When the leader of the Anakim, Kynortas, is killed in battle, it is his son Roper who must retake control of the wilderness in which they live, both from the invading Sutherner horde and from a powerful and manipulative rival to his succession. As previous allies turn enemy Roper must solidify his political base and is forced into marriage with Keturah, daughter of an influential family, as acerbic as she is beautiful. On the Suthern side, Bellamus, a new and capable leader rises from obscurity to match Roper’s rare brilliance. A commoner with the discrete support of the Queen, he has been slowly fermenting his own agenda and now makes a play for the northern territories. But first, he must defeat the young Roper.
On a lightning-struck field, the two men and their armies must do battle – and the outcome will decide the future of two ways of life, two species, and the fate of the island they share.
The Wolf is thrilling, savagely violent, politically nuanced and rudely funny when you least expect it.
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 Svalbard.
Three 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 ... (more)