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Brief info

Nils Ödlund is originally Swedish, but spent well over a decade in Cork, Ireland, before moving to Haarlem, Netherlands, where he currently lives. He’s an avid reader, gamer, and fan of geek-culture.

Ödlund picked up writing as a hobby, almost by accident, back in 2010, and it quickly grew into something of an obsession. In 2017 he decided to get serious about it, and in early 2018, he published his debut novella Emma’s Story. Since then he’s written the Lost Dogs series consisting of ten novellas, and he's currently working on a series called Gone Home, taking place in parallel with Lost Dogs.

When not writing, Ödlund enjoys hiking through the countryside, reading, or playing games.

Unlike every other author in the history of all authors ever (citation needed), Ödlund does not have a cat.

Nils's Taste in Books

I used to say that I like epic fantasy with a lot of cool action and amazing adventures. I still enjoy that, but having explored the reaches of what indie fantasy has to offer, my tastes have widened a bit. There’s a lot more to fantasy than action and adventure, and I particularly like when an author mixes up the fantastic with the everyday issues we face as humans in the real world.

I strongly believe that it’s the characters who make the story, and that what they actually do is secondary to that. I like characters that feel real, that I can relate to, and that have their own reasons and motivations.

My motivation for reviewing books is that I want others to discover, read, and enjoy them. I don’t add a rating to the books I review here, but I will not review a book that I wouldn’t give at least four stars out of five.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to review books on request. Committing to reading and reviewing a book creates a sense of obligation that sucks the joy out of reading. I don’t mind hearing about interesting new books to check out though – I just won’t tell anyone I’m reading them until I’m done.

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Nils's Published Works

Roy van Waldenberger is two people

To those who know him, he’s just Roy – a middle-aged man, tired of the limelight, and looking forward to retirement.
To everyone else, he’s The Wolf of the North, celebrity wrestler and werewolf. One of the most fearsome fighters in the history of blood sports.
It’s a mask he wears, and he hates it.

Do you have to follow your heart?

Roy van Waldenberger ruined everything.
His life is falling apart, and his career is over.

He tried to defeat the wolf within himself, and failed.

That’s when a short message on the phone turns his entire world upside down.

If I was careful, I wouldn't be here in the first place

Alene Moneya, aspiring young travel journalist, did not find the secret jungle temple her source told her about. Instead, she found herself stuck in a dead-end dump of a town, and with the full moon just two nights away.

her inner beast hates her, and it wants out

Alene Moneya wanted to be a journalist. Travel the world and write about exotic places. Eager and naïve, she made one mistake, ended up in bad company, and got betrayed.

Why do the weirdos always sit next to me?

Roy van Waldenberger just wants to go home. The love of his life has come back from the dead, and she needs him. He’s in a hurry, he’s on the wrong train, and he’s got no interest in company.

Paivi woke up with a raging hangover...

…and remembered that her sister had come back from the dead.

It's a perfectly ordinary little town...

…and it’s out of the way, and no one has any reason to go there.

Together again, for better and for worse

Roy made it across the border and met up with Alene, just like they’d agreed on. He’s back in human form, and they’re on a train going north.

It should be easy.

What's your story, Alene?

Alene Moneya had hopes, dreams, and ambitions – and now she has nothing.

She thought she had a friend, and she was wrong.

She dared to trust, and was betrayed.

Who are you, without your demons?

Alene Money lost everything. Her friend, her suitcase, her freedom. They took her home away, and when there was just she and the beast, they took that too.

Forthcoming, 2021

Snowflakes dance like butterflies.

Young Emma of the anfylk dreams of a quiet life in her little village in the big forest.
She wants to raise a family and grow old in peace and quiet, with the love of her life by her side.
It’s a plain and simple dream, but it’s hers, and she’ll do what it takes to achieve it.

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