The Seventh Friend

Sparrow and Wolf

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
546 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2023
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Author Biography

I am a fantasy author who lives in New Zealand within sight of the magnificent Southern Alps and surrounded by sheep, mountains and badly behaved rivers. I was born in the UK, but have lived in Hong Kong, the UK and now New Zealand. I am very familiar with the Richter Scale.

I started writing full time in 2013 and at the last count have self-published seventeen books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Seventh Friend is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres, and is the opening novel of The Sparrow and the Wolf book series. Penned by author Tim Stead, it is best suited to the general adult reading audience. This mesmerizing tale delves deep into the psyche of its enigmatic protagonist, Wolf Narak, as he grapples with the complexities of his past and the weight of his actions during the Great War. The narrative is rife with tension and intrigue as Narak receives a mysterious message that sets him on a path he can't ignore. The impending war looms as a dark cloud on the horizon, and Narak must confront his past and embrace his destiny once more.

Author Tim Stead's storytelling is richly layered, weaving together elements of fantasy and mythology in a beautifully constructed world that invites us into its bloody legacy from the very first page. Narak, the god of wolves, is a multifaceted figure, earning titles that reflect his duality as both a hero and a monster, and he is portrayed with close attention to his every thought and action to be sure that he remains sinister and complex from cover to cover. What makes this book truly exceptional for the fantasy genre is its exploration of moral ambiguity and the nature of heroism. Narak's internal struggle and his quest for redemption are at the heart of the story, making him a deeply relatable character despite his god-like status because he is flawed, just like us. Overall, The Seventh Friend is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant journey that fans of fantasy and introspective literature will savor, and I, for one, would highly recommend it.

Delene Vrey

The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead is an epic fantasy of phenomenal proportions. It is a complex tale encompassing a whole continent. Four hundred years earlier, the Seth Yarra came to the shores of Terras. The religious fanatics tried to convert the people of Terras by the sword but did not make it further than Afael. They met with the fury and vengeance of Wolf Narak, the Wolf god, one of the Benetheon created by Pelion to look after the continent of Terras and its surrounding seas. Now, the Seth Yarra has returned with a different tactic. As traitors show their colors and friends are lost, Narak attempts to thwart the Seth Yarra invaders. The most unlikely heroes arise and come together at the gate on the Green Road between Telas and Berash, the gateway to the rest of Terras. In this first book of the Sparrow and Wolf series, we meet the core characters and the battle for the gate against staggering odds.

Tim Stead has written a tome of a fantasy novel, an epic story with charismatic and flawed characters. The novel takes a hard look at human relationships, honor, and loyalty. The topic of redemption is clear from the novel's beginning until the end. Most of the main characters feel they need to prove themselves either because of their physical shortcomings or circumstances created by their families. The novel delves into what motivates men and women and the personal growth gained from making and correcting mistakes. The novel is serious, fast-paced, and written in beautiful language, bringing Terras and its champions to life. From running through the woods with Narak to facing the attackers on the Green Road, the reader is taken on a journey where they can almost touch and smell the surroundings. The world-building is excellent, and the characters carry a story of intrigue and mystery.

Miche Arendse

The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead follows the story of the mighty and infamous wolf god Narak, who content with living a peaceful life, finds himself thrust into the throes of battle once more. Narak along with other powerful allies must fight in this new war against the Seth Yarra. With war on the horizon and battles to be won, will Narak once again be known as the hero of the six kingdoms?

To say The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead is a good epic fantasy doesn’t do this book justice. The author has offered us a magnificent work that comprises an intricate story, well-fleshed-out characters, and amazing world-building. The story itself is well-paced and eases you into the happenings within the plot. Taking a look into the lives of the main characters really tied this story together as you see the various perspectives on current events. The main character Narak is by far the best though and with his kind and almost gentle nature, you wouldn’t expect him to be such a brutal warrior in battle. However, it is this contrast that makes his character so likable. I loved how the development of the characters is so clear within the story and the way in which it was done left me feeling both surprised and satisfied by the end of the book. Overall, The Seventh Friend was a fantastic book and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend this book to any lovers of fantasy.