The Smile of the Wolf
Written by Tim Leach
Eleventh-century Iceland. One night in the darkness of winter, two friends set out to chase away a ghost that has been haunting a nearby farm, 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 their crime and pay the blood price to the dead man’s family.
Their 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, The 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 respect.
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.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST KING OF LYDIA:
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
PRAISE FOR THE KING AND THE SLAVE:
“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