Debut author Paul A. Sheppard introduces us to his gritty, fantasy adventure “The Wolf We Feed”:
"Set in Amleth, a rugged land divided by decades of bitter strife with a landscape and belief system heavily influenced by my time in Scandinavia. The Wolf We Feed is an action-packed fantasy adventure."
Tirith's life is turned upside-down when Drake, her twin brother, abandons her after they were raised and trained in isolation. Unable to live under the perceived tyranny of their grandfather, Drake sets off into the world looking forward to an adventure. Arriving in the dystopian city of Náströnd, Drake finds a new mentor and becomes involved in a bloody coup to eliminate the city's ruling class. Amid plots and counterplots, conflict and betrayal a determined but uncertain young woman undertakes a treacherous journey to meet her father for the first time, overcomes racial bias in a foreign land, and learns the truth about her family's sinister past. What she discovers leaves her with no choice but to find her brother and attempt to save him from the violent life he has chosen. But does he want to be saved? THE WOLF WE FEED, a coming-of-age story about two siblings that face hard truths about where their loyalties lie...
I was ready for a good fantasy story, elves, dwarves, perhaps a dragon and a prince without a kingdom. That is not what I found after reading a few pages in this book.
The story starts in the middle of a skills trial that would cause any modern-day, special forces member spend some time in planning, which is what the brother and sister team did to defeat their expert teacher.
This story explores so many powerful themes and brings them all to life quite credibly, faithfulness and treachery, family and enemies, acceptance and prejudice among others. I found the writing to be exemplary; the characters really come to life and are filled with plots and schemes. The scene-setting is well done in every environment, the dialogue gave me many chuckles.
This story was so much fun, I hope there is going to be more.
I award 4.8 stars to “The Wolf We Feed”.
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