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The Wolf

(Under the Northern Sky #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,659 ratings  ·  281 reviews
The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power - and how far one will go to defend it.

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 c
Paperback, 465 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Orbit
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I got this beautiful stained/numbered/signed edition with bookmark the day before my BDay! Sweet.

Loved it!!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A book much stronger in the blood of war than in the quieter machinations of politics.

Split in to three main parts that cover the events of a single Autumn, Winter, and Spring, the book sees the Sutherners of Albion (which just so happens to be oldest name of Great Britain) demolish a long held peace and bring war to the ancient race of Anakim. It is focused through the clash of three main players: Roper, the new 'Black Lord' of the Anakim, whose abrupt empowerment following the death of his fat
Whispering Stories
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Wolf tells the tale of Roper, son of Kynortas, the Black Lord. When Kynortas is felled during a failed battle against the Sutherners, control of the legions and the Black Kingdom is instantly bequest to Roper, forcing him to make the most difficult decision on the battlefield.

On his return to the Black Kingdom, he has to face the music. An inexperienced ruler facing opposition from everywhere possible, including the Captain of the Sacred Gua
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Have you ever read a book that you were so dead certain you would love because it incorporates everything you’re interested in, but then are let down so horribly that you don’t even know what you like anymore? Well, that is this book for me! War, Norse influence, with a bloody twist and its own language, it sounded so cool to me. However, it was only an interesting premise with a less than engaging plot line. Such a cool idea for a story, i really wish it delivered more for me.

The writing
The Captain
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

While I enjoyed this book while reading, I find that overall my impression is that it is just an okay read. The book has a very Norse feel to it (in me limited experience) and is about two cultures at war.

The Anakim are the Northerners who have a culture of battle and a deep-seated love of nature. They are long-lived, have an oral tradition, and have very little a
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, fantasy, netgalley
The Wolf was in parts a challenging read for me and yet by the end I came to admire it.

The Anakim as a race, a culture, as characters are probably some of the most intriguing I have come across in a while. Entirely geared towards war, their bodies are quite literally built for battles, and war is something they take great pride in, and yet, with the exception of a few too ambitious characters, they keep a very level head about their way of life. The Anakim value their culture, their homes and th
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
Review to come.
Allen M Werner
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wolf by Leo Carew - What it is and what it is not.
What it is - It is a meticulously detailed fantasy of medieval-type warfare with a southern nation being the belligerent and the north the invaded. Nothing in this book is trivial. Every nut and bolt is described. The settings, the cities, the landscape, everything comes alive in the readers mind. The reader is drawn wholly into the author's world. Battles are bloody and intense. No one comes out unscathed from any encounter. The realism is a
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh man I wanted to love this so much! I was sure it was gonna be my next favorite book.
It had everything I love, even the cover is exactly my cup of tea.
Unfortunately, while the premise was very interesting, the execution fell short for me.
Towards the end it got so boring that I skimmed the last 100 pages which I rarely do.
Ova - Excuse My Reading
This book may resemble Game of Thrones. There are couple of differences between the two for me but most important is that I found myself skim-reading this book. Okay GoT books were long, but they made you float alongside. You didn't skip a single sentence.
Don"t get me wrong, this is not a bad book at all. It just feels exhaustively long.
There is yet another fantasy world, and we follow the newly appointed northern 'Black Lord' through his struggle to protect his land from Southerners.
3 stars o
Jon Adams
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This didn't feel like a debut. I enjoyed it so much that I actually read it on my Kindle at home, which is rare for me. I much prefer paper.
Fascinating world-building, interesting character development, great action. If you dig politics and war, give it a shot.
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good fantasy debut. It had a touch of military heroic fantasy with majority of the storys main focus being the political scheming. There are two main naitons, the Anakims (North) and the Sutherners (South). The north is more barbarian like as compared to the more civilised South. I had a hard time with that concept as I felt they were equally civilised and at times the Anakim felt more civislised. The action was solid, the characters a little one dimensional as they all felt a ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019

It had some pacing issues and I'd prefer if the relationships between the characters had been explored a little more, but all in all - the closest feeling thing to The Vikings I've ever come across.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This was a low 3-star for me -- 5.1 on my 1-10 scale.

TL;DR: Not awful by any means. But not my cup of tea mostly due to writing style and plot.

I didn't necessarily "hate read" this book... but by about 40-50% of the way through I was essentially "over it" and probably would have dnf-ed if I hadn't already dnf-ed two books in January... I was determined to finish this book.

It wasn't a miserable read by any means, but for me personally the constant uphill struggle of our main character, Roper,
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2018
One-Line Summary:

A massive battle of wits, one within a kingdom and one between kingdoms, where the loser forfeits their life and no one truly wins.


The Anakim to the north are known as monsters, demons, and fallen angels by their southern opponents, so when what looks like a green snake appears in the sky, the Suthern king is convinced it’s an omen that they should invade in order to please God. So sure of their victory, the Anakim are taken by surprise to find the Sutherners have laid a
Marie -The Reading Otter
Finished re-reading
Updated rating 3.7 stars

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I don't know what I was going through when I first read this, but I do like political intrigue. So I am giving this another read to see what I think now.
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2.5 Stars

I received this book from NetGalley for review.

There was nothing "wrong" with this book. I just didn't really enjoy it. The prologue felt too long, and that made it harder for me to get invested in this book. It was
Susan Hampson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It so hard to believe that this is Leo Carew’s debut novel as it is like it must have been bubbling to get free. Every bit of this story playing out in this author’s head has flowed onto these pages, the scenes as he sees them, colours, expressions and personalities of the characters. It is one magnificent epic read!
Set in medieval times the country is divided into two nations. The Anakim in the north where they live under the rule of Kynortas, the Black Lord. It is much colder in the north and
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book to me FOREVER to read it seemed like. I ended up not hating it, but I definitely didn't love it. It's not that it was a bad book, I just think it wasn't for me.
It was very hard to get into. A lot of names were thrown out in the first few chapters and I couldn't remember who they were let alone what side of the war they were on. It took me quite a long time to even figure out who the main character was. The first large part of the book was about the Anakim and just when I thought I was
Megan Lyons
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 1/2 stars

So I quiet enjoyed this for the most part. It has a lot of the elements I tend to like in my fantasy; a hero in over his head, political intrigue and a clever protagonist trying to outsmart enemies. There were times that I got quite into the story, but it didn't resonate with me as much as some of the other fantasy books that it reminded me of.

It didn't have the depth of "Game of Thrones," or Katherine Addison's "The Goblin Emperor." "The Goblin Emperor" was a super interesting , qu
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
“The Wolf” is a piece that mirrors that of an epic Game of Thrones type fantasy book where there are house loyalties, deep betrayals, assassination attempts and war all wrapped together nicely.

There’s a lot of political elements here that go into the rise of a leader and the process of building an army that respects that leadership in order to defeat a long standing enemy who have new tricks up their sleeves and friends in high places pulling strings in order to achieve success.

I’m unsure if t
Liz Barnsley
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy 5* for me, I LOVED The Wolf from it's battle cry opening to it's "Nooo give me more " finale..

Two Sides. One Victor. Kind of although in war everyone loses. Leo Carew weaves a beautifully descriptive world around a plethora of vibrant, depthful characters, all of whom engage in different ways.

The North and the South are very different beasts...politically, socially and psychologically- two sides bound up in history, opposing the other, the storytelling is impressive with the way it is deliv
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Leo Carew’s fantasy debut is bold, ambitious and very entertaining. The giants of the northern Black Kingdom, the Anakim, face an invasion from the smaller but more numerous Sutherners from across the river that has been the border of a long but fragile peace. The Anakim’s enormous size, their natural bone armor and their ferocity in battle has long struck fear into the Sutherner’s hearts.

Roper, son of the Black Lord and leader of the Black Kingdom, finds himself in command during his first bat
Finally, another fantasy book I genuinely thought was great! Actually, I'm not sure if fantasy is the correct genre as there aren't really any fantastical elements.

Do you like the campaign in the north in the First Law Trilogy? Then you might like this, too!
This is set in an alternative medieval England and follows two different types of humans, 'our' humans and the Anakim, who are bigger, stronger and of a way different character.

This is pretty battle-heavy, but I also enjoyed the quieter parts
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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 exist ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Another month, another debut Fantasy novel. But once this one has built up steam it is a great read.

From the publisher:

"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 RR Martin.

A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky.

"Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives ar
Rumi Bossche
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great debut novel ! a military style book with lots of action, a bit of politics and alot of heart. A cool world i wanna know more about. Cant wait for the second one one to come out.
Caroline Mersey
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
On paper, Leo Carew's The Wolf (review copy from Headline) ought to be right up my street. It's billed as "a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and identity", which is catnip for a reader of my taste. But I bounced off it fairly on, and this one languished in the did-not-finish pile.

The premise is a good one. War between the North and the South thrusts Roper, a young man, into power unexpectedly quickly when his father (the King of the Nor
Judith Moore
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full review up on my blog:

Caveat time. I do not normally read this kind of military heavy fantasy. So, all of the below will be my personal preference and doesn’t necessarily reflect how someone who reads the genre more will find this book. Take your own personal preferences into account when you read this!

I think one of the reasons I couldn’t get into this book was the lack of relatable characters. I don’t just mean the fact that there were maybe three w
Nikki Ellix
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“To fight well, you must first forget.
A single mistake, a single lapse in concentration, and you could end the day as a cooling corpse. You could bleed inexorably into the dirt. Your windpipe could be severed and wheeze and hiss as life escaped you. Your tangled guts exposed to the air. You could lose a limb, an eye, your hand; the feeble flesh carved open by steel. Fearful, mortal wounds; but what happens then? Pain engulfs you; death comes for you. You know you must hold your nerve, and meet
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A absolute fantastic start to a series! It is a story that has many familiar elements  (warring cultures, military campaigns, rightful heirs, love, death, betrayal) but it is so well executed that even the most demanding and veteran of fantasy readers will be satisfied.

The story and prose reminds me the most of the obscure, but great, author Paul Kearney. With this book Leo Carew joins the ranks of the top military fantasy authors such as Glen Cook, David Gemmell, Steven Erikson, and the alread
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The third of four children, Leo Carew grew up in the centre of London, in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Inspired by audiobooks, he developed a late interest in reading and began trying his hand at writing soon afterwards. It was at this time that he also developed a sneaking suspicion that the city was not for him and spent as much time as possible exploring remote areas. After school, this ...more

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