Review! Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall

23 Jul

wolfShadow of the Wolf

By Tim Hall

480 pages (Hardcover) – Ages 13+

Published by David Fickling Books on May 26, 2015

Synopsis- From GoodReads: “A world of gods and monsters. An elemental power, rising. This is Robin Hood, reborn, as he has never been seen before…
Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by these mysteries, and this anguish, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed, and will alter forever the legend of Robin Hood.

What I Thought- This was a chilling book. It’s a take on the Robin Hood legends, but with more of a malicious tint. The book is definitely for young-adult readers, but I would say that it’s for 13 year-olds and older. There is a hint of horror, but not enough to be considered a horror novel. I like how it is a medieval setting, with no magic (there are potions and poisons, and Robin, who became blind, has a sixth sense that allows him to “see”), but there are gods, and a forest that is somewhat “living”, controlling how long you are in it. It has an intriguing cross between supernatural and legend. The story is good and solid, although sometimes Robin seemed a little too angry. There is some fighting, and murder, but nothing gory or graphic (although Robin at one point, wasn’t in control of his mind, and killed in cold blood.). All in all, it was a solid story and an interesting take on the Robin Hood legend.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

8 Responses to “Review! Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall”

  1. Dr Niamh July 24, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    I am always worried about new, completely different re-writes of traditional legends..I am never sure if this writing device works or not. I wonder if it is not better to just write a completely new story with different names and characters rather than mixing up legends like this? Might be my bias, but most legends are based on some history and fact. I certainly know Sherwood Forest (which is in Nottingham) does excite the imagination.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

      I know what you mean. This definitely puts the legends in a darker tone, but it is still pretty good.


  2. Michelle Isenhoff July 24, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Wow. Striking cover, and it sounds really intriguing. You have definitely piqued my interest. I love Robin Hood tales. This one may be a little gritty for me, but probably worth trying. Thanks for pointing this one out.


  3. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews July 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow! The cover is great! I love the legend of Robin Hood but must admit, this one seems too dark and evil and would not interest me. I do love the diversity of books you review and give you 5 books for that. 🙂 (and one smile)


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 2, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      I get 5 books! WOOO!!! 😉 Yeah, it’s a dark book. I’m actually surprised I read it. 😉


  4. Aqsa Rahim August 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    This looks so interesting! Totally in for something with a hint of horror and medieval 😀 Awesome review 🙂


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