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.
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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…
The first book in the Forest Lord series, Steven McKay’s Wolf’s Head revisits the tale of the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. McKay gives the familiar, much-told story a fresh, original retelling, harkening back to the old ballads regarding the outlaw.
McKay transports his merry band of thieves from Sherwood to Barnsdale Forest, from the tumult of the barons war with John to Yorkshire during the reign of Edward II. The story is told through fresh, vivid eyes, and the details of the injustices of medieval England are gritty and brutal. The writing is distinctive, the pace taut, and the cast of secondary characters well-rounded.
McKay’s Robin is clever and cunning, tough and committed, sensitive and romantic—a new outlaw hero for this generation of readers. Wolf’s Head is an adventurous, edge-of-the-seat read that takes an age-old story and breathes new life into it, setting the reader up to follow Robin and his men’s antics through the rest of the Forest Lord series.