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Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach

Smile of the Wolf

Tim Leach

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Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 12 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9781788544108

Tenth-century Iceland. One night in the darkness of winter, two friends set out on an adventure but end up killing a man.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
1 Dec 2018

"Tim Leach is good at ratcheting up the tension "

Kjaran is a poet in 10th-century Iceland, an unforgiving land governed by a fierce honour code. One dark night Kjaran and his friend Gunnar kill a man. They must then decide whether to own up or hide their deed. The murder — and their decision — unleashes a brutal feud between two families, which draws in the surrounding Icelanders. Tim Leach is good at ratcheting up the tension as the two men fight to extricate themselves from the spiralling bloodshed.


  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
5 Aug 2018

"a poetic, absorbing narrative"

Leach’s two previous novels told the tale of Croesus, the king of Lydia, re-creating the ancient world in vivid detail. His third is equally impressive, a poetic, absorbing narrative with many of the same qualities as the medieval Icelandic sagas that it echoes and reimagines.