The Cold Edge is the official website of author and explorer Leo Carew. The first two books (The Wolf and The Spider) in the UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY series are out now. The final instalment, The Cuckoo, is on the way.
The third of four children, Leo grew up in the centre of London, in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Inspired by audiobooks, he developed a late interest in reading and began trying his hand at writing soon afterwards. It was at this time that he also developed a sneaking suspicion that the city was not for him and spent as much time as possible exploring remote areas. After school, this led to two formative months spent on expedition in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
Three years followed reading Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University, most of which was spent staring out of the window, dreaming about colder climates. Obligatory time with serious studying done, Leo returned to Svalbard – Old Norse for “The Cold Edge” – where he lived in a tent for a year training and working as an Arctic guide. During this time, he revisited a novel he had begun at the age of 12 and began reassembling it in the considerable space offered by 24hr darkness. A reluctant return to London to train as a doctor and pursue a career as an army medic followed, during which time he completed his first novel, The Wolf.
Leo currently lives in London, writing, studying medicine and breaking off as often as possible for an adventure somewhere cold and wild. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @leocarew1
Critical Praise for The Wolf:
“It’s an absorbing study of one man’s rise to power… imagine Game of Thrones rewritten by John le Carré – with some magnificent world-building (the northern Black Kingdom is graphically rendered in all its wintry bleakness). Featuring excellent anthropological observations of the opposing cultures of the Anakim and the Suthernors, and building inexorably towards its climactic battle, The Wolf is a marvellously accomplished debut.” THE GUARDIAN
“Gripping and ambitious . . . twisty in its political maneuverings, gritty in its battle descriptions, and rich with a sense of heroism and glory” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“The Wolf is a work of extraordinary imagination and perhaps the most captivating first novel I’ve ever read” MICHAEL DOBBS, author of House of Cards
“Full of dark conspiracies, larger-than-life characters, and tense battles, Leo Carew has created a rousing cross between The Magnificent Seven and Game of Thrones” PAUL HOFFMAN, author of The Left Hand of God
“An action-packed and blood-splattered tour de force . . . Carew is the real deal – an exciting new voice in fantasy” KIRKUS REVIEWS
“This is a glorious debut… It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy story of politics and war written with such subtlety, vigour, depth of characterisation and world-building.” MORNING STAR