"It is the fifteenth century, and three kingdoms are caught up in the dire conflicts of their time. As the possibility of a peaceful resolution provides hope that a decade-long war will finally end, no one realizes that dark forces are waiting to invoke chaos as a full moon rises.
On a farm nestled beneath the Euralene Mountains along the western border of Medinia, young Willie works for the Smythes as a serf. One moonlit evening when the Smythes are gone to a neighbouring village, Willie hears the terrified cries of animals in the pastures. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that this wolf pack attack is like no other. Badly injured during the raid, he survives—but now he is afflicted by the full-moon madness that will soon transform him into one of the wolf creatures he dreads. With his life seemingly warped forever, Willie must face the prospect of a lifelong descent into horror.
In a time of witchcraft, superstitious folk lore, and fear-some creatures roaming the night, Willie struggles with an uncertain destiny and must seek help from the one man he holds most responsible for the dark fate that awaits him during the next full moon cycle."
This was an intriguing book. There are three kingdoms. Two of them have made plans to make peace and end their feud. The third believes that would be the end of their kingdom. Peace cannot happen! Willie works for a family and wants to go with them when they go into the village but instead is left home to guard the house and livestock. The pack of wolves that descend and change his life forever aren't just normal wolves. Being infected, Willie begins a new life with a whole new set of rules.
The author has a new refreshing idea with this one. It isn't your typical werewolf novel but instead a historical, intricate book. In building the world in which the story takes place, there are times when it becomes tedious and you want to skim over to get back to the 'action' or actual story line. That being said, this is the first in a series and the details are important to a degree. Characters were well described and I really do like the possibilities of where the story can go from here and will definitely read more in the series.This was a 3/5 for me. I see the potential for the series but the building of the 'new world' was tedious.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via pumpupyourbook). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.