The knights of the Lightraider Order disappeared nearly two generations past. Now, the Keledan have withdrawn behind their barriers, and the Dragon Lands of bordering Tanelethar are overrun with dark oppression. The people are living in disobedience to the Rescuer who freed them long ago.
A shepherd boy, Connor Enarian, and four young initiates rekindle the fires of the Lightraider Order in the hope of striking out across the mountains into Tanelethar to destroy a portal and stop an impending invasion.
Once in the Dragon Lands, Connor learns that the key to success lies with a missing Lightraider spy and his lifelong companion, a talking silver wolf. Can Connor and his friends find the spy before the portal grows too large to destroy? Or will a local young woman—or Connor’s own family history—betray them?
The dangers and secrets of Tanelethar test both trust and loyalty, and to save his homeland, Connor may have to sacrifice his innermost dreams.
About the Author
Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up by surface to air missiles, has hunted insurgents with drones, and was once chased by an armed terrorist down a winding German road. James is the Carol Award winning author of the Clandestine Service series and a three-time winner of the Silver Falchion Award for Juvenile Fiction for his Section 13 series.
"Inspired by the Christian fantasy role-playing game DragonRaid, the moral and religious teachings in the book are clear. An engaging Christian fantasy . . . readers . . . will find this an exciting, action-filled read."— Kirkus Reviews — Kirkus Reviews
"James R. Hannibal creates superb stories. His imagination and creativity are literally out of this world . . . Exciting and suspenseful reading!" — Dick Wulf, creator of DragonRaid — Dick Wulf, creator of DragonRaid
"Reading James R. Hannibal's Wolf Soldier felt to me what it must have been like for others to read the debut Harry Potter or Wheel of Time entry. This seminal young adult effort is that good . . . Wolf Soldier echoes Orson Scott Card’s Ender series in all the right ways. Hannibal handles genre tropes with skill and aplomb, managing to make a well-worn form seem fresh and new. This exquisite adventure is a great read for kids of all ages." — BookTrib — BookTrib
"Wolf Soldier does not disappoint! Hannibal delivers an action-packed quest through a world of fantastical creatures and unexpected friendships. A journey of faith and freedom from start to finish and an epic beginning to the Lightraider Academy series!" — Lauren H. Brandenburg, award-winning author of The Death of Mungo Blackwell — Lauren H. Brandenburg
"From the gorgeous world-building to the delightful characters and surprising plot twists, Wolf Soldier thoroughly captivated me. James R. Hannibal has crafted a remarkable adventure that is sure to sweep readers away." — Lindsay A. Franklin, award-winning author of The Story Peddler — Lindsay A. Franklin
Wolf Soldier combines action, adventure, and medieval pageantry with relatable teenage characters. Scary fight scenes keep the story moving, while Biblical elements lend spiritual depth to the tale. — World Magazine