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“King Arthur has dominated my life for decades and now I am banished from his side. I am not certain either of us can survive this torment...” Lancelot, the greatest Knight of Camelot is almost flogged to death, exiled, and stripped of the King’s grace. He travels from England to Europe to begin a lonely, desperate life when he meets someone who will alter his perspective“King Arthur has dominated my life for decades and now I am banished from his side. I am not certain either of us can survive this torment...” Lancelot, the greatest Knight of Camelot is almost flogged to death, exiled, and stripped of the King’s grace. He travels from England to Europe to begin a lonely, desperate life when he meets someone who will alter his perspective forever. Suddenly, he is trapped into a fate which forces his return to England. He must fight to regain his honour and his King’s life. From a world beyond ours but bound to us throughout time, the Fey hunt Arthur. They want him dead and only Lancelot can save him. Together they travel from Camelot, to Avalon and into Albion on a quest to save Arthur’s soul. They must also retrieve Merlin and redeem a love which both men find hard to bear. Lancelot and the Wolf is an adventure story of the old school, all sword and sorcery. It is also the tale of two men who have loved each other beyond all reason. This book will open your eyes to the real meaning of knightly chivalry, sacrifice and love....

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lancelot and the wolf Reviews

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    2018-10-03 01:19

    Normally I am a fantasy purist. When I read high fantasy--especially high fantasy that likens itself to George R.R. Martin--there are certain things I expect. One of those is language. Fantasy characters are not supposed to sound like the guys down the street. High fantasy characters have a certain cadence, way of speaking that lets me know as a reader I've been transported into another place and time. The narration is more literary (sometimes). Having said that, Lancelot and the Wolf should have been rated four stars instead of five for often failing to maintain that sense of high-fantasy language that I'm used to. So why did I rate it so high?Because author Sarah Luddington has done something amazing with a tale that's as old as the hills and with a character who tends to receive short shrift in Authurian legends--that of the noble Lancelot du Lac. What I mean by short shrift is that he's often depicted as the epitome of chivalry, an amazing warrior and good friend of King Arthur. We know his story--that he falls in love with the beautiful Guinevere and thus their forbidden relationship heralds the fall of Camelot. But Luddington sweeps all that aside to give the reader a Lancelot who's far from the perfect knight. This Lancelot drinks, gambles and sleeps with practically anything that moves. This is a much more earthy and raw Lancelot and I enjoyed reading every moment of his raweness and his passion. He's not a noble knight, but a well-honed killer. And because of the earthiness of the character, the language actually fits.In this retelling, Lancelot has been flogged to within an inch of his life and exiled from Camelot for having had carnal relations with the Queen. He's also a man in love with his best friend Arthur. When we meet him, he's on his way to a dark tavern in Le Havre, having been stripped of everything he once held dear. He's bitter and cares very little for his life. Unfortunately, that code of chivalry ingrained into him leads him to rescue a young boy from the clutches of some would-be rapists and thus sets the stage for a quest involving the Fae and the fate of King Arthur himself.Luddington does an excellent job of fleshing out the main players in the drama--from a depressed and perhaps enchanted Arthur, to a scheming and deviouss Guinevere to the mystical Merlin. The characters are less archetypes and feel more like real and often flawed human beings. It's not a traditional M/M romance either--there's no Gay For You trope happening here. Lancelot and Arthur really do love each other but fate, duty (and perhaps something else) has conspired to keep them apart.This is one of those novels that was just too damn short and even though there's a sequel--the fae cannot be vanquished quite so easily--one simply cannot wait long enough for the author to finish it. So Ms. Luddington, you've got an eager fan here. Hurry it up, LOL! Even with some of the more glaring editoral errors, Lancelot and the Wolf is a wonderfully engaging and fascinating read.

  • Anita O'halloran
    2018-10-09 22:24

    I really loved the premise and went into this book optimistic for a lovely homoerotic twist on Arthurian legend, which is why I kept reading until about halfway. I don't want to say bad things about this book, as I think there is such great scope for queer romance within the fantasy genre, but it is not often that I can't finish reading a book that I begin. If it was only one thing, I could've stuck with it, but there were various reasons that made me stop reading.Leaving aside the massacre of the English language in terms of grammar and punctuation, this book is still incredibly flawed. It is told in first person perspective by Lancelot, who is not only the most unlikeable Lancelot I've ever encountered, I think he is possibly the most unlikeable main character I've ever encountered. He's a whiny douchebag who blames everyone else for his problems. I disliked him to the extent that even if he has a redeemable character arc, I don't care.After reading all the bad reviews from homophobes, I was all primed for some really hot porn, but the sex scenes were all disjointed and underdone, and read as if the writer was embarrassed to be writing them so held back. Also, Lancelot was way too preoccupied with the size of his own manhood. Someone needs to tell Lancelot it's not the size that counts but how you use it. I've read porn on written by 13 year old girls that is way hotter than this.The mass of cliche also got to me. I don't want to be harsh about the overall style of the novel but the prose was just a little too purple for me. Maybe some people like that, I don't know.All in all, even for free this book cost me too much. It cost me my time and my hopes and dreams of what could've been something amazing.

  • Tracey
    2018-09-22 02:30

    I did like this book, I was confused to begin with as Lancelot is with a woman and I had this down as m/m, this was more than either m/f or m/m. It was historical, magical, had fae in it spells, lust, love and a good story. I felt it was drawn out in parts and had to skip bits. It also didn't get interesting until 25% in and was considering throwing the towel in, but once magic spells and sex came into story it got interesting.Characther development was well done especially with else and Lancelot.So giving this 3 stars would have been 3.5 but dragged at times.My else, minus wingsKing Arthur is obviously hotter than portrayed in films :)

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2018-10-12 01:40

    'Nough said.

  • Phaedra
    2018-10-13 00:26

    I am, for want of a better word, a fan of the Arthurian saga. I'm not a purist about it and I'm woefully stubborn about the characters I like and horribly set in my ways about the ones I don't like. I've never been a big fan of Lancelot. I really don't like Guinevere. I'm far more interested in Avalon than I probably should be. But, I have my soft spots for the saga as a whole and I love seeing what people do with it. This was free and Arthurian and I'm always curious to check out how other's develop the legend. This version bugged me from the start as the description led me to believe that Arthur and Lancelot were already fairly intimate and the first independent act Lancelot does is find a card game and a whore. The overuse of the the F-word and the the word 'dick' irked me. I'm no prude, I've been neck deep in slashy fandoms for those words, on their own, to bother me. It's just that they didn't fit into the story or the period and when they, and other more modern turns of phrase, were used it would jar me out of the story. And poor bi-curious Lancelot is just a walking cliche when it comes to whores, his squire, and his feelings for Arthur. I think that with some polishing and editing the story itself is interesting, but the execution and logic leave a little to be desired. I think if the rival faery faction part were worked on it would be a good solid story. Trying to make it about the burgeoning love between Arthur and Lancelot muddles it. As we're talking about the Arthurian legend, the fact that the author makes them lovers isn't as shocking as I think it's meant to be. I mean, the story on its own is rife with lust, illusion, lies, incest, etc. A little homoerotic love is nothing when thrown into all of that. But the author makes it more important than what it is, gives it a weight that I feel is unnecessary. Lancelot is a known deviant, everyone already seems to think that they're shagging, but Lancelot goes all prudish maiden about Arthur's virtue. I think sweet Guinevere did more damage as she apparently cuckolds Arthur every chance she gets in this version. Overall, I think that there were some good ideas and the author didn't shy away from the violence. Some of it was a little gratuitous, but some of it was well done. I think Lancelot was a little to focused on his dick, but I think that about Lance no matter what... I actually liked that it was out there in the open in the story. It seems fitting. I wasn't captivated enough to read the next book in the saga, especially if its just more hand wringing and crying from Lancelot about how deviant and unnatural their love is. Also, down with dirty pagans. That bit kinda came out of nowhere.

  • Lilith K
    2018-09-20 22:38

    My sister surprised me with a Kindle for my bday and this was the first book I downloaded. It was free and the premise sounded amazing. The narration from Lancelot's perspective is well written. You understand his agony and conflict. He's being forced to leave his King because of his foolish action and he regrets that and the fact he's still living. I usually don't like sex in the first few chapters of a book, but when he comes along a town and decides to rut away his problems in a professional woman of the night, it made sense to his character.Sadly, I should have taken this note as a warning sign. After he's staved off his pain for a few hours he finds a young boy about to be abused and saves his life...only to find that his kills were high profile people. His anonymity completely thrown to the wind he buys another horse and takes the boy with him as his squire. He starts to feel awkwardly attracted to the boy and though this seemed strange, I assumed it was because the young man was really a woman...but then shit gets full blown sexy weird. I thought this book was going to be about redemption and Lancelot's struggle to come back into the fold. That he would fight to show Arthur that no matter what the man thought about him, they were still friends and still shared a bond. Indeed they shared a bond that extended beyond brotherly love. Having both men come to terms with their emotions was interesting and a nice flip to see. However, the random sex. The sexual healing, the random sex, the sexual pains, the sexual seductive enemies...maybe I had overlooked something that marked this book as erotica. If I knew I was coming into that sort of genre then maybe it wouldn't have been so disappointing. The story, even with the 'unconventional' love triangle...square...rhombus, would have been interesting enough and then it had to ruin it with all the random sex scenes. Maybe a smaller smattering of sex scenes would have been fine, just all seemed so...pointless. I would not read on in this series. Lancelot's anguish and character struggles were outlined very well and he was interesting. He pulled me in to the book, I enjoyed that story. Hell, if this was Lancelot realizing his true feelings for Arthur that'd be fine. The conflict at the end got lost and I could careless what happened. The other characters are very one dimensional. I didn't care about the girl, I didn't know much about the other knights. Gwen was pretty cliche as the woman scorned.

  • LenaLena
    2018-09-30 20:20

    This book kept careening between 2.5 and 4 stars, so I settling for 3 in the middle, I guess. I liked the take on the Arthur story (we're talking the traditional Arthur story here, not the 'Merlin' BBC series). I liked Lancelot's tortured take on things, even if he caused his own problems with falling in love with at least 3 people and failing to keep his dick in his pants. I even started liking the female sidekick later in the book. I liked the action movie atmosphere with plenty of blood, pain, and dismemberment. I think at least half the chapters end with one of the MCs unconscious and/or severely hurt. Even the Nazgul show up! What I didn't like were the Fey fucking over the humans with their Feyish sex-magic. Too many fantasy books in my past to find that of much interest still. Also annoying was the frequency of the 'I love you's. Wading in them knee-deep, it seemed. Since most of them are actually 'I love you, but...' it gets a bit tiresome. And the editing.... *sigh* Random commas and to/too confusion, that just shouldn't happen as much as it does here. Jerks me out of the story every time. Still, I may read the sequels to this. So for those of you who want to know these things: there's both m/f and m/m sex. It mildly graphic, but doesn't last longer than a paragraph or two.

  • HJ
    2018-10-13 20:31

    I really liked this book. But I'm afraid that I had to cut back a star for the terrible misuse of punctuation. It wasn't enough to completely take me out of the story, but if it hadn't been an issue, the story would have been SO much better.I'm a huge Arthurian legend fan, so reading this was a pleasure. The fey/magical elements were pretty on form, and I loved the fact that it was told, 1st person, from Lancelot's POV. The take on Arthur and Lancelot's relationship was brilliant, and again, stayed true to the essence of the legend, giving logical (though non-traditional) reasons for Guinevere's barrenness, the closeness of the two men, and the magnitude of the betrayal when Lancelot and Guinevere commited adultery. Excellent!Lancelot's use of more modern language could have seemed out of place, but worked for me. I think it was because of the 1st person. In any time period, a character is going to speak and think in their own slang/lingo - whatever. It actually was refreshing.Essentially a m/m story, the sex wasn't particularly graphic or prolific. I'll definitely be reading the next book.

  • Joan
    2018-10-04 22:27

    This was not really what I expected. Leaving aside the poor punctuation and the frequent changes in tense, the story itself is not uninteresting but it nearly became a DNF. (view spoiler)[ I downloaded this under the belief that it was m/m and I rather enjoy Arthurian stories as well, but as soon as 'Else' was revealed as a woman I was thrown out of the story. There was far too much emphasis on Lancelot's desire for her and the real 'meat' of the tale, the relationship between Arthur and Lancelot seemed to be almost an afterthought. Some aspects of the tale were well written, but the constant use of 'fuck' and 'dick' were unsettling and pulled me out of the 'era'. I persevered though. But I wonder if the author had done serious research into the effects of whipping? I doubt it. On a final note, although the overall idea was interesting (I like the fact that the fey are written as evil), I am not tempted to continue reading the series. (hide spoiler)]

  • Nibedita
    2018-10-12 00:29

    I didn't get very far into this book, mostly because of the atrocious punctuation and fragmented, clumsy sentence structure. The premise seemed promising at first, and Luddington gets props for dealing with original, Arthurian raw material, as it were - but her handling of said raw material leaves much to be desired. Pro-tip: If you want to convey to your readers that your MC is bisexual, there are better ways to do it than have him a) have a sexual encounter with a whore ten pages into the book, and then b) start lusting after a young 'boy' he encounters not two pages later, noting along the way how beautiful and feminine said boy is. Tsk tsk. Cliches, cliches. And while we're on the subject of cliches - faeriefolk using their sexy sex-magic to enslave men? Really? Not very original, eh?

  • Furio
    2018-10-10 21:20

    I have mixed feelings about this novel, the first in a rather long series. Some reviewers (especially on Am.) focus on its gay content hurling insults at the author for the gay twist she chooses to give to the Arthurian myth. While everyone is certainly entitled to his own opinions a simple reading of the editorial blurb would have prevented their delicate heterosexuality from being tarnished by this "sinful" work.Let us concentrate on this work's REAL assets and issues:- the author is a born storyteller and that is exactly what kept me reading despite many misgivings. Her plot is tight, fast, compelling. There is not a single dull moment, every scene is well thought of and alive.- characterization is far from flawless.Psychologies are not always consistent and they tend to change according to the author's need to outline a good climax. Characters are also kind of stereotyped with just some interesting twist here and there;- the number of anachronisms is staggering;- inconsistencies in minor details, typos and mistakes cry out lout for a good editor to take this work into his hands.I am not sure wether I will be reading the next episodes anytime soon. I tend to notice editorial issues and I fear they will only increase as the series progresses. A pity as the gay twist to the Arthurian tale was a much needed development.

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-10-06 23:23

    I am a life long fan of Arthur and his round table; of Camelot and her Knights; of Merlin and his magic so when I came across this book I was happy as I knew I'd enjoy it. What I didn't realise was how well written it was, what a twist it would be given and how delicately and sympathetically it would be done. This book is about the love that is felt between PEOPLE not between sexes and how people react and interact in any situation, as well as giving you an incredibly intriguing story that takes you on a mystical and magical journey.Loved it and looking forward to getting the second.***One warning for you - if sex scenes of an intimate nature (which are no more "revealing" than the majority you can find in any other book) make you uncomfortable, then there are parts of this book that you won't enjoy!

  • Tracey Sinclair
    2018-09-18 19:42

    I SO wanted to like this book, especially after hearing that the author has been targeted by homophobes for reimagining Lancelot as bisexual, but I just couldn't get away with the writing. The ebook is also appallingly proofed: there are lots of mistaken uses of 'too' instead of 'to' and vice versa, and other mistakes. In the end I gave up, as the story wasn't gripping and I disliked the prose style.

  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    2018-09-18 21:35

    It's 'hanged', not 'hung'.

  • Jean-Michel Desire
    2018-09-24 22:36

    Lancelot, King Arthur and Camelot were the story of ultimate knighthood and devotion to a king or queen. I must admit that I started this book with a little apprehension based on what I had read on the author's website. I was so immediately captivated that I finished reading the book within three days. Wow! How totally unexpected and even more refreshing to see an unexplored and potentially very humanly realistic approach of what life could well have been like in those days. The author has certainly taken risks and definitely shown great courage, profound insight into the human psyche, all the while keeping the essence of what all of us (who have ever had an interest in Lancelot and King Arthur) love about this era and the legend. It was truly refreshing for me to read about a whole new world full of possibilities around a legend that had only been told and retold too many times without anything close to inspiration. It must be noted however, that this book is not for the faint of heart. I will definitely pursue the other adventures.

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    2018-10-15 20:27

    Trigger warning for non-con/dub-con.Upfront: I've never read any of the King Arthur legends. I watched that one Sean Connery and Richard Gere movie and found it trite. I made a couple of half-hearted attempts to watch "Merlin" and lost interest. Not that these aren't my kind of stories. I love a good fantasy tale. But King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table just never called to me, for whatever reason. The only reason I got this book was because of all the one-star reviews gay-bashing it. So I'm giving this a neutral three-star review only because I know I can't really be unbiased, having no interest in the subject matter going into it, and a lot of the things I found to be confusing were largely due to my ignorance of the legends. The story takes place after what I assume are the events of the actual tales as told in ye olde tymes. Lancelot has been stripped of his knighthood and banished from Camelot, and all of England. (Is Arthur actually the king of all of England? I thought "England" was actually still a bunch of serfdoms back in this time and not a country in its own right. See above re: confused.) After his banishment, Lancelot sails off to... I don't know where, but they speak English there too. :) He meets a young boy in trouble and saves him, and they travel together for awhile. But Lancelot's new squire isn't all he appears to be, and soon there are extremely mean fairies getting up in Lancelot's business. Like, ALL of his business. :/Non-con is big in this book. It touches pretty much every character in one way or another, be it sexual or otherwise. Mostly, it's sexual. I didn't stop reading though, since I felt the non-con was handled pretty well. It's actually openly acknowledged as non-con by all the characters, and there's no attempt at rape-apology or any of that nonsense, or at least none that I've noticed. The fey who use this spell are rightly cast in a negative light for their attempts to use this form of magic to get what they want. The one niggle I do have about it is that Else's experiences in this are not as well explored as Lancelot's. They aren't ignored though, and this is Lancelot's story, so it's only a minor niggle. Others more sensitive to the subject matter may want to proceed with caution.Overall, I liked the story well enough, though not enough to continue with the series. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, though there is still obviously plenty of story to come. The characters are all well-developed, there're some really cool action scenes, just enough mystery to keep the pages turning, and plenty of man-angst as Lancelot comes to terms with his feelings for Arthur and what they really mean. There were some distracting grammatical errors throughout the book: commas go missing from one place to inexplicably show up somewhere else they're not needed, incomplete sentences in places they'd be better off tacked onto the ends of the sentences preceding them, dialogue ending in action sentences rather than the correct he said/she said, strangely misused words or terms (such as drips and drabs, instead of dribs and drabs). I would suggest an editor, or even a fresh pair of eyes, to beta read this and clean it up.

  • Arthurianmaiden
    2018-09-20 01:31

    (REVIEW WRITTEN when I was at 3/4 of the book)I had great expectations about this book because since forever I had wanted to read an arthurian story with a gay character (or bisexual character) as a protagonist. It happened with Douglas Clegg's Mordred book but then the series never continued so I needed something new and complete. I am a great arthurian fan but not a 100% purist. Of course, I have some expectations about various characters but I am usually very open to new representation of characters like Arthur, Mordred, Lancelot and mostly all of the knights and many of the ladies. I will start with what I liked in the book.For this reason I have to say that I liked very much how the author depicted sir Kay, Geraint and Arthur himself. They were characterized quite differently from other books I have read. And as much as I am not a fan of fantasy elements heavily inserted into arthuriana I quite liked the plot of the novel, how Lancelot (and Else) had to save Arthur and how Arthur was in danger (with poison and magic) during the book.I also liked the beginning, the idea of Else dressed as a man and how the plot started in the middle of everything, keeping you wondering what happened to Lancelot and (for people famliar with arthuriana) in which point of the story we are. And now for the things I didn't like.I didn't like the way Lancelot was portayed. Not because the character was flayed of dark-ish or anything (it is a characterization which I usually like very much in him), but for the actual way the character was written. I was utterly confused by him and his feelings. He seemed like a character who was confused himself, not knowing who he loved, why he loved, when to fall in love- at the beginning he admits he loved Guinevere, then he suddenly falls in love with Else (and even if I couldn't feel the love story and it happened quickly it was somewhat more realistic than his love for Arthur) then... he falls in love with Arthur. No, he recognizes his love for Arthur... does he? Or doesn't he? What is happening? Has he always loved Arthur but never had the courage to recognize it? I couldn't understand. And I couldn't understand why Lancelot was absolutely fine in admitting to love Arthur and at the same time loving and wanting to marry Else. The way Lancelot (the author?) treated Else was quite irritating for me because she was a well done character and the love triangle Lancelot/Else/Arthur was not well written or managed. All the feelings seemed flat. As I said, I have still to finish the novel. I will probably finish it and in that case I will edit/complete the review. If the review stays the same... well, you know what it means.

  • Drako
    2018-09-20 19:45

    I love the stories of King Arthur. I will always be drawn to them. So naturally this one caught my eye. My oh my am I glad it did.We begin this story after Lancelot's affair with Guinevere and subsequent punishment and banishment by author. Contrary to popular versions, he did not rescue Guinevere and escape with her. In fact, he took all of the blame for their affair despite the fact that Guinevere seduced him. Right off, we understand that Lancelot has a great love for his king and immense guilt for hurting Arthur. But he is banished and leaves England. In the next village, he's determined to enter a life of drinking and sleeping with whores, but that changes when he meets Else, a boy he rescues from being raped. Off they go on an adventure, with Else as his squire. But they are chased by authorities and when Else is wounded, Lancelot learns that Else is a woman, and the daughter of Merlin. They enter the land of the fey and are locked in a spell, which Else narrowly gets them out of but she finally tells Lancelot the truth. She needs him to rescue author from the Fey and those in his own court that seek to take his throne. But, they are locked under a spell which they need Merlin to free them from and so they venture back to Camelot. It's not an easy venture and much has gone wrong in the legendary kingdom, including the king. But with some convincing they persuade Arthur to help them find Merlin and the adventure gets stranger as we discover the real love between Arthur and Lancelot. It's a love both have fought for years because they were told it is unnatural. But in the end, they must face it and accept it.I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Guinevere is quite the harpie in this version (to put it nicely) and Nimue, the love of Merlin, is even worse. I was quite surprised to see her as a fey in this story and mother of Else, but it made things interesting. The bond between Arthur and Lancelot was a way I would never have seen them before, but it was so intriguing. I was glued to this book. I really felt for Arthur and Lancelot and all the pain they caused each other. For me, that was a storybook romance. Filled with bumps and betrayal, and some off the wall explanations, but I must read the rest of this series.

  • Leah
    2018-10-10 20:31

    This book is long enough that it starts out in one way and does about three 180s before you finally feel orientated enough that you realise that it is, in fact M/M. The blurb days nothing about how the book contains a love triangle with a woman which though I get people leave out in reviews because they don't want to give spoilers, I would have liked to know up front! It nearly made me stop reading until I actually understood that it was a love triangle and that the focus was on Arthur and that Arthur was indeed the main squeeze in the story. What romance there is between Lancelot and Else feels false, and while it's intentionally so, it's also annoying in that I didn't want it to be there in the first place. Very frustrating. Lancelot's thoughts and narration about his desire for Else make it feel real.Besides that I felt betrayed when else ended up being a woman. It's testament to the writing that I kept reading even though a few chapters in I felt very betrayed and annoyed. I really liked her as a boy. After she turned out to be one she also seemed to turn into a cardboard-cutout with the only objective of causing Lancelot some pain and setting up several very frustrating chances for UST. And oh the UST. I nearly stopped reading because of that too, especially between Lancelot and Arthur. There is only so much I can take and I don't feel like their final getting together was as ground shaking as all of the other moments of nearly getting together made it seem. Don't get me wrong, I really, really enjoyed everything between Arthur and Lancelot, I just wish Else wasn't involved at all now. I also really enjoyed the setting and research into the history and the narration about the horses and the like. Some parts were really cool, and those were the parts that prompted me to give it 4 stars. I really like Lancelot as a character, it's not often I read bi characters in fantasy settings and certainly not when they're a Knight. I'm not sure I would read the second in the series, I only got the first because it was free through the apple store on my iPad.

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-09-26 19:34

    (This review may contain spoilers).This book actually succeeded in hitting something that I *really* like - namely, angst. After a bit of hesitation over the whole modern-day swear words (this is probably a pet peeve of mine, but if a book's set in fantasy or medieval setting, I'd rather modern-day swear words weren't used, since they wouldn't be a part of the culture and wouldn't have been used in the time this book was set), I managed to get into it... although I've got to say, Lancelot wasn't nearly the shining hero he comes across in most Arthurian legends books - at least before having the affair.It took me a little while to get behind Lancelot as a hero. He comes across as... well, a vicious warrior; quite unlike the other characters that are encountered. Still, at the same time, there was something oddly appealing about this broken, vicious version of Lancelot. He still had honour and he was still incredibly loyal to Arthur, despite having been flogged and exiled. (I found myself questioning the realism of Lancelot surviving a flogging like that, but it seems to make sense given what's hinted at later in the book).I wasn't expecting how the romance went. I was surprised - though not in a bad way - by the two characters who ended up forming a relationship by the end. However, it did make sense. There was undeniable chemistry between the two of them and the relationship, although broken and tentative, did make a lot of sense. (I'm not naming which characters, simply because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It was quite effective to discover it myself without having come across spoilers first).I liked the book enough to buy the next three in the series before I'd even finished the first book. I think that indicates that I like a series and plan to stick with it. So at some point (after I've finished various other books), I will be reading the next books in this series.This was definitely a really good book and I'm very glad I decided to take a chance on it.

  • Charlayne
    2018-10-04 01:32

    "King Arthur has dominated my life for decades and now I am banished from his side. I am not certain either of us can survive this torment..." Lancelot, the greatest Knight of Camelot is almost flogged to death, exiled, and stripped of the King's grace. He travels from England to Europe to begin a lonely, desperate life when he meets someone who will alter his perspective forever. Suddenly, he is trapped into a fate which forces his return to England. He must fight to regain his honour and his King's life. From a world beyond ours but bound to us throughout time, the Fey hunt Arthur. They want him dead and only Lancelot can save him. (From the publisher’s description)I’ve been a fan of Arthurian fantasy for most of my life and this description piqued my interest. I had grown tired of the run-of-the-mill retellings of the story where Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, Arthur forgives him, Lancelot still is part of the group, everyone is happy, and so on. I wanted to see different interpretations of the story and Sarah Luddington delivered the goods, in spades. I never saw it coming, actually.Her characterizations of Lancelot, Else, Geraint, and then of Arthur, and finally Merlin was like finding old friends in a new, but familiar place. I agonized over Lancelot’s trials, angry at what had happened to him in Camelot. I watched his friendship with Else develop and then cheered when Geraint showed up. And I cried when he met up with Arthur.Lancelot and the Wolf changed the Arthurian legends, true. But I do believe that there is room for change, for a retelling where things are not as they have been but as they may have been, in a different mirror, a different time. And there are two more books, so far, in the series, Lancelot and the Sword, and Lancelot and the Grail, both of which I will be picking up soon and reading.

  • Joanna Lambert
    2018-09-28 21:37

    I have often downloaded fantasy and quite enjoy the genre. Having a great passion for all things Arthurian - especially Launcelot - coupled with the fact this book was free, I decided to download.It's interesting to see the various reviews and their takes on the story. Some enjoyed it, other didn't. No reader will see a story in the same light as someone else, we are all different. I do, however, find it difficult when readers take a knife to something as is the case in some of the reviews here. Especially as some, like me, took advantage of a free download. You dislike it that much you don't review, that's the way I do things. OK some books disappoint, but they are bound to. It would be a wonderful world if we liked everything we read. I would also say that when you go into Amazon and read the synopsis for a book sometimes when you download you find it's not at all what you expected. Maybe that has happened here with some readers, who knows? Anyway, back to the review.This is the third version of the Arthurian legend I have read (Rosalind Miles and more recently Lavinia Collins are the other two) and it's totally different from these; much darker. I'd say it's a cross between Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Launcelot is a complex character, not the chivalrous knight the legend tells us of. He calls himself Arthur's Killing Machine and in this book that is exactly what he is. I think the book worked well being written from Launcelot's viewpoint. You get under his skin and see his human frailties; his devotion to his king, his bad choices, his battle over his sexuality - it's all there. I would not label this a gay novel, merely an interpretation of the legend for today's world. It's brutal and bloody in places, but nevertheless an interesting read.

  • Elfflame
    2018-09-22 20:46

    I admit to buying far too many books long before I ever read them, and so I often forget exactly what a book is by the time I do. That said, I knew this was an Arthurian story (I mean, Lancelot is the title character), so that made me decide to finally read it. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember for certain what type of story it was beyond that. I had some idea it might be a gay Arthurian romance (right up my alley), so I read it with that in mind. Let's just say I was very confused for the first half of the book. Even the book didn't make it clear if it was a heterosexual or homosexual story, but made enough reference for me to think it was--right up until he "fell in love" with a girl. Presumably.Now I will say this: the story feels like it does a good job of taking the traditions of an Arthurian romance, including the dangers and unpredictability of the fae into account. But I was still puzzled until they finally reached Camelot, and the true romance came into play. I won't give away more here except to say yes, this is a gay Arthurian romance. If that's what you're looking for, this is definitely worth picking up.There are some SPAG issues. Too when the author means to, apostrophes where they shouldn't be, and far too many commas. But despite these issues, it was well worth the read. The author seems to have a (mostly) good sense of flow, and the characters all were quite enjoyable/interesting. I immediately picked up the second book, because watching these two makes me definitely want more of them. Three stars for the SPAG issues, otherwise it would have been four.

  • Alex Mar
    2018-10-09 22:20

    I was quite excited about this one so, I'm a bit sad that my review isn't as encouraging as I originally wanted it to be. I'm not quite sure what to say, just that this wasn't what I expected. The premise was interesting but, I struggled to keep reading. Although I rooted for Lancelot at first, and appreciated that he was a darker character and had his flaws, after a while it started to grate. I enjoyed his interactions with other characters, but at points it just felt too disjointed. Also, the love triangle, I felt that Guinevere got the brunt of it and although yes, her character was not something to be admired, it was done in a way that made me uncomfortable. Even Lancelot's travelling companion, who had an inner strength and got him through so many things - she felt under appreciated and just handed off to the next convenient man, though I can understand her reasons for wanting to stay away from Lancelot. It just led to him being a very difficult main character to sympathize with, leading to an over all view that men are always falling prey to women. Like I said, it made me uncomfortable. Yes I'm reading this for an m/m couple, but I'm often wary of portrayals of female characters in m/m books. Still, I'm curious enough that I might look into the next book. I'd say give it a go anyway, because not everyone has the same tastes and chances are you'll love this darker take on Lancelot :)

  • Raelene
    2018-10-14 00:46

    Lancelot and the Wolf by Sara LuddingtonI grew up reading and fantasizing about Camelot, King Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and Lancelot.The description of this book really pulled me in, and got me excited to delve into what happened next. Sarah Luddington did a great job in creating a storyline that takes you on a journey with Lancelot after his betrayal of King Arthur and subsequent banishment from Camelot, but alas that is very short lived.Unfortunately the author takes a potentially great storyline down a dark path. Taking these two beloved characters, King Arthur and Lancelot and making their devotion to each other into a physical love affair. I found it very disturbing, shame on this author for taking such a revered storyline and twisting it in this direction; it just did not set well with me. It is my opinion the author should put some kind of warning in the book description that it is a gay love story, so as not to mislead others as she did me. Shame on me for not reading the reviews before opening the book up, I can't recommend this book. I am obviously not the target audience; I would not have read this book, except that it was free. I generously give it 1 star, for the writing, the storyline is just too out there in this reader's opinion.

  • Kate Aaron
    2018-09-27 18:22

    Firstly, this book should in no way be considered even vaguely historical. There are just soooo many anachronisms that I wanted to scream and hurl my kindle at a wall. So instead I decided to read it as an alternate-universe "historical" fantasy set in a non-specific ye olde merrie England where it didn't matter that the characters understood about concussions and kinetic energy, used modern expressions, suffered alcoholism, addiction and withdrawal (using those words) and spent their free time building community centres. Read that way, it worked very well. The story itself is engaging, even if the premise isn't exactly unique. Lancelot's confusion over his feelings for Arthur feels authentic, as does his shame and anger at having been cast out of Camelot. The plot advances at a fair pace,and more than held my attention. I'm interested enough that I'll probably read the next book at some point. As an aside re the other reviews about the punctuation, there was the occasional homonym mix-up, and several misplaced aspostrope's, but the most annoying thing - more in the first 30% of the book than the latter part - was that every sentence that did require a comma had one but it was never, in the right place. Kinda made it hard to get into at first.

  • Catherine Green
    2018-09-25 19:29

    Wow! That is all I can say about this book. It is the first in a series about the Knights of Camelot, more specifically the relationship between Lancelot du Lac and King Arthur. This story is not for the faint hearted, and you need an open mind to truly appreciate it. There is lots of myth and magic, and it has really got me thinking about the true history of England and how it might have been in other circumstances… Although its primary focus is relationships including love, romance and friendship, there is lots of action and bloodshed in this book, understandable given the subject matter. If you like stories of Camelot, and you like something that is outside the box, I am sure you will enjoy this. I was so excited that I had to read the second book straight after, and now I can’t wait for the third!

  • Ana
    2018-10-04 21:26

    Let's start with the physicalities, shall we? The writing is good and solid. The general plot is long and complex but also intriguing. The romance however really does muddle things quite easily though. I do see the trouble a man could have by loving another one in those times...Hell even loving a woman meant trouble. But I don't really see how adding Fey to the already convoluted situation is going to help and surprise, it hasn't so far... Lancelot did try hard to surpass his fear of consequences long enough to really love Arthur and that was pretty much the high point of the book for me. Nevertheless, I don't exactly see a HEA in their future and that's what will ultimately stop me from reading the next book. I would really be disappointed to learn they end up apart from each other and miserable so I'm simply not taking the chance.

  • Curtis
    2018-09-26 22:26

    I had a hard time with the book on a number of levels. For one, for the first half, it really seemed much more like a f/m romance instead of an m/m romance - which is fine, just not what I was expecting. And then that theme carries through the rest of the book and so many aspects of the characters and their relationships seem incredibly inconsistent. The development of the characters is all over the place and sometimes their actions don't really seem to ring true to the personality they've shown previously in the book. And then there are the typos - both in spelling and grammar - that don't necessarily get in the way of the story, but are enough to let the reader know a good edit was likely never done for this text.I find myself curious where things might go in the next book, but I don't know that I'll be picking it up any time soon.

  • Martine Carlsson
    2018-10-04 22:41

    I love the Arthurian legend and the promise of a m/m story with Lancelot as the main character drew me into it. The book in itself is good. The story is packed with well-described action and have an interesting plot but it lost me when Else turned out to be a girl, and I couldn't get back into it. For a m/m romance, Lancelot is far too attracted to women. I could forgive that the hero is bisexual - though that the cliche of non-assuming gay guy bores me to death - but to build up a m/m romance with such a twist was too much for me. I would have prefered the author to assume the gay genre and aim for the story instead of showing straight sex every second page to keep the straight readers interested (we're still wallowing in taverns at 14% of the book). If it wasn't for this major flaw, the story would be pretty enjoyable.