What's champion of the scarlet wolf about? The goodreads reviews aren't very helpful!
Hello, hello! Well, first thing you need to know is that, while Champion of the Scarlet Wolf is a 2-book series in itself, it’s also part of a bigger series - the Cadeleonian series. So technically, if you’re thinking of getting into this world, you should start with Lord of the White Hell (book 1 and 2) and then move on to Champion of the Scarlet Wolf (book 1 and 2). Technically, you should be able to read Champion of the Scarlet Wolf as a separte story, as well (I’ve heard people do that sometimes, or read them in a wrong order) - it’s about different protagonists, different adventures etc. But it is set in the same universe, aka some of the world building may seem confusing to you (or, maybe, intriguing?) if you haven’t read LotWH, and also the main characters of LotWH appear at some point in the story in CotSW - and, I forgot to mention the most important detail - the main character of CotSW was a side character in LotWH, (he was the best friend of one of the MCs.) //huff it’s complicated. (also, just my opinion - I didn’t love LotWH very much. That’s why I wasn’t very eager to start CotSW after. But I finally did, and I’m so glad, because it’s so, so much better. I’m loving it so far - I’m on book 2 rn). Anyways, moving on.
What is it about? Basics: it’s a m/m high fantasy story. There’s romance (not in the centre of the plot, though), magic, witches, dukes, food, people don’t like to bathe bc it’s considered dangerous… It’s great - the world building in particular, when you have different countries with different social norms.
Champion of the Scarlet Wolf is about lord Elezar Grunito, who’s famous for being, basically, a beast. He challanges high born men all over the country to duels, and kills them. Beastly, right? Right? Or is he? Is he a mindless monster? Or does he have a reason? If he has a reason, does it make his actions less beastly? Questions, questions… Anyways, a fight goes wrong and he is sent to a different country - to save his life, but also, he’s on a ~~mission from a duke. The country he’s sent to is different than his own: it’s full of witches and magic and there are queer people who are open about their sexualities, and Elezar… oh man. There’s also Skellan - a street witch, who has fended for himself since he was 10 years old - or even longer, when you think about it, and he keeps friends with trolls, and he’s really good at “scrappy” magic, and he’s my child. He talks to rocks. Better yet, rocks talk to him! Nice. Anyway, the city is also in danger, from a mysterious ~~violent flame. And, also, there are other - dangerous - witches, called grimma, and there’s war coming…
Did I answer your question, my dear friend? I’m not done yet, so I can’t say how it ends, or if it ends happily (it’s Ginn Hale tho, so I have faith), so yeah.