Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.Now, a new terror stalks the realm. Read more...
Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. This ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes.Now, a new terror stalks the realm. In hushed whispers, it is claimed the Horse Lady, Orlana the Changer, has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from then slime and heading north to Vagandrak where, it said, the noble King Yoon has gone insane... After hearing a prophecy from a blind seer, aged General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes of old for what he believes will be the final battle. But as mud-orcs and twisted beasts tear through the land, Dalgoran discovers the Iron Wolves are no longer heroes of legend... Narnok is a violent whoremaster, Kiki a honey-leaf drug peddler, and Prince Zastarte a drinker, a gambler, amoral and decadent: now he likes to hear people scream as they burn... United in hate, the Iron Wolves travel to the Pass of Splintered Bones; and as half a million mud-orcs gather, General Dalgoran realises his grave error. Together, the Iron Wolves hold a terrible secret which has tortured them for three decades. Now, they only wish to be human again... File Under Fantasy
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Remic (The Clockwork Vampire) delivers the goods for fans of stark brutality and violence in a fantasy setting. The Iron Wolves are the stuff of legend. Their might and grit defeated the deadly mud-orcs, saving Vagandrak and ending the War of Zakora. Now, 25 years later, peace is threatened by Orlana the Changer and her inhuman army of beast-human splices, allied with ambitious King Zorkai of Zakora. Calling the Iron Wolves together, Gen. Dalgoran of Vagandrak finds them lessened by age and their war experiences, “like bad and rotting apples from the bottom of a broken barrel.” Fighting Orlana’s evil army and serving a king who’s gone insane, the Iron Wolves must overcome their personal issues and bond on the field of battle. A cliffhanger ending promises more gritty action in future installments. (Jan.)