Forget everything you've ever heard about Robin Hood. Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without a trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by these mysteries, and this anguish, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed . . . The first book of a trilogy, Shadow of the Wolf is a breathtakingly originaland utterly compellingretelling that will forever alter the legend of Robin Hood.
About the Author
In his work as a journalist, Tim Hall has written for various national newspapers and magazines. Most recently he spent two years in Bermuda, reporting for the Bermuda Sun. He has traveled widely in other parts of the world, including Asia and South America. Shadow of the Wolf was his debut. He lives in Gloucestershire, England with his family.
Read an Excerpt
From SHADOW OF THE WOLF:Robin drew a short-feathered flight arrow. The soldiers were three hundred paces away; if he was going to do it he would have to do it now. He nocked the arrow.As he did so a creeping sensation began in his bow handthe way cold liquid seeps through your chest, or when fear makes your blood run cold. The feeling grew more intense and began to spread.Something was moving across his skinno, beneath his skin. Black threads, thin as the veins in a leaf, were spreading upwards from his left hand. He felt them flow quicker, up past his elbow, twining around his shoulderhe heard them making a splintering noise, the way an iced lake cracks before it gives way beneath your feet.Robin thought he had discarded the shadow weapon, but now he understood a shard of it remained. It had seeped inside and lurked there, waiting . . .The shadow veins continued to spread, at first gossamer thin, but then beginning to pulse and swell, like rootlets drinking in the rain. They rippled across his chest, down his right arm. He felt them leak deeper, into his muscles and his bones.They tugged tighta puppet master pulling stringsRobin's bow rose. His right arm drew the bowstring. He took aim at Will Scarlett.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Almost done with this well written, captivating wolf and man fused together heroic teen book. I cannot wait for a book #2. I have been reading teen fantasy books for a long time and I absolutely enthralled with this writers view on one of the best stories told and re-told, but never in such a way. As a wolf advocate I give this book five stars, you have done justice to the majestic creatures I have come to love and have the privilege of working with, a pack of 7 wolves in an wildlife preserve. Thank you.
What I Thought- This was a chilling book. It’s a take on the Robin Hood legends, but with more of a malicious tint. The book is definitely for young-adult readers, but I would say that it’s for 13 year-olds and older. There is a hint of horror, but not enough to be considered a horror novel. I like how it is a medieval setting, with no magic (there are potions and poisons, and Robin, who became blind, has a sixth sense that allows him to “see”), but there are gods, and a forest that is somewhat “living”, controlling how long you are in it. It has an intriguing cross between supernatural and legend. The story is good and solid, although sometimes Robin seemed a little too angry. There is some fighting, and murder, but nothing gory or graphic (although Robin at one point, wasn’t in control of his mind, and killed in cold blood.). All in all, it was a solid story and an interesting take on the Robin Hood legend. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall is an incredibly dark, supernatural and gore-filled retelling of Robin Hood, which almost requires the reader to throw out their previous conceptions of the folktale. I thought it was a new perspective on this old story, to an almost uncomfortable extent. I enjoyed the read in the sense that it was unlike anything I had ever read previously, but I would not recommend it for younger readers. Death and violence is prevalent and there isn’t a ‘happy-go-lucky’ feel to be found for the majority of this story. Robin was abandoned in the Winterwood, an overgrown and untamed portion of Sherwood Forest, at a young age. Left to fend for himself, he slowly learns the ways of the woods and befriends a young girl named Marian along the way. The two of them are almost inseparable, becoming fast friends who adventure together. However, when she is taken from him, Robin begins on a long trek to get her back and encounters myriad barriers and must engage in several battles and come back from the brink of death multiple times. He learns how to shoot his arrow, becomes deft at the art of killing, and will do anything to get his Marian back. . It does get off to a rather slow start, but I thought it was worth the wait. The character development was incredibly well done, and the descriptions were so vivid you could almost see the locations. If you are looking for a book that will have you guessing what comes next, a book that is not like any other that you have read, I suggest that you read Shadow of the Wolf. It is truly unique. Reviewed by Siddharth T., age 15, North Jersey Mensa