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|| #20,699 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#252 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#942 in Historical Fantasy (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
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One big issue: whirlwind perspective shifts. I have no problem with perspective shifts. I'm used to switching from one character's perspective to another. It's a time-honored tradition in the genre. Usually the switch in perspective takes place at the beginning of a new chapter, or at least after a break in the text. But from paragraph to paragraph? You're inside Alys' perspective as she's pondering how to get back to her children, then she looks up and sees Reinar and then in the next sentence you're inside his mind as he thinks longingly of his missing wife while staring at Alys? And it goes on page after page, flitting from one character to another. I got used to making these jumps, but it was stunningly distracting, the reading equivalent of being in a crowded room where everyone is talking loudly at the same time.
Now add on the fact the author seems to think that exciting writing needs to involve all the characters barely being able to hold onto a thought for more than a fleeting second. It's always cold and rainy, preferably with thunder and gusting winds, no one ever gets a single uninterrupted night's sleep, and for some reason the characters have trouble focusing on the problem in front of them, both literally and figuratively. (How many times can a character wipe their groggy eyes and try to focus on something?) They bounce around from one totally forseeable disaster to the next, and in fact there is only one character in the book (Hakon, the villain) who seems to be able to conceive of a path of action reaching beyond the current week.
Finally, although I'm sure that I was supposed to feel some attachment to at least one of the characters, it was hard to drum up any enthusiasm for any of them. Alys, the main protagonist, is a remarkably weak, timid, unsure creature to pin the weight of this story on. I mean, come on, it's fantasy! You're supposed to get some kind of payoff where at least one hero or heroine see what needs to be done, takes fate into their own hands, and starts setting things to rights. If we wanted a grim story where all the protagonists just grit their teeth and get pinballed around by life's brutal jokes, we'd tune into the news.
So, take a collection of unrelatable characters who stumble ineffectually through the challenges the plot throws at them without any tangible thought, combine that with a splintered point of view that switches from paragraph to paragraph, and you start not only feeling like everyone in the book has the attention span of a gerbil, but that you're starting to develop one too. Not a good feeling. I finally gave up on this book 42% of the way through, according to my Kindle reader. Long story short, not a fan.
You will not be disappointed you picked up this novel. It is a true page turner! It took me only a few days to finish because I couldn’t walk away!
Alys is an abused wife and mother, kidnapped away from her home and her children. On her journey, while saving them from attack, it's discovered that she's a 'Dreamer' and can see the past, present and the future. Dreamers are powerful tools for those of power.
Because of a string of bad luck, Reiner, the son of the, now disabled, Lord of an important fort that protects the King. In order to save his village, Reiner decided to start capturing and selling female slaves. On the way to market, they are attacked by their enemy, a Lord that believes he will be the next king. After a fight on board, warning from a beat up prisoner and injury to his brother, Reiner is ready to return to the fort and regroup. Recently losing his dreamer, he is captivated by this strange woman, in more ways that one.
This story has a little bit of everything. Intrigue, desire, war, betrayal, magic and a little love thrown in on the side. Great story.
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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!
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.....
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