Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins, Fast paced thrilling Fantasy well worth a look

Wolfhound Century is a Fantasy novel set in a kind of alternative totalitarian Russia (The Vlast) which is locked in  long term war they are losing. On top of this there is a fallen angel trapped but exerting a dark influence on proceedings while the broken bits of other dead angels are used in varying ways for power or control . The plot follows Lom , a provincial policeman with a mysterious past even he doesn’t know about , as he comes to the capital to investigate a revolutionary leader and unearths a mass of corruption .

I very nearly dismissed this book as the title put me off a little, it sounded too much like a poolside spy thriller which I avoid at all costs. A bit of Twitter buzz turned me on to what the book was actually about and I decided to give it a try.

The Russian style names and words jarred a little for me at the start and I found it hard to take the details in . I struggled for the first few chapters because of this . But quite suddenly I found myself dragged in by the whole story and really enjoyed it.

It’s quite fast paced, intriguing , full of interesting ideas and characters and left me guessing the whole time.

It read like a good crime noir sitting on top of a well thought out well-developed fantasy world.

The ending is very exciting but leaves so much open for a sequel which I am really looking forward to.

Higgins proves to have a great imagination and I’m so glad I changed my mind on this book.


About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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