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 different time period than the usual one that pits King Richard against Prince John. This tale of Robin and his band of outlaws takes place in the 14th century during the Lancastrian rebellion against King Edward.
The cast of characters will be familiar to most, John Little, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet are all accounted for as well as a host of others. The story is about how Robin became an outlaw and how he gains the admiration and respect of the gang. The action is non-stop for the most part and kept me turning pages as the author punctuates the scenes with enough twists and turns to make the outcome of each encounter doubtful. The author also paints the landscape and villages in such a way as to make you feel like you are there, the mind’s eye taking in the descriptions and making them real to the reader.
I won’t go into too much detail as to how the plot unfolds, suffice to say that the story is exciting and invites the reader to sit back and enjoy the journey through the forests and villages of northern England. I look forward to the sequel and beyond from Mr. McKay with great anticipation as he has whetted my appetite for more.
Hoover Book Reviews rates this book at 4.5.