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Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Steven A. McKay
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

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“Well researched and enjoyably written, Wolf’s Head is a fast-paced and original re-casting of a familiar legend. 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

When a frightened young outlaw joins a gang of violent criminals their names – against a backdrop of death, dishonour, brotherhood, and love – will become legend.


After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals.

When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

Meanwhile, the country is in turmoil, as many of the powerful lords strive to undermine King Edward II’s rule until, inevitably, rebellion becomes a reality and the increasingly deadly yeoman outlaw from Wakefield finds his fate bound up with that of a Hospitaller Knight…

"Wolf’s Head" brings the brutality, injustice and intensity of life in medieval England vividly to life, and marks the beginning of a thrilling new historical fiction series in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow.

As of Feb 2014, Wolf's Head is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree!

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    About the Author

    Steven A. McKay was born in Scotland in 1977. He is married with two small children and is currently working on his third book, the sequel to Wolf's Head and The Wolf and the Raven.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1083 KB
    • Print Length: 329 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,548 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 2014, 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.
    My new book, Rise of the Wolf, will be published in June/July 2015.

    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 with the Open University I decided to follow my life-long ambition and write a historical novel.

    Bernard Cornwell's King Arthur series was my biggest influence in writing "Wolf's Head", and "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 guitar 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 New Book, New Author a great must read. 13 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Owing to the superb marketing from the Author, Stephen McKay on his Facebook page and the excellent teasers he would post.
    I awaited the launch of Wolfs Head with great impatience, finally it arrived and I was not disappointed, what a fantastic story, completely captivating me from the start, the reader quickly gets a feel for the characters and the tail takes you brilliantly through the Lancastrian Rebellion of the 1320's, The final battle is yet to take place so I (impatiently) now await the second part of the story,
    Excellent first book from an excellent new Author.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars New Spin on an Old Classic 17 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    When you take such a well known and well loved tale as Robin Hood and his Merry Men it would be only too easy to go down that well trodden path so familiar to all who know the legend. "hail fellow and well met!" greetings between rosy cheeked outlaws who dress in green tights and short tunics like medieval tranvestites while swinging through Sherwood Forest laughing like giddy schoolboys. It was therefore a delight to read this book and find that Steven A. McKay has taken the legend, gave it a good shake and let this thoroughly enjoyable version fall out.
    From the very first page you find yourself in Yorkshire rather than Nottinghamshire, in the village of Wakefield rather than Loxley. Here Robin is a common man who through a moment of anger is forced into fleeing his home, his family and his love Mathilda. These changes add a genuine fresh twist to the tale which adds so much to the book.
    While most of the regular characters appear here, they seem new, believable and above all true to their period. Their language is robust and not for the easily offended, but will be familiar to anyone who has worked with other men as part of a team. The violence is frequent, bloody and merciless but again reflects how hard, unrelenting and short life was then.
    All in all this is a book which should appeal to all who enjoy a good old page turner that keeps you gripped until the end.
    I look forward to the next instalment of Wolfs Head.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars wolfs head 5 Dec. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    It is difficult to write a story already told many times such as the legend of Robin Hood. This version has stayed close to the legend and held the attention to the end. The narrative is simply told which is probably why it engages and hold the attention of the reader . I now want to read the sequel which in itself speaks well for the first book
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 5 Jun. 2015
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    This is a brilliant book, it is a fresh a lively telling of England's greatest folk hero. I could not put it down, I will admit I'm not the fastest reader and having two children doesn't help to read in peace, but whenever I could grab a few spare minutes I would pick up the book and continue the story. Not being a book critic, all I can say is what I personally thought about it. I enjoyed Mr McKay's writing and found the description of people, surroundings and events to be very clear and well thought out. I warmed to the characters straight away, which is important to me. Thoroughly enjoyed it a have recommended it to others. Well done, an easy 5 stars.
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    15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Debut 3 Oct. 2013
    By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Steven is a new member of the fraternity of self published Historical Fiction writers who can actually write. Its a surprising and welcome find when one of these authors pop up. Not only do they have to come up with an idea, write the idea well, but they also need to edit the book, proof it but they also need to do the PR for it. It often the PR they concentrate on and not the quality of the writing and the substance of the plot.

    Steven has concentrated, he has picked a classic and added a twist, sticking to one of the original ballads, moving Robin to Yorkshire (which will get him shot where i live in Nottinghamshire) the King is Edward not Richard, there is no Prince John etc. Its a very well told tale, well thought out with characters he has clearly put a lot of time and thought into. They take on their own life as the book progresses, they grow in age and stature, they are not modern constructs in the past, they are true to their period.

    Don't get me wrong, this isn't perfection, there are some issues, a few slips with equipment, equipment usage, character inconsistency, and the odd contrived plot change. But this is a début self published novel, and has not benefited from a professional editor, who would polish and pull this together.

    All of that aside, this is a splendid novel and I am genuinely looking forward to book 2 in the series, and I recommend that you give this book a try.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars Wolf's Head 17 Aug. 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I am no Robin Hood expert and admit to having difficulty removing the vision of a fox in green tights from my head when attempting to read a story like this. McKay's Hood is not a fox (spoiler), but he is muscle-bound, witty, friendly, and impetuous. An all around lovable guy, except for the fact that he happens to be an outlaw. But he became an outlaw defending his girl's honor, so even that makes him a good guy.

    All the characters you would expect are given this author's own special twist to create a unique Robin Hood story that is familiar but different enough to captivate the reader's interest. I especially liked the fact that this novel was set during the reign of Edward II, so there was no horrible history surrounding Bad Prince John and Good King Richard.

    Though it is an expected element of a Robin Hood story, I had difficulty getting around the idea of an honorable band of outlaws. Everyone was there because they stole food for a starving family or defended a woman against rape, but they sure turned into lethal killers when rich clergymen passed by. The negative portrayal of most men of faith in the novel, except for Friar Tuck who is only sort of a clergyman, rubbed me the wrong way, but wasn't a major issue.

    If you are looking for a light, adventurous story where the good poor people claim victory over the bad rich people, this is it. Some attempt is made to delve into the greater political friction of the era (Despensers = Bad) with chapters switching over to Thomas of Lancaster and his plans to dethrone Edward, but they were infrequent and seemed to set the stage for things to come for the most part. I have hopes that the next book will blend these two story lines together a little more seamlessly.

    Book 3 was just released a couple of weeks ago, so if you are looking for a fun jaunt into Sherwood Forest there is plenty to keep you entertained with McKay's series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read
    Very much in the vein of Angus Donald but not as dark, an excellent read though
    Published 18 days ago by Kev {Leicester}
    3.0 out of 5 stars Where was the excitement and the challenge of a really good read
    Bland and same old. If you're going to write about robin hood, at least look for a new twist to the tale. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by carolyn
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Published 1 month ago by Barry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Fantastic book, have read a number of other Robin Hood books and this is up there with the best! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Published 1 month ago by Chris
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... the first page that you are really going to enjoy it. For me this...
    Sometimes you start a book and you just know from the first page that you are really going to enjoy it. For me this was one of those books. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Barry Patton
    5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read
    Loved this book. A totally credible version of the classic Robin Hood legend with attention to the historical background in Britain for the time period Steven Mckay has chosen to... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mrs R.
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    a good read, nice to read a robin hood story set at the correct time and place
    Published 2 months ago by j gornall
    3.0 out of 5 stars This book was fun and brought back to life the Robin Hood hero ...
    This book was fun and brought back to life the Robin Hood hero of my youth. I also purchased the follow up book which was quite dreadful. Don't buy it would be my advice!
    Published 2 months ago by King of LO-AM
    5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it!
    This was a shall I, sharn't I moment in choosing this book and am I glad I did! Excellent story line and well written, just couldn't put the book down until finished and then... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by mr jl tushingham
    5.0 out of 5 stars FAST AND REAL.
    I've read all of Steven's books now and I am happy to recommend them to anyone. Steven creates good clear images which allow your imagination to flow and his dialogue is crisp and... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by kevin a wood
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