Rise of the Wolf by Steven A. McKay – Review

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Title – Rise of the Wolf
Author – Steven A. McKay
Genre – Historical Fiction
Publication – Expected 31st July/1st August 2015
My Rating – 5/5

Synopsis

Sir Guy of Gisbourne is back!

Bent on vengeance against Robin Hood and with a turncoat new lieutenant in tow, an unlikely new hero must stand up for herself…

YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND – 1323 AD

The greenwood has been quiet and the outlaws have become complacent, but the harsh reality of life is about to hit the companions with brutal, deadly force thanks to their old foe, Prior John de Monte Martini.

From a meeting with King Edward II himself to the sheriff’s tournament with its glittering prize, the final, fatal, showdown fast approaches for the legendary Wolf’s Head.

New friends, shattered loyalties, and a hate-fuelled hunter that threatens to wipe out not only Robin’s companions but his entire family will all play their part in the RISE OF THE WOLF.

Review

This is the third book in the series and i can honestly say the books go from strength to strength. If you’ve not  read my reviews for the first two books have a look here at Wolf’s Head and here for The Wolf and the Raven

A word that springs to mind about this series is “Growth” Not only has each story line improved on the previous one but Steven has managed to grow his characters superbly throughout the series. You can really tell the author has put a lot of time and energy into his work.

In my previous review for The Wolf and the Raven i commented on how i felt some of the characters only played small parts… not in this book. Steven managed to give a lot of the characters the word count they deserved and ended up with a cracking story!

This book draws a line under the fight between Robin and Sir Guy and how the story plays out was brilliant. I even had my mouth open wide as i read as the story was that good i couldn’t believe what i was reading

Again Steven took risks as with the previous book, things happened i didn’t see coming but everything worked and there was a very interesting tale that developed with Robin’s sister that i thought brought something extra to this book. It was nice to have more of a family connection throughout this tale.

If you’ve read my previous reviews you know i’m not one to give away plot details but for me all the events that Steven portrayed fitted so well together i can’t think of anything i didn’t like. I can imagine it would have taken quite some time to plan the events of this book and i don’t think Steven could improve on it one bit, he has made a story that is by far the best I’ve read in a long time.

I’ll definitely be buying these books as a gift for my dad, they are just brilliant and i think anyone who likes Robin Hood or just even enjoys a good tale would love to read them.

My advice.. buy the books.. and keep an eye out for Steven’s next book. I for one can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

The book hasn’t been released yet so keep an eye out on the authors Amazon page

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