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The Wolf and the Raven (The Forest Lord Book 2)

The Wolf and the Raven (The Forest Lord Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Steven A. McKay
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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 Amazon's “War” chart number 1, Wolf's Head.

Praise for Wolf's Head

“McKay's gift as a storyteller pulls the reader into a world of violence, passion, injustice and revenge and leaves us wanting more!” Glyn Iliffe, author, The Adventures of Odysseus series

“Reading this book, I felt as if I was transported back to medieval times...the good, the bad and the ugly. This is a thrilling read that kept me captivated from start to finish.” Bibliophile Book Reviews

“...the story is exciting and invites the reader to sit back and enjoy the journey through the forests and villages of northern England.” Hoover Book Reviews

“Wolf's Head took my breath away.” Indian Book Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J5JMY4M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My second book, The Wolf and the Raven was released on April 7th, at the London Book Fair where I was part of the Amazon KDP/Createspace/ACX stand. My debut novel, Wolf's Head, was also released the same day as an audiobook.

I was born in 1977, near Glasgow in Scotland. I live in Old Kilpatrick with my wife and two young children. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree I decided to follow my life-long ambition and write a novel.

Historical fiction is my favourite genre, but I also enjoy old science-fiction and some fantasy.

Bernard Cornwell's King Arthur series was my biggest influence in writing "Wolf's Head", and now "The Wolf and the Raven", but I've also really enjoyed recent books by guys like Ben Kane, Glyn Iliffe, Douglas Jackson and Anthony Riches.

I play lead/acoustic guitars and sing in a heavy metal band when we can find the time to meet up.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf vs The Raven 18 July 2014
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Great sequel. I liked this book as much as Steven's first story. Like in his first book I think he managed to capture brutality of medieval 1322 England perfectly. The language is harsher then the first book much more swearing then the first book I think almost every conversation has a couple of f-bombs or a-holes in it. Usually I do like this but I can see the characters speaking like this. Especially as this book is in an even harsher and more desperate setting then the first book.

Since the last book. Robin and the Outlaws have thrown in their lot with the Earl of Lancaster and Richard of Lee, to disastrous consequences. Now their situation is even more desperate then before not the King himself is taking a personal interest in Robin and making Yorkshire outlaw free. This is not the good King Richard from the classic stories this is a tyrannical King Edward looking for retribution for what he feels the Lords and peasants who dared to stand against him. Due to this the extra attention Robin’s groups of outlaws are more concerned with survival than actually robbing the lords or nobles. Whereas other outlaws have no problem taking from the already poor and peasants to make their own survival a little easier. However to cut the doom and gloom there is some really funny bits of dark humour e.g. Robin going back to see his pregnant wife for a little " companionship", bless his he does try but she is not having any of it and throws him out, or the angry Will Scarlet getting pissed on.

I especially the way Sir Guy of Gisborne is portrayed. Robin and his men are described as big bulky men who know how to look after themselves. Meaning they do have some fighting skills, but their fighting style is based more on strength then technique.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Lancastrian revolt is over. Those who opposed the King are now outlaws and are being pursued with a vengeance. This is especially true for Robin Hood and his men as they are once more wolf’s heads high on the list of the King’s main huntsman, Sir Guy Gisbourne; The Raven. In this, the second volume in Steven McKay’s series on the famed outlaw, the author has crafted a tale of intrigue, bravery and betrayal. He has also continued the development of his characters, the old and the new. In particular his portrayals of Little John and Will Scarlet have gone up a notch as they help Robin overcome some very nasty treatment at the hands of Sir Guy; one of the new characters who the author has imbued with a streak of super-villain like viciousness.

The action is exciting, well thought out and is interspersed with many touching scenes…e.g. Sir Richard at Lee and his captor, a relative nobody from the village. The detailed descriptions of the forest scenes lend a nice touch to this exciting sequel. I heartily recommend this series and look forward to the third book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 19 July 2014
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A excellent sequel thoroughly enjoyable read away from the story book Robin Hood myths we grew up with. t The book is not just centred around our hero and carries other related characters within the tale very well.
The series is still relatively new but I found this one to be getting better than the first and look forward to the next episode as there is no sign of the subject being exhausted for a while yet.
I look forward to reading book three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Good Read (apols for spoilers) 27 July 2014
By Perdu42
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Not trying to be funny or anything but do the early chapters of this book seem to suffer from, to use the technical term, the ‘wibbly-wobbly’? Maybe it’s just me and, given the ballads of RH pay no attention to the concept of ‘time and space’, this quibble can be passed over. Tighter proofing might be in order: eg. when “brown eyes sparkling” becomes “green eyes shining” on the very next page. Then again that might be due to a trick of the (fire)light.

Minor nitpicking aside McKay has once again delivered a cracking good read. There is nice character development and attention to historical detail. There are a few elements of the story I disagreed with – [SPOILER] the death of Much, Marion being basically ‘barefoot and pregnant’, and Guy remaining alive after the climactic clash – but again, minor quibbles.

Overall McKay is doing a brilliant job of breathing new life into the myth. I think it wonderful that the trilogy is to be expanded to tetralogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 11 July 2014
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After only reading a chapter of a wolfs head I was confident enough to order this book and I was not disappointed gripping story told with a fresh passion that will impress any reader this is a must for any book fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood ? 8 July 2014
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Very well written, it gives a new insight to the Robin Hood saga. Very readable
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By J Lawes
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I bought this to read on my hols but once started couldn't stop so will need a new one ! Shame the 3rd book won't be ready by then. If I was impressed by book 1 I was amazed by this one. Steven's writing has got even better. This was a right riveting read and I await book 3 with anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steven hits the target again 2 July 2014
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After reading the excellent first story, I was unsure if the second could live up to expectations. However the introduction of Guy of Gisborne as Robin's nemesis added extra spice to the storytelling. I enjoyed this instalment immensely, roll on the next episode, Mr McKay
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