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I picked up Wolfblade intrigued to find out more about the goings on in Hythria and to discover more about Damin Wolfblade.  Wolfblade (The Hythrun Chronicles, book one) provides you with the beginning story of the Wolfblade family.  It starts with the witnessing of a murder, intrigue and political assassinations.

Marla Wolfblade of Hythria is determined to restore her family’s great name, but conspirators surround her: the Sorcerers’ Collective, the Patriots – even members of her own family. She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory. Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets, but that doesn’t matter to Marla Wolfblade. Her brother is the High Prince of Hythria, and, in this fiercely patriarchal society, her fate will be decided on his whim.

She needs someone politically astute to guide her through the maze of court politics, and Elezaar knows more than he is willing to admit. As Elezaar teaches Marla the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power, Marla starts on the road to becoming a tactician and a wily diplomat, but will that be enough to keep her son alive?

While the book doesn’t have a lot of magic involved it has politics, assassination attempts, intrigue and manouverings in the background by those wishing to get to the powerful positions within the Hythria society.  I enjoyed finding out about Marla Wolfblade, Damin’s mother and how she came to so much political power without actually being the one in charge and the lengths Marla went to to protect her children.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found Marla Wolfblade to be a strong character.  Couldn’t wait to finish reading the trilogy to find out more about the Wolfblade’s and the goings on in Hythria.

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