Well, it’s happened again. Me and my buddy Michal over at One Last Sketch are back to continue our collaborative review series of Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Empire books. Today, our discussion focuses on Truth and Fear (2014), the second book of the trilogy. It is a story of storm and stress; of werewolves and heavy bombers, of endless snowy vistas and stinking cattle cars, of the magic of the deep forest and the alchemy of a fission reaction. Suffice to say, there’s a lot going on in this book.
And now, without further ado, please enjoy the first part of our review, in which we ramble on at length about World War II and the thematic importance of not being a Nazi.
Amidst the Ruins
Truth and Fear is in many ways a departure from Wolfhound Century while drawing on many of same themes and inspirations. While the first novel was mainly an atmospheric piece, here we have a much greater focus on narrative and on relating the actions of the characters to the thrust of the story.
In Wolfhound Century, the assassination of the Novozhd that capped off the novel seemed to be largely a side-event, deflated from significance by how peripheral it was to the journey of Vissarion and Maroussia, but here the full consequences of the assassination come to the fore. The power struggles in Mirgorod to fill the vacuum left behind by the beloved dictator actually have consequences…
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