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The Smile of the Wolf

Written by Tim Leach

Published January 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781487005399
FICTION / Historical / General

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

416 pages | 9 in × 6 in
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About this book

The Smile of the Wolf

Tim Leach


In the darkness of midwinter, two friends set out on an adventure but end up killing a man.

Kjaran, a travelling poet who trades songs for food and shelter, and Gunnar, a feared warrior, must make a choice: conceal the deed or confess to the crime and pay the blood price to the family. For the right reasons, they make the wrong choice.

Their fateful decision leads to a brutal feud: one man is outlawed, free to be killed by anyone without consequence; the other remorselessly hunted by the dead man's kin.

Set in a world of ice and snow, Smile of the Wolf is an epic story of exile and revenge, of duels and betrayals, and two friends struggling to survive in a desolate landscape, where honour is the only code that men abide by.

About the Author

Tim Leach

TIM LEACH is a graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, where he now teaches as an Assistant Professor. His first novel, The Last King of Lydia, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Awards and Praise


FINALIST, Dylan Thomas Prize

“Intriguing . . . full of vigour and promise.” — Literary Review

“Without a doubt one of the finest pieces of writing I have read for a long time.” — For Winter Nights

“A wonderful book. The story is a gripping tale of ancient kingdoms . . . Wholly satisfying from start to finish . . . A terrific novel.” — Quick Silver Reads


“A sophisticated, moving study of corrupted power . . . Compelling.” — Sunday Times

“A gripping tale of the perils of kingship and the relationships of the mighty with those who fear them most.” — Good Book Guide

“Beautiful, epic, dramatic.” — Bookbag