A Land Without Wolves


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
290 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2021
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Author Biography

Daniel Wade is a poet, playwright, novelist and scriptwriter from Dublin, Ireland. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. His spoken-word album Embers and Earth, available for download on iTunes and Spotify, launched the previous October at the National Concert Hall.

A prolific performer, Daniel has featured at many festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, and the 2019 International Literature Festival (ILFD). In January 2020, his radio drama Crossing the Red Line was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra, and later won a silver award at the New York Festivals Radio Awards for Best Digital Drama.

He is also the author of the e-chapbook Iceberg Relief, published by Underground Voices in 2017. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012. His most recent collection of poetry, 'Rapids', is available from Finishing Line Press.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Land Without Wolves is a work of fiction in the historical genre. It is aimed at older readers and was penned by Daniel Wade. Set in 18th century Ireland with the rebellion against the British in full swing, the story follows highwayman Joseph MacTire as he takes in an orphan named Mogue Trench to teach him how to survive the life of an outlaw. While MacTire extolls the virtues of personal freedom in the face of oppression, the repercussions of the life he has lived are getting closer to him, and very soon there will be nowhere to hide.

It is a compelling way to present a period of Irish history filled with darkness and heartbreak; take a character who refuses the call of both sides in favor of fending for themselves by any means necessary. It’s a good method for exploring both sides of the argument from a neutral standpoint and removing the bias that often befalls historical fiction. Daniel Wade demonstrates not just his already established skills as a descriptive writer but also a nuanced understanding of the reality of the historical context in which the novel is set. MacTire is a compelling lead character, and his personal and political values make him a constantly engaging persona in the story. His wisdom of experience allows A Land Without Wolves to reflect on a volatile period of Irish history in an honest assessment of what was lost and gained by the rebellion. An excellent read that I recommend to all.