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The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power - and how far one will go to defend it. Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky.The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky.Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and cThe Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power - and how far one will go to defend it.Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky.The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky.Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland, their lives measured out in the turning of centuries, not years.By contrast, the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much more immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbors.Fragile is the peace that has existed between these very different races - and that peace is shattered when the Suthern armies flood the lands to the north.These two races revive their age-old hatred and fear of each other. Within the maelstrom of war, two leaders will rise to lead their people to victory.Only one will succeed.Under the Northern SkyThe Wolf...

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ISBN : 9780316521376
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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The Wolf Reviews

  • Jackie
    2019-01-20 00:20

    “The Wolf” is a piece that mirrors that of an epic Game of Thrones type fantasy book where there are house loyalties, deep betrayals, assassination attempts and war all wrapped together nicely. There’s a lot of political elements here that go into the rise of a leader and the process of building an army that respects that leadership in order to defeat a long standing enemy who have new tricks up their sleeves and friends in high places pulling strings in order to achieve success. I’m unsure if this is just my own sort of interpretation or deliberate symbolism but throughout my read I kept thinking how the Northerners represented more of the old ancient ways with this idea supported by their choice in weaponry and the materials in which they are made, their language and the very concept of their lives expanding centuries as well as the very aesthetic of their land itself, whereas the Southerners were more like a modern age where they run through things such as the land and life itself so quickly that they are constantly trying to tip the scales in their favor by reigniting this feud over a land they don’t really want after they rid it of it’s people. If that’s what the author was going for then I applaud his ability to turn such an age old almost consistent generational tension into a high fantasy/war novel and if not I still enjoyed reading into it and going about seeing a greater picture with just this first book in the series. **thank you to netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Tad
    2019-01-19 02:04

    Leo Carew’s fantasy debut is bold, ambitious and very entertaining. The giants of the northern Black Kingdom, the Anakim, face an invasion from the smaller but more numerous Sutherners from across the river that has been the border of a long but fragile peace. The Anakim’s enormous size, their natural bone armor and their ferocity in battle has long struck fear into the Sutherner’s hearts. Roper, son of the Black Lord and leader of the Black Kingdom, finds himself in command during his first battle when his father is slain in battle which leads to the first Anakim defeat in more than a thousand years. The human Sutherners are led by an ambitious outsider, Bellamus, who aims to put an end to the Anakim once and for all. Roper retreats to his impenetrable walled fortress to regroup. While the Suthern army rampages throughout the Black Kingdom, Roper must find a way to defeat them while also fending off a challenge to his leadership from the Anakim hero, Uvoren.The Wolf is historical fantasy at its best. The political maneuverings in the Black Kingdom are deep, twisty and intense. Roper is both clever and smart, but he is very inexperienced. He must consolidate his own power base before he can begin to attack Uvoren’s insidious attempts to take the throne out from under him. Bellamus’s manipulation of events in the Suthern kingdom are likewise fascinating, although less time is spent on them than events in the Black Kingdom.Carew not only vividly portrays the frozen landscape of the north but describes how it informs the lifestyle of the people who live there. The Anakim’s relationship with their environment is a key factor in their civilization and lifestyle. The battle scenes are well-described and intense. The story is filled with strong and interesting characters. They come across as real individuals with differing personalities and motivations. Good vs. evil is more a function of intentions that innate being. The women are no shrinking violets although I would like to spend more time with them, particularly Keturah of the Anakim and the Suthern Queen Aramilla. The ending sets up for future installments. Enough hints are dropped about the world beyond that point to an expanding conflict. I look forward to spending more time with all of these characters. Leo Carew is the real deal. Highly recommended.I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Sammie
    2019-01-15 03:11

    One-Line Summary:A massive battle of wits, one within a kingdom and one between kingdoms, where the loser forfeits their life and no one truly wins.Summary:The Anakim to the north are known as monsters, demons, and fallen angels by their southern opponents, so when what looks like a green snake appears in the sky, the Suthern king is convinced it’s an omen that they should invade in order to please God. So sure of their victory, the Anakim are taken by surprise to find the Sutherners have laid a trapped, one that wipes out many of their soldiers and results in the death of their king, the Black Lord. For the first time in centuries, they’re forced to retreat, under order of the new Black Lord, Roper, who suddenly inherited the position upon his father’s death.Not everyone is so thrilled with the young, inexperienced upstart, though. Uvoren, Master of the Guard, sees his chance to supplant the rule. After all, he’s popular among the Anakim, and Roper is an upstart with no experience in battle, where favor is won and lost among the Anakim. If Roper intends to take his rightful place as Black Lord, he’ll have to earn it—and fast. And it won’t be easy.But civil war isn’t the only threat on the horizon for the Anakim. The Sutherners have their own upstart. Not exactly young, but from a lowly and ignoble birth, Bellamus intends to do whatever it takes to earn his status in society. His specialty is information, and as he’s made himself the expert on Anakim, it seems only fitting that he should be the one to lead the Sutherners to victory over the northern tribe once and for all.Only one person can win this battle of wits, but at what cost?The Positives:- Strategy and sabotage and stabbiness and supplanting and all the other great S words (and other letters, probably, too). I’m not into high fantasy in general as a whole, but I do love me some political games, and this book is just rife with it. Everyone has an angle they’re working, and brute force won’t win it for them. They have to be cunning and always one step ahead. Sure, some of the tactics used weren’t all that surprising and I had predicted them, but they were smart and effective. The game of one-upmanship is everything I could have hoped for and then some.- Keturah and Roper make one heck of a power couple. While women aren’t allowed to fight in the army, it’s clear that they’re not just passive bystanders, either, or not in this case. Keturah has her own game going on behind the scenes. She’s cunning and manipulative and knows just the right strings to pull. She takes her role seriously, and she’s damn good at it. I actually really liked the way this worked out, because despite the Anakim society having traditional male/female roles, there are strong women in this that for sure aren’t just innocent bystanders.- I’m just a teensy bit in love with Pryce. Missing ear and all. Sure, he’s cantankerous and stubborn, but he’s fiercely loyal to the people he feels worthy of such fealty. He’s a beast not just in his interactions with people but on the battlefield, yet he knows his place. His cockiness and arrogance isn’t misguided; he’s talented and he knows it, but he also knows the limits. I really liked the way his character grew through this.- Everyone should have a Gray in their life. He’s the father figure most people dream of. He’s insistent that Roper will either succeed or fail on his own, but he doesn’t withhold his advice and attempts to guide him, either. Nor does he shy away from speaking his truth, even when it’s a harsh one. He’s just a brilliant character, and comes out with the best advice and stories. What’s not to love? “And there is nothing to fear about death, because when you reach it—when you have no choice—you can accept it.”- I’m really interested in Bellamus and the game he’s playing and where it’ll take him. I actually want to know more about his backstory, really, since I’m sure there’s got to be some good stuff in there. He’s such a deep character, and we get to see a lot of character growth and realization in him in this book, but I want to know more about his past. He’s smart and cunning and somehow manages to survive, like a roach. He seems like a worthy adversary for Roper, and I look forward to seeing what he does in the next books.- The author has a degree in biological anthropology, and it shows. The differences between the cultures and groups is fabulously done. They each have their own religions and beliefs and ways of approaching life, which makes it pretty nigh on impossible for them to actually understand each other. It’s even touched on in the book that as much as Bellamus believes he knows about the Anakim, he still doesn’t understand some of the most vital information that’s just embedded in who they are. There’s a stark contrast between the Sutherners, who live relatively normal human lifespans and are always moving, fluid, and in love with gold, and the Anakim, who can live for easily two hundred years and bond with the environment and the area they inhabit, to the point where they would rather die than resettle somewhere else. I thought the cultures were marvelously done, and I got a really good sense of those two groups. I actually look forward to learning more about the Unhierea, which I assume will come in the later books.- The ending was the perfect setup for book two. Which obviously there’s going to be a book two, as this is book one. There’s a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing where you’ll be beating the author over the head with his own book for making you wait. The epilogue is a nice touch to create intrigue for the next book, but it’s also not unexpected. I mean, it was foreshadowed throughout the book, so when it got there, I was more like, “Oh, yes, that. Well, this is about to get interesting.” Like I said, nothing in this book happens without consequences.- Uvoren is awful. There are times where I thought, oh, look, he has a chance to redeem himself slightly because he’s a garbage person but at least he might have this thing going for him. But no. Every time, he unfailingly proved me wrong. He’s not even worth wasting words on because grrr. That is all I have to say about that. The Negatives:- As great as the cultural aspect was, the worldbuilding is a bit lacking. Especially for a high fantasy. There’s maps, so that’s helpful, but beyond that, I don’t have a great sense of the world they’re living in. The map shows that where this takes place is obviously an island, albeit a decent sized one. There’s also mention of the Sutherners having arrived on boats, basically, and settled there, so that hints at a larger world. But beyond that, this feels like it takes place in a microcosm. The races are so vastly different (the Anakim at around seven feet with bone plates under their skin and the Sutherners, who seem to basically be like normal humans as we know them) yet I have no sense of why this is or how it came to be. Maybe the hows and whys aren’t as important, but it feels so much like an alien vs. human concept that I really was looking for more of a grounding in what this world as a whole actually is.- I actually have absolutely no idea what Anakim look like. Which is problematic, given that I read the whole thing. Well, mostly. I confess, I may have skipped some descriptions when it became too much, so I very well might have missed something rather important. I’m not sure if they’re supposed to be just really tall human-like creatures with bone plates or if they look entirely different or what. I guess I pictured them as not entirely human-looking. Though, apparently, it’s possible for Sutherners and Anakim to reproduce, sort of, so I guess they should be at least sort of human-ish. I just really don’t know.- Yeah, about that skimming thing … I did that quite a bit. There were some fantastic and important descriptions, but there were also times when it became overbearing. I feel like this is a symptom of high fantasy in general, which is why I tend not to read a lot of it, because ultimately, I just don’t care that much. I can conjure up the image of a fort just fine without three pages describing the buildings and exactly what it looked like. It may not be exactly what the author imagined, but it gets the job done. The battles also dragged on in some places and became a bit repetitive. I came for the political mind games, not the war, so those parts really just didn’t interest me and couldn’t hold my attention.Overall:Even though I don’t read a lot of high fantasy, I picked this up specifically for the political aspect. As I said, I love a good game of wits. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I easily found myself taking sides, shaking the book, lecturing characters, and altogether getting embroiled in the war itself. All in all, this was a good book. Not great, but good, and enough so where I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. Just be aware that it’s slow (as most things regarding war and politics are) and there are likely to be places that will be skimmed.Disclaimer: I received a free eARC copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ramsey
    2019-01-03 21:25

    *I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley.com. All opinions are my own.Let's start with the great! The author is graduate of anthropology and you can tell in this book. He does an excellent job of creating different people groups and delving into the nuances of what their culture would look like. The main character is part of a war driven society of people called the Anakim that live around 200 years (if not killed in battle). They have no written language and little use for art. I would say it's a book about learning a new culture more than anything. For anyone that has lived in a culture other than what they were raised, they'll probably enjoy this book. The plot overall was well paced and interesting enough to keep me engaged. There weren't any major twists, turns or surprises, but I don't think that was the purpose of this book. It was more about watching the slow growth of an underdog leader. The supporting characters were also well thought out and enjoyable to get to know. There were a few places I thought the book fell short. The biggest being that I think the main character, Roper, never really developed into the leader that he's lauded to be at the end of the book. Most of his accomplishments were actually done by other people or he simply got lucky. He really didn't do much of anything as a leader. While I liked most everyone else, I thought the main character was flat.

  • deep
    2019-01-13 21:10

    PW Starred: Carew’s gripping and ambitious epic fantasy debut introduces a world closely mapped to Viking-era Europe, with intriguingly differences. Roper Kynortas becomes the leader of the Black Kingdom, the home of the nature-loving, pragmatic race of giants known as the Anakim, after seeing his father killed in their first military defeat in thousands of years. Young, inexperienced, and grieving, Roper has to find a way to secure his nation against the invading human Sutherners while solidifying and consolidating his power against the threat posed by heroic Uvoren, the ambitious leader of the Anakim sacred guard. His human antagonist, Bellamus, an upstart commoner who specializes in knowledge of the Anakim, is delightfully clever. The book is twisty in its political maneuverings, gritty in its battle descriptions, and rich with a sense of heroism and glory that fans of Saxon-derived poetic tradition will appreciate. The depth of Anakim culture is thoroughly developed, including shadow organizations run by women that may threaten the heavily militarized male-focused power structure. The finale of this installment perfectly sets the stage for a larger story, and readers will excitedly anticipate the rest of the series. (Apr.)

  • Amber
    2019-01-18 01:01

    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!

  • Marie -The Reading Otter
    2019-01-05 21:59

    Review:2.5 StarsI received this book from NetGalley for review.There was nothing "wrong" with this book. I just didn't really enjoy it. The prologue felt too long, and that made it harder for me to get invested in this book. It was well written with well written and developed characters. I just don't really enjoy books that are very focused on political intrigue. While the characters werewell written, I often lost track of who was who. Their names were hard for me to follow from time to time. As I said, this is in no way a bad book, just not my cup of tea.

  • Robert
    2019-01-15 02:05

    To tell you the truth I liked this book more than I expected. I was not really into it at first, but suddenly I had to see what would happen next. The characters are well done and believable. The story has a bit of pacing issue in the middle, but other than that I have no complaints.

  • MessohReads
    2018-12-22 21:09

    I received a free copy of this for review from NetGalley ** The Wolf warrants a solid 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed this book and the characters but I had some issues with the pacing and lack of depth in some of the scenes and situations. First off I LOVE the Anakim. I love Roper and how he was thrust into power at the beginning of the book. I wasn't expecting it and I had a complete mouth drop moment and started yelling at the book. (Kynortas I was rooting for you! You let me down Black Lord!!) However with that being said I didn't find that I got enough of Ropers character and his growth into this incredible leader that he became at the end of the book. While he had amazing support and a great group of leaders and warriors around him I would have liked his progress to be more slow and earned. And I need more Keturah, there is a woman I could get behind and just need more from! As for Bellamus and the Sutheners I couldn't care for them. I found myself skimming over their parts and chapters though I can acknowledge that it was needed to drive the plot forward but I personally am way more invested in the Anakim. Overall I enjoyed the book, quite a lot actually and will be continuing on with the series and am excited to see how Roper grows and his band of warriors handle their coming plans. I also look forward to see the haskoli maybe.

  • Kit
    2018-12-22 23:17

    About a 3 - 3.5; mostly enjoyable, but didn't feel particularly unique. I doubt I'll read the rest of the series and probably wouldn't recommend this one to others unless they were die hard fans of the genre. There's so many great fantasy books out there, read those first...

  • Stacey Bookerworm
    2019-01-06 02:16

    War has come to the land of the Northern Sky. Read more of my review here: http://www.bookerworm.com/reviews/210...