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The Wolf

Under the Northern Sky, Book 1
By: Leo Carew
Narrated by: Matt Addis
Series: Under the Northern Sky, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Leo Carew's debut novel, The Wolf, the first book in the Under the Northern Sky series, is a masterpiece in epic historical fantasy - a new voice to rival David Gemmell or George R. R. Martin. 

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 neighbours. 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. 

The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and identity - and how far one will go to defend them. 

©2018 Leo Carew (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.
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It had me addicted

I was recommended this book as the author is a friend of a friend, I wasn't expecting too much but thought it was worth the credit. As a fan of epic fantasy I found it captivating. After the first hour I couldn't stop listening, my productivity at work plummeted and relationships suffered 10/10 would do again

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I wasn't too sure about this book to start with.

However, it was quick to develop and I couldn't stop listening to it. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

As expected, it was superbly narrated by Matt Addis.

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A brilliant tale, most excellently told.

It’s a travesty that this book has so few reviews. It captured me from the off and kept hold all the way through.

Apart from the excellent plot and characters, I really enjoyed the author’s take on the business of war.

It’s also superbly read.

I feel that Bernard Cornwell & Angus Donald aficionados would be well served by giving it a go.

Really looking forward to part 2....

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Excellent medieval fantasy

Excellent start to a new mediaeval fantasy series. More focused on battles and less on intrigue, than say, A Game of Thrones, but worth your attention nevertheless.

I only deducted one star from the story rating as I felt the scheming and plotting at the opposing royal courts deserved more time, but perhaps that is to come in the subsequent books in the series.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book, doing a very good impression of heroic warriors in the middle of a battle.

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Really really really really good!!

The narration by Matt Addis is exceptional, the story is interesting and dark. I love the characters!!

do yourself a favour and get it!!

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Bland.

The story started well, but quickly faded into tedium. it seemed like nothing really happened for most of the book. I almost gave up on it mid-story, but persevered to the end. Wish I'd just given up, the ending was weaker than the rest of the story. The narrator was ok, but not fantastic. I wont be bothering with the sequel.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The premise was appealing but I could not believe just how much I would enjoy it. I would definitely reccomend if you are also a fan of the genre. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

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Excellent

First time I've listened to an audio book and I am hooked thanks to this story

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Talented author. Great yarn.

I bought this book in error. I don’t really do fantasy genre but I was hooked by page 2.

Twists turns and plots without the inevitable ‘I can guess where this is going’ scenarios.

I normally listen when driving or walking the dog but this tale had me listening at the dining table, in bed & whilst gardening.

I’ve now started the sequel. Who knows maybe fantasy is my new girl genre.

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No words needed, 5 Stars are not enough!!
Brilliantly writen and brilliantly narrated. In a time that's not easy to surpass Game of Thrones, i think this author could boast and be proud of the achievement.
Congratulations !!!