Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. Read more...
Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.
Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father's fate.
Combining the best of "Shogun" and "Vikings," "Black Wolves" is an unmissable treat for epic fantasy lovers everywhere.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Elliott opens a trilogy set in the world of her Crossroads books with an uneven epic centered on a dynastys internecine power struggles and the questions of correct governance in a conquered country. King Anjihosh wrested the land called the Hundred from the rule of corrupt demons, but his reign could not last forever. The loyal captain of the kings Black Wolves regiment, Kellas, attempts to protect Anjihoshs successor, King Atani, from the demons, until everything goes drastically wrong. Decades later, reputation ruined, Kellas is called out of retirement to protect yet another king and must decide where his loyalties lie and whether Anjihoshs wishes for the well-being of the Hundred still have any chance of being carried out. Elliott blends interesting characters with a well-drawn world and occasional powerful scenes, but the pacing is confusing and the prose is clunky. Long stretches of dullness intrude between shorter moments of the genuinely delightful. Most epics need trimming, but this one could use some extra development to help readers connect with minor characters as they undertake small but plot-necessary actions. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary. (Nov.)