Book Birthday Bash: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter

Book Birthday Bash


Happy Book Birthday to THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER!

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

One dark night, Drest’s sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage.

Hunted by a bandit with a dark link to her family’s past, aided by a witch whom she rescues from the stake, Drest travels through unwelcoming villages, desolate forests, and haunted towns. Every time she faces a challenge, her five brothers speak to her in her mind about courage and her role in the war-band. But on her journey, Drest learns that the war-band is legendary for terrorizing the land. If she frees them, they’ll not hesitate to hurt the gentle knight who’s become her friend.

Drest thought that all she wanted was her family back; now she has to wonder what their freedom would really mean. Is she her father’s daughter or is it time to become her own legend?

We’re so happy you’re at our party for middle-grade novel THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER. Join in the fun…


Harken to the sounds of this medieval world: the gentle slosh of sea against stone, the whispering gusts of wind, distant clangs of swords on shields, and a carrion crow’s harsh call overhead.


Sit on the bench and take up your trencher [a flat, dark bread that serves as a plate] and bowl, and have your own knife ready [guests always ate with their own knives]. I’ll first serve you pottage. Ours has mutton and nettle along with the grains, and clary [Salvia Sclarea] to make the meat tender. Next, have a piece of this eel pie: aye, it’s dotted with raisins and flavored with ginger and mace. Try a primrose? Nay, not a flower, but a flour of rice with almonds and honey, with some of those blossoms as well. Now I’ll fill your cup with small beer [low-alcoholic ale]. It tastes of marjoram? Indeed, for we had no hops last season, but I think you’ll find this just as good.


Our games on Drest’s headland home are ones her brothers and she have always enjoyed: climb-the-cliff, throw-the-spear, and battle the sea. Or would you prefer to spar with a practice sword? There, it’s wooden and won’t hurt (well, other than that bruise).


Drest’s family has many fine objects in the headland’s caves, and I can’t see that they’ll have much use for them all: silver coins, rich red bolts of linen, carved wooden pots. I’m sure she would be glad to give you one of each if you asked her nicely.

Diane Magras, Photo credit: Michael Magras

Diane Magras, Photo credit: Michael Magras

THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER is written by Diane Magas and published by KD Books/Penguin Young Readers. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

All things medieval fascinate children’s author Diane Magras: castles, abbeys, swords, manuscripts, and the daily life of medieval people, especially those who weren’t royalty. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set. The Mad Wolf’s Daughter is her debut novel. Twitter:, Facebook:, Instagram:

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One Response

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    The meal would be fun to partake in. Thanks for the post and congrats on your debut. i hope to include your exciting book in my 2018 debut author challenge.

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