“Wolfhound Century” by Peter Higgins

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“Wolfhound Century” by Peter HigginsWolfhound Century by Peter Higgins
Series: Wolfhound Century #1
Published: 2013 by Orbit
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 303
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Overview

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins is set in a SF/F world that resembles Soviet Russia.  Many years ago, angels fell from the sky.  Most of them were dead, but the event still changed the world.  Angel flesh was used for biotech, which manifests itself in more of a fantasy way with strange monstrous creations.  The Vlast, a totalitarian state, began to emerge, and now intellectuals are persecuted and there’s great suffering throughout the land.  And yet, there’s still hope, because of the Pollandore, which is a version of the world as it was before the angels fell, and that version of the world can perhaps one day be restored.

So there’s this guy named Vissarion Lom.  He’s a police officer, and somehow he’s managed to remain idealistic even as shit’s going down all around him.  One day, he gets a secret assignment to trail a man named Josef Kantor, a dangerous revolutionary who leaves a bloody path in his wake. While trailing Kantor, he learns that the world has become much more corrupt than he ever could have imagined.  If the Pollandore isn’t opened soon, there may be no return…

Strengths

  • Fascinating world that blends together elements of sci-fi and fantasy.  We slowly realize that the angels are more like aliens than religious beings.
  • Lots of interwoven multifaceted characters who all play a part in the story.
  • Russia.  Enough said.
  • The linguistic richness of the story.  See Anton’s post for more detail.

Weaknesses

  • I was more than halfway through the book before I realized that Lom was the protagonist.
  • The book doesn’t end, which means that unless you read the sequel, you’ll be left with unresolved burning questions.

Verdict

Wolfhound Century was a fascinating novel.  It’s the sort of book that will make you think; richly imaginative, dense but rewarding.  I’d recommend it.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the referral!
    I have the sequel in my book pile, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Perhaps it has more linguistic treasures…

    1. You’re welcome! I loved your post about the book; the language made the story so much richer. Let me know how you enjoy the sequel!