In the aftermath of a violent rebellion Robin Hood and his men must fight for survival with an enemy deadlier than any they've faced before...
1322. England is in disarray and Sir Guy of Gisbourne, the king's own bounty hunter, stalks the greenwood, bringing bloody justice to the outlaws and rebels who hide there. When things begin to go horribly wrong self-pity, grief and despair threaten to overwhelm the young wolf's head who will need the support of his friends and family now more than ever. But Robin's friends have troubles of their own and, this time, not all of them will escape with their lives....
Violence, betrayal, brutality, and death come to vivid life in The Wolf and the Raven, the brilliant sequel to Wolf's Head.
©2014 Steven A. McKay (P)2014 Steven A. McKay
As with the first book I listened to; the superb Wolf's Head. I was struggling with some well known authors and wondering why I was bothering. Then the breath of fresh air, Steven's writing. Again came along.
This book is not for the PC. That is why it has a realistic feel to it. That is probably pretty much how they spoke then. With plenty of strong Anglo-Saxon words that have now come into common usage around the world.
The descriptions are graphic, necessarily so, and transport you to Sherwood Forest with the outlaws. As in my previous review I do not intend to give too much away, as that would spoil it for the new reader.
Just take the book on board and enjoy it and be swished away quicker than Robin's arrow.
I would listen to The Wolf and The Raven again for the simple reason that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although I like they way Robin is portrayed in this series I must admit I really liked Sir Guys character. He is very calm and aware of his own appearance, people that know little of him think of him as a mild person but deep down inside he is an angry slightly deranged soul. His hatred for Robin grows throughout out the book until the very end. Because of what had happens to Sir Guy in his past he has no emotion or connection with any person which makes him a very dangerous man.
I liked the scenes that involved Robin and Sir Guy. Robins growing fear of Sir Guy coupled with Sir Guys hatred of Robin, makes their meetings enjoyable to listen to especially as Robin's growing doubt about his own capabilities starts to wear him down.
Again as with The Wolfs Head there are some very funny moments in this story and sad a worrying times too. There is also some shocks involving some of the best known character which I will not spoil.
Enjoyed the book a lot and will listen to it again, can't wait for part 3.
Second book in the series,taking you further into the characters,the history of the period and woven with the threads of a story already familiar but different in this telling
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Not normally my kind of thing. Really enjoyable take on Robin Hood (be aware of the bad language throughout this read) but does not deter from an excellent story.
The narrator is perfect for this style of work & he came across without any hitch for a ten & half hour reading. I would like to hear more from him.
Will definitely be listening to this many times in future. Thank you Audible for a delightful sale purchase.
Very well read. And really enjoyed the story. Even if the end fight seen is a little predictable. The characters have interesting stories, which kept me listening for 6 hours straight! Can't wait for book 3.
Being able to listen to it in my car whilst driving, in the bath, washing up, cooking. This means I can concentrate on the book and still get things done.
Great character development and the introduction of two new characters.
IT's difficult to choose because they are all quite likeable, but I enjoyed how Gisbourne was portrayed.
Just a couple of suggestions, I felt there were too many repetitions of some words. there was a lot of 'pulling' on ale, a lot of 'foliage' which could have been referred to occasionally as greenery, or bushes, and over use of the word terribly, as in 'terribly' bruised . And a lot of adjectives to describe characters as the big outlaw, or the big man.'
The story ran along nicely, and the plot is well thought out and linked with the subplot. There's enough action and violence to keep the reader interested and the author develops his characters really well, fleshing them out with great personalities and characteristics.
Mr McKay is on to a winner with his Robin Hood series which can appeal to readers of both sexes. I can imagine this series being made into a TV programme, it definitely fits the bill, with lovable characters, suitable villains, great dialogue and an awesome plot.
Looking forward to listening or reading the next in the series!
Definitely. It's historical fiction, and it's Robin Hood. I need no other reason.
The dual near the end.
All of them. It's impossible to pick one.
Little John's story.
I just couldn't stop listening to this. It had the perfect blend of action and emotion. A brilliant sequel to Wolf's Head.
This sequel does not disappoint. The characters developed as I had hoped they would, with some surprises.
This book deals with the aftermath of the rebellion, betrayals, and bloody reprisals.
Mckay has the ability to mix factual events with fiction, believably and accurately, (except in certain circumstances, which in the authors notes he explains his reasoning), which pleases and pacifies this pedantic, picky reader, to the point where I lay awake into the early hours listening to the audible version.
Not usually a fan of this sort of historic fiction, I have been swept along, from the opening chapter of the first book, to the last in this, the second. I cannot wait to get my teeth into the third book. The whole combination of story and perfect narration, which to me is rare, leaves me wanting more.
"Another great volume in the series"
I'm so glad I stumbled across this series. The story is so rich I feel like I'm right there experiencing it along with the characters.
"Great Robin Hood Series"
I really like whisper-sync....I can switch between audio and reading with ease. I think this is a personal preference. For me, I loved it.
Obviously Robin was great. I think the character development was great.
I think he did a great narration job.
I loved this series. It is no romantic version of Robin Hood, it is bloody and brutal and yet maintains reality. There is great character development and plenty of action scenes. If you like medieval action this is the book for you. If you like historical fiction with action....look no further. Incidentally, I also purchased the Audible edition as well. The narrator did a great job, I listened on my daily commute.
What I really liked was that each book in the series is a complete and independent story. There are hints of more to follow in the sequels, but Steven wraps each book up nicely so that you feel you have finished a great story.
"Written so well it makes you mad..."
The author has written this book and series so well that it makes you hate the antagonist and love the protagonist. The way it was written allows you to dive into the story and makes you want to be a part of it as if you are there. When they are running through the trees and are winded, I feel as though I am winded as well. That is great writing and great reading. I love being able to dive into a book like this. The story is fantastic. It has twists and turns and show's what the writer knows and envisions for every character. He truly knows that story, the layout of England where this takes place, the practices that were in place back then and what they did during those times.
Friar Tuck in this one is my favorite. He always uses his head and gives great advice. He is a noble man and is always trying to make others around him better.
When they duel at the end and Robin hears the great news from Friar Tuck and that changes everything that he is fighting for.
Friar Tuck. He seems to do everything and be everywhere. He was a huge part during this book and made it very enjoyable to listen to.
Couldn't put this down. Listened to it in one sitting.
I love this book series! Just dark enough for me with out being over done, I love that it's geared towards adults! Also he writes fast! Which is also a pleaser because I can't wait for the next book tho come out!
"Robin Hood Strikes Again!"
I'd recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in historical adventure.
Without getting into spoilers, the relationship between Sir Richard and his captor is somewhat a unique touch and the unfolding of Robin Hood's departure from Nottingham Castle is clever, well-detailed.
Nick Ellsworth's voice for Tuck is note-perfect, but he also catches Will Scarlet and Little John very skillfully. Hard to pick just one.
Yes, but I didn't have the time... spread it out over a few days.
Nick Ellsworth does justice to Steven McKay's story with a crisp, professional narration. I read the paperback earlier, but I enjoyed the audio experience equally. Highly recommended.
"I'll probably read them all...but..."
After reading the first book, I was extremely excited when the second one hit the shelves. The audiobook was excellent and the narrator superb...but I found myself screaming "Aaaarrrggg!!!" in my mind throughout this second story.
It must be true what the author says in the end that the characters dictated the storyline for the most part. As what you would expect to happen usually does. Also, characters that another author would have built the reader up to love, would always be saved in the end. Not here. Beloved characters die miserable deaths and the "baddies" seem to win ALL the way through the story.
But, like all good stories, I couldn't put it down. reading in the evening turned into audiobook listening during work hours! :-) I'll keep reading the series though, hoping that this was merely Steven's version of "The Empire Strikes Back" and that the Jedi's really do win in the end.
I can hope.
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