Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf (The Father of Lies Chronicles) by Alan Early
|Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf (The Father of Lies Chronicles) by Alan Early|
|Category: Confident Readers|
|Reviewer: Mary Esther Judy|
|Summary: With the trickster god, Loki, defeated and the world in an easy amnesia over past events, life seems back to normal for Arthur Quinn. But Loki has not been resting. He’s back seeking vengeance on Arthur and his friends… and this time, he’s got an army. Fantastic, riveting adventure; the second book of The Father of Lies Chronicles is even better than the first!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 384||Date: September 2012|
|Publisher: Mercier Press, Ltd.|
|External links: Author's website|
It's been 3 months since Arthur Quinn and his friends, Ash, Max and an army of dead Vikings, handed an amazing defeat to the trickster god, Loki, and saved the world from the threat of certain annihilation. Everything is back to normal and all but a very few even remember. But Loki has not been resting idle. After the destruction of the Jormungand at Arthur’s hands, he now seeks the Fenris Wolf. Amassing an army of vicious wolves to do his bidding, he will take back the world this time and have his revenge. So Arthur, finally settled into his new life in Dublin, is enjoying time away in the countryside with Ash and her family. But it’s all about to begin again… Arthur’s visions return as his pendant glows stronger than before. Max’s nightmares of the past begin again. There are strange stirrings among the Viking army and a growing unease surrounds our hero. Exactly who are these two new classmates in Arthur and Ash’s school? Why is Arthur so suspicious of Ash's new puppy? What is Loki after at the National Museum? Once again, it's all down to Arthur and his friends to save the world from the Father of Lies… but this time, Loki has help.
The second instalment of 'The Father of Lies' Chronicles is quite simply thrilling. This is one of those rare fantasy novels that places the reader in the centre of the tale and carries them through flawlessly with expert timing and plot development. All the while, the reader has feet planted firmly in contemporary life and times. Early’s exceptional knowledge of Viking mythology creates such atmosphere; and this blended with the ordinary lives of young friends develops a full and satisfying journey through this book, as it did with the previous Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent. With a striking descriptiveness throughout the text, all the action is thoroughly believable and easily envisioned. With consistent characterisation, each of the friends holds a different piece of the growing picture, as their characters grow into unique and important individuals within the story. As conflicts arise between them, the plot thickens and twists with each chapter adding a new aspect to the developing tension. Yet, there is also wonderful, balanced humour within the text that keeps the story smooth and eloquent. There is no unbearable heaviness, and even in seemingly hopeless, impossible circumstances, loyalty and strong bonds of friendship win out.
In short, 'Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf' is a fantastic, riveting read and one you will enjoy over and over. Bring on the third book!!!
If you haven't read the first book, this is a must read that will grab you and keep you hooked! Also, for more extraordinary Viking fantasy, do try Runemarks by Joanne Harris. And for an incredible, tangible world with unforgettable characters, read Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge.
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