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The Time of the Wolf: A Novel of Medieval England Hardcover – October 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Move over, Robin Hood; there’s a new outlaw in town. Wilde resurrects an all-but-forgotten hero who played a crucial undercover role during the dark days of the Norman Conquest. With King Edward ailing and his court in disarray, the exiled fugitive, Hereward, a man of Mercia also known as the Devil of the Fens, takes up the cause, forming a tactical resistance unit. While the legend of Robin Hood has been sanitized over the centuries, Wilde exercises free rein with Hereward, reimagining a less-than-noble champion as both a brutal warrior and a brilliant tactician. Hereward’s sidekick, Alric the Monk, acts as both a foil to and a conscience for the darkly brooding antihero born of rage and bloodlust. Whenever Saxons and Normans collide, the blood is certain to flow, and the pages are guaranteed to turn. --Margaret Flanagan

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“James Wilde’s début novel is fantastically realized. There are strong, believable characters, which is matched by excellent intrigue and betrayal. This novel is a great example of the historical fiction genre.” (theeloquentpage.co.uk)

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Raised in a world of books, James Wilde studied economic history at university before travelling the world in search of adventure. Unable to forget a childhood encounter - in the pages of a comic - with the great English warrior, Hereward, Wilde returned to the haunted fenlands of Eastern England, Hereward's ancestral home, where he became convinced that this legendary hero should be the subject of his first novel. Wilde now indulges his love of history and the high life in the home his family have owned for several generations in the heart of a forest.

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This book was historical fiction well researched and art fully told.
Larry A. Myers
This book is not one for the squeamish as it contains very vivid and violent descriptions at times.
whiskersandtales
The plotting was tight, the story interesting and the characters well developed.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By disrep on October 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Stonking debut novel that starts at full pelt and never really slows down. I wanted to read this book as it is a time in history I studied so I was intrigued to see how well it would be portrayed. James Wilde brings the hardship, horror and violence of the time to life with bloody realism. It's a grim time where life is easily and torturously forfeit. Hereward is possibly one of England's forgotten heroes and this interpretation of his troubled life is well worth the read.

Hereward has been wrongly outlawed by his own father, England is in turmoil, under threat from invasion and mercenaries are everywhere. Amongst a slaughtered village he finds Alric, a monk with his own guilty secret. Alric becomes the balancing and unusual friend to Hereward's berserker character. Their journey takes them abroad where Hereward develops into a far superior warrior and leader. I would have liked some more on Alric, the book does focus almost completely with Hereward and the other characters are very definitely secondary. However that really is only a very minor gripe on what was a fast paced, bloody, violent and well written historically accurate novel. All the battle scenes are well choreographed and I physically flinched reading some parts. Not for the faint hearted but if you like your early history, your vikings big and your heroes flawed and fierce this is for you.

I did really want the story to carry on, it ends at the start of a very interesting time, roll on the next one please Mr Wilde.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2012
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This is the first book I read from this author. I have read several book from other writer on this genre but this book came out on top of the Heep. Wow! This book took me on a voyage in time. I can feel, and smell the country and I can visualize the fight like I was there watching as a spectator.

Hereward the main character in this book was outlawed by his own Father. How he can remain strong, and fight his demons inside him when everybody is against him. You just have to read the book to find out.

Like all book there is a beginning and an ending. But hopefully the rest of the story starts strong and end strong. Can't wait to read the rest of Hereward adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Myers on September 24, 2013
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This book was historical fiction well researched and art fully told. Enjoyed the cast of characters and the smooth pace. Well worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TMarie on January 4, 2013
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This book is amazing and an easy read. It's captivating and doesn't have a sappy ending but is more realistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wonko the Sane on September 24, 2013
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If you are squeamish, then reading good, eleventh-century historical fiction is maybe a bad idea. If you're not a wuss, read this book. It's excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D. Clark (TC) on September 16, 2013
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This is my type of story. Graphic, violent and the time period is perfect for it. Looking forward to part II
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EmileQuinn on July 20, 2013
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I enjoy all tales of the old English history. The kings! The queens and the women who did their work through men for women had few rights. While this is a story of historical fiction, I was disappointed with the end. The reader is left hanging in mid-air so to speak. I want to know what happened to William the Bastard........
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bobfromtx on May 14, 2013
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The book finally gets interesting in the last few chapters and then it ends with nothing resolved. Must be the first in a series!
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