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Book Review: Daughter of the Wolf by Victoria Whitworth (2016).


Daughter of the Wolf is set during the Dark Ages, in an England ruled by rival Kings. Among the lords who serve them is Rademer of Donmouth, the King’s Wolf, guardian of the estuary gateway to Northumbria.

When the King sends Rademer on a mission to Rome, Don mouth is left in the safekeeping of his only daughter, Elfrun, whose formidable grandmother wants her to take the veil, while treacherous Tilmon of Illingham covets her for his son.

This is the story of daughters in a man’s world. Wynn, determined to take over from her father, the smith. Saethryth, wilful daughter of the village steward, whose longing for passion will set of a tragic sequence of events. And Audi, whose merchant ventures father plies his trade up and down the coast, spying for the Danes.

Above all, it is the story of Elfrun of Donmouth, uncertain of her father’s fate, not knowing whom she can trust, or whom she can love.

This is a fantastic read. I found it difficult to follow at first, but after a few chapters I did find myself hooked! The author has done brilliantly with the characters, giving Elfrun much depth and showing the world that a woman can be just as formidable and strong as a man even whilst she is being kind and compassionate. The story of Elfrun and her new responsibilities is quite intrigueing and it is nice to follow her through and watch her grow up.

I was quite shocked at the twists and turns in the storyline, especially where Athulf is concerned. I didn’t expect him to behave the way he does and be as crafty. He hides things well and I wasn’t expecting this fantastic twist in the story. If really gave life to what is really happening to Elfrun and the people around her. Even Saethryth manages to make the reader feel sorry for her in the end, which with her personality and role in the story is quite hard to do.

The biggest shock of all is crated by Wynn. It isn’t noted until the end of the book, but it does make sense when everything is brought into the light with Fredegar the priest. It is quite a confronting passage to read, but it does tie a lot of the story together, which would otherwise be left feeling empty.

Overall this is a fantastic novel and I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in fantasy of the dark age era, as well as those who enjoy a good love story! I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.


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