Fantasy, fairy tale, morality story; this is an unusual and fascinating book of historical fiction which moves between Shakespeare’s London (though he is only mentioned once, and then obscurely) and a village dominated by a forest. Gender, sexuality and the world of the supernatural are fluid in this adult novel which deals with the true nature of beauty. While gothic horror and death are never far away, the curse of perfect beauty is examined in a novel in which nothing and nobody is as it seems, leading to many twists and turns. While historical fantasy of the most complex nature abounds, this book has much to say about love and the parent child relationship in a curiously modern light. I was very pleased to receive a copy of this lovely book to read and review.

Source: The Beauty of the Wolf by Wray Delaney – A story of magic, love and the true nature of beauty – Northern Reader