Heart of the Lion and Other Stories

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Meet Wulf the Freelance -- mercenary, thief, lover, fighter and the narrator of a celebrated series of explicitly erotic swords and sorcery tales that have entertained Internet readers for over a decade. In this, the first collection of Wulf’s adventures, you’ll share some of his most celebrated exploits, all as told in Wulf’s inimitable, cynical and hilarious style. More

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Published: Jan. 18, 2012
Words: 116,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466151970
About Anthony Pryor

Anthony Pryor has been writing for most of his life, and will probably continue to do so from beyond the grave. Since 1986 he's written actively for the gaming industry, producing material for FASA's Battletech, TSR/WotC's Dungeons and Dragons, White Wolf/Sword & Sorcery Studios' Scarred Lands, Paizo's Pathfinder, and many more. He's been writing fiction for both adults and general audiences for a long time, too, and hopes that you enjoy his endeavors. Happily single, he lives in Milwaukie OR with a cat and half a dog (it's a long story), plays in the all-geek rock band "Megatherium," enjoys roleplaying and all forms of gaming entertainment, and has an awesome daughter who will probably cure cancer or bring about world peace or something. Feel free to check out his blog and personal website at www.anthonypryor.com, and be sure to leave a comment.

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Review by: Tanilen on June 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Anthony Pryor is one of the best, if the not the best, writers of adult fantasy novels you can find. Take a little Steven Brust, add in some generous helpings of Fritz Leiver and stir in some Glen Cook, then season liberally with sex and you have the Tales of Wulf the Freelance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Adrian Mailenna on June 02, 2012 : star star star star star
I first started reading Wulf in the late 90s, I think either with Jungle Moons, part of this collection, or Goddess, part of the Dark Vengeance series. I was fourteen or fifteen (younger than I should have been, in any case) at the time, and I devoured every chapter I could find. They weren't the first sex stories I enjoyed, but they definitely raised the bar. They remain some of my favorites.

The great thing about Wulf stories is that, as much as they drip hot, wonderful sex all over the place, they're not "just" sex. The swords-and-sorcery world is legitimately alive, engaging and wonderful all on its own, not just a set-dressing, and the characters feel real, too, not just actors going through the motions. I would read about them even if the scenes faded to black whenever things started getting steamy.

This collection wins my recommendation for "Where to start reading Wulf". It introduces a lot of the characters and patterns you'll find all over the series - the century-spanning war between the arrogant high elves and the sadomasochistic dark elves, the sybaritic Xeshites in their jungle kingdom, and Wulf's unfortunately entertaining way of falling between mishaps, resigned heroism, and warm beds, in roughly equal measure.

Wulf stories are hot, funny, and so much better than simple collections of fuck-scenes. Read them. Start here.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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