A MASTERPIECE IN EPIC HISTORICAL FANTASY – A NEW VOICE TO RIVAL DAVID GEMMELL OR GEORGE RR MARTIN
A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky.
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.
Two sides. One victor.
The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and identity – and how far one will go to defend them.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE ALREADY SAYING ABOUT CAREW’S BREATHTAKING FANTASY EPIC:
‘The next George RR Martin‘ – Mail on Sunday
‘Imagine Game of Thrones rewritten by John le Carré . . . A marvellously accomplished debut‘ – Guardian
‘Full of dark conspiracies, larger-than-life characters, and tense battles‘ – Paul Hoffman, author of The Left Hand of God
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It so hard to believe that this is Leo Carew’s debut novel as it is like it must have been bubbling to get free. Every bit of this story playing out in this author’s head has flowed onto these pages, the scenes as he sees them, colours, expressions and personalities of the characters. It is one magnificent epic read!
Set in medieval times the country is divided into two nations. The Anakim in the north where they live under the rule of Kynortas, the Black Lord. It is much colder in the north and the people are rugged, living off the land and being trained in battle skills from a young age. The Sutherners in Albion live in the warmer climate, don’t live as long as the people of the North and follow a more cultured life style.
When the armies of the Sutherners are stirred up by a commoner Bellamus, he invades the North, killing Kynortas and leaving his son Roper to take his place as the Black Lord. Things take a bit of a dive so when Roper and the army return home his ability to rule is in the balance.
This is one cracking story of battles, politics and betrayals that centre round three men, Bellamus from the south, Roper who is new in the position of the Black Lord and Uvoren a warrior of Anakim that sees himself a more worthy to rule than Roper. I soon felt myself taking sides. I don’t know if it was the way it is written or because I come from the North, but I really got behind the people of the North and Roper. Roper had so much to prove that he takes pretty dodgy chances with some undesirable people and it makes for some real page turning, take your breath moments. All played out in glorious technicolour in my mind.
So looking forward to the follow-up in April 2019
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 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 12 and began reassembling it in the considerable space offered by 24hr 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.