Merlin's Heir

Book 2 in the Wyrdwolf series

Book 2 in the Wyrdwolf series
Werehyenas are always trouble. That much is obvious. But trying to protect a young werewolf from being bullied by them leads to all sorts of problems for Wyrdwolf Isolde as she finds herself facing a toxic mix of the blackest magic and the hyena clan.

And it's all coming at the wrong time. Declan is furious with her and threatening to leave the team. When she finds out who he is, it leaves Izzy with a choice about she doesn't want to make. Not that she has time to concentrate on that - not with both herself and her colleague Marnie under attack by unknown magicians.

Trying to help a Special Operations officer with a problem about one of his men leads to a trail of destruction and death. And then Michael is threatened with a magic that strikes horror into Izzy. The race is on to find him before he's killed. But, to do that, Izzy and her sidekick Sam have to fight their way through a rogue magician and a whole clan of murderous Werehyenas.

But worse is the choice she must make about Michael.

The second book in the Wyrdwolf series takes place in 1999 in England, a few weeks after the close of The Axe, the Elf and the Werewolf. It mixes a dose of South African magic with the real history of District 6, a touch of the Elizabethan occultist, Dr Dee and a pinch of Celtic mythology.

Merlin's Heir - 127,000 words. On sale in Kindle or print editions, via Amazon.

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  • True BitsIf you want to know which of the folklore and history in the book is true

True Bits in the book (folklore and history)

Chapter 1
‘Lawspeaker’ was the title of the top legal office in Scandinavian countries, from around the 10th century until 13th to 14th centuries. In Iceland, the Lawspeaker was also an arbiter.
The hyena physique and social behaviour described applies to the spotted hyena, which is the one most people think of.

Chapter 2
Orlog is a Heathen concept, related to wyrd.  It can be expressed as the sum total of everything that has made someone the person they are.
Wyrd is a Heathen concept related to fate.
‘saywife’ is my play on the pre-Christian Heathen role of seiðkona.  

Chapter 8
The Daghda is one of the leading gods of the Tuatha De Danann. His appetites and dress sense are from Irish mythology. (Cath Maige Tuired)
The story about Loki winning a bet and having his mouth stitched in reprisal occurs in the Prose Edda Skáldskaparmál 5. The tale of Loki’s rescue of Asgrad by being a mare and the consequential birth of Sleipnir can be found in the Prose Edda Gylfaginning 42.
Loki Laufeyjarson occurs in the Eddas, which defies normal naming conventions by calling him after his mother, rather than his father. 

Chapter 9
According to the Cath Maige Tuired (Irish mythology), the Tuatha De Danann invaded Ireland.
Loki’s stranger offspring are mentioned in Heathen mythology. I made up Isolde and the mara. 

Chapter 11
Credenhill is where the SAS is stationed. They train in the Brecon Beacons. The information about the SAS, and the terms they use (such as ‘head shed’ or Rupert for the officers) are true.
The existence of crossover specialists between the SAS and other units exists. That includes the sort of work carried out by the burglar.
Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons is infamous as the location of the ‘fan dance’ – the SAS final selection test. 

Chapter 15
‘A gift for a gift’ is a modern Heathen tenet. 
Oath rings were part of ancient Heathen culture. They are mentioned in the Icelandic Landnámabók, relating the settlement of Iceland in the 9th century.  

Chapter 19
The Aesir and Vanir are the two families of Heathen gods.

Chapter 22
District Six exists, and its history is as described. The museum also exists.
Sangomas exist. 

Chapter 23
The Swan Inn in Richmond exists, as do the markers of river levels.
In the Heathen religion, Odhin has many names. Grimnir is one of the better known. 

Chapter 25
In late 2004, John Dee’s crystal was stolen from the Science Museum and later recovered by the police. However, it is neither a crystal ball nor Dee’s showstone. Those objects are in the British Museum. The real showstone is a flat obsidian disc.
Sam’s information about muti magic is true.  

Chapter 28
The deconsecrated church exists.
 A taurobolium was as described. 

Chapter 31
Thornapple is a poison.  

Chapter 32
Dian Cecht is the physician god in Irish mythology. Airmed is his daughter.