Volume Five of the Wolf Who Would be King saga is out now! Available at Amazon or direct from Innsmouth Gold
Our young barbarian finds himself enmeshed in the clash between two fanatical armies... and when the Grand Inquisitor arrives, being inside the castle is as perilous as being outside!
Llorc rubbed his forearm over his eyes and glared ahead. The great cloud of dust blotted out even the bright sun. Then came the first of the enemy, charging pell mell, screaming. Warriors clad in white silk and steel, a be-plumed giant at their fore. They seemed barely slowed by the slope of rubble and, with a great crash, they met the shield wall. The shock reverberated along the Legion line but all held. Then came a time of stabbing swords and spears, of snarling faces and figures falling to writhe in the bloody dust.
Llorc worked like a machine, axe rising and falling to chop off a spear point here, to split a helm or lop off a hand there. His blood pounded in his temples as the wolf growled and demanded to be released. But he contained it, channelling the battle joy into a cold fury, becoming a methodical, heartless killing automaton. Life was simple again, kill or be killed, survive or die...
Stoked to get this review today from Heavy Mithril on the Worlds of Robert E Howard FB group. Thank you!
Wolf in Shadows: The Wolf Who Would Be King Vol 1 Book by Robert Poyton
A sword and sorcery yarn in the vain of Howard Or de Camp, Although not breaking new ground It's an entertaining romp.
Cool things: - Robert has writing chops - the action is brutal and well described - the "Fagin" Character one of my favourites - "Lurk" - The city in which the story takes place has a very Greek Or Byzantine feel to it - The Howard references are on the nose Although they never felt over saturated - Very much a work of genre fiction - love interest is not useless, or helpless - BATTLE CHANT! - The main character was a man before he would be a king - Very Phoenix, Much, on the Sword Meh, things: - Book cover should have a beautiful matte painting by the likes of Ken Kelly or Sanjulian - Zombies - The wizards Grimoire should have had a name - Some of the conversations and phrasing felt a little cutoff like there was more to 'em but it was edited down Over all, it's was great I have legitimately read worse from de Camp or Gardner Fox. Honestly if they ever get back to making more Conan pastiches Robert Poyton would be a sure fit With authors like him and the people at DMR Sword and sorcery is in good hands even in the 21st century Crom count the dead, 9/10.
"All I wanted was a sharp sword and a straight path to my enemies"