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The Spider

(Under the Northern Sky #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A battle has been won, but the war still wages on...

Roper, the Black Lord of the northern people, may have vanquished the Suthern army at the Battle of Harstathur. But the greatest threat to his people lies in the hands of more shadowy forces.

In the south, the disgraced Bellamus bides his time. Learning that the young Lord Roper is planning to invade the southern lands, Be
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Wildfire
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The Spider is the long-awaited sequel to The Wolf. Following his success at the Battle of Harstathur, Lord Roper reigns over the Anakim, but is acutely aware that Suthern forces are a threat to the long-term future of the Northern people. With that, a plan develops to wipe out the entire Suthern race, safe-guarding the longevity of the Northern people. With weakened forces at his disposal, to be successful, Roper will have to befriend a savage race of pe
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a full discussion video about this (and the series) on my youtube channel - link in my bio.
In a nutshell, I adored the first book and loved The Spider just as much, if not more. The world-building is some of the best I've ever seen, grounding the plot in a way that adds incredible weight and depth to it. The text takes the time to examine every layer upon which the story is built - the cultures, belief systems, institutions, history, political structures, etc. - creating a rich foundation
Rachel Bridgeman
what a cover!! Both this and 'The Wolf' have eye catching designs that leave the casual observer in no doubt whatsoever that this book is rich, fantastical and so worth investing time and money in.

''I fear for the Black Kingdom.We have so many devious and powerful enemies.We are fewer year on year. And Bellamus's tactics on Harstathur,and at the battle on the flood plains, show that they're finding ways to fight us.Along with my usual prayers for my loved ones,for perspective,faith,and thanksgiv
Liz Barnsley
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow for the tour.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser

Continuing on the story from The Wolf, THE SPIDER by Leo Carew, did not disappoint as I was sucked back into a unique world where treachery hides behind every corner and war is just a way of life.

As the war continues to rage between the Anakim and the Sutherners, Lord Roper cannot stop to enjoy his victory as his people are in more danger than ever. But can he trust those that he needs to depend on, and will he be able to protect those th
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is such an underrated series! Now in retrospect I think I have not been doing this book justice because I was not in a perfect mood to read it. I've found that currently I'm not enjoying books focusing on war and fighting as much as I used to. So this is an enjoyment-based rating, quality-wise it's more 4 than 3 stars.
That's not the book's fault and in fact, I do think it is actually very good! I just found some passages a little too slow and descriptive but then there were some mo
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Now I broke the unspoken rule of reading series’s in order as I read this one first, but it read fine as a standalone and because I enjoyed this one so much I cannot wait to go back and read The Wolf. Apologises over…
The Spider is book two in the Under the Northern Sky series. It is a thick book at 471 pages but easy to get through for myself as I loved it. This book got me excited! It was all I could think about until I finished it. It has some strong, determined characters within! A real page
Shereen Lang
Sorry Like the first book I just found it hard to follow and some very annoying characters in this story. found it to long and drawn out lost me in the middle and their after was a struggle to follow on..
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those new to these books:

The Spider is a continuation of the story that was first introduced in The Wolf. It is set in a world where two different groups war on one another the Anakim and Sutherners. The Sutherners are like present day humans but the Anakim are something else; my theory is that they shared a common ancestor but have taken different evolutionary paths. There are vast differences between these groups and the twist to these stories is that you see things primarily through the A
The first book in this planned trilogy, The Wolf, ends with a foreboding epilogue. The Spider, picking up just days after, begins with an equally foreshadowing prologue hinting at the disaster about to strike. With both epilogue and prologue in mind, it’s no surprise this story begins with a funeral.

As with the first book, The Spider, is set around three interwoven plots told through several characters point-of-view.

1. The continuous armed conflict between the Northen Black Kingdom, and the Sout
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If only I could rate this higher than 5 stars.

Before I bought this, I kind of anticipated this to be one of my favourites of the year so far. I was not disappointed.

Leo Carew has smashed his debut titles and is one of my favourite authors. I very much look forward for the next book to be released.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Spider book two of Leo Carew’s Under the Northern Sky trilogy finds the young Black Lord Roper triumphant as a military leader, having defeated the Sutherner armies, his Anakim rival Uvoren and cementing his leadership over the Anakim. However, actions have consequences, not all Anakim are pleased, a disgruntled ally hides a ruthless ambition and not all Anakim relish military conquest. But Roper isn’t done with the Sutherners. Hell bent on revenge Roper sets out on a mission to find new ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book of the series (the wolf) and the squeal does not dissapoint . In this book lord roper and his army travel south to war facing new challenges than those in the wolf. Similar to the first book the way the mechanics of the battles and behind the scenes of battles are described are by far one of the strongest aspects.
Karen Cole
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Spider is the second book in Leo Carew's Under The Northern Sky series following The Wolf which first introduced warring foes, the Anakim and the Sutherners. Whilst this sequel could easily be enjoyed as a standalone, I would recommend ideally reading the series in order to truly appreciate the superb, ongoing world-building and to fully understand what motivates the various characters.
Although they are only separated by a border which divides Albion between Suthdal and the Black Kingdom, th
Nikki Ellix
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.25 stars

“The Anakim and the Suthener, two of the races that inhabited Albion, did not share much. To the Sutheners, the world was filled with colour: to the Anakim, memory. The Sutheners loved to travel where the Anakim hated it, delighted in personal adornment where their neighbours scorned it, and subjected their lands to the yoke of agriculture, where the Anakim adored wilderness. Their laws were different, their customs deliberately diverse, and two fiercer enemies never existed. But reve
Daryl Graves
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 Stars

The Spider is the second book in Leo Carew's Under the Northern Sky series. The spider picks up exactly where The Wolf ended. The book is split into three parts, The North, The South and Lundunceaster, all following the Black Lords plans to invade the south and Bellamus' plans to wipe out the Anakim. If invading the south wasn't enough, The Black Lord has to deal with an assassination at the Anakim School to the North. on top of this, Roper has to convince the giants of Unhierea to fig
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As per usual my review will contain no spoilers. However, this is the second book in the Under The Northern Sky series and as so, I will be mentioning events that happened in The Wolf. You could read The Spider as a stand alone but I would highly recommend you don’t.
If like me it has been a while since reading The Wolf, have no fear. Leo Carew provides details which come up naturally in the characters conversations. It is very cleverly done, jogging your memory but not making you want to scream
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This is the second book in the Under the Northern Sky series and I have to admit that sadly I hadn’t gotten around to reading all of book 1, The Wolf (although I have started it and NEED to finish it now!).

The Spider, follows on from where Book 1 finishes I believe and although there are references to The Wolf, the fact that I hadn’t read (all) of Book 1 didn’t detract from the story.

Lord Roper is on a mission to take over the Suthern lands having realised that the numbers in his army are dwindl
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was first sent an email about reading this, I was instantly intrigued. The blurb sounded AMAZING!! But I don’t read this kind of series out of order, however the publisher was kind enough to send book 1.

I read book 2, so obviously enjoyed the first “The Wolf” or I would not have continued. If you’ve seen any previous reviews, you’ll know I only review books that I enjoy.

This was an astonishing continuation of the world that Leo has created. The characters are wonderfully human, even when
Oliver Ward
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another epicly epic fantasy epic from Leo Carew. If the book 1 was to your liking, book 2 will certainly not disappoint, spectacular battles, inexorable and imperialistic expeditions, classic fantasy character virtues, and just everything you need be dragged along by the books unstoppable momentum. Now, about that removed star. I found that in this book there were a few, niggling, irritating and momentarily off-putting moments, which could have ruined the book quite profoundly for me had I not b ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brad Bell
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing a second book in a fantasy series must be hard. Especially if it was particularly memorable like “The Wolf”. I was so relieved and happy to see Carew pull it off here and provide a thrilling, exciting follow up that makes me super excited to see what the third book will hold for Roper and Bellamus as they continue to manoeuvre there pieces to claim the land of Albion. Part political thriller, huge set piece battles and spy’s galore I really liked this book.

Picking up basically immediatel
Realms & Robots
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Spider shines as an expertly crafted military epic fantasy, throwing in a bit of mystery and thrills alongside strong characters and an endless battle between north and south.
Carew laid out a fascinating world in The Wolf, and this second addition to the series continues that tradition by deepening our understanding of the proud, fierce people who call the North home.

As with any military fantasy, there are battles, infighting, and betrayals aplenty, leading to many tense moments. The advent
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly I'm just not caring about these characters. I wish the main characters were more complex and not just full of witty and insightful monologues about tactics and politics. They're lacking lives outside of this conflict. I forget who is who and what their significance to the story is. I had the same issue with The Black Company. Books that read like a military history of made up nations just don't interest me. Doesn't help that it feels like there's nothing at stake. It's just opposing sides. ...more
Thales Lima
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wondrous series!

It's been a long time since I got so excited about a book as I've been with Leo Carew's. The writing style, the scenarios, the characters. There is something magical about it! Some of the descriptions are so wonderful that I feel transported to Suthdal or Abus, I can see the characters in front of me and I can perfectly imagine what is happening. Every time I finish a chapter and comment with a friend they tell me how lively I seem and how that makes then read as well. If you are
Rumi Bossche
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Spider, Leo Carew's follow up to The Wolf which ended on my best of the year list last year, is again a great book. Carew excells at military tactics and a dash of politics, set in a pretty Standard world. Alot of fantasy books are spending a huge amount of worldbuilding and most of the time i dig it, but this pretty new book series ditches that and its kind of refreshing ! Here its just two different groups who has been at war for ages, at the one side you have the Sutherners, civilised peo ...more
Mark Redman
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Spider is the second book in Leo Carew’s Under the Northern Sky trilogy.

As the war continues to rage between the Anakim and the Sutherners, Lord Roper cannot stop to enjoy his victory as his people are in more danger than ever. But can he trust those that he needs to depend on, and will he be able to protect those that matter most to him as his enemies plans take on an even deadlier edge?

The style of writing is very enjoyable with moments that are gripping making it hard to put down. The ac
Ruth Harwood
I enjoyed reading this, the second in this series: I found it well written, an escape from the stress of my present life, and an interesting take on what I can only assume is a story akin to that of the English and Scots in the middle ages. Anyone reading this will get a taste for what I mean, with the names and places involved, the inspiration for this story is obvious, though the characters are unique and much more interesting than any normal history, which is what firmly places this in the fa ...more
Yvonne Davies
Having already read The Wolf the 1st in the series, I was already invested in the lives of Roper and Bellamus. Following on from the major battle between the Anakim and the Sutherners, Bellamus was licking his wounds and Roper the Black Lord wanted to take all of the land to protect the future of his kingdom,
As soon as I started to read The Spider, I was immediately transported to the Black Kingdom and following Roper step by step as he was planning his attack. Throughout this story he is a man
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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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