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The Wolf and the Raven ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Wolf and the Raven By Steven A. McKay ✓ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 England is in disarray and Sir Guy of Gisbourne, the king s and the Epub µ In the aftermath of a violent rebellion Robin Hood and his men must fight for survival with an enemy deadlier than any they ve The Wolf Epub / faced beforeEngland is in disarray and Sir Guy of Gisbourne, the king s own bounty hunter, stalks the greenwood, bringing bloody justice to the outlaws Wolf and the PDF/EPUB Á 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 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 s War chart number , 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 Glyn Iliffe, author, The Adventures of Odysseus series Reading this book, I felt as if I was transported back to medieval timesthe 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.

    Load results Apple Footer Apple Support 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 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 s War chart number , 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 Glyn Iliffe, author, The Adventures of Odysseus series Reading this book, I felt as if I was transported back to medieval timesthe 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 326 pages
  • The Wolf and the Raven
  • Steven A. McKay
  • English
  • 25 January 2019
  • 1497430747

About the Author: Steven A. McKay

and the Epub µ I was born in , near Glasgow in Scotland and live in Old Kilpatrick with my wife and two young children After obtaining my The Wolf Epub / Bachelor of Arts degree I decided to follow my life long ambition and write a novel The Forest Lord series now has four novels, and Wolf and the PDF/EPUB Á various short spin off talesMy new book The Northern Throne is the third in the Warrior Druid of Britain series Next up is the Kindle and print release for my standalone Roman slave novel, LUCIA, which has been an Audible exclusive for the first year of its lifeI play guitar and write all my books while listening to metal.



10 thoughts on “The Wolf and the Raven

  1. Terri Terri says:

    Much improved Much, much improved.Last year I received this book, and the one before it, for review I only read one or two Indie books a year now and it was only because this author has really established himself a reputation for professionalism, that I decided to accept the books for review.The first book I was lukewarm on It was okay A lot better than I had thought it would be, but it had its problems, as do most debut books In my review of Wolf s Head, I think I mentioned that the bones Much improved Much, much improved.Last year I received this book, and the one before it, for review I only read one or two Indie books a year now and it was only because this author has really established himself a reputation for professionalism, that I decided to accept the books for review.The first book I was lukewarm on It was okay A lot better than I had thought it would be, but it had its problems, as do most debut books In my review of Wolf s Head, I think I mentioned that the bones were there and experience as a writer would probably see the second book and those that follow it showing an improved maturity to Steven s writing.This year I have tackled this second book by Steven A McKay and I am happy to say that my prediction was right.The author has cast off the confines of his first story restraints and written a very decent book.The characters read withmaturity, the writing is getting stronger, the adventure is abundant.I ve said this before, and what the heck, I ll say it againFirst books can be a real skeleton in the closet with authors if they span too long a breadth of time They start them in highschool, University or early in their working lives, then come back to them later on, as a different person wanting to finally finish that novel they once wrote.They are not the same person as they were when they started the book, and, nine times out of ten, I feel this in debuts And I felt that in the first book by Steven A McKay But those traces are long gone now Unlike the first book, this book doesn t feel like it is written by two or three different people.One of Steven s strengths in this book is always keeping that wheel turning There is no down time for his characters where you find yourselves wanting something to happen As soon as his characters do something, have adventure, get themselves in strife, they are back on their feet getting stuck into it again.I like an author who can do this without making the book read in a restless manner.Flaws Well, there are a couple, but they are not something that should put you off trying this book I feel that while the author is really showing maturity now and writing withskill, it is inconsistent From time to time some parts do make me cringe a little.I do not think they will affect your enjoyment of this book, it is just the growing pains of an author who is honing his craft 3.5 stars Since this is Goodreads and we don t get half stars 4 stars

  2. Clemens Schoonderwoert Clemens Schoonderwoert says:

    This excellent sequel is the 2nd volume of The Forest Lord series, featuring Robin Hood, from the great author, Steven A McKay.Historical details concerning this book can be found at the end of the book within the Author s Note, where they are very well documented and explained by the author.Onceis the story telling from this author of a superb quality, the historical atmosphere and times come beautifully off the pages, and all characters, real historical or great fictional, come vividl This excellent sequel is the 2nd volume of The Forest Lord series, featuring Robin Hood, from the great author, Steven A McKay.Historical details concerning this book can be found at the end of the book within the Author s Note, where they are very well documented and explained by the author.Onceis the story telling from this author of a superb quality, the historical atmosphere and times come beautifully off the pages, and all characters, real historical or great fictional, come vividly to life within this medieval tale.The story starts off when Civil War erupts at the battle of Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, on the 16th March, AD 1322, when King Edward II s forces, led by Sir Andrew Harclay, will achieve a massive victory over the forces led by the Earl, Thomas of Lancaster, who s a cousin of the King, but who will be executed for his rebellion, along with a lot of other nobels.Robin Hood and his men are also at this Battle, where they are routed, and they are forced to flee from the battlefield into the forest to save themselves from the forces of King Edward II, and especially from the Royal bounty hunter, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, nicknamed the Raven.With England in turmoil, King Edward II and the Despensers are dealing with rebellious Barons and Earls in their own murderous way, and in this environment Robin Hood must try to stay alert if he wants to remain free from the clutches of Sir Guy of Gisbourne and from treachery by someone within his own faction.What is to follow is a fantastic read with lifelike and believable exciting historical events, where life and death, loyalty and betrayal, and heroism and murder go hand in hand, and where our main protagonist, Robin Hood, and his band of Outlaws must fight their way through a lot of obstacles and desperate situations, in their efforts to remain free and to live for another day.Highly recommended, for this is for certain another fabulous and exciting book, and that s why I like to call this episode A Marvellous Robin Hood Continuation

  3. David David says:

    A ripping yarn better than the first one, looking forward to the next.

  4. Paul Bennett Paul Bennett says:

    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 and his men as they are oncewolf 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 particul 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 and his men as they are oncewolf 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 My rating for this is 4.7

  5. David Baird David Baird says:

    Okay so here goes. book number two. high hopes after the first instalment The pressure was on to deliver And boy did this book do that So from the synopsis you can gather the revolt didn t go well We are thrust straight into the action with Robin and the other rebels fighting against the king s men When Robin sees the war is over he orders his men back to the forest.We see Robin beaten, men killed, imprisonments, executions the works There is a lot of meat on the bone sin this book and i Okay so here goes. book number two. high hopes after the first instalment The pressure was on to deliver And boy did this book do that So from the synopsis you can gather the revolt didn t go well We are thrust straight into the action with Robin and the other rebels fighting against the king s men When Robin sees the war is over he orders his men back to the forest.We see Robin beaten, men killed, imprisonments, executions the works There is a lot of meat on the bone sin this book and it makes it a very good read indeed.Personally I feel this book is much darker than the first and even though I gave the first book 5 the author raised the standard Now I guess you want to know a little about the story. well honestly if I told you anything I think it would spoil it There s so much happens that I want to tell you but you need to read it for yourself By far the best thing about the book is the development The author has clearly developed the characters since the first book Yes some characters only play small parts in this book but you can t have everything.Another thing I really liked about this tale was that things don t always go Robin s way He s beaten and broken, physically and mentally and there are a few moments you feel Robin may just give up I author had me wondering if even Robin would survive to make it to book number 3 In this book we see the addition of Sir Guy of Gisborne. turns out he sof an evil b d than I thought he would be Wow Ruthless doesn t cut it We also see a very interesting tale with Sir Richard the Templar knight develop with the action moving from one point of view to another.I think Steven took some risks with this book, certain characters meet their end and I honestly thought no way would he kill those characters off But he did. and it works Itdevelopment of Robin could happen as you can see him struggling with the events that unfold and you see another side to the man.As a fan of audio books I also listened to this book while reading along I guess this would be my only comment for the author I didn t much like the narrators voice He didn t emphasize words enough or put emotion into his voice Overall I thought he was just too quiet for my liking but saying that, it s just my opinion It wouldn t put me off audio at all I just wantedfrom the narrator.Overall this book is top notch The whole setup of the book is well planned to keep the reader engaged and it surpasses all expectations after the first book and I m looking forward to seeing the direction Steven s work will take after book 3 is released

  6. Geoff Geoff says:

    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 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 view spoiler the death of Much, Marion being basically barefoot and pregnant , and Guy remaining alive after the climactic clash hide spoiler 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

  7. Simon Howard Simon Howard says:

    Second in the series and not only as good as the first but better With the Rebellion crushed and Robin s and gang chance at a pardon along with it, it s back to the Greenwood for our hero, but this time with an implacable bad guy on the trail of the outlaws With great action sequences, leading to real tests for our hero s this is a much leaner and harder book..but as always with the denizens of the Greenwood there is a chance at some humour with a most unusual prison break and a unique w Second in the series and not only as good as the first but better With the Rebellion crushed and Robin s and gang chance at a pardon along with it, it s back to the Greenwood for our hero, but this time with an implacable bad guy on the trail of the outlaws With great action sequences, leading to real tests for our hero s this is a much leaner and harder book..but as always with the denizens of the Greenwood there is a chance at some humour with a most unusual prison break and a unique way of keeping guards busy The best thing about these books is however that Robin feels like a real person, not just some cut and paste hero Looking forward to book three

  8. gj indieBRAG gj indieBRAG says:

    We are proud to announce that THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN The Forest Lord by Steven A McKay is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money

  9. Stuart Laing Stuart Laing says:

    Steven A McKay who is fast becoming Scotland s answer to Bernard Cornwell first came to my attention with his version of the Robin Hood legend in his excellent and hugely entertaining book Wolf s Head The Forest Lord, which put a wonderfully refreshing spin on the classic tale by relocating the outlaw from Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to Barnsdale Forest in Yorkshire and has breathed new life into an old story.The first book ended with Robin and his band of outlaws being offered the chan Steven A McKay who is fast becoming Scotland s answer to Bernard Cornwell first came to my attention with his version of the Robin Hood legend in his excellent and hugely entertaining book Wolf s Head The Forest Lord, which put a wonderfully refreshing spin on the classic tale by relocating the outlaw from Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to Barnsdale Forest in Yorkshire and has breathed new life into an old story.The first book ended with Robin and his band of outlaws being offered the chance to earn a pardon for their crimes which would allow them to reclaim their former lives, a prospect they are all keen to grasp with both hands The attractions of sleeping rough week after week far from home and loved ones had paled, and with Robin s young wife Matilda not Maid Marion heavily pregnant with their first child he is desperate to cast off his mantle of outlaw and return home to create the family life he craves This book, The Wolf and The Raven, continues that story.From the very first line the reader is plunged headlong into the carnage and chaos of medieval warfare as Robert and his men lovers of the legend can rest assured that they will find all the regular characters here Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, Much the Millar s son et al find themselves fighting for their lives in the service of Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster at the battle of Boroughbridge on the 16th of March 1322 The battle, part of a rebellion of various Marcher Lords led by Lancaster against King Edward II, ends in disaster for the rebels and Robin and his band are forced to flee for their lives onceBack in the forests they are forced to face the realisation that their hoped for pardons are gone like chaff on the wind while Edward II takes his bloody revenge on those who dared challenge him.That revenge is not only focused on those who were in command but extends to take in the poor serfs and tenants who were forced to take part in war through circumstance and fealty to various landowners To find and crush these broken men Edward calls on the services of a man who will become Robin s nemesis His name Sir Guy of Gisbourne.The Gisbourne of this book quickly becomes one of the great villains of fiction a man of twisted desires and dreams who has suffered heartbreak and betrayal himself through the actions of his adulterous wife Her betrayal coupled with his childhood fascination with the tales of King Arthur have convinced him he is almost the reincarnation of Lancelot and while he is a brutal, ruthless killer you can t help but feel that there is a weird sort of chivalry at the dark heart of everything Gisbourne does Women are to be protected despite his wife s adultery while the enemies of the king can be killed without thought or mercy As though the worry of being pursued by this sinister figure, quickly nicknamed The Raven by intimidated commoners for his black clothing and armour, wasn t enough of a problem, Robin and his men also have to deal with other bands of broken men who haunt the forest and create fresh worries for them by preying on the villagers which they depend upon for support and supplies Indeed Robin has to spend as much time fighting these bands as he does the king s men Blood is spilled on all sides and not everyone will emerge unscathed from the carnage which ensues Add to this the constant risk of betrayal and you have a tense atmosphere which pervades the whole book.One aspect of this book which I particularly enjoyed is that the author allows the scope to spread beyond the narrow confines of the outlaw camp to take in aspects of the lives of both the common folk in the villages and also those who live in castles Indeed, a large part of the book is taken up with the story of Robin s friend and ally Sir Richard at Lees who, along with his loyal sergeant Stephen, become larger characters who bring fresh breadth to the tale Sir Richard, besieged by Royalist forces, sends Stephen to the head of his Hospitaller order at Clerkenwell for assistance but any notion of loyalty between these knights of the Black Cross is in vain Foul murder is ordered and carried out only for the killer to be betrayed by the very man who gave the order Everyone, it becomes clear, is looking after number one and the lives of friends and brothers in arms can be thrown away to protect dark secrets I have a feeling these dark secrets may play a further role in future books I hope so as I do want to see the Grand Prior of Clerkenwell on the end of something sharp While The Wolf and The Raven can be at times a dark and violent read with language which some may find a little strong, it is not without humour, such as the barber surgeon in the village of Penyston who may have just invented Buckfast a drink much beloved by modern day serfs and villiens in today s broken Britain and Friar Tuck s unusual suggestion on the best way to distract guards on a city gate The humour is welcome as Robin faces his darkest fears and feels crushed by self doubt after an awful experience at the hands of Gisbourne while prisoner in Nottingham Castle This is as close as our hero will ever come to absolute despair and self pity, which threatens to drag the entire band of outlaws down into his malaise with him It is only tough love from old friends which forces Robin to face the future and regain his old heart and courage He will need both before the end.The climatic scene of this book is almost Arthurian itself as Robin faces Gisbourne, a self created modern Black Knight in single combat on a bridge Blood will be shed and the result is not what most will hope for but does leave things wide open for the story to continue in book three.This is a recommended read for all those who enjoy a grown up tale of adventure and daring do with an unflinching approach to medieval life and death.Personally I cannot wait to discover what delights Steven A McKay will deliver next time

  10. Zack Zack says:

    After reading the first book, I was extremely excited when the second one hit the shelves The audiobook was excellent and the narrator superbbut I found myself screaming Aaaarrrggg in my mind throughout this second story It must be true what the author says in the end that the characters dictated the storyline for the most part As what you would expect to happen usually does Also, characters that another author would have built the reader up to love, would always be saved in the end After reading the first book, I was extremely excited when the second one hit the shelves The audiobook was excellent and the narrator superbbut I found myself screaming Aaaarrrggg in my mind throughout this second story It must be true what the author says in the end that the characters dictated the storyline for the most part As what you would expect to happen usually does Also, characters that another author would have built the reader up to love, would always be saved in the end Not here Beloved characters die miserable deaths and the baddies seem to win ALL the way through the story But, like all good stories, I couldn t put it down reading in the evening turned into audiobook listening during the day I ll keep reading the series though, hoping that this was merely Steven s version of The Empire Strikes Back and that the Jedi s really do win in the end I can hope

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10 thoughts on “The Wolf and the Raven

  1. Terri Terri says:

    Much improved Much, much improved.Last year I received this book, and the one before it, for review I only read one or two Indie books a year now and it was only because this author has really established himself a reputation for professionalism, that I decided to accept the books for review.The first book I was lukewarm on It was okay A lot better than I had thought it would be, but it had its problems, as do most debut books In my review of Wolf s Head, I think I mentioned that the bones Much improved Much, much improved.Last year I received this book, and the one before it, for review I only read one or two Indie books a year now and it was only because this author has really established himself a reputation for professionalism, that I decided to accept the books for review.The first book I was lukewarm on It was okay A lot better than I had thought it would be, but it had its problems, as do most debut books In my review of Wolf s Head, I think I mentioned that the bones were there and experience as a writer would probably see the second book and those that follow it showing an improved maturity to Steven s writing.This year I have tackled this second book by Steven A McKay and I am happy to say that my prediction was right.The author has cast off the confines of his first story restraints and written a very decent book.The characters read withmaturity, the writing is getting stronger, the adventure is abundant.I ve said this before, and what the heck, I ll say it againFirst books can be a real skeleton in the closet with authors if they span too long a breadth of time They start them in highschool, University or early in their working lives, then come back to them later on, as a different person wanting to finally finish that novel they once wrote.They are not the same person as they were when they started the book, and, nine times out of ten, I feel this in debuts And I felt that in the first book by Steven A McKay But those traces are long gone now Unlike the first book, this book doesn t feel like it is written by two or three different people.One of Steven s strengths in this book is always keeping that wheel turning There is no down time for his characters where you find yourselves wanting something to happen As soon as his characters do something, have adventure, get themselves in strife, they are back on their feet getting stuck into it again.I like an author who can do this without making the book read in a restless manner.Flaws Well, there are a couple, but they are not something that should put you off trying this book I feel that while the author is really showing maturity now and writing withskill, it is inconsistent From time to time some parts do make me cringe a little.I do not think they will affect your enjoyment of this book, it is just the growing pains of an author who is honing his craft 3.5 stars Since this is Goodreads and we don t get half stars 4 stars

  2. Clemens Schoonderwoert Clemens Schoonderwoert says:

    This excellent sequel is the 2nd volume of The Forest Lord series, featuring Robin Hood, from the great author, Steven A McKay.Historical details concerning this book can be found at the end of the book within the Author s Note, where they are very well documented and explained by the author.Onceis the story telling from this author of a superb quality, the historical atmosphere and times come beautifully off the pages, and all characters, real historical or great fictional, come vividl This excellent sequel is the 2nd volume of The Forest Lord series, featuring Robin Hood, from the great author, Steven A McKay.Historical details concerning this book can be found at the end of the book within the Author s Note, where they are very well documented and explained by the author.Onceis the story telling from this author of a superb quality, the historical atmosphere and times come beautifully off the pages, and all characters, real historical or great fictional, come vividly to life within this medieval tale.The story starts off when Civil War erupts at the battle of Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, on the 16th March, AD 1322, when King Edward II s forces, led by Sir Andrew Harclay, will achieve a massive victory over the forces led by the Earl, Thomas of Lancaster, who s a cousin of the King, but who will be executed for his rebellion, along with a lot of other nobels.Robin Hood and his men are also at this Battle, where they are routed, and they are forced to flee from the battlefield into the forest to save themselves from the forces of King Edward II, and especially from the Royal bounty hunter, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, nicknamed the Raven.With England in turmoil, King Edward II and the Despensers are dealing with rebellious Barons and Earls in their own murderous way, and in this environment Robin Hood must try to stay alert if he wants to remain free from the clutches of Sir Guy of Gisbourne and from treachery by someone within his own faction.What is to follow is a fantastic read with lifelike and believable exciting historical events, where life and death, loyalty and betrayal, and heroism and murder go hand in hand, and where our main protagonist, Robin Hood, and his band of Outlaws must fight their way through a lot of obstacles and desperate situations, in their efforts to remain free and to live for another day.Highly recommended, for this is for certain another fabulous and exciting book, and that s why I like to call this episode A Marvellous Robin Hood Continuation

  3. David David says:

    A ripping yarn better than the first one, looking forward to the next.

  4. Paul Bennett Paul Bennett says:

    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 and his men as they are oncewolf 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 particul 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 and his men as they are oncewolf 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 My rating for this is 4.7

  5. David Baird David Baird says:

    Okay so here goes. book number two. high hopes after the first instalment The pressure was on to deliver And boy did this book do that So from the synopsis you can gather the revolt didn t go well We are thrust straight into the action with Robin and the other rebels fighting against the king s men When Robin sees the war is over he orders his men back to the forest.We see Robin beaten, men killed, imprisonments, executions the works There is a lot of meat on the bone sin this book and i Okay so here goes. book number two. high hopes after the first instalment The pressure was on to deliver And boy did this book do that So from the synopsis you can gather the revolt didn t go well We are thrust straight into the action with Robin and the other rebels fighting against the king s men When Robin sees the war is over he orders his men back to the forest.We see Robin beaten, men killed, imprisonments, executions the works There is a lot of meat on the bone sin this book and it makes it a very good read indeed.Personally I feel this book is much darker than the first and even though I gave the first book 5 the author raised the standard Now I guess you want to know a little about the story. well honestly if I told you anything I think it would spoil it There s so much happens that I want to tell you but you need to read it for yourself By far the best thing about the book is the development The author has clearly developed the characters since the first book Yes some characters only play small parts in this book but you can t have everything.Another thing I really liked about this tale was that things don t always go Robin s way He s beaten and broken, physically and mentally and there are a few moments you feel Robin may just give up I author had me wondering if even Robin would survive to make it to book number 3 In this book we see the addition of Sir Guy of Gisborne. turns out he sof an evil b d than I thought he would be Wow Ruthless doesn t cut it We also see a very interesting tale with Sir Richard the Templar knight develop with the action moving from one point of view to another.I think Steven took some risks with this book, certain characters meet their end and I honestly thought no way would he kill those characters off But he did. and it works Itdevelopment of Robin could happen as you can see him struggling with the events that unfold and you see another side to the man.As a fan of audio books I also listened to this book while reading along I guess this would be my only comment for the author I didn t much like the narrators voice He didn t emphasize words enough or put emotion into his voice Overall I thought he was just too quiet for my liking but saying that, it s just my opinion It wouldn t put me off audio at all I just wantedfrom the narrator.Overall this book is top notch The whole setup of the book is well planned to keep the reader engaged and it surpasses all expectations after the first book and I m looking forward to seeing the direction Steven s work will take after book 3 is released

  6. Geoff Geoff says:

    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 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 view spoiler the death of Much, Marion being basically barefoot and pregnant , and Guy remaining alive after the climactic clash hide spoiler 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

  7. Simon Howard Simon Howard says:

    Second in the series and not only as good as the first but better With the Rebellion crushed and Robin s and gang chance at a pardon along with it, it s back to the Greenwood for our hero, but this time with an implacable bad guy on the trail of the outlaws With great action sequences, leading to real tests for our hero s this is a much leaner and harder book..but as always with the denizens of the Greenwood there is a chance at some humour with a most unusual prison break and a unique w Second in the series and not only as good as the first but better With the Rebellion crushed and Robin s and gang chance at a pardon along with it, it s back to the Greenwood for our hero, but this time with an implacable bad guy on the trail of the outlaws With great action sequences, leading to real tests for our hero s this is a much leaner and harder book..but as always with the denizens of the Greenwood there is a chance at some humour with a most unusual prison break and a unique way of keeping guards busy The best thing about these books is however that Robin feels like a real person, not just some cut and paste hero Looking forward to book three

  8. gj indieBRAG gj indieBRAG says:

    We are proud to announce that THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN The Forest Lord by Steven A McKay is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money

  9. Stuart Laing Stuart Laing says:

    Steven A McKay who is fast becoming Scotland s answer to Bernard Cornwell first came to my attention with his version of the Robin Hood legend in his excellent and hugely entertaining book Wolf s Head The Forest Lord, which put a wonderfully refreshing spin on the classic tale by relocating the outlaw from Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to Barnsdale Forest in Yorkshire and has breathed new life into an old story.The first book ended with Robin and his band of outlaws being offered the chan Steven A McKay who is fast becoming Scotland s answer to Bernard Cornwell first came to my attention with his version of the Robin Hood legend in his excellent and hugely entertaining book Wolf s Head The Forest Lord, which put a wonderfully refreshing spin on the classic tale by relocating the outlaw from Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to Barnsdale Forest in Yorkshire and has breathed new life into an old story.The first book ended with Robin and his band of outlaws being offered the chance to earn a pardon for their crimes which would allow them to reclaim their former lives, a prospect they are all keen to grasp with both hands The attractions of sleeping rough week after week far from home and loved ones had paled, and with Robin s young wife Matilda not Maid Marion heavily pregnant with their first child he is desperate to cast off his mantle of outlaw and return home to create the family life he craves This book, The Wolf and The Raven, continues that story.From the very first line the reader is plunged headlong into the carnage and chaos of medieval warfare as Robert and his men lovers of the legend can rest assured that they will find all the regular characters here Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, Much the Millar s son et al find themselves fighting for their lives in the service of Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster at the battle of Boroughbridge on the 16th of March 1322 The battle, part of a rebellion of various Marcher Lords led by Lancaster against King Edward II, ends in disaster for the rebels and Robin and his band are forced to flee for their lives onceBack in the forests they are forced to face the realisation that their hoped for pardons are gone like chaff on the wind while Edward II takes his bloody revenge on those who dared challenge him.That revenge is not only focused on those who were in command but extends to take in the poor serfs and tenants who were forced to take part in war through circumstance and fealty to various landowners To find and crush these broken men Edward calls on the services of a man who will become Robin s nemesis His name Sir Guy of Gisbourne.The Gisbourne of this book quickly becomes one of the great villains of fiction a man of twisted desires and dreams who has suffered heartbreak and betrayal himself through the actions of his adulterous wife Her betrayal coupled with his childhood fascination with the tales of King Arthur have convinced him he is almost the reincarnation of Lancelot and while he is a brutal, ruthless killer you can t help but feel that there is a weird sort of chivalry at the dark heart of everything Gisbourne does Women are to be protected despite his wife s adultery while the enemies of the king can be killed without thought or mercy As though the worry of being pursued by this sinister figure, quickly nicknamed The Raven by intimidated commoners for his black clothing and armour, wasn t enough of a problem, Robin and his men also have to deal with other bands of broken men who haunt the forest and create fresh worries for them by preying on the villagers which they depend upon for support and supplies Indeed Robin has to spend as much time fighting these bands as he does the king s men Blood is spilled on all sides and not everyone will emerge unscathed from the carnage which ensues Add to this the constant risk of betrayal and you have a tense atmosphere which pervades the whole book.One aspect of this book which I particularly enjoyed is that the author allows the scope to spread beyond the narrow confines of the outlaw camp to take in aspects of the lives of both the common folk in the villages and also those who live in castles Indeed, a large part of the book is taken up with the story of Robin s friend and ally Sir Richard at Lees who, along with his loyal sergeant Stephen, become larger characters who bring fresh breadth to the tale Sir Richard, besieged by Royalist forces, sends Stephen to the head of his Hospitaller order at Clerkenwell for assistance but any notion of loyalty between these knights of the Black Cross is in vain Foul murder is ordered and carried out only for the killer to be betrayed by the very man who gave the order Everyone, it becomes clear, is looking after number one and the lives of friends and brothers in arms can be thrown away to protect dark secrets I have a feeling these dark secrets may play a further role in future books I hope so as I do want to see the Grand Prior of Clerkenwell on the end of something sharp While The Wolf and The Raven can be at times a dark and violent read with language which some may find a little strong, it is not without humour, such as the barber surgeon in the village of Penyston who may have just invented Buckfast a drink much beloved by modern day serfs and villiens in today s broken Britain and Friar Tuck s unusual suggestion on the best way to distract guards on a city gate The humour is welcome as Robin faces his darkest fears and feels crushed by self doubt after an awful experience at the hands of Gisbourne while prisoner in Nottingham Castle This is as close as our hero will ever come to absolute despair and self pity, which threatens to drag the entire band of outlaws down into his malaise with him It is only tough love from old friends which forces Robin to face the future and regain his old heart and courage He will need both before the end.The climatic scene of this book is almost Arthurian itself as Robin faces Gisbourne, a self created modern Black Knight in single combat on a bridge Blood will be shed and the result is not what most will hope for but does leave things wide open for the story to continue in book three.This is a recommended read for all those who enjoy a grown up tale of adventure and daring do with an unflinching approach to medieval life and death.Personally I cannot wait to discover what delights Steven A McKay will deliver next time

  10. Zack Zack says:

    After reading the first book, I was extremely excited when the second one hit the shelves The audiobook was excellent and the narrator superbbut I found myself screaming Aaaarrrggg in my mind throughout this second story It must be true what the author says in the end that the characters dictated the storyline for the most part As what you would expect to happen usually does Also, characters that another author would have built the reader up to love, would always be saved in the end After reading the first book, I was extremely excited when the second one hit the shelves The audiobook was excellent and the narrator superbbut I found myself screaming Aaaarrrggg in my mind throughout this second story It must be true what the author says in the end that the characters dictated the storyline for the most part As what you would expect to happen usually does Also, characters that another author would have built the reader up to love, would always be saved in the end Not here Beloved characters die miserable deaths and the baddies seem to win ALL the way through the story But, like all good stories, I couldn t put it down reading in the evening turned into audiobook listening during the day I ll keep reading the series though, hoping that this was merely Steven s version of The Empire Strikes Back and that the Jedi s really do win in the end I can hope

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