lives turn out.

So as you can tell, i like the book, but (there is always a but) it does have a couple of minor problems. Some of the events earlier in the book seem to drag on a little bit, I think they could have been cut a little shorter without affecting the story at all, Whilst nearer the end things were cut a little bit to short, the reason i say that is simply because i was really getting in to it and didn’t want it to finish. These are very minor issues and did not ruin the story at all. The Gods and religion have been developed well and i am hoping that we can learn more about the religious system and maybe delve a little deeper in to the creation tale of this world because i do like that side of fantasy.

All in all though this is a brilliant story, i found myself thinking about it even after i had stopped reading, which wasn’t as good as it sounds as it made it very hard to concentrate at work! but for me that is the sign of a great story, one that creeps in to your brain and makes a little house there!

So the question is, Would I recommend this book….Well if you can’t tell from the review…..YES!!! 100% yes.

The Bad:

1. Pacing, some scenes should have been shorter, some scenes could have been longer. Not a major issue though.
2. Wish the religion had been investigated a little more, but this is the first book in a series so we may see it later on.

The Good:

1. The characters, all of them, not just the main 2. They were strong and well written.
2. The plot was great, very intense and again well written.
3. Magic is handled well, not to in your face but not shrouded in rules and regulations. Very well dealt with.
4. Good plot twists, some you see coming, others come out of left field.
5. Good use of “creatures”, Dragons, Orcs, goblins. All the best bits of fantasy.

On a side note, whilst reading i mentioned that the names were hard to pronounce and i hoped there was a glossary, the version i was reading did not have a glossary, but having spoken to the author he has now created one and it is perfect. So my hat is off to you Harrison Davies for listening to a reader and considering their opinions. Bravo!

93.0% “Dammit Harrison I need to sleep!! The rituals were intense, shaping up for a great finish and lead in to book two!”
70.0% “An interesting turn of events. This book has got me good and proper, do i really need to go for a run? The names are some times hard to pronounce, hopefully there is a glossary in the back.”
50.0% “Ok i am now half way through, there has been plenty of action, plenty of revelations, it has setup nicely for the second haldf of the book.”
32.0% “The action is heating up, a new character has been introduced, enjoying it so far!”
20.0% “Ok so it has started to suck me in now. I find myself eager to get back to reading it, which is decidedly inconvenient as i am at work!”
12.0% “Good setup, Moved swiftly, enough detail without being cumbersome.”
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