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...
1322. England is in disarray and Sir Guy of Gisbourne, the king's own bounty hunter, stalks the greenwood, bringing bloody justice to the outlaws 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 more than ever. But Robin's friends have troubles of their own and, this time, not all of them will escape with their lives...
Steven McKay’s second installment in The Forest Lord series, The Wolf and the Raven, begins in medias res and remains a fast-paced read throughout with the tension continually escalating. The story builds upon the first novel, but it is also a darker, richer tale than the first, a testament to McKay’s developing talent.
This second chronicle is full of danger, peril, intrigue, and betrayal. The losses in the story are grim and devastating, but the characters are explored in further depth. The reader sees Robin continue his grapple with his identity, struggle to come to terms with the magnitude of his impending fatherhood, and growing in his role as the Forest Lord. Guy of Gisbourne is a terrific villain, an antagonist who is both evil and fully human with a backstory that accounts for his depravity.
The stakes are high in tale, the losses tremendous, and the action is nonstop. Gripping, exhilarating, and brutal, The Wolf and the Raven is a stellar addition to the series and sets the reader up to delve into the third installment.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy the old Robin Hood ballads, historical fiction set in the fourteenth century, and tales of action and adventure; recommended that this series is read in order