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Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published July 3rd 2013 (first published July 2nd 2013)
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I was in the mood for this book when I came to it. Perhaps that is why I caved in and did a very rare thing. A rare thing for me that is. I accepted this self published book (and its follow on) in exchange for a review of each.
Yes, yes, I know that some of you are now picking yourselves up off the floor. It is a surprise and I am sorry to sling it on you in such a sudden manner. Accepting copies of Self Pub and Indie books in exchange for a review is out of character for me I know (I've been ha
Blair Hodgkinson
A refreshing retelling of the origins of the Robin Hood legend, convincingly blending the familiar story with a realistic historical setting.

This version is set in Yorkshire during the unstable reign of Edward II, an idea consistent with some of the early ballads and the time and place most likely to have spawned the legend according to many historians.

It is a gritty, well-told, fast-moving story, plausibly told. McKay writes well and holds the reader's interest with steadily building tension
Wolf's Head is Steven A. McKay's first novel and the first book in the 'Forest Lord' series which starts off with Robin being a young lad living in a small village with his friends and family but that soon changes with this fast paced novel with the action almost non stop.

The characters you will meet are very interesting, some nice and some very nasty! Steven has done his homework drawing you in with great detail of the area 'Wakefield' which is where most of this first novel takes place.

I'm now
Epic adaptation of classic ‘Robin Hood’ adventures told in a fresh, distinctive voice.

This thrilling historical novel is wonderfully interwoven, with strong influences that encapsulate the brutality, intensity and injustice of Medieval England. Powerfully stirring and dynamic, this action-packed adventure is richly imagined and vividly realized on the page. Wolf’s Head is the explosive first instalment of a thrilling new series, of great premise that marks the beginning of something noteworthy t
A delightful read which I give 4.75 stars and put aside other books to read right through ( hard for a reviewer to do).Perfection would have been the same time period that we usually find Robin Hood in and dialogue a bit more period appropriate. That said, McKay explained everything very well in his author's notes, which were excellent.

The upcoming book should be interesting given the ups and downs of King Edward's reign and his overthrow. Will the Outlaw band be out in the forest through all th
John Sabin
Wolf's Head is a very fast paced, well descriptive and completely addictive book to read. The description of people, places and animals are very detailed all the way through. Action is non stop all the way through the entire book.
After reading (and watching) numerous versions of Robin Hood I was expecting very similarities in this book. I have to confess it is completely different. Ok, you get same characters eg. Robin Hood, Little John and Friar Tuck but different characters make it a total new
Wolf's Head is an enjoyable historical fiction read. There is quite a bit of action and the novel moves along at a brisk pace. Readers who complain about the two-dimensionality of the characters with heroes being heroic and villains being villainous seem to miss the point. The book is an action read, plain and simple. If that is not the reader's cup of tea, go find something else and leave this good read to those who want a story.

Of note for a historical fiction read is McKay's choosing to chan
When the first sentence starts with: ''Robin! Look out!'' you know you're in for an adventurous ride.
Steven A. McKay's debut novel Wolf's Head is an action packed retelling of Robin Hood, the charismatic outlaw we all know. But this is no tale of a nobleman becoming an outlaw, evil prince John and good king Richard. It is a journey of a seventeen year old man, fleeing for his life and joining dangerous group of outlaws, the trust and place amidst of them he has to earn. We see him as a shy and
Stuart Laing
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 g ...more
As a guy who shoots English Warbows for a hobby and a big fan of HF novels, every novel that has a connection with Robin Hood and medieval archery immediatlely sparks my interest.
Of course Robin Hood is a character that already has truckloads of films and books on his palmares, and Robin and his crew have been (alongside King arthur and his knights) Englands most popular heroes for the last 700 years, but still, a good writer can find enough angles to the Robin Hood legend to avoid the well tro
Andrew Rose
A new take on an old legend

In the Wolf's Head a young yeoman named Robert is outlawed while trying to protect his love from a lecherous prior. We are introduced to the world of Edward the second through the traditional personages of the merry men. The characters are solid and the action is engaging. A worthy successor to Howard Pyle. I was glad the sequel is already out!
Luke Mcgruther
I have to say that I enjoyed this book greatly. Although I’m a fan of historical fiction, I’ve never really been interested in reading about Robin Hood before. I often find that many modern adaptations of the tales either stick too rigidly to the popular aspects of the stories becoming a bit one dimensional or the author tries too hard to be original and loses many aspects of the stories that people love. I am happy to say that in the case of Wolfs Head neither is true. What Steven A. McKay has ...more
Bernadette Mcdade
Did I want to read another story about Robin Hood I wondered but this isn't just another re telling of the well known story.
This is a tale of survival against a well researched historical backdrop of a time of injustice and hardship. It's also a cracking good story with lots of action and adventure with characters that develop and grow through their own unique stories which are then skilfully woven into a tale that grips from the start and carries you through to the end. The language allows the
Iain Johnstonw
First of all, I have to say that I have been bewildered from a few (very few/minority) of reviews saying that the language is "inferior". The only way I can get my head around the very very few poor reviews that this book has received is that some people were heavily prejudiced by the fact that this book was self published, and some people have not been able to see past this fact. Other criticisms such as it is not written in old English are ridiculous and need no explanation. I am also confused ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Lorraine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reading about Robin Hood.
Robin Hood has always been a favorite character to me and that started when I was a child. A friend of mine and I played at being Robin Hood and we always played it outside near trees that we would climb and jump out of "to rob the rich and give to the poor. I remember this as though it was yesterday. We had great fun, and reading about Robin always makes me feel warm and comfortable. Wolf's Head by Steven A. McKay took me back to playing "Robin Hood". I enjoyed this book and upon finishing Wolf ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect, but such historical accuracy certainly wasn't anticipated. I'm now on the side of those historians that swear by Sherwood Forest that Robin was the real deal. Really enjoyed the transformation of the outlaws' eventual move to putting Robin, at just age 18, in charge of the Merry band. A history behind all of the main characters was added spice. Looking forward to the next book.
Most of us have heard the story of Robin Hood, his nobly born lady fair (the maid Marian), the evil sheriff of Nottingham, and his equal in notoriety, Guy of Gisborne. Wolf's Head has very few similarities to that story, and the author takes you on a sometimes rather bleak and dismal trek through the woods and villages of Barnsdale with our hero and his friends. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bleak and dismal about the writing, but you get sucked into a believable miserable mid-winter fore ...more
I absolutely loved Wolf's Head, it was a fantastic retelling of an age old story, one I have always been fascinated with, when I first read that a main character Robin was a teenager, I was expecting the same old teenage angst syndrome that most teenage leads have, but thankfully Steven A. McKay wrote Robin in such a wonderful way you really actually cared for him, and felt for him throughout his adventure from a normal but popular boy of Wakefield to a respected and loyal friend to his new outl ...more
Paul Bennett
I really enjoy 'discovering' new authors and thanks to the Twitterverse I keep 'discovering' them. One note - by new I don't necessarily mean brand new, but rather, new to me although in the case of Steven McKay both cases apply as Wolf's Head is his debut novel. The author chose to write about Robin Hood, a subject that has been written about by many, most notably Angus Donald but this shouldn't deter you from checking out this version of the forest outlaw. The author has set his story in a dif ...more
Robin Carter
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
Any version of RH where the outlaw-hero is not a distressed noble and is not set in the era of ‘good’ King Richard I or ‘bad’ King John has my attention. Of course it takes more than meeting this criteria, in this case a yeoman in the time of Edward II, to make a good tale of RH. And I’m delighted to say McKay has delivered a cracking good read.
His RH is a generous, hot-headed fighter very reminiscent of the early ballads. Indeed McKay shows more than a passing knowledge of the “Matter of the G
Ethan Jones
I would highly recommend this book to any reader of historical fiction. It is well written and fast paced with plenty of action scenes and the writer keeps you wanting to read on.

Steven McKay grabs your interest in the very first line! The novel opens with a bang and continues to keep you wanting more throughout. I don't know the Robin Hood tales well, but this novel really brought the English hero to life for me - making him very human and believable. I particularly liked the way McKay depicted
Emma-Jayne Saanen
I became immersed in this story very early on, and found myself connecting to the characters (even the villains) soon after their introduction. The plot took a twist I was not expecting so to me it felt like there were two stories, one flowing easily into the other, which created the space needed for the characters to develop.

I found myself crying at points in the story, and cheering out loud at other parts (honest, you can ask my partner). You feel for Robin, and his unlikely companions, as the
James Rees

Absolutely fantastic read the commitment put into the book by the author is commendable seriously enjoyable read and a refreshing take on a regularly told story I recommend this for all to read would also buy the 2nd book to read back to back.
I had no idea that a "Wolf's Head" was an outlaw hiding in the Forest. I did not realize when I downloaded this book that it was essentially about Robin Hood. I'm not sure that I ever believed that there was such a person existed in English history. However factual or historical, this was a great read! I look forward to reading Volume 2. I would give this 3.5 stars were I able.
This book was good, but not great. The storyline was engaging; I was eager to see what happened next. And I really enjoyed the primary characters.

However, much was left to be desired. I would have rather seen a longer book with more detail and development; especially regarding the political and socio-economic conditions of the time. I never "felt" the setting; the author didn't take me to 14th century England.

Also, as is common with many self-published books, this book would have been served wel
Bev Mynott
Interesting retelling of the Robin Hood story. This is a surprisingly enjoyable book, with lots of action and interesting characters. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Pat G.
I totally enjoyed "Wolf's Head". This book is a excellent and exciting version of the story of Robin Hood. The author has truly researched this period of time and pulls you in to a most interesting setting and well fleshed out characters.This was a time when money bought freedom and the poor suffer. Robins sense of justice and his hot temper leads him to assault a clergyman and flee to the Barnsdale forests. He soon becomes a "Wolf's Head" which is one who lives outside the law. The book moves a ...more
Phoebe Marvelcomics
A fresh take on the Robin Hood myth. As a Nottingham-ite, I really enjoyed a different slant on the legend.
Simon Wyse
We all know the story of Robin Hood and his band of merry men, so it is brilliantly refreshing to have the oft-told tale re-imagined in a (relatively) accurate historical setting. Great characters and tense plots make for a fantastic, well paced opener to the series.
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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 li
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