It is tough following ‘ShadowWolfe’, the wonderful first book about the twin sons of William de Wolfe. But ‘Dark Wolfe’ is almost as good, with a great story and entertaining characters. It’s also a poignant description of a parent who wanted a son but got a daughter.
Having lost their wives and children, twins Scott and Troy de Wolfe take different paths. Scott flees his family. In this book Troy stays in the family circle where he is reminded daily of his loss. When the de Wolfes engage in a battle a Scottish laird challenges them. His champion against theirs. Confident of victory, Troy is shocked when his opponent takes off her helmet and kicks him in the cods. It’s not a great start to their marriage.
I like how the author tackles family deaths without sugar coating the impact. As in life, ‘Dark Wolfe’s’ grief is messy and unfair on others. Yet it’s not a pessimistic book. There are fact many funny moments. For example the egos of the younger knights expose them to icky retaliation from their enemy. Don’t read chapter one while you are eating is all I’m saying. My only criticism is the pace. The beginning seems slow then the marriage section seems too short. It’s a minor quibble though. This is definitely recommended reading.
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