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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Graywullf is the first novel in the Dragonspawn Trilogy, a high fantasy series by Thomas Rottinghaus. In a world where warriors and dragons reign with power, the wizard Timon Backhelm has made many enemies. One such enemy is Lynch, a wizard equally dark as Timon himself, who finds that he is indebted to the Warrior Graywullf after an escape from the clutches of death. Lynch may appear to wish to vanquish Timon in order to help Graywullf and his warrior kin, but the sly and savvy wizard has plenty of other motivations up his sleeves. Not least is the excuse to unlock the incredible power of the Dragonspawn, an unstoppable force of destruction that could turn on its creators just as easily as their enemies.
Thomas Rottinghaus has created an epic fantasy masterpiece for the modern age in this first part of the Dragonspawn story. Filled with intricate details and water-tight world building centered around powerful magic, Rottinghaus also manages to capture a gritty and somehow modern take on violence which makes his world seem current despite its archaic overtones. Graywullf is not a novel for the faint of heart, with plenty of concept and deep character development for readers to get their heads around, but I for one thoroughly enjoyed reading a story where the villains and heroes are, for the most part, hard to tell apart. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to adult fantasy fans who are looking for an involved, high-action read with both classic and modern elements in a seamless narrative.