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.