By Peter Fox
“The closest thing you’ll get to a time machine. Peter Fox’s rousing tale thrusts you into a Dark Age world that envelops every sense so powerfully you feel like you’re pounding through the mud beside the characters. A remarkable debut. Recommended.”
– James Wilde, bestselling author of the Hereward series
“…a rip-roaring yarn – class characters and a gripping story.“
– Robert Low, author of the Oathsworn series
Rescued as an infant from the wreckage of his boat, Caelin ap Cadwyr has come to be raised as a Norseman, far from his homeland, his family and his destiny. Given a new name – Rathulf Thorvaldarsson – the orphaned Briton is approaching his sixteenth birthday, unaware that his chosen path as a Viking warrior is soon to be thrown wildly off course.
Although well aware of his British ancestry, one secret has remained hidden from Rathulf throughout his life. The key to that secret is an oaken trunk, plucked with the baby from the foundering skiff all those years ago; but when it comes time to reveal the truth, Rathulf’s foster-father, fearing the loss of his son, defies the will of the Gods. He breaks the blood pact sealed after the rescue of the babe, unintentionally setting off a chain of events that will leave Rathulf fighting not just for his identity, but for life itself.
The Shadow of Fenrir is the first volume in the historical adventure series The Wolves of Dumnonia.
The Wolves of Dumnonia
The first of five books that comprise the Wolves of Dumnonia saga, The Shadow of Fenrir is a tale of ancient kingdoms, lost treasure and one boy’s quest for identity.
Explore the rich world of the Wolves of Dumnonia here.
Set in the early 9th Century Viking Age against the dramatic backdrop of the Norwegian fjordlands, we follow the turbulent coming-of-age of orphaned British prince, Caelin ap Cadwyr, AKA Rathulf Thorvaldarsson. It is both fast-moving adventure story and thoughtful portrayal of a young man struggling to find his place in an increasingly bewildering world.
The title of the book alludes to the fact that our hero was found wrapped in a family standard comprising two snarling wolves. This is also the origin of his adopted Norse name–Rathulf–meaning ‘wolven counsel’. Initially, the wolven standard leads his Viking saviours to believe him blessed by the twin wolves, Geri and Freki, pets of the paramount god Odin. As a series of disasters befalls Rathulf, however, the folk of Norvegr begin to wonder whether Rathulf has a different destiny that must not be ignored for fear of invoking the wrath of the most fearsome of monsters, the giant wolf Fenrir. It is this ever-present shadow of ruin that Rathulf must fight off in order to move forward and live out his chosen life as a Viking.
Inspired by events recorded in the early medieval Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Wolves of Dumnonia saga recounts the twilight years of one of the last great British kingdoms: Dumnonia. The series follows the lives of the two surviving heirs, Aneurin and Caelin, who are symbolized by the two wolves of their family’s royal standard. Separated in childhood amidst their treacherous uncle’s violent conquest of Dumnonia, the two brothers have led utterly different lives as they have grown into manhood. A mystical strand of awareness binds them, however, and as the saga progresses, their paths begin to converge as each seeks out the other. Both wolven kin are driven by the same unwavering purpose: to one day return to their homeland and together reclaim their stolen kingdom.
Titles in the series are:
Book 1: The Shadow of Fenrir
Book 2: A Thrall’s Crown
Book 3: The Monk’s Sword
Book 4: Return of the Wolves
Book 5: Freki's Moon