Shadow of the Wolf

by Tim Hall

David Fickling Books
September 2016

Ages 15 – 18 . Grades 10 – 12

Lexile measure: HL700L

Forget everything you've ever heard about Robin Hood.

Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without a trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by these mysteries, and this anguish, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed . . .

The first book of a trilogy, Shadow of the Wolf is a breathtakingly original--and utterly compelling--retelling that will forever alter the legend of Robin Hood.
Tim Hall

In his work as a journalist, Tim Hall has written for various national newspapers and magazines. Most recently he spent two years in Bermuda, reporting for the Bermuda Sun. He has traveled widely in other parts of the world, including Asia and South America. Shadow of the Wolf was his debut. He lives in Gloucestershire, England with his family.


  • * "[F]antastic interpretation of the classic tale[.]" --Booklist, starred review

    "Debut author Hall has created a high-fantasy twist on the Robin Hood legend--older teen readers of fantasy and fans of reworked folktales will enjoy this series opener." --School Library Journal

    "A richly imagined emotional and physical adventure[.] Patrick Ness fans may have found another new writer with the ability to mix horror and compassion." --Horn Book

    "Imaginative depth and exquisite craft." --Kirkus Reviews



Robin drew a short-feathered flight arrow. The soldiers were three hundred paces away - ! " if he was going to do it he would have to do it now. He nocked the arrow.
\tAs he did so a creeping sensation began in his bow hand--the way cold liquid seeps through your chest, or when fear makes your blood run cold. The feeling grew more intense and began to spread.
\tSomething was moving across his skin--no, beneath his skin. Black threads, thin as the veins in a leaf, were spreading upwards from his left hand. He felt them flow quicker, up past his elbow, twining around his shoulder--he heard them making a splintering noise, the way an iced lake cracks before it gives way beneath your feet.
\tRobin thought he had discarded the shadow weapon, but now he understood a shard of it remained. It had seeped inside and lurked there, waiting . . .
\tThe shadow veins continued to spread, at first gossamer thin, but then beginning to pulse and swell, like rootlets drinking in the rain. They rippled across his chest, down his right arm. He felt them leak deeper, into his muscles and his bones.
\tThey tugged tight--a puppet master pulling strings--Robin's bow rose. His right arm drew the bowstring. He took aim at Will Scarlett."
Paperback / softback

ISBN: 9781338032505

480pp. | 5-¼ x 8