An Epic Fantasy Series Review
If you have read the Demon Child Trilogy then you met both Damin and his mother Marla Wolfblade. (If you have not read it yet, what are you waiting for?) This series covers the life of these two characters and takes place roughly 30 years before the events that take place in the Demon Child Trilogy.
Now you might think that you should read this trilogy first, seeing as how it is a prequel. Of course, that is your choice but I think they should be read in a circle. There are certain events in the Wolfblade Trilogy which I believe will make no sense unless you read Demon Child first. In my opinion, you should read them as they were published, Demon Child, then Wolfblade, then, for the fun of it, read Demon Child again! That way you will truly get the whole picture and see what a wonderful job Jennifer Fallon did in lining everything up. (Something she admits was far from easy!)
This is a coming of age story, first for Marla, then for Damin. It is also a story of love, loyalty, and brutal politics. Jennifer Fallon has a wickedly clever mind and it comes shining through in her writing. The politics are intricate and ruthless. The characters are equally complex, hard, even cruel at times and yet capable of boundless compassion and love. There are heavy doses of insanity, depravity, betrayal, murder, and slavery but all of the adult themes are handled tactfully without too much detail. I feel comfortable saying this is a great read for older teens and of course fantasy loving adults!
There are multiple reasons as to why I love all of the Hythrun Chronicles. There are three fantasy elements that I have a soft spot for, dragons, animal companions, and gods who interact with their followers (and non-believers.) The latter stems from my love at a young age for all types of mythology. This series not only caters to my love of interactive gods but it goes one-step further, it portrays the gods as both humorous and somewhat less then all-powerful. As a result, the gods end up being some of my favorite characters!
Another of my favorite things is character driven stories. There are few authors, in my opinion, that do characters as well as Jennifer Fallon. She makes them feel both real and natural. Each has their own voice, distinct personality and a combination of strengths and flaws. Furthermore, the "bad" characters still have good qualities while the "good" characters are capable of doing very bad things. The best part? They all believe that what they are doing is right! Or atleast they are able to convince themselves of that fact. (Something I think we are all occasionally guilty of.)
The last of my absolute favorite story telling elements has to be that of surprise. I love the unexpected twist, the surprising "revelation,” the "oh Wow!" moments that you have no way to see coming, and yet, once revealed, everything that has gone before just clicks into place. Now this series did not really have any of those "oh wow!" moments but it still had enough twists and turns to make me more then happy and keep me glued to the pages to see what happened next!
Without a doubt one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors. If you want a story you can truly get lost in, with humor, complicated politics, amazing characters who you actually care about and powerful magic, I highly recommend the entire Hythrun Chronicles series. If you want more details, I suggest checking out the individual book reviews.
|Author: Jennifer Fallon|
Genre: Epic Fantasy Series
Content: Demons, Mythology, 16+
Series: Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Source: Personal Copies
|US Cover Illustrations: Paul Youll|
AU Cover Illustrations: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
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Epic Fantasy Series Review of Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon - Reviewed by Mulluane - on March 12 2009 - Rating: of 5 Stars