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The Coming of the Wolf

Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
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The long-awaited prequel to Elizabeth Chadwick's best-selling and beloved first novel The Wild Hunt.

The Welsh Borders, 1069

When Ashdyke Manor is attacked, Lady Christen is forced to witness her husband's murder and the pillaging of her lands at the hands of brutal Norman invaders.  

It seems the pain is finally over when Miles Le Gallois, Lord of Milnham-on-Wye, calls off the attack. But he has Christen's brother under armed guard and a deal to offer: her brother's freedom for her hand in marriage. Christen finds herself hastily married into the enemy side, with her brother swearing his vengeance on her new husband. 

Miles and Christen's precarious union invites enemies from all sides, and when Miles is summoned for a lengthy campaign by the king, Christen is left to watch his lands. In the midst of war, two enemies must somehow learn to trust one another if they are to survive....

©2020 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Fabulous.

Elizabeth Chadwick is one of the queens of historical fiction writing. Every one of her books is a gem, filled with credible characters and well thought out plots. The detail of everyday life in the time periods she chooses is so good you can almost imagine being there with the characters. This book is no exception. I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful tale, set in the years following the Norman conquest . Life was hard and cruel and death’s spectre was always close at hand. Set in the borders of Wales and England the story follows the life of Christen, a gentlewoman caught between the safety of marriage and the loyalty due to family and the Crown. The novel is a prequel to the author’s first published novel, The Wild Hunt, and Chadwick’s introductory chapter about the genesis of The Coming of the Wolf was really interesting. Wonderful, confident narration gave the novel some extra colour and added to my enjoyment of it.