A young lord faces off against an ingenious general in an epic fantasy that's "twisty in its political maneuverings, gritty in its battle descriptions, and rich with a sense of heroism and glory." ( Publishers Weekly)
Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives are measured in centuries, not decades; they revel in wilderness and resilience, and they scorn wealth and comfort.
By contrast, those in the south live in the moment, their lives more fleeting. They crave wealth and power; their ambition is limitless, and their cunning unmatched.
When the armies of the south flood across the Black river, the fragile peace between the two races is shattered. On a lightning-struck battlefield, the two sides will fight - for their people, for their land, for their very survival.
What reviewers are already saying about Carew's breathtaking fantasy epic:
"Full of dark conspiracies, larger-than-life characters, and tense battles, Leo Carew has created a rousing cross between The Magnificent Seven and Game of Thrones." - Paul Hoffman
"Carew's brisk and engaging narrative, with its mixture of gritty violence and political intrigue, will remind readers of George R. R. Martin, David Gemmell, or a less-bleak Joe Abercrombie." - Booklist
"Gripping and ambitious . . . twisty in its political maneuverings, gritty in its battle descriptions, and rich with a sense of heroism and glory." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An action-packed and blood-splattered tour de force . . . . Carew is the real deal - an exciting new voice in fantasy." - Kirkus
"Carew's worldbuilding skills are strong and his ability to infuse even the grittiest battle scene with emotion and drive is impressive." - RT Book Reviews
Under the Northern Sky
About the Author
Leo Carew is a 26-year-old Cambridge graduate of Biological Anthropology, currently studying medicine. Apart from writing, his real passion is exploration, which led him to spend a year living in a tent in the High Arctic, where he trained and worked as an Arctic guide. The Wolf is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Some good moments, but too many dull moments.
The 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 much more that 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.
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 are more like 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 seemed more lucky 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!
I totally disagree with the previous review. This is a fine book that moves at a good pace. Just because the author may have used a word you disliked, that is no reason to give a negative review. If you want something different to read instead of the typical fantasy genre, then get this book. You will not be disappointed. Happy reading,
I received a copy of this book via netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is seriously fantastic, and I honestly cannot say one bad thing about it. The Wolf instantly submerges you into battle between not only two feuding kingdoms but the political battles that lie within a kingdom. Between major battles of the story, characters struggle to maintain power, respect of their men and coping with the politics that come with being a leader. Follow, Rupor, as he ascends the throne following the death of his father and the mysterious, Bellamus as he leads an army into near by kingdom hoping to be the one to finally conquer it. The story proves that they are heroes on both sides of the battlefield and I cannot decide who I want to ultimately be victorious. The author, Leo Carew builds a unique world filled with equally unique characters that you will love or love to hate. "The Wolf," is filled of war, assassination attempts, and betrayal, that kept me reading long into the night. I would recommend "The Wolf," for anyone who is a fan of epic fantasies, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Leo Carew, has made a life long fan out of me, well done sir!
“Bamboozled”?! That is seriously a word that this author used in in his description of the opening battle scene. Absolutely inexcusable to use such a silly word. I just couldn’t get past it, because it reflected the general lack of seriousness of the authors writing, but which is so critical for solid world-building and the suspension of disbelief that are so important for good epic fantasy. Just read the sample and see for yourself.