Review of The Wolf and The Raven; Steven McKay; Self-published 2014; pp327
- Shana Susan Ninan
Steven McKay leads us from right where he stopped in Wolf Head. The second book in the Forest Lord series, The Wolf and The Raven is a delight to read, from the very first page to the last. You’re keep having to remind yourself at points to relax and breathe, and then to continue on!
Where there are wolves, there are ravens, surely. And Sir Guy de Gisbourne, knighted bounty hunter is no meek raven. Dressed in all-black, muscular and fearless, he looms large over the lives of the wolf heads, threatening to wipe them off. And, succeeding in taking the life of Robin Hood’s most trusted friends. The raven and the wolf are animals of the dusk – dark and mysterious. Both Hood and Sir Guy are famous and capable in their own respects. We just have to wait and see who will be triumphant, as well.
The sub plot of the Hospitaller Knight Sir Richard’s life takes a backseat at places, and in some places needing a firmer grasp. But then again, when Robin’s part of the story is quick-paced and adrenaline-pumped, the much milder dealing of Sir Richard’s story drags down the pace.
Violence, betrayal, brutality and death – that’s what Steven brings to life in this book. Emotions and attachments run riot in the plot. What touched me most was the fact that Robin, a to-be father is forced to spend time in the forest, facing his enemies and gathering his friends, often losing minor battles. Readers, at the end of the page, are left with a note of revenge. Something that’ll keep us waiting for the sequel!