Black Wolves
An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Some choices can never be undone.
The Hundred, once ruled by a tainted religion and demon court, is now a place of prosperity, but treachery still waits in the shadows. Once the captain of the elite Black Wolves, Kellas finds himself standing at a crossroads where he must decide whom to serve and whom to betray. Faithful to the king's memory but shut out from his legacy, Lady Dannarah fights for the rank she was denied, while three young outcasts leave their homes to find their own destiny.

As broken alliances are guardedly rekindled and old friendships put to the test, the Hundred's past is called into question ­and its very future is at stake.

Read an exclusive exerpt at Hachette Book Group.

3 November 2015
Orbit Books, (Hachette Book Group)


Black Wolves is now a finalist for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards for 2015 Best Epic Fantasy Novel! Other finalists include Cecilia Holland's Dragon Heart, Erin Lindsey's The Bloodforged, and Juliet Marillier's Tower of Thorns.


"Black Wolves is a sweeping tale of loyalty and betrayal, ambition and intrigue, impelled by the mysteries that lie at its heart."―Jacqueline Carey, bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel's Legacy series

"Intricate, fascinating worldbuilding, twisty political intrigue, vivid characters to love and hate -- this is Kate Elliott at the top of her epic fantasy game."―Karen Miller, author of The Tarnished Crown series and Rogue Agent series

"On a vast, colorful canvas, Kate Elliott has drawn dozens of characters who act and react with poetry and grit. Lush and textured, by turns moving, exciting, playful, and contemplative, Black Wolves is a masterpiece that soars with an epic soul."―Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning author of the Grace of Kings


Library Journal (Starred Review):
"Elliott sketches in a delightfully complex landscape full of court intrigue, religious upheaval, culture clashes, and the mysterious demons who seem to be pulling many of the strings in play. . . . Elliott’s strong narrative will keep readers engaged."

Kirkus Review:
"Sophisticated, multifaceted worldbuilding sparked by original flourishes, populated by characters we quickly come to care about and whose motivations drive intricate, absorbing conspiracies."

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog:
"With this book, Kate Elliott has leveled up. It’s a formidable fantasy…exceptionally plotted and filled to bursting with the politics and drama that makes all of her work so memorable. If you’re seeking epic fantasy that remembers women exist—that they matter—Black Wolves is not to be missed."
"This is a novel about politics. It’s politics all the way down. It’s about families of blood and families of choice, families of chance and family secrets and betrayals. It’s about heritage and inheritance in all senses. It’s also an argument about law, justice, and what happens on the edges of empire. It’s about consequences. All about consequences."

"Black Wolves is a novel that is [...] deceptively fast paced and addictively readable. ...[T]he primary players are magnificently well-rounded and each of them have agency over their own actions...Elliott is playing the pieces of the genre in her own powerfully unique fashion."