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In a novel inspired by the myth popularized by Wagner's Ring Trilogy, Paxson recounts the first part of the Nibelungenlied legend. Children Brunahild and Sigfrid are raised along their fated paths, each immersed in the special knowledge that will mold them into leaders of their people. Soon they are drawn together in a union of perfect love and heroic glory. A lovely blend In a novel inspired by the myth popularized by Wagner's Ring Trilogy, Paxson recounts the first part of the Nibelungenlied legend. Children Brunahild and Sigfrid are raised along their fated paths, each immersed in the special knowledge that will mold them into leaders of their people. Soon they are drawn together in a union of perfect love and heroic glory. A lovely blend of legend and realism.--Marion Zimmer Bradley.


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In a novel inspired by the myth popularized by Wagner's Ring Trilogy, Paxson recounts the first part of the Nibelungenlied legend. Children Brunahild and Sigfrid are raised along their fated paths, each immersed in the special knowledge that will mold them into leaders of their people. Soon they are drawn together in a union of perfect love and heroic glory. A lovely blend In a novel inspired by the myth popularized by Wagner's Ring Trilogy, Paxson recounts the first part of the Nibelungenlied legend. Children Brunahild and Sigfrid are raised along their fated paths, each immersed in the special knowledge that will mold them into leaders of their people. Soon they are drawn together in a union of perfect love and heroic glory. A lovely blend of legend and realism.--Marion Zimmer Bradley.

30 review for The Wolf and the Raven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, and will be finishing the other 2 in the series shortly. Loved the Norse overview throughout and the fictional history with Rome. One peeve, however, was the "great romance" between the 2 characters didn't happen till the last 10 pages or so. I get so irked with book jacket descriptions that profess one thing and it doesn't pan out that way. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and will be finishing the other 2 in the series shortly. Loved the Norse overview throughout and the fictional history with Rome. One peeve, however, was the "great romance" between the 2 characters didn't happen till the last 10 pages or so. I get so irked with book jacket descriptions that profess one thing and it doesn't pan out that way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve Cran

    Here come another tale of Sigfrida and Sigfrid or Brunhild, better known as the Volsumg Saga. Sigfrid is the son of Sigmund, who was a shape strong war lord who could change into a wolf. Sigmund was slain and his son was raised by the Albings. But trouble does not stop following the son of the cursed leader. Heming a member from an enemy tribe recognized the boy and tried to kill him. Fortunate with only a broken arm the boy leaves the village and his mother behind. Learning the ways of the fore Here come another tale of Sigfrida and Sigfrid or Brunhild, better known as the Volsumg Saga. Sigfrid is the son of Sigmund, who was a shape strong war lord who could change into a wolf. Sigmund was slain and his son was raised by the Albings. But trouble does not stop following the son of the cursed leader. Heming a member from an enemy tribe recognized the boy and tried to kill him. Fortunate with only a broken arm the boy leaves the village and his mother behind. Learning the ways of the forest and the forge, he is raised by Ragen, one of the indigenous earth people who were there before the Germans and the Roman. Brunhild is the niece of Attila the Hun. Dark skinned and green eyes she befriends Gudrun daughter of a king. Together they visit a forbidden well. It is from This point that she is selected by Wodan and taught the eats of the Vallyrie. It is in fox dance mountain thAt she learn magic and fighting skills. In the end Sugfrid must battle fFafnar for treasure and avenge his father. The fighting separates him From Regan and Brunhilds battle behavior seperTes her from the Valkyries. Along the road they meet up. Diane Paxson knows her Norse literature, religion and magic. She pours that expertise into her retelling of the story. She is on the level of Marion Zimmerman Bradley in fact she took over where Marion left off, Definitely got to read more of her stuff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    kelly

    2.5 stars, really. I was excited to read this. I've read the Nibelungenlied and love the operatic cycle. I've even seen Siegfried performed, which is the opera that corresponds to this novel. It has some strong parts. The writer's knowledge of the period and Germanic magical beliefs was evident. I liked that it didn't hold so closely to the legend that I should have just reread the Nibelungenlied. I enjoyed the characterization of the main characters. That said, it definitely has First Book in a T 2.5 stars, really. I was excited to read this. I've read the Nibelungenlied and love the operatic cycle. I've even seen Siegfried performed, which is the opera that corresponds to this novel. It has some strong parts. The writer's knowledge of the period and Germanic magical beliefs was evident. I liked that it didn't hold so closely to the legend that I should have just reread the Nibelungenlied. I enjoyed the characterization of the main characters. That said, it definitely has First Book in a Trilogy Syndrome. Nothing happens except set-up for the next book. For most of the novel, I had no idea where it was going, despite my familiarity with the source materials. The parallel narratives merged by the end, but I would have liked them to merge sooner. That's when the two characters really got the most interesting. (Though their sex scenes had me rolling my eyes at times.) (view spoiler)[I didn't find the reason Brunhilda was kicked out of the valkyries (I forget the term the author used) particularly compelling enough to explain their treatment of her. (hide spoiler)] There were too many names and tribes to keep straight, despite the helpful chart. Towards the end, I just started skipping pages. The writing was stilted in places. To be fair, I wanted this to be more historical fiction than fantasy. I just read M. D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel, which seemed very similar, and had the same opinion about the history to fantasy ratio. I probably won't read the other two books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Viscome-Skinner

    A beautiful and intence rendition of the beginnings of the Brunahild and Sigfrid story. It'she best example of northern/germanic/viking historical fiction I've come accross. I love how Diana gets to the heart of her characters; you can really relate to their inner emotions. I can't wait to read the second and third installments to this series. A beautiful and intence rendition of the beginnings of the Brunahild and Sigfrid story. It'she best example of northern/germanic/viking historical fiction I've come accross. I love how Diana gets to the heart of her characters; you can really relate to their inner emotions. I can't wait to read the second and third installments to this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Foxglow

    It was hard to get into, but once it took off impossible to put down. What a story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juan Gallardo Ivanovic

    The Wolf and the Raven is the tale of the Nibelung cycle made by Diana L. Paxson. A strong retelling about the story with some clever interpretations. In here you will be witness of Sigfrid's and Brunahild's stories from their own point of view and then finally merge as they do in the book. You will also see a wise and scheming one-eyed god who will do whatever it takes to do his will and obtain knowledge to stop fate. Meanwhile Sigfrid is running with wolves and doing some errands for Ragan in th The Wolf and the Raven is the tale of the Nibelung cycle made by Diana L. Paxson. A strong retelling about the story with some clever interpretations. In here you will be witness of Sigfrid's and Brunahild's stories from their own point of view and then finally merge as they do in the book. You will also see a wise and scheming one-eyed god who will do whatever it takes to do his will and obtain knowledge to stop fate. Meanwhile Sigfrid is running with wolves and doing some errands for Ragan in the smithforge, Brunahild is walking the path of the Walkyrja and become a master in combat, herb-lore, runes and witchcraft. After some crucial moments who will define Sigfrid's life, he will go straight ahead to his fate, and getting prepared to challenge the mighty Fafnar. This first part of three book on Wodan's Children series is different from other books that I have read about this legend. I would say that is because it is more personal. Paxson has put words to the fears and doubts of both main characters, making them more humans (at least if compare with some reinterpretations of this legend), which is good. Both Sigfrid and Brunahild personalities are complex, and they feel alone and rejected by the people around. As example, on this tale Sigfrid is not so proud and reliable about his father's heritage and sometimes he felt alienated by it. This is the main feature inside the plot and there are some writing reminiscences about another similar book (Mists of Avalon, which Paxson uncreditedly co-wrote with Zimmer-Bradley). The only problem about making the plot more human, is that this tale feels less epic. There some situations that could be more epic and they weren't: Sigfrid shape changing in the fire, Fafnar's death and Brunahild's rescue. That doesn't mean that you don't see epicness, but I think that is unbalanced. You will see it in when Gram is forged and when Gundohar battles for survival. Other issue that I found is some unbalance in the plot. In the beginning I felt more interested by Brunahild's chapters than Sigfrid. After the reforging of Gram, I felt more interested by Sigrid's. Lastly, I missed more insight about Sigmund, Sintarfizilo and Signy but I think that is better as it is. Bottom line: book is great, story is amazing and it is well written. There are minor problems (just in my opinion) and is a more friendly entry to the legend than many other books. I am looking forward to reading the next: The Dragons of the Rhine. Last but no least, this was read in an Ipad using the Kindle app. Book edition is good and it has everything. A shame that the two other books on this series, have not come into Kindle so far.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This amazing re-telling of the saga of Siegfried and Brunhilde (called Sigfrid and Brunahild). He is the scion of a line of Norse heroes favored by Odin and she is a Valkyrie (here presented as a combination training school for priestesses, healers and battle maidens). Paxson creates wonderful backstories for both characters that enrich the romance. And, as in the original saga, Sigfrid and Brunahild meet and fall in love. As the story ends, their future looks bright.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I recommend this to anyone who likes historical literature and ledgends. There are good many maps of that era and the book gives a good reality of that time in history. It is a page-turner deluxe. It is a ledgend of Germanie myth - half warriors, half gods, these superhuman characters inspired awe in all who heard of their strength and their magic. Sigfrid and Brunahild - born to rival kings. Very real turbulent scenery of fifth-century Europe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Patterson

    interesting take on the volsunga saga. paxson is really bringing these characters to life in a way i haven't experienced before when i encounter them in other media. looking forward to the next two books in this series. i am sure this will cause me to revisit the ring cycle. also probably will want to reread LOTR when all is through. interesting take on the volsunga saga. paxson is really bringing these characters to life in a way i haven't experienced before when i encounter them in other media. looking forward to the next two books in this series. i am sure this will cause me to revisit the ring cycle. also probably will want to reread LOTR when all is through.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim Corson

    Valkyries, Gods and ledgends. Paxson, makes the legends come alive. I never knew much about the Germanic legends aside from the brass-brested opera singers. The book is pretty good in laying out the real legends of the Brunhilda-Sigfried history and backgroung. A pretty good read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann Tesar

    I hated this book. If I could give it negative amounts of stars, I would. The only reason I still own this book is so that no one else can read the copy I have taken out of circulation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Robinson

    Totally apart from her work with MZB and the "Avalon cycle", this book was intriguing on it's own merits. Totally apart from her work with MZB and the "Avalon cycle", this book was intriguing on it's own merits.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nerdanel

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