Those of you familiar with the first two tales of the Wolves, set in the deep heart of Winterland, will know that the various adventures of Captain Rulnik and his band of men are tied together by a more recent narrative. The tales unfold through the voice of Mallakai, who regales his grandson Thomas with legendary tales of daring-do.
Yet Mallakai has a hidden purpose, and at the end of the third tale of the Wolves of Winter it is young Thomas that takes centre stage. His heroic deeds take place in a landscape that will be increasingly important for the fourth instalment of the Song of the Elves, The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned.
On another note, if you grew up listening to 80′s Goth bands like The Sisters of Mercy or Fields of the Nephilim, or indeed The Mission, check out Elusive, a fabulously dark Norwegian outfit, sadly now defunct after the death of their lead singer, who nevertheless produced three sterling albums in the last decade. First of these, Destination Zero – in my view the best album of its sort since the Sisters released First and Last and Always – is a permanent feature in my CD player at the moment.
Up the elves!