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A new kind of hero strides forth from the mists of time; half man, half god, Ulric the mighty Saxon, known as The Winter Stag, is friend to Robin Hood and the foe of bad King John.
This book tells about a new kind of hero from the mists of time: half man, half god. Ulric the mighty Saxon, known as The Winter Stag, is a friend to Robin Hood and the foe of evil King John. Aided and deceived by forces they cannot comprehend, The Winter Stag and his four blood-bonded companions, search for Ulric’s lost wife and wage a lonely battle against an army of evil men and Dark magic.
Written in a powerful narrative style reminiscent of baric days gone by and richly illustrated by the renowned Heroic Fantasy artist, Chris Hopkins, the story begs to be read aloud.
His heart was cold as Winter winds
His eyes were fierce as Frost
To his great forged ax, he called Wolf Fang
Evil lives were lost.
The Saxons named him Winter Stag
For he hid among the trees
His mighty frame could shelter life
Or crush it out with ease.
Defying man and weather
Thus warred the Winter Stag
Protected by a hidden cave
Beneath a brushy crag.
The Saxon farmers had all bled
Beneath the Norman rule
These settlers were not warriors
Neither were they fools.
The forest land hid many rogues
Once peaceful men, now marked
These outlaws, had lost Loves and lands
The Stag their courage sparked.
A running battle fought the Stag
Pursued by King John’s men
That quite often became the prey
While seeking out his den.
This mighty one lost more than most
His daughters raped and dead
His dreams and wife forever lost
Filled his heart with dread.
For he could not find his Leone
Tho’ long he tracked these men,
He left three, drying in the dust
Took up the chase again.
The trail went cold, he gathered strength
And formed a warring clan
To fight the growing Evil,
He trusted each hard man.
This book, by David Wahlberg, reminded me of the great stories of yesterday, when we read of the tremendous hardships and great challenges of the heros of long ago. The vivid accounts of their exploits are brought to life in this amazing story of their triumphs and disappointments.
The cover artwork by Chris Hopkins reminds me of the classic illustrations that also adorned the covers of great adventure stories of time gone by, like Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and The Sword and the Stone.
It's a stirring account of ancient warriors made even more interesting by the creatively unique poetic prose that the author utilizes. A real sense of time and place is brought forward and it's hard to put it down.
I'm hoping a continuation of this story, or an expansion of the lives of any of the other characters is in the works.
Dave Vahlberg has written a strong and moving experience. The strength and passion, the feel of the battle and the remorse of loss. Fantastic emotion comes from his writings. You can feel the experiences with every word. I feel that hearing these wonderful songs and poems around a blazing campfire would capture any audience, and only enhance his work.
Chris Hopkins's art gives you the reader a true feeling of being there. Of what the times were like. Chris brings the passions of Dave's work to life, as only he can. They are a well balanced team. Stunning Artwork and a Great Book.... So what's next?
The Winter Stag is an account of a wonderful new heroic legend, Ulric the mighty Saxon and his counterparts. Intertwined into this new legend, is the loss and yearning for his lovely wife Leone. The poetic flow of the book using classic tones, enhances the believability of the story. The illustrator, Chris Hopkins beautifully brings life to the cover, and throughout the entire book with amazing old world illustrations.
The characters are reminiscent of their friends in time, Robin Hood and his merry men. Combining new characters with a traceable mixture of related mythological legends, historical facts, and tradition, The Winter Stag lends its manuscript to a continuation of legendary tales of the past, that I look forward to reading.
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