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The Running Wolf de Helen Steadman
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The Running Wolf (edició 2020)

de Helen Steadman (Autor)

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When a Prussian smuggler is imprisoned in Morpeth Gaol in the winter of 1703, why does Queen Anne's powerful right-hand man, The Earl of Nottingham, take such a keen interest? At the end of the turbulent 17th century, the ties that bind men are fraying, turning neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend and brother against brother.… (més)
Títol:The Running Wolf
Autors:Helen Steadman (Autor)
Informació:Impress Books (2020), 308 pages
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This book is about a German sword maker and his family that has relocated to England in the late 17th century. While the story was informative and the narration was wonderful, I did find it quite slow to get going. I did like the nuances of the home life and the struggle to hold on to the German identity, especially as the daughter gets to be of a marrying age. However, I did not connect to the characters as much as I would like to, and think it could have been a little deeper. Overall, a good story and narration though!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  Caitlin.Dionne | Jun 30, 2022 |
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I've read enough historical novels, and been disappointed by enough historical novels, that I generally steer clear. I don't look for history lessons, or elaborate descriptions of a petticoat. The Running Wolf is not a historical novel; it is a family drama played out over many years that happens to be set in the last 17th century. Hermann has moved his wife, daughter and aged mother across Europe to resettle in England. That move brings great tension into the home - one that anyone who has moved far from home will recognize. Was this the right choice? How will our children adapt? At what point will they be more from this new place than from the old one, and can we ever make the same transition? Told in a series of flashbacks while Hermann sits in jail awaiting execution, Helen Steadman brings to life an intricate cast of characters among the German immigrants and their English neighbors. The Germans, all swordsmiths, struggle to adapt to their new home and to the changes wrought on the their livelihood by the spread of firearms as the dominant weapon of war. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while Herman's return to Germany brings the two halves of the novel together from a plot standpoint, I was much more interested in the catharsis that the return home brings his family. ( )
  jscape2000 | Jun 30, 2022 |
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The Running Wolf feels like being a fly on the wall in a 16 – 1700s family’s home. You hear what they hear, you see what they see and it takes you along on their journey. The characters are all well done, they feel human. They have their charms and quirks, they have their issues and desires. Each character’s dialogue, thoughts, actions, emotions, etc. all feel distinct and realistic.

Beyond that, I have little to nothing to say about it. It really didn’t evoke any thoughts, feelings, or emotions in me. I just found it to be a pleasant and interesting ride to join these characters on.

Overall, the narration was pretty good. I occasionally had trouble telling who was who at times. The lines are spoken loud and clear, and dialogue is well done, but character voices are seriously lacking in some instances. I also got sick of the narrator repeatedly saying “17o3”. O isn’t a number, it’s a letter. It’s 1703 and that will never stop annoying the hell out of me.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval. ( )
  Korra_II_Royal | May 14, 2022 |
The Running Wolf is set right at the end of the 17th century and the very beginning of the 18th century. It centres around a group of master sword makers from Solingen in Germany who, having found that work has dried up and there are too many of them in one small area, break away from their community and move to the very north of England to form a new community.

It's not hard to imagine, with Helen Steadman's expert guidance, how it must have felt for them to arrive in a new place, feeling like they don't belong. The main characters are Hermann Mohll and his wife, daughter and mother, along with their pup, Griselda. I found reading about their home life, roles and customs really interesting and the author brought it all to life for me.

Alongside the family's arrival in Shotley Bridge and the ensuing years as Hermann tries to build up his sword making and the family settle in fairly uneasily, there is a slightly later thread set in Morpeth Gaol where Hermann is being held after smuggling swords from Solingen to try to improve matters for his family and those in his community. I thought it was clever how the author weaved the two timelines together.

Helen Steadman always writes with such authenticity and attention to detail. Her research is thorough and setting is always strong. I must admit I didn't gel with this book quite as much as I did with her first two, Widdershins and Sunwise. Maybe it's because sword making seems a very specific subject matter and wouldn't necessarily be something I would be drawn to if it hadn't been an author whose work I had enjoyed previously. However, it is a really intriguing basis for a novel and quite unique I would imagine. This is an author who I feel writes books that are completely faithful to the time in which they are set.

I'm glad I read The Running Wolf. I learned a lot about the art of sword making, about how it must have felt to uproot a family in the late 1600s and then to try to maintain traditions from home whilst settling into a new community. This is one for historical fiction fans who are looking for a storyline that is a bit different from the norm. ( )
  nicx27 | May 28, 2021 |
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When a Prussian smuggler is imprisoned in Morpeth Gaol in the winter of 1703, why does Queen Anne's powerful right-hand man, The Earl of Nottingham, take such a keen interest? At the end of the turbulent 17th century, the ties that bind men are fraying, turning neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend and brother against brother.

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