Published: 28/11/2016
ISBN: 9781785899904
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A published freelance journalist for 25 years – in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers – Elizabeth Gates has at last turned to fiction. The Wolf of Dalriada is an almost first foray ... read more

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The Wolf of Dalriada
by Elizabeth Gates

‘Gaelic calls spin a web through the mist in arcs of soft sound. Fear unsteadies the unseen flocks on the scrub heather hillside as men and dogs weave a trap around them in the darkling night. Once the flocks are penned, then the lanterns are turned towards the south. The watchers wait in silence.’

It is 1793... As Europe watches the French Revolution’s bloody progress, uneasy Scottish landowners struggle to secure their wealth and power. And, in Dalriada – the ancient Kingdom of Scotland – fractured truths, torn loyalties and bloody atrocities are rife. Can anyone ride the maelstrom of these dangerous times? Only, it seems, Malcolm Craig Lowrie – the legendary Wolf of Dalriada.

In remote Argyll, people cry out to the young laird for protection against the evil of the Clearances. And there is also a beautiful Frenchwoman – staked as a child on the turn of a card – now living in thrall to her debauched captor, Sir William Robinson. But can the Wolf of Dalriada safeguard his people? Can the Wolf defeat enemies who, like the spirit of Argyll’s Corryvrecken Whirlpool, threaten to engulf them all?

Written with a blend of mysticism and intrigue, the psychological realism of the characters is exhibited in their reaction to tremendous cultural change. The Wolf of Dalriada is a truly fascinating historical novel that will be enjoyed by fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.

‘Just stunning writing, historical turmoil and romance at its very best.’
– Rhona Whiteford, author and independent publisher, Wild Dog Books Ltd

‘A fascinating blend of romance and intrigue set in the highlands of Scotland. Thoroughly recommended.’
– Jacqueline Farrell, author of Sophronia and the Vampire, The Wild Rose Press

‘A novel with a wealth of historical detail as well as a great sense of time and place.’
– Cath Cole, author of Home from Home!, Corazon Books

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In Elizabeth's debut novel, The Wolf of Dalriada,

It is 1793 . . .

As Europe watches the French Revolution's bloody progress, uneasy Scottish landowners struggle to secure their wealth and power. And, in Dalriada – the ancient Kingdom of Scotland – fractured truths, torn loyalties and atrocities are rife. Can anyone ride the maelstrom of these dangerous times?
Only, it seems, Malcolm Craig Lowrie – the legendary Wolf of Dalriada.
Now, in remote Argyll, people cry out to the young laird for protection against the evil of the Clearances. And there is the beautiful Frenchwoman – staked as a child on the turn of a card – now living in thrall to her debauched captor, Sir William Robinson, in his secret palace in the Highlands.
Can the Wolf of Dalriada safeguard his people? Can the Wolf help Adelaide de Fontenoy find a life worth living? And can the Wolf defeat enemies who, like the spirit of Argyll’s Corryvreckan Whirlpool, threaten to engulf them all?

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Book release today!! Although I don't usually read historical fiction I was encouraged to read this and am so glad I did. It took me to a new genre, mixing history and geography in a new way for me. I was fully drawn in to following the characters' lives though I hadn't expected to be. A great page-turner read and now I'm hooked, ready for the next book in the series, please.

by Nikki Bennett


Sir Walter Scott, move over! Here is a page-turner of an historic novel as Scottish as whisky. It concerns two young lassies, one French, one English, as they negotiate the perils of eighteenth-century life amid greed, lust, politics and revolution. A rich cavalcade of characters appear, some repellant, others heroic, and some simply comical (I particularly enjoyed the burgesses of Oban). I await the sequel with eagerness.

by Deborah M. Jones


This book has everything for the lover of historical fiction. Moving between the French Revolution and the troubled history of 18th century Scotland Gates traces the fortunes of the laird of Dalriada and the beautiful French woman Adele, trapped in a loveless marriage by the deceits of her father. Lovely evocative writing full of drama and romance, you won't want to put this down.

by Mrs. Carol Fenton


An elegantly written tale of romance in eighteenth century Scotland.

by Jacqueline Farrell


Historical fiction set in Scotland but with an outlook that covers England and Revolutionary France. The story has as many twists and turns as the Highland paths the heroes and villains traverse. Bring on the second book!

by Thomas Pinfold


Incredible debut novel from an exceptionally vivid and engaging storyteller. With echoes of Virgils Aeneas in his portrayal, the eponymous anti-hero "The Wolf", a man carved out of the Highland earth and sculpted by duty, experience and torment, is an remarkably intriguing character. Waiting with baited breath for part two....

by Miakoda


I loved this book! It's set in late 18th century Scotland at the beginning of the French Revolution. The female protagonist, Adele, is French who was lost in a card game to Sir William Robinson by her father and then taken to Scotland by Robinson. The male protagonist, Malcolm Craig Lowrie, is a Scottish laird who is embroiled in a political struggle over control over his lands with the Duke of Argyll. There is so much political intrigue and subterfuge that I couldn't put the book down! The author does an excellent job capturing the struggles of the people of Scotland against the English, and what was going on in France. The strength of the main characters facing seemingly impossible odds makes this an enjoyable read. I'm happy to hear that there will be more in the series.

by Peggy Slater (NetGalley reviewer)


I loved this book! I received it free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. It's set in late 18th century Scotland at the beginning of the French Revolution. The female protagonist, Adele, is French who was lost in a card game to Sir William Robinson by her father and then taken to Scotland by Robinson. The male protagonist, Malcolm Craig Lowrie, is a Scottish laird who is embroiled in a political struggle over control over his lands with the Duke of Argyll. There is so much political intrigue and subterfuge that I couldn't put the book down! The author does an excellent job capturing the struggles of the people of Scotland against the English, and what was going on in France. The strength of the main characters facing seemingly impossible odds makes this an enjoyable read. I'm happy to hear that there will be more in the series.

by Peggy Slater (NetGalley reviewer)


 

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