(Under the Northern Sky #1)
by Leo Carew
Release date: April 1st, 2018
Intense, gripping and an adventure not to be missed.
When young Roper, son of the Anakim’s Black Lord watches his father slaughtered in battle, he is thrust into the role of leader of the Black Kingdom’s Army and new Black Lord of the Kingdom. When forced to retreat or lose thousands of soldiers he becomes a disappointment and is mocked by everyone in the kingdom. Their opponents, the Sutherners, after the death of their commander, are left in the hands of Bellamus, referred to by the kingdom as an “upstart” or “nobody”. Both sides fates being left to men who are sorely underestimated and who must prove their worth’s to their kingdoms.
Roper faces opposition at every turn by the Black Kingdom’s fiercest and most decorated soldier, Uvoren. Uvoren, feels the kingdoms should be rightfully his and will go to any length to obtain it. After basic posturing, humiliation and a smear campaign by Uvoren, Roper must find a way to become a hero to his people and gain confidence in himself. He does everything in his power to not only become a great warrior but to become a great and fair leader to his people.
In his debut novel, Carew does an impeccable job of creating a foreboding frozen northern landscape along with masterfully depicting the lifestyle and culture of the Anakim people who live there. His characters feel genuine, flawed and incredibly believable. Fraught with intriguing political twists and battle scenes that are as vivid as they are powerful this book will keep you engaged in Carew’s world right to the end. The end leaves not on a cliffhanger but open to the next instalment which I for one will be eagerly waiting for.
Although I read urban fantasy and am not a regular reader of Epic Fantasy I loved The Wolf, I found it intense and captivating. If you enjoy epic fantasy such as George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones this series might appeal to you.