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Book Review: The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Wolf of the North #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.


My Review: Duncan M. Hamilton never fails to impress me with his storytelling skills that make you feel. The Wolf of the North is a well-woven story.

Wulfric’s story and how he eventually becomes known as Ulfyr, The Wolf of the North, is being told to an audience of townspeople by someone, called The Maisterspeaker, who seems closely familiar with Wulfric. I like that Wulfric’s story is set up in this way. There are varying perspectives and lots of character names to write down, but not in a way that feels overwhelming.

I liked the world-building a great deal. The way of the warrior and life in the Northlands is tough, harsh, deadly, and at times unforgiving. Everything gets worse and worse for Wulfric, the people of Leondorf, and more. I wanted to cry at the loss of innocents and a way of life.

Hamilton really knows how to craft wicked and devious villains who will make your blood boil. I mostly rooted for Wulfric because it seemed obvious who caused a copious amount of death and destruction. Yet there was too much frustrating inaction and lack of problem solving on Wulfric’s part.

I did like Wulfric’s beginning romance with his childhood (and only) friend, Adalhaid. That too was also sometimes frustrating and sad because they are clearly meant to be, but fate tragically has other plans.

That ending, though! Wow! It left me wanting to know more. Wulfric’s future remains uncertain and his journey has only just begun.

More by Duncan M. Hamilton

Dragonslayer (#1)
Knight of the Silver Circle (#2)

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