Court of Wolves
New World Rising Series Book 2
By Robyn Young
The long-awaited standalone sequel to SONS OF THE BLOOD.
It is the dawn of a new world.
Henry Tudor has vanquished Richard III and claimed the throne of England, taking possession of a secret map. At the glittering court of the Medici in Florence, Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the republic and head of the mysterious Academy, is engaged in a dangerous game of power with the Vatican. In Spain, the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, have declared a crusade against Islam, forcing the Moors from Granada. Europe stands upon the brink of war, at the edge of a discovery that will change everything.
Jack Wynter is clinging to the wreckage of the life he dreamed of living, his father's execution by Richard III destroying his hope of overcoming his status as an illegitimate son. The map entrusted to him by his father is gone, stolen by his hated half-brother, Harry Vaughan. Outlawed by Tudor, all Jack can do is follow his father's last words - and seek out the man who has answers to his past that will determine his future, Lorenzo de' Medici. But in the serpentine politics and renaissance splendour of Florence, he finds only danger. Lorenzo may have trusted Jack's father, but he is now surrounded by threats and conspiracies on all sides - not least from the rising power in the city known as the Court of Wolves.
Harry, meanwhile, heads to the Spanish court on a covert mission for Tudor, who intends to deflect Queen Isabella's interest in developing a trade route west with a sailor named Columbus.
Once again, Jack must risk all to prove himself, while his sworn enemy, Harry, finds himself fighting through Spain, seeking all the time to ingratiate himself with Tudor, and bring his brother down.
Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, BRETHREN, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, CRUSADE and REQUIEM, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.
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07 Feb 2019
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Young's ability to conjure historical settings is reliably strong . . . fans of her work and historical adventure generally will love it. The action is well done and the characters' adventures entertain. — The Times
A spectacular rollercoaster ride through the labyrinthine secrets and lies of the Tudor court, the brutal glitter of Renaissance Florence and a fifteenth century world where power is everything and people will go to any lengths to get it, Court of Wolves is brilliantly written and full of heart, a must read — Kate Williams, broadcaster and author of Becoming Queen
Engrossing historical drama set in most tumultuous times — Sun
A thrilling, fast-paced and utterly compelling sequel. The reader is transported from the treachery of early Tudor England to the dazzling and deadly world of the Florentine court. Not to be missed — Tracy Borman, author of The King's Witch
Robyn Young always writes so beautifully and with great empathy. Her prose is thoughtful and elegant . . . I'm looking forward to finding out what's next for Jack and Harry. — For Winter Nights blog
Praise for Sons of the Blood, book 1 in the New World Rising series — -
Robyn Young realistically evokes the brutal world of the late fifteenth century, and interweaves a gripping tale with a highly original take on Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Provocative and grounded upon impressive research, this is historical fiction of a high calibre. More, please! — Alison Weir
Young has done her research and writes with her usual gusto. The battle scenes are gory and the plot twists sharp. — The Times
A vivid and utterly compelling novel that brilliantly evokes one of the darkest and most turbulent periods of our history. I could not put it down.
— Tracy Borman
The first novel in a new series by Robyn Young, and this in itself is a cause for celebration. Robyn Young is one of the finest writers I've read in recent years. Her prose is beautiful, her historical fiction enriched by meticulous research and great empathy for its characters. — For Winter Nights blog
An astounding feat of historical fiction that breathes new life into a turbulent, exciting, and surprisingly relevant period of history. Crammed full with action, adventure, intrigue, politics and brilliant characters, this is a must read. — The Bookbag