Review: Wolf in Shadow by John Lambshead

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Publisher: Baen
Publishing Date: July 2013
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781451639100
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Publishers Description: Rhian, a girl from the Welsh valleys on the run from tragedy and herself, finds a new home in the modern East End of London, where the world’s largest financial center spins a web of money and power from glistening towers of chrome and glass. Beneath the digital façade lurks the old East End where the layers of two thousand years of dramatic and violent history slide over one another like glaciers, spilling out in avalanches that warp the real world. As bodies begin to litter the East End streets, The Commission dispatches its best enforcers to deal with the situation: Karla is not human, and Jameson left his humanity behind in pieces in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Rhian makes new friends, dangerous friends; and where Rhian goes, the wolf is always in her shadow, just a heartbeat away.

Review: The Publisher’s description does not do the novel any favors and in no way should be the determinate factor in selecting/purchasing this book. The cover is really weak and needs to get with current times. This can be a selling point for buyers whom may look at this cover and consider it an “Underworld” type novel.

I love this writing style…to the point. You get right into the nitty-gritty and the action ensues. Character development (mostly) is very good with the limited time spent writing about it. The author just gets enough in to let you take it from there. The author gives you the reigns of imagination and lets you ride where you will. A refreshing take on writing that may take some getting used to. Some reviewers didn’t like the abrupt style and sudden info dumping, without a lot of buildup. But you decide. Get this and keep an open mind and I think you will enjoy it.

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