Peragrim was his name. An inhuman human sworn to destroy his quarry, three human children – Connor, Evey and Billy. They had been transported to a world ruled by the Wolf People, but Peragrim was waiting for them
I would like to thank the author and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilby for the ARC of Wolf Boy in return for an honest review.
This book is an enjoyable read with influences from such children’s classics as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It takes three young children on a journey to a world of warrior wolves and creatures of the night. It’s full of action, with a young boy as the main hero and his two friends who work to save a world threatened by a strange human.
I liked the way the story drew on the classic influences of a good adventure story, but gave it a modern twist. The characters are all very likeable and the ‘cruel human’ has depth to him that avoids the clichéd pantomime villain, that some bad characters can morph into. Each character is given time to grow and develop and especially Conner himself, who was my favourite, because he is brave and caring and Billy as well.
If I had one criticism is that the girl Evey, felt sidelined to me in comparison to the two boys. I would have liked her to have a more central role in the story, simply because I feel it would give the book more appeal to both boys and girls. Even given my one personal reservation, this is still a very enjoyable story, with I think has a bright future as a popular children’s series. It gives the reader a great story to get lost in and likeable characters to root for.
I would recommend this to all readers of VA fantasy and adventure fans.
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About the author
Gerry Sammon is a journalist and former newspaper editor based in Bolton, Lancashire.
From September 2015 he has been a tutor in Media Law at News Associates in Manchester, an award-winning private training provider, tutoring trainee journalists in media law and ethics. He also teaches media law to students at Manchester Metropolitan University, and at the University of Central Lancashire based in Preston.
He has travelled widely, both for business and on family holidays.
The idea for Wolf Boy came from a dream my daughters used to have when they were small children. The elder daughter would dream there was a wolf in the wardrobe (this is how our adventure begins in Wolf Boy), and my youngest daughter had a dream that a crocodile lived under her bed.
Gerry is married, with two grown-up daughters.