Friday, September 15, 2017

In the Company of Wolves by Cory Barclay (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2)

In the Company of Wolves
by Cory Barclay

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Of Witches and Werewolves - Book 2
Publication Date: September 15, 2017
Publisher: Cory Barclay
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 480 pages
Available from: Amazon
It’s 1592. Europe is in chaos. Religious factions have torn the region apart and witch-hunts have become a part of everyday life.

In the Company of Wolves follows three groups of travelers – a fearless female pirate roaming the North Sea, a priest and his wife escaping to England to avoid persecution, and a young thief from the slums of Germany looking for a better life. Each has a different reason for venturing out in such tumultuous times – fear, greed, family secrets.

Is the Werewolf of Bedburg still alive, roaming the countryside and killing innocent citizens? Many believe he’s still out there—that religious and political leaders have forsaken the truth in their cunning quest for power.

As each traveler searches for individual answers, these three seemingly separate stories converge in a place which may hold the key for them all. Based on true events involving one of the deadliest witch trials in European history, this tale of adventure, mystery, and the search for truth reminds us that, ultimately, no one is safe . . . in the company of wolves.  

In the Company of Wolves by Cory Barclay
(Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2)

In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2)More than just one story of danger, intrigues and adventure, Cory Barclay’s IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES is a slice of the times, weaving different pieces together into a fictionalized accounting of the chaos of late 16th century Europe.

Rowaine has had enough on board a pirate ship with a brutal captain. A strong and fearless woman who believes in fairness, she undertakes to overthrow the captain. While successful, that action will change the lives of the crew and her closest allies. She will find that there are those who refuse to follow a female captain and her life now has a price on it, the price of revenge. Rowaine’s goal is not to rule the seas, she has a mission of her own, a quest for closure and answers she may never get, yet even giving up her earned captainship will not keep her safe, nor will it keep her allies untouched by greed and the quest for power.

Religious persecution will send a young priest and his wife fleeing to England, but trouble in the most ungodly ways will haunt their every move, poisoning the good they try to bring to their new home. The cry of witch will be heard, and the travesty of that cry will inadvertently bring a boy and his sister together once again. Will it be a joyous reunion or will their reunion be one of bitterness and mistrust?

In a world where power is everything, leaders will deceive their followers with abandon and instill the fear of retribution in their very hearts. Witches will burn at the stake and somewhere in the darkness murders will be blames on a “werewolf” long thought destroyed.

While we may wonder how the masses were cowed into myths, and blind fear, we must remember how limited their reaches into the world beyond their small corner really are. Cory Barclay uses historical fact to bring these characters, their grit and strength and the fact that they were truly heroes in their own right to life. Each scene feels real, the action is alive, brutal and gut-clenching.

From page one, I was transported back in time and could feel the grit, smell the masses and the fear these people lived in! Fabulous story telling with amazing characters that live and breathe on each and every page! Do you like historical fiction that isn’t camouflaged in rose water and silk? Want to feel like you are touching the past with all of its warts? Riveting reading!

I received an ARC edition from Cory Barclay!

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