Wolf Boy by G.D. Sammon #BookReview #BlogTour

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.

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for Wolf Boy by G.D. Sammon today, many thanks to the author, publishers and Rachel Gilbey for inviting me and for my ecopy of the novel.
Wolf Boy is a fantasy adventure for 10 - 14 year olds and as my ten year old daughter, Maggie loves wolves and fantasy novels I couldn't resist sharing it with her. She enjoys writing her own reviews of some of the books we read together so will be sharing her thoughts below my own review. I'm also delighted to share Rachel's giveaway to win a copy of Wolf Boy  - six copies are available and the competiton is open internationally. See below our reviews for how to enter.
Monsters under the bed and creatures in the wardrobe are the classic childhood fears so it's understandable that Connor's mum and therapist believe his dreams are a result of his father's sudden death. However, just as the Pevensey children found Narnia, so Connor, Evey and Billy are taken through his wardrobe into a strange land of wolf people and what follows is an exciting and well plotted adventure which will appeal to young and old.
Though only a short book I was impressed by the intensity of this fantasy action adventure. The world building is immediately immersive with vivid descriptions of the city of Lupusopolis.  There's  a familiarity to the city which will resonate with anybody who reads fantasy and so is an excellent introduction to the genre for younger readers. The story still feels fresh however, and G.D. Sammon has created a unique world here which could easily lead to a series of novels.
The story seems straightforward enough - it's a good versus evil story with Connor, his friends and the wolf people against another human, Peragrim and his army of night creatures. However, the complex language, excellent characterisation and some truly gripping battle scenes means young readers are never patronised and instead are treated to a cleverly devised and engaging tale. As expected in a book for children, the young people are all transformed in some way by their adventure but the adults of the story - particularly Peragrim and Ulf are developed well too.
I'd love to see another book set in this world or  perhaps further adventures elsewhere for young Connor. Though the novel has a rather clever ending I do feel there is plenty of scope for more, particularly given Connor's intriguing gift which means he can see events in his mind - just imagine the possibilities! Wolf Boy is a thoroughly entertaining short read and perfect to read with older children who still enjoy the pleasure of sharing a book at bedtime.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wolf Boy. It is a book full of bravery and adventure. Connor is a boy who can't see with his eyes but can see with his mind. He is a fascinating character because of his blindness but also because he is very courageous. Connor, a wolf lover just like me, can see a wolf in his wardrobe. As soon as I found out he loves wolves, he became one of my favourite characters. Evey, Connor's best friend, I liked too because she was very considerate and understanding to everyone. She is also intelligent and her knowledge proves very useful in the book. My feelings about Billy altered throughout the story as Billy himself changed too. Ulf - my ABSOLUTE favourite character - is a brave wolf who commands the wolf-guards in the city of Lupusopolis.
The city of Lupusopolis is targeted by a villian, Peragrim, the commander of creatures of the night. Ulf must prepare defences and offences to win the fight against Peragrim and his night creatures. But is it all enough? I was intrigued to discover what would finally happen in the end!
If I had to have one criticism about this book it would be that I felt it needed to be longer. I was really enjoying it so I was disappointed when it came to the end. I really hope that a sequel of Wolf Boy comes out in the future.

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Wolf Boy is published by Black Rose Writing, see below for purchasing links;

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon/dp/1612968260/

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Black Rose Writing: http://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrens-booksya/wolfboy?rq=Wolf%20Boy

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolf-boy-gd-sammon/1125548996?ean=9781612968261

Blackwell’s: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Wolf-Boy-by-G-D-Sammon/9781612968261

Don't forget to check out some of the other stops on the blog tour, details are below.

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.
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