The Wolves Of London (Obsidian Heart #1) by Mark Morris
Published by Titan Books
Published 7 October 2014
Publisher Review Copy
The publisher sent me a copy of this book after I reviewed Wraith of War and I voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Psychology professor Alex Locke is an ex-convict, forced back into the criminal underworld when his daughter is threatened. After he agrees to steal a mysterious Obsidian Heart, Locke is pursued by unearthly assassins known as the ‘Wolves of London’. Soon he discovers the heart can enable him to travel through time, and while it bestows him with his own dark powers, it also corrupts.
I was nineteen years old and scared to death. So scared that I had to clench my teeth to stop them from chattering. Which was ironic, because it was the height of summer, 32 degrees in the shade. The inside of the car was rank with the smell of sweat, testosterone and baked leather.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I thought The Wolves of London was great. A lot of the questions I had after reading the last book in the trilogy, The Wraiths Of War are answered and I understand the characters and what’s going on a bit more. Overall, this is a good read; quite fast paced, lots of drama and action and reasonably well developed characters. The Wolves of London is quite a dark book and made me flinch at times. I really like Alex at first, a bit more than I did in The Wraiths of War. He’s pretty flawed and struggles to do the decent thing. I understood the purpose of the obsidian heart a lot more thanks to this book and some knowledge gaps have been filled. However, this book isn’t brilliant and sags a bit in the middle which is why I didn’t give it five stars. The Wolves of London is a cracking read and I can see the potential for this to be a great start to a series. I really didn’t like the cliff-hanger ending as I hate books that cut off like that but I can see the merits in ending the first in a trilogy this way. I look forward to reading the second book.