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The Wolf [Reading] ➸ The Wolf By Leo Carew – Thomashillier.co.uk The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and how far one will go to defend itViolence and death have come to the land under the Northe The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and how far one will go to defend itViolence and death have come to the land under the Northern SkyThe Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland, their lives measured out in the turning of centuries, not yearsBy contrast, the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbors Fragile is the peace that has existed between these very different races and that peace is shattered when the Suthern armies flood the lands to the north These two races revive their age old hatred and fear of each other Within the maelstrom of war, two leaders will rise to lead their people to victoryOnly one will succeed.

  • Paperback
  • 465 pages
  • The Wolf
  • Leo Carew
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 031652137X

About the Author: Leo Carew

The third of four children, Leo Carew grew up in the centre of London, in the shadow of St Paul s Cathedral Inspired by audiobooks, he developed a late interest in reading and began trying his hand at writing soon afterwards It was at this time that he also developed a sneaking suspicion that the city was not for him and spent as much time as possible exploring remote areas After school, this led to two formative months spent on expedition in the High Arctic archipelago of SvalbardThree years followed reading Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University, most of which was spent staring out of the window, dreaming about colder climates Obligatory time with serious studying done, Leo returned to Svalbard Old Norse for The Cold Edge where he lived in a tent for a year training and working as an Arctic guide During this time, he revisited a novel he had begun at the age of and began reassembling it in the considerable space offered by hr darkness A reluctant return to London to train as a doctor and pursue a career as an army medic followed, during which time he completed his first novel, The Wolf Leo currently lives in London, writing, studying medicine and breaking off as often as possible for an adventure somewhere cold and wild.



10 thoughts on “The Wolf

  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I got this beautiful stained numbered signed edition with bookmark the day before my BDay Sweet Loved it Mel I got this beautiful stained numbered signed edition with bookmark the day before my BDay Sweet Loved it Mel

  2. Emma Emma says:

    A book much stronger in the blood of war than in the quieter machinations of politics.Split in to three main parts that cover the events of a single Autumn, Winter, and Spring, the book sees the Sutherners of Albion which just so happens to be oldest name of Great Britain demolish a long held peace and bring war to the ancient race of Anakim It is focused through the clash of three main players Roper, the new Black Lord of the Anakim, whose abrupt empowerment following the death of his fat A book much stronger in the blood of war than in the quieter machinations of politics.Split in to three main parts that cover the events of a single Autumn, Winter, and Spring, the book sees the Sutherners of Albion which just so happens to be oldest name of Great Britain demolish a long held peace and bring war to the ancient race of Anakim It is focused through the clash of three main players Roper, the new Black Lord of the Anakim, whose abrupt empowerment following the death of his father places him in a position that is tenuous at best his main rival, Uvoren, a famous Anakim warrior whose popularity and position at the head of the Sacred Guard allows his deadly ambition to challenge the throne and Bellamus, a wiley Sutherner determined to break out of his low born status by starting and winning a war in the North Each of the three will do whatever it takes to stay at the top, pitting them against each other in an uncompromising battle of wills played out though savage battles and political intrigue.The first part of the book hits hard with brutal scenes of death and betrayal, quickly sketched characterisations that nevertheless effectively reveal the essence of each person, andthan a few surprises Yet once the basics are all established, things start to fall apart, for Roper and the novel The challenges faced by young Roper as he struggles to find his place rapidly invests the reader in his plight, as do the cast of characters he rather magically brings to his side It is here that Carew does his best work, bringing colourful and appealing characters to the page, as well as injecting some real humour I must note, however, that having one snarky woman who helps a bit in the background but also view spoiler gets poisoned and pregnant hide spoiler , does not a good female character make, and there are so few women that their portrayal matters Anyway.rather than a gradual evolution, Roper morphs from threatened youngster to skilled leader far too quickly, then makes a series of bizarre political and moral choices against the advice of his closest allies This factional to and fro in the middle section of the book is SLOW, without the necessary character development it would take to make it interesting The art of war is portrayedvibrantly, with scenes of one on one combat by far the most impressive, though some of the larger battle sequences run on just that bit too long Even here, there are some questionable decisions by the author to skip over battles and only have them recounted in retrospect the first time was plot driven and necessary, but then again Not so much Additionally, the world in which this is played out felt too ephemeral, somewhat of a surprise considering so much was over described The author happily spends three pages detailing a fortress or a wild hunt, but rather than add to the wider picture, these mini segments took the reader further away from the action There was so much time spent not doing or saying anything important that skimming became inevitable, particularly in the second and third sections of the book, which were padded with irrelevant scenes, repetition, and unnecessary conversations At times, the pacing was glacial The natural world fared somewhat better The maps at the beginning of the book indicate the Northern Sky of the Anakim covers lands which approximate everything above modern day Leeds and is it easy to imagine an amplified version of that landscape, a wilder andunwelcoming place filled with dangerous terrain and predatory beasts The Anakim are an essential reflection of their home there s a chilling scene played out where the invading army is surprised by Anakim warriors high in the mountains, appearing silently out of the mist truly the monsters of Suthern legend Yet while these individual scenes have significant impact, the greater impression is of disconnection the author may have told too much, but it was too little of what the reader really wanted to know.Overall, some promising signs, but the failure in cohesion and pacing drained far too much of the fun ARC via Netgalley

  3. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Steve on www.whisperingstories.comThe Wolf tells the tale of Roper, son of Kynortas, the Black Lord When Kynortas is felled during a failed battle against the Sutherners, control of the legions and the Black Kingdom is instantly bequest to Roper, forcing him to make the most difficult decision on the battlefield.On his return to the Black Kingdom, he has to face the music An inexperienced ruler facing opposition from everywhere possible, including the Captain of the Sacred Gua Book Reviewed by Steve on www.whisperingstories.comThe Wolf tells the tale of Roper, son of Kynortas, the Black Lord When Kynortas is felled during a failed battle against the Sutherners, control of the legions and the Black Kingdom is instantly bequest to Roper, forcing him to make the most difficult decision on the battlefield.On his return to the Black Kingdom, he has to face the music An inexperienced ruler facing opposition from everywhere possible, including the Captain of the Sacred Guard, Uvoren, Roper has to use all of his strength and cunning to fortify his position as the Black Lord Quickly developing political skills, Roper learns where he needs to make allies and where he needs to ultimately befriend people, that even the Black Lord himself shouldn t be associated with, putting not just his position, but his life in danger.During this journey, Roper twists and turns to try and carry favour with the people of the Black Kingdom, getting help along the way from a few trusted allies The only real way to gain the complete support of his subjects is to take revenge on the Sutherners for what they did to the forces of the Black Kingdom, and what they did to his father Roper has the ultimate test ahead of him.The Wolf is set in medieval times, with armies of pike men, cavalry and berserkers, where the sword is typically the weapon of choice If you don t know much about this era, you needn t worry Leo does a wonderful job of setting scenes His descriptions of buildings, rooms and atmosphere are fantastic and it is very easy to put yourself in the scene, right there with the characters The battle scenes would be right at home in the film Braveheart and are wonderfully detailed.I m not a particularly fast reader 3 4 weeks for a book , but I could not put this book down, finishing it in barely a week I couldn t wait to see how Roper would overcome his next challenge or see who else would choose to go up against him There is so muchthat I could have included in the synopsis that I have written, but I really didn t want to spoil the events of the book, and there are many of them.With a fast pace and wonderfully descriptive writing, The Wolf is well worth a read, even if the medieval time isn t your normal area of interest This book is so easy to read and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it If I had one criticism of the book, I would say that some of the chapters could be shorter I m a fan of the sort of length that Dan Brown uses, making it easy to put the book down when you realise that you ve been reading it for too long but I have to say, with this book, even when you do realise that you ve been reading it too long, you still won t want to put it down I am now eagerly looking forward to the second book in the series, The Spider, which is released April 2019

  4. Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde) Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde) says:

    my blogHave you ever read a book that you were so dead certain you would love because it incorporates everything you re interested in, but then are let down so horribly that you don t even know what you like any Well, that is this book for me War, Norse influence, with a bloody twist and its own language, it sounded so cool to me However, it was only an interesting premise with a less than engaging plot line Such a cool idea for a story, i really wish it deliveredfor me.The writing my blogHave you ever read a book that you were so dead certain you would love because it incorporates everything you re interested in, but then are let down so horribly that you don t even know what you like any Well, that is this book for me War, Norse influence, with a bloody twist and its own language, it sounded so cool to me However, it was only an interesting premise with a less than engaging plot line Such a cool idea for a story, i really wish it deliveredfor me.The writing style is really what did it in It was just so to the point with little to no emotion added to it It just seemed to drone on and on, the chapters each getting longer as you continue and it really was a struggle for me to finish The book is very much founded on politics Most of it is the kingdoms legions discussing politics and war, but it all just seems to go around in circles and there are no decisive actions taken until the very end.The characters are also quite plain, and it didn t seem like it was a priority to Carew to actually flesh them out Roper, our main character is intelligent, strong, and a born leader but after fails as well as wins, he doesn t seem to grow at all and just remains the same emotionless character from start to finish The rest of the characters each had a role to play but again they felt stuck in that role and didn t deviate at all Where are the emotions and feelings in this I just couldn t connect to anyone at all and that contributed to my struggle.The plot is actually interesting though Two warring Kingdoms, both completely different, from looks to actions Competing for title and land in a barren and brutal landscape If this plot was actually focused on , than it would have been really interesting, but unfortunately it was just too political for me to cope with Even one of the battles was entirely skipped over, and the battles were the only interesting engaging part Why would you skip this That being said the ending was pretty spectacular which is why i gave this book an additional star, but after i finished it i just kept thinking why wasn t the entire book written like this Big letdown for such a cool concept I just couldn t get into a story with poorly developed characters and so much talking arguing throughout I do wish i could write a better review for this but in the end, i always put honesty first and this book just wasn t for me

  5. The Captain The Captain says:

    Ahoy there me mateys I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .While I enjoyed this book while reading, I find that overall my impression is that it is just an okay read The book has a very Norse feel to it in me limited experience and is about two cultures at war.The Anakim are the Northerners who have a culture of battle and a deep seated love of nature They are long lived, have an oral tradition, and have very little a Ahoy there me mateys I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .While I enjoyed this book while reading, I find that overall my impression is that it is just an okay read The book has a very Norse feel to it in me limited experience and is about two cultures at war.The Anakim are the Northerners who have a culture of battle and a deep seated love of nature They are long lived, have an oral tradition, and have very little art The Suthern folk arelike medieval humans Both sides dislike the other but have been at a limited peace Then an upstart Suthern commoner, Bellamus, has a plan to use the Anakim in a plot to gain power and fame The Northerner, Roper, is suddenly thrust into a position of power when his father is killed Can he keep the Anakim intact with also fighting a civil war from within I felt that the characters, battles, and politics were a little flat Me favourite sections were the discussions of the culture of the Anakim and particularly their relationship with nature and hardship I also liked the civil war elements of the Anakim sections and the parts that took place at the Northern keep Roper s wife was awesome and I wish she would have played a bigger part While in general I cheered for the Anakim side, I did occasionally find Roper to be a ineffectual leader whose successes seemedlucky than skillful Also the set up for the next book was a bit abrupt in the end I will potentially be reading the next book in the series but will wait for me crew s reviews before making that decision.Side note I wish that fantasy authors would stop using the North as lands of ice, snow, and barbarians and the South as lands of heat, culture, and learning There be other cardinal points, folks So lastly .Thank ye Orbit Books Check out me other reviews at

  6. Liz Liz says:

    The Wolf was in parts a challenging read for me and yet by the end I came to admire it.The Anakim as a race, a culture, as characters are probably some of the most intriguing I have come across in a while Entirely geared towards war, their bodies are quite literally built for battles, and war is something they take great pride in, and yet, with the exception of a few too ambitious characters, they keep a very level head about their way of life The Anakim value their culture, their homes and th The Wolf was in parts a challenging read for me and yet by the end I came to admire it.The Anakim as a race, a culture, as characters are probably some of the most intriguing I have come across in a while Entirely geared towards war, their bodies are quite literally built for battles, and war is something they take great pride in, and yet, with the exception of a few too ambitious characters, they keep a very level head about their way of life The Anakim value their culture, their homes and their country on a very deep rooted level.The Sutherners, who share the border with the Anakim, are polar opposites The Sutherner s lifespan is shorter, they don t have the same values or live quite in the same environment as the Anakim Their country has been developed by the ways of amodern man whereas the Anakim life isdown to earth I couldn t help but think how this was kind of like a clash in between modern culture against thenature loving way of things That is why they are such a voracious race They have no time, and so they must consume They each want to see change in their own lifetime We know that we just have to wait and change will come The two peoples have clashed throughout history although I couldn t quite figure out, or perhaps I missed it, why exactly would the Anakim want Surtherners lands or vice versa Neither side had hardly enough of that burning desire to occupy the land that was so different to their own The Anakim are a culture that settle, firmly and permanently, and the Sutherners would hardly manage in the harsh conditions that the Anakim thrive Then again, all it takes sometimes is just being so starkly different to warrant conflict.When the fragile peace in between the two opposing sides is fractured yet again, many lose their lives, their respect and not the leaders or their army Captains can really be sure their own country doesn t want to eliminate them in the process But no matter how devastating the outcome of a war in between two countries is, adding a civil war into the mix ratchets things up another notch.And so, The Wolf explores the alliances formed, loyalties tested, grudges eliminated The Black Lord does not cry So Roper howled instead The world building alone is rich, especially that of the Anakim, and Carew left no stone unturned to give readers the full experience I do have to say, though, that at times there was perhaps too much information in certain parts Yes, it was relevant to the particular scene but somehow it still disconnected me from the present timeline of ongoing events But as I mentioned earlier after reconsidering the overall reading experience I can only admire this book as a whole The everything that it gave me as a reader, the unfolding of events which at times were fast forward, at times slower to enable me to plant myself into the moment The Wolf is not at all dialogue heavy, it sof a descriptive read and I do believe a picture formed in my head exactly, or quite close to, as the author envisaged it the bloody battles fought with swords and bows, the chaos of the battlefield The Anakim and their larger than life war hardened presence The Sutherners with their many politically driven ambitions This is war And yet, there were also moments that reflected the very base human feelings, like fear of dying, proving one s worth and heartbreaking sadness of losing a loved one.And now that the scene is set, I quite look forward to the perilous journey the Black Lord will take me next

  7. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Review to come.

  8. Petra Petra says:

    oh man I wanted to love this so much I was sure it was gonna be my next favorite book.It had everything I love, even the cover is exactly my cup of tea.Unfortunately, while the premise was very interesting, the execution fell short for me.Towards the end it got so boring that I skimmed the last 100 pages which I rarely do.

  9. Allen M Werner Allen M Werner says:

    The Wolf by Leo Carew What it is and what it is not.What it is It is a meticulously detailed fantasy of medieval type warfare with a southern nation being the belligerent and the north the invaded Nothing in this book is trivial Every nut and bolt is described The settings, the cities, the landscape, everything comes alive in the readers mind The reader is drawn wholly into the author s world Battles are bloody and intense No one comes out unscathed from any encounter The realism is a The Wolf by Leo Carew What it is and what it is not.What it is It is a meticulously detailed fantasy of medieval type warfare with a southern nation being the belligerent and the north the invaded Nothing in this book is trivial Every nut and bolt is described The settings, the cities, the landscape, everything comes alive in the readers mind The reader is drawn wholly into the author s world Battles are bloody and intense No one comes out unscathed from any encounter The realism is authentic Your windpipe could be severed and wheeze and hiss as life escaped you Your tangled guts exposed in the air You could lose a limb, an eye, your hand the feeble flesh carved open by steel What it is not It is not a tale of complex conspiracies and mystery While those elements are in the story, they aren t as relevant as I imagine the author wanted them to be It is an extremely male dominated world, hostile and savage Men are fiercely loyal to their leaders and friends, to their Houses and lords Few if any try to escape or rise above their station other than one of the main characters, Uvoren good name , who thinks the boy king Roper should just serve as a figurehead and let him rule The boy king manages to acquire allies to challenge Uvoren but it seems these alliances aren t based on his talent or skills, but out of their former loyalty to the deceased father and the House, and their concerns over Uvoren, although Uvoren doesn t seem to be anything particularly evil or wretched, just a talented commander without respect for Roper s lineage In fact, most of the time, Uvoren seems better equipped to be leader for this particular world than Roper.The enemy is also part of the story and they are pretty much of the same mindset as the people they are invading The motivations to invade, fight and survive seem to be the main theme for everyone I actually took a liking to the Bellamus character All the men in the story are actually much alike, strong and martial, often in each other s faces if there is a problem The brutality is intense.In the end, the books greatest strength is also its greatest weakness.The attention to detail actually serves to distract from some very good verbal exchanges between characters I can think of one particular passage offhand where the characters moved through a city and it was like walking in mud, taking nearly three pages to get from one end to the other simply because the author found it necessary to describe everything, and I mean everything they were seeing, hearing, smelling and sensing In the end, it put the reader there but it wasn t pertinent to the story We didn t need that information, not that much I like descriptive world building but I had a difficult time reading through this scene and several others like it I m pretty sure people who don t enjoy reading that much description would have trouble finishing something like this.Don t get me wrong It s a very good book and the author is extremely talented No doubt he did his homework and his talent bleeds from every page and sentence If medieval warfare, blood and guts, male bonding, and two kingdoms fighting to save their cultures is your kind of thing, you will love this book If you are looking for an intricate, multi layered world of schemers and strong female leads, this is not that book Four stars

  10. Ova - Excuse My Reading Ova - Excuse My Reading says:

    This book may resemble Game of Thrones There are couple of differences between the two for me but most important is that I found myself skim reading this book Okay GoT books were long, but they made you float alongside You didn t skip a single sentence Don t get me wrong, this is not a bad book at all It just feels exhaustively long.There is yet another fantasy world, and we follow the newly appointed northern Black Lord through his struggle to protect his land from Southerners 3 stars o This book may resemble Game of Thrones There are couple of differences between the two for me but most important is that I found myself skim reading this book Okay GoT books were long, but they made you float alongside You didn t skip a single sentence Don t get me wrong, this is not a bad book at all It just feels exhaustively long.There is yet another fantasy world, and we follow the newly appointed northern Black Lord through his struggle to protect his land from Southerners 3 stars our of 5 for me

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