Book publication date: end March 2013
The Blood of Wolves by award winning author S. D. Gentill: the 3rd and final book in the thrilling Hero fantasy adventure series. Bringing ancient tales to life for today’s audience through a fresh and witty, young adult voice. Four daring young heroes embark on a perilous quest plagued by insanity, heresy and a bloody war.
“a gripping fantasy-adventure series… completely and utterly enthralling” The Sun Herald, 2011
Following her 2012 Davitt Award for Best Crime Fiction (for the second book in her Rowland Sinclair series) and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book, prolific Australian author S.D. Gentill delivers the final installment of the gripping Hero saga to her dedicated followers.
Like the first two books in the Hero series, (Chasing Odysseus and Trying War) The Blood of Wolves draws upon ancient Greek and Roman mythology, as well as Virgils’s Aeneid, giving readers fast-paced adventures where gods walk the earth, a treacherous fate is merely a moment away and families are turned against each other by the machinations of a wily king.
The Blood of Wolves begins as the protagonist, Hero, believing she has received a vision from the gods, urges her fellow Herdsmen of Ida to leave their war-torn homeland. Her older brothers laugh and dismiss her...until a mysterious Trojan ship appears on the shoreline by the ruins of the once glorious citadel. Taking up where Trying War leaves off, The Blood of Wolves sees the four exhausted heroes embark on a gripping quest to save those forced to flee Troy.
Bound by past promises and loyalty and led by the visions of a mad king, Hero, and her brothers Mac, Cad and Lycon embark on a journey fraught with peril and personal anguish as they guide these outcast Trojans to a new land to found an empire.
“In this final book, Hero and her brothers strike out independently of each other. A rift emerges between them over Hero’s love for Aeneas. The Herdsmen are caught between protecting her and allowing her freedom to choose her own path,” says S.D. Gentill.
“Hero adores her brothers but thinks they’re bigoted and wrong at times, and resents their protectiveness as an attempt to control her,” Gentill says. “It’s a tension most families with adolescents experience.”
“Greek Mythology is full of ‘heroes’ - mostly men imbued with super strength or skill aided by the gods. I love the irony of my Hero being female and physically less able than most mortals. And yet she is heroic. Despite her terror she acts time and again to defend those she loves,” adds Gentill.
“At the heart of the Hero Series is an unusual family, three brothers unrelated by blood and Hero, who was abandoned as a flawed child… Each of them protector and protected, reliant and relied upon.”
“How they manage the push and pull of these opposing instincts defines who they are, and connects them to one another. Their sense of belonging comes from who they are, rather than where they are. Not one of them was born a Herdsman of Ida, and yet they are truly Herdsmen,” she continues.
“S.D Gentill’s Hero adventure series brilliantly transforms ancient epic tales into captivating adventures and personal journeys for today’s audience,” says Alison Green, CEO of publisher Pantera Press. “The Blood of Wolves weaves together themes of family and connection, courage and loyalty that resonate with her dedicated fan base of readers of all ages.”
THE FINAL BOOK IN THE HERO TRILOGY: The Blood of Wolves
4 DARING YOUNG HEROES…INSANITY… HERESY…AND A BLOODY WAR…
The final book in the Hero Trilogy. As empires fall and are founded anew, the Herdsmen of Ida join the refugees of Troy in search of a vague destiny promised by fickle gods. Amidst disaster, monsters, heresy and war they risk not only their lives, but their hearts, to twist the treacherous threads of fate and deny the desperate demands of blood.
The Blood of Wolves by S.D. Gentill, Pantera Press
Publication date: end March 2013; to be available in print and ebook at all good book sellers.
BOOK RRP $19.99 | ISBN: 978-1-921997-22-8, EBOOK RRP $10.99| ISBN: 978-1-921997-23-5
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ABOUT S.D. GENTILL
Based in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains S. D. Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts.
She grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW, which she shares with her young family and several animals... the farm, not the truffles.
Gentill was recently announced winner of the 2012 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime (for the second book in her Rowland Sinclair Series, A Decline in Prophets), and was shortlisted for a 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book in the South East Asia and Pacific region (for A Few Right Thinking Men).
A Few Right Thinking Men was her debut novel, and introduces Rowland Sinclair, the gentleman artist-cum-amateur-detective. Paving the New Road, book 4 in the historical crime fiction series, was released in August 2012.
Under the name S.D. Gentill, Chasing Odysseus, Sulari's first story in the exciting new Hero adventure series, was released in March 2011. Four young heroes in a quest against myth, magic….and betrayal. Trying War is the second book in the Trilogy, released in March 2012. The Blood of Wolves is the final book in the series and is released in March 2013.
Pantera Press is an independent publisher, teaming passion and love for literature with solid business expertise, the backing of major distributor Simon & Schuster and support from a stable of some of Australia’s finest publishing industry talents.