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A highly engaging read . . .
“. . . a highly engaging read. The fusion of medieval fiction and Germanic myth coupled with Spader’s rich, immersive writing style create an utterly readable narrative. The action is nonstop, . .
Gerwulf, in particular, is a remarkably complex character, and his world is both magical and visceral. . . . examining not only the relationship between religious belief and war but also the consequences of intolerance, ignorance, and fear.”
Surprises lurking behind every tree . . .
“As in the previous volume, Spader’s world of eighth-century Germany is distinctive and a lot of fun, with the fantastic elements playing a supporting role to the historical ones.
. . . Spader has created a realm that feels just uncharted enough for surprises to be lurking behind every tree. Fans of Feast of the Raven should enjoy this new chapter in the Gerwulf saga. An enjoyable historical fantasy with a conflicted hero.”
In 782 AD, a beast prowls the forests of northern Germany. He is Wulfhedinn, wolf demon—scourge of the Christian Franks. He is also Gerwulf, the man, a wretched outcast and bastard of a Christian woman and pagan father.
Gerwulf emerges from the shadows to escape his demons and forge his own destiny. To redeem his mortal soul, he serves the legendary Charlemagne in a savage Holy War against the pagan Saxons.
Gerwulf is poised to become a hero of the new Christian order—if he can conquer the raging beast within and the mystical Saxon shield maiden Vala, the Walkyrie who haunts his soul.
...Peering through the
eyes of the beast
Its pounding heart
a growl like thunder...
Welcome to my world.
My writing is a creative interpretation of history and mythology, but I am most fascinated by real people throughout the ages. Who did they love and hate? What did they fight and die for? What did they fear?
The Wulfhedinn fantasy series is inspired by the wolf-skin clad warriors of pre-Christian Europe. It was believed at the time they had superhuman strength and killed with a single blow.
The Wulfhedinn’s story has evolved over the centuries into today’s “werewolf” archetype, but who were the real wolf warriors? Their legacy is legend, but they must have been mortal.
Perhaps inside all of us is a bit of Wulfhedinn—that wild inner voice that is always howling to break free.
I feed my Wulfhedinn by playing ice hockey and prowling the wild forests and historic sites. I am also inspired by books, travel, art, and music, especially the music of Jethro Tull.
I hope to spark your mind’s eye as our shadowy past has kindled mine. I’d love to hear from you. How do you feed your inner Wulfhedinn? What inspires you?