M D Lachlan
A pseudonym used by Mark Barrowcliffe
Mark Barrowcliffe grew up in Coventry. He worked as a journalist and also as a stand-up comedian before giving it all up to write his first novel, Girlfriend 44.
LORD OF SLAUGHTER
Description ( From Back of Book)
On a battlefield strewn with corpses, a ragged figure, dressed in wolfskin and intent on death, slips past the guards into the tent of the Emperor and draws his sword. The terrified citizens of Constantinople are plagued by mysterious sorcery. The wolves outside the city are howling. A young boy had traded the lives of his family for power. And a Christian scholar, fleeing with his pregnant wife from her enraged father, must track down the magic threatening his world. All paths lead to the squalid and filthy prison deep below the city, where a man who believes he is a wolf lies chained, and the spirits of the dead are waking. The Norsemen camped outside the city have their own legends, of the wolf who will kill the gods, but no true Christian could believe such a thing. And yet it is clear to Loys that Ragnarok is coming. Will he be prepared to sacrifice his life, his position, his wife and his unborn child for a god he doesn’t believe in
What a book, Myth, mystery, Saga, History, Magic and all woven together by one of the few capable of making all these elements blend without self combusting.
This is the third book in the Craw series
Craw 1. Wolfsangel (2010) 2. Fenrir (2011) 3. Lord of Slaughter (2012)
And quite frankly for me the best of the series. I cant quite put my finger on what makes this one work more than the previous two, maybe its just the right blend of all the above?
What has always struck me with MD Lachlan / Mark Barrocliffe’s writing is how like a norse saga it is. The writing drawing you to another time, another place. You can almost smell the fire as the Skald begins his tale. But its more than that with Lords of Slaughter, the writing has an atmosphere that is dark, moody, brooding almost in its intensity Like the hardly restrained power of the wolf. The writer cages elements of the plot to keep you under suspense until just the right moment when its released to carry you along to a fitting culmination to this stunning and epic book.
Brilliant book, brilliant imagination, and brilliant story telling skill