Book #Review of The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky #1) by Leo Carew (@leocarew1) (#NetGalley)


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The Wolf

(Under the Northern Sky #1)

by Leo Carew

Release date: April 1st, 2018


I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky #1) by Leo Carew from NetGalley and Orbit/Hatchette Book Group in order to read and give an honest review.

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.

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