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Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord Book 1) (English Edition) di [McKay, Steven A.]
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“Well researched and enjoyably written, Wolf’s Head is a fast-paced and original re-casting of a familiar legend. McKay’s gift as a storyteller pulls the reader into a world of violence, passion, injustice and revenge and leaves us wanting more!"

Glyn Iliffe, author, The Adventures of Odysseus series


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.

ENGLAND 1321 AD

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 new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals.

When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

Meanwhile, the country is in turmoil, as many of the powerful lords strive to undermine King Edward II’s rule until, inevitably, rebellion becomes a reality and the increasingly deadly yeoman outlaw from Wakefield finds his fate bound up with that of a Hospitaller Knight…

"Wolf’s Head" brings the brutality, injustice and intensity of life in medieval England vividly to life, and marks the beginning of a thrilling new historical fiction series in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow.

As of Feb 2014, Wolf's Head is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree!

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Steven A. McKay was born in Scotland in 1977. His first book, "Wolf's Head", came out in 2013 and was an Amazon UK top 20 bestseller. "Blood of the Wolf" is the fourth and final book in the Forest Lord series which has over 90,000 sales so far. Steven is currently researching a brand new tale set in post-Roman Britain.

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  • Editore: Broadsword Publishing (4 luglio 2013)
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La figura di Robin Hood mi ha sempre in qualche modo affascinato. Pertanto, qualche tempo fa, ho cercato in giro qualche romanzo che approfondisse la storia di questo eroe popolare del folklore inglese.

Dopo aver studiato qualche recensione qua e là, mi sono imbattuto in Wolf’s Head di Steven A. McKay, che ho poi scelto di acquistare e leggere. Una piccola nota: nessuno mi ha pagato per questa recensione, ma l’ho scritta per il semplice piacere di condividere una delle migliori letture fatte negli ultimi tempi.

Siamo in Inghilterra nell’anno 1321. Tutto comincia con una tradizionale festa di paese, nel villaggio di Wakefield, nello Yorkshire. Ci immergiamo subito nella cultura medievale inglese, in una dicotomia tra paganesimo celtico e cristianesimo che portava all’esistenza di culti e celebrazioni di natura ibrida.

Senza spoilerare la trama, vi dico soltanto che sarà la genesi di Robin Hood, costretto a diventare un fuorilegge (una testa di lupo) per amore della sua Matilda. Scopriamo la nascita del mito e la sua ascesa alla testa di una banda di reietti dal cuore d’oro.

Ci sono alcune meravigliose rivisitazioni per quello che riguarda i compagni di Robin: Will Scarlet, Frate Tuck, Little John. E vi è anche un enorme riferimento alla leggenda di Adam Bell.

L’aspetto più interessante di questo romanzo, al di là dell’azione e dell’epica di cui è intriso, è senz’altro l’accuratezza storica. Sullo sfondo delle vicende dei nostri, infatti, si muove qualcosa di ben più grande: la storia e gli intrighi politici di Tommaso Plantageneto all’alba della Battaglia di Boroughbridge.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Strong and tough minded. 28 maggio 2017
Di William L Jones - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Wolf's Head is not at all what I expected when I bought it. It is far more interesting. This is a raw retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, his band of outlaws, and a time and culture as frustrating and corrupt as our own, but with far less margin for survival. Most of the characters in this book are commoners. Their world, their options, their power and prospects are all quite limited. Their minds and spirits are not, however, and every day they make do as best they can, and for the most part work together as a community to survive and succeed. These people are practical, hard working, mostly, and are forthright and plain speaking. Look here for millers, billmen, bowmen and milkmaids, not for alchemists, knights or princesses. That does not mean they are not noble, and possessed of pride and dignity. This is not a world for lone wolves, either. If one is to survive, one will be part of a pack. The outlaws must think and act in ways we associate with pirates, and for similar reasons. They are outside the law, hunted and hopeless, and must find some way to endure on the fringes of society and away from the law. This is a book about alliances, trust, and clear reasoning to achieve survival and modest prosperity. Robin Hood and other characters are pushed by events and circumstances into choosing between submission and daring, and either choice is potentially lethal. This is the foundation of the narrative which follows.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A breathe of fresh air to the legend of Robin Hood. 18 giugno 2014
Di Emerald Archer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I have been a huge fan of Robin Hood as far back as I can remember. I grew up on the Disney cartoon as well as the old Errol Flynn move "The Adventures of Robin Hood". I wore out my VHS of "Prince of Thieves" and I spent countless days reading anything and everything about the archer who "steals from the rich and gives to the poor".

As you can imagine, eventually all of those stories begin to blend together and even a fan such as myself can begin to find the legends becoming too vanilla.

One day I was watching "Prince of Thieves" on cable and decided that it had been a while since I have googled any new literary adventures of Robin Hood. I had received an amazon kindle as a gift for Christmas and was excited when I began reading reviews for "Wolf's Head". Buying a copy for my kindle was less than three dollars and I decided that it was well worth the gamble. I purchased the novel and began reading right away.

And I couldn't put it down. From the first page to the last page, this take on Robin Hood had me in a death grip from Little John himself. Mr. McKay's fresh new take on an age old legend was as refreshing as crystal clear water in the middle of the desert and this has become my absolute favorite telling of the story.

One of my absolute favorite things about this story is the revisiting of Will Scarlet (always my favorite supporting character). McKay gave Will so much more depth and meaning that it felt like I was finally meeting the true Will Scarlet after decades of legends and whispers. I don't usually tear up when I read, no matter how emotional the story gets, but when Will Scarlet's story arc reaches its climax tears filled my eyes.

Another welcome revisit is Friar Tuck, who is way too often played off as a drunken bumbling oaf (something I had always had a problem with). The Wolf's Head ignores that temptation and makes Tuck intelligent, wise, and (best of all) combat efficient.

Aside from Maid Marian, all of the regulars from the legend show up (and as this is the start of a series, she can always show up later). The changes McKay did with the legend (like a lack of the term "Sherwood Forest") at first made me nervous but as I flipped through page after page I realized that this story is perfectly fine without them... in fact it frees both the story and the reader from the shackles of a stale comfort zone and into a new rich and bold world of adventure.

As for the story itself, it is very fast paced and exciting with a little political intrigue thrown in for a post "A Song of Ice and Fire" world. Wolf's Head breathes new life into a very old tale and it is very welcomed. I just purchased the sequel "The Wolf and The Raven" and look forward to reading this series for many years to come.

If you are a huge fan of Robin Hood (as I am), I feel that this is the book for you; a chance to experience Robin Hood in a whole new light. If this is your first foray into the world of Robin Hood you won't be disappointed (though I would advise at least developing some familiarity with the source material, for nothing else than to give you some scope and perspective on how Steven A. McKay just changed the game.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Very good re-telling of Robin Hood saga 13 febbraio 2015
Di Frost - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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WOLF'S HEAD by Steven McKay

This is a historical novel that re- tells the saga of Robin Hood, and does it as an interesting tale for adults.
Forget the movie treatment most of us remember, the memorable movie with Errol Flynn as Robin and Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisborne ( who does not appear to any important way in the novel. Yet.) That movie was from Hollywood's golden era, with Robin as a dashing, swashbuckling young baron living in the forest, swinging through the trees, joking with his pals as if it was all a summer camp with scuffles now and then with the locals. This book is for the modern age, with Robin fleeing to the woods after killing a mercenary for molesting Robin's love. Robin finds the life of a bandit brutal and dangerous, with not even his fellow outcasts trustworthy.
Yes, Robin and his merry band have the well-known characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, et.al. But with differences. For example, Will Scarlet here is a brooding loner, a cold killer with a desire for revenge against any noble. Maid Marion is now Matilda. And Robin himself does rob from the Erich, etc., but keeps some for himself and his band of thieves. Furthermore, young Robin learns quickly to kill quickly and efficiently.

I found the book to be interesting, with the story moving right along with no, to my recollection, boring lulls. The leading characters are fully built, showing good and bad traits.

This is book one in a series. It does stand alone well, but ends with more of the story yo tell. I enjoyed this book and will buy and read number 2. Recommended for adults: combat is brutal and bloody and there is one nasty rape attempt-- very Anglo-Saxon language here a times.
Good book.
4.0 su 5 stelle It's a Fun Read 9 gennaio 2017
Di Mary B - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I don't write reviews. Ever. I'm not convinced that my opinion will matter to anyone. That being said, I have to state that I know the author slightly and he asked me to do this. I'm doing it gladly because I like his work, it more than stands on its own two feet, and I want to read more. Let me continue.

This is an interesting take on some very well known material, material that has become embedded in Western culture. We all know about Robin Hood, but we expect him to be a part of Richard I's reign, not Edward II's. The change, supported by research, works well. The author has also created some believable and sympathetic characters, in a fairly vivid setting. It's hard for us to imagine the vast tracts of heavy forest that once covered the North of England, but the author manages to convey a sense of the landscape that existed in the early 14th century.

He also gives us the traditional stories of the legend with an immediacy and a sense of the violence that characterizes the late Middle Ages. There is a growing resentment toward the ruling class that will come to a head with the Black Death mid century and the author makes that a major part of his tale.

There are some laughs and some losses, some weighty issues, some clever plot points, and some lovable characters. And, above all, this is a rollicking tale full of action that reads swiftly and easily. It's fun. Give it a read and support an indie author.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fantastically written tales that suck you into the world of the characters 16 giugno 2017
Di Tony Baker - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
From Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner, the story of 'Robin Hood' is already embedded in our subconscious. What the author has managed in these books is not to tell us a 'new' story, but to tell us the real story.
Fantastically written tales that suck you into the world of the characters. Well outside my preferred 'historical fiction' zone of 'Ancient Rome', but so glad I found them!
If you like Bernard Cornwell; Harry Sidebottom; Ben Kane; Lindsay Davis; Michael Curtis Ford, or even Clive Cussler, you will not be disappointed with these books!
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