14379504Run with the Wolves is written by a Canadian author living in Toronto and is an interesting take on history.  Set in our timeline, Run with the Wolves takes place in a fictional country called Varakov, and focuses on several key characters, most of them lycanthropes in some way or another.

First we are introduced to a young farm boy named Willie in a neighboring country of Medinia when a pack of werewolves came hunting and the poor lad got bit.  Taken in by the human leader of this pack, Willie is carried across the border and taught the ways of the werewolf, and their bond with another pack of lycanthropes, were worgs.

This book is one of the more interesting ones I’ve come across in a long while.  Not only is a spin on history that we know of, (the book refers frequently to historical character such as Atillia the Hun and Ghengis Khan, as well as events such as the Christian crusades) but it’s an interesting take on lycanthropy in that it does not strictly affect humans.  Not only do we have humans who turn into half man half wolf creatures called werewolves, but we also have wolves that turn into something more when the moon shines full and high: worgs.

Worgs are fictional creatures, most of those who have watch The Lord of the Rings will recognize them most easily as the creatures the orcs rode into battle.  Large, mean, nasty creatures worgs are.  And when the wolves that run with the humans change, they are little different to those who aren’t part of the pack.

But alas and alack, the story does not focus on these fascinating creatures.  Mostly it focuses on the king of Varakov a ‘man’ who calls himself Lord Victor, and what seem to be his discending spirial into madness.

The Pack is in service to Lord Victor, and Lord Victor sent them into young Willie’s home land of Medinia to stir up troubles and keep Medinia in a state of war with another country, as Lord Victor claims visions that one or both of these countries would turn their eyes to Varakov if ever they made peace.  But lord Victor has some issues of his own, what with dark wizards, blood drinking, and shape shifting into a winged demon at will…

There were some issues with this book, mostly with minor grammar mistakes that the editor missed and with the pacing.  It moved more slowly than it should have at some points, focusing largely on the history and economic structure of the countries the story takes place in, so despite the information being interesting and largely beneficial to the overall story, the pace of the story did lag because of it.

The first of what I can only assume to be a trilogy, I think I am looking forward to the next home, and hopefully these minor kinks will have been worked out by then.

Next up, Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

15704307When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.