Eye of the Wolf: The Lords of Alekka, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A lord forsaken by the gods. A mysterious woman with many secrets. A kingdom on the brink of war....
Two thousand years after the ancient Kingdom of Alekka was torn in two, disgruntled gods are taking sides, seeking a reckoning, for order can only last so long before chaos returns to claim its rightful place. The dreamers see what is coming.
They warn of a threat greater than any other, raising fears of unimaginable death and destruction, and a winter colder than any that has come before. The king’s enemies are rising, emboldened by his waning power, spurred on by his troubles.
Though Reinar Vilander, Lord of Ottby, only sees what lies before him, which is an undermanned fort and empty coffers. His father is an invalid, his wife has gone, his sons are dead, his fort is vulnerable, and as winter approaches, he doesn’t know what to do. For he has run out of luck. And without the luck of the gods, no lord can hope to rule for long.
And a desperate man tends to make bad choices...very bad choices, which is bad news for Alys de Sant, whose life will forever be changed on the fateful day they meet.
Eye of the Wolf is the first book in The Lords of Alekka, a thrilling new fantasy series set in the world of The Furyck Saga. Enter a kingdom in turmoil, where mysterious dreamers weave dark magic around vengeful lords, and those fated to rise are forced out of the shadows as the battle to claim the throne begins.
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|Listening Length||22 hours|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 08, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,767 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#275 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#908 in Historical Fantasy (Books)
#1,289 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
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First, there wasn’t enough character building for some of the main players. As an example, for a character of such importance, Alys doesn’t say much. I liked Alys and wanted to know her better, but I don’t feel like I had the chance.
Second, environmentally, very little changes through the story. It is cold. Very cold. All the time. Everyone is cold. We are all cold with great and repetitious description. Cold. And without nearly enough coats. This is part of the story, a major plot point, and occupies heavy word count.
Third, there are many pages dedicated to reiterating ongoing scenes. We break from action in one place to quickly visit a group of travelers who are making slow progress. In the cold. And they are cold. Moving very slowly. Then we depart the travelers and visit a marching army which is making slow progress. In the snow. Also being cold.
And we return to a fort where everyone nervously awaits said army. In the freezing cold. With too few coats. Again. And then we make the rounds once more with little progress.
Fourth, while I recognize this is volume 1 of a 5-book sequence, the end of the book does not resolve nearly enough of the plot to be satisfying. I do not even want to read the second book because after struggling through this one, I have nothing to show for it. Except excessive descriptions of being cold. And sleep deprived.
To sum up, this would have worked better as a much shorter story. The same information in about 1/2 of the word count would have offered a more satisfying result, and that still leaves room for a bit more resolution of some plot lines that are left dangling in frustrating fashion.
I don’t leave reviews that are not complimentary very often, particularly on works with subjective value. Everyone has their likes and dislikes. This felt like one of the few times I would prefer to let other readers know that while this sounds like a high level of complexity and storytelling, it has some very basic and fundamental flaws that may bother avid readers of high quality fantasy.
And it’s cold.
I was uncomfortable with characterization of the main female character as an abused wife and so beaten she had little fight left in her. I was glad when she finally became a stronger character!
I felt the pace of the story was too slow. Regrettably, 80% of the book was spent developing characters & world building. The story progressed very slowly! The whole book covered maybe 2 months of time, maybe less. I almost didn’t finish reading it. The last 100 pages were faster paced and I was glad I made it to the end.
I will attempt to read the next book. I hope the story pace picks up now that most of the characters & world build have been developed!
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I was interested to see how this new series followed on from the previous. In my opinion, the author has 'placed' this book perfectly to give you familiarity from the previous series whilst starting a totally new story line.
I love the contrast between the warlike, aggressive men (not all but most!) and the 'Dreamers' (the women scheming and plotting and holding great power). The author knows how to tell a story and describes her characters wonderfully. I especially liked the scatty brained healer with poor personal hygiene who turns out to be invaluable when the 'chips are down'. The book, just like the preceding series, feels so 'real' - the world, the story and the characters who you feel really involved with.
Once you're finished reading this book and are eagerly waiting for book 2 then if you haven't read 'The Furyck Saga' you have time to get hold of these. You won't regret it.
As an epic fantasy book it ticks all the right boxes for me. An interesting story laced with nordic influences, a creative way to tie magic and witchcraft with the dreamers, and an absolutely incredible character development throughout.
I found myself pulled from one character to the next, feeling just as engrossed with the Hakon's side as I was with Reinar's. You see each character develop through the story and you can fully understand who they are as a person, whether it's a vindictive king who is determined to have his revenge, or its a dreamer who is on a journey of self discovery, you truly can see inside them.
The story played out just as I hoped, with the right amount of twists and turns that make you excited, and equally fearful for the characters as their luck sometimes goes from bad to worse.
Either way, if you're a fan of epic fantasies, this gives a full game of thrones meets Vikings feel and it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Definitely recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading book two!
There's no lull in the story whatsoever, continuous engagement you just can't put it down.
All the characters are brilliantly written I absolutely fell in love with Eddeth she gave a little humour to the story, can't wait to read the next book to see what she gets up to.
Please read it you love Game of thrones, wheel of time, etc you won't be disappointed. Thank you A E Rayne for an amazing journey. X u
I thought the idea of the prologue was great, it set the scene and gave a quick outline for the motivations of the main protagonists.
To the book itself then....I felt the characters, their personalities and desires can all be believed and they all contribute to the essential narrative of the story...(for me there are no "filler sections " to the story).
The narrative runs at a pace that is neither rushed nor too slow. The various scenarios are well described and the links between them are easy to follow and all become obvious when appropriate.
I particularly like the character of Alys, another strong and sympathetic woman in a man's world. How she continues to grow and influence the narrative is something that I'm sure will be of great interest to the reader.
To sum up....I thoroughly enjoyed The Eye of the Wolf, and like many others I'm sure, I can hardly wait to continue with the next books in The Lords of Alekka saga. I waited with baited breath to see if The Furyck Saga could be bettered, I was not diappointed!!
Finally I felt the final few lines where a major character was reintroduced is a masterstroke and something I certainly didn't see coming.
A one word summary....."BRILLIANT"
Thank you Amy.....