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This is the first book of the series. In it, we are introduced to Drew and the Werelords. It was released in January 2011 in the UK, and Autumn 2011 for the US.

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Rise of the Wolf

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Author Curtis Jobling Preceded by None Followed by Rage of Lions


When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his flesh tears, his body becomes huge, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms . . .

Drew soon learns that he is the last of the werewolves. Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is rescued by Duke Bergan 's men, Drew must prove to everyone that he is not the enemy.


Part 1

Drew Ferran lives on a farm on the Cold Coast, inside of his home with his parents, Mack and Dilly, as well as his brother Trent. When preparing to deliver their crops to the market, Drew senses a creature, which responsible for the death of a ram the previous day. When asked for his opinion on it, he tells Trent that he thinks it is a wolf.

After his brother and father leave, Drew is taken by a sudden illness, after he realises that even the farm animals seem nervous about the mysterious predator. While talking to his mother, who has just begun to explain that he is "different", a beast breaks into the house. Drew, using his father's Wolfshead blade, is quickly overpowered and his mother is killed. The fever overtakes him, and the boy turns into a werewolf, engaging the beast and tearing off part of its head before being overpowered. Fortunately, the boy is spared by the arrival of his father and brother.

However, with the beast having fled, his father blames Drew for Tilly's death, attacking him with the Wolfshead blade. Drew survives and flees his home as his father calls on nearby farmers to help slay him. The boy escapes into the Dyrewood, the Wolfshead blade still embedded in his stomach.

Part 2

6 months later, the scout Hogan and his apprentice Whitley are searching the Dyrewood, on the outskirts of Brackenholme, for a beast that has been sighted numerous times. Whitley's horse suddenly becomes startled and throws the apprentice off, just as Whitley sees the beast. The beast advances, but oddly does not kill the scout-to-be, who promptly faints from shock.

The beast is, of course, Drew, who is later overpowered by Hogan, his arm being broken in the process. He is tied up and dragged towards Brackenholme to be delivered to Duke Bergan (Hogan having realised that he is a human). The scouts care for him and Hogan notices that Drew's arm has healed at an accelerated rate. Although convinced that he is a Wylderman at first, the duo is astonished when he not only speaks in full sentences, but respectfully.

Drew earns their trust when Wyldermen attack and wound Hogan. He helps to bring him back to Brackenholme with Whitley, but, unsure of his own future, does not intend to enter the city himself. However, he is captured on the borders by the Woodland Watch as Captain Harker, the man in charge, finds Hogan's notebook, which contains his observations of the young therianthrope.

When arrested, Drew is fed by a jailer and witnesses atrocities commited by the King's Lionguard from his window. When the jailer attempts to question him, he retorts, saying he will only speak to Duke Bergan, who the jailer turns out to be. The Duke reveals himself to be a Werebear and thanks him for saving someone dear to him (Drew assumes this to be Hogan, who seemed to be a respected figure by the Watch). However, they are interrupted by the appearance of Prince Lucas and Vankaskan, who demand Drew to be delivered to Highcliff, where King Leopold resides.

Duke Bergan tells Lucas that Drew is mute, but the Prince decides to have Vankaskan torture out of the Wolflord. He stays true to his word on the journey, where Drew is constantly thrashed to within an inch of his life, then left alone to recover with his advanced abilities. Drew stays silent, but eventually opens up to Hector, Vankaskan's apprentice, a healer whose medicines help boost his natural regenerative powers.

Being put in a moral quandary by his talk with Drew, Hector decides to free him when Wyldermen attack the convoy leading from Brackenholme. A mysterious figure appears to escort them away and is quickly revealed to be Harker: Duke Bergan had led the attack, using the night to disguise his men and save Drew from an eventual death. Bergan gives the two boys the supplies necessary to survive, while also telling Drew that he is the son of the former king, Wergar.

Part 3

While on the run, Hector teaches the ignorant Drew of the Werelords and their origins, while Drew muses that the two friends are now fugitives. Hector also reveals himself to be a Werelord as well: he is a Boarlord, eldest son of Baron Huth of Redmire, where the boys soon arrive. Although the Baron himself is welcoming to Drew, he is quickly antagonised by Lady Gretchen, the future Queen of the land (betrothed to Lucas) and Hector's cousin. Huth helps Drew prepare for his exile with the help of Hector and Vincent (Hector's twin brother), and it is decided that Omir, the desert land ruled by the Jackals, is the best place to lose himself. Hector must also disappear; he is forced to flee to Icegarden (ruled by Duke Henrik, who is a friend of Huth's and a resenter of Leopold's rule), given the circumstances of his escape. Drew clashes with Gretchen again, but also stumbles upon her sadly singing to herself in the middle of the night. Upon the day of departure however, the Lionguard appear (two weeks earlier than expected: they were intended to be Gretchen's escort to her wedding), called for by Vincent. When Huth tries to resist the group, he is killed by Captain Brutus ' silver sword. When Brutus advances on Drew however, the boy takes Gretchen hostage and escapes by the Redwine river with Hector.

Upon their journey, Hector teaches Drew more about Lyssia's geography and tells him about King Wergar: he was beloved by his people and soldiers, but was a warmongerer. When he chose one campaign too many (the conquest of Omir, ironically), Bergan refused to assist. Upon his absence, Leopold came forward and took over the relatively undefended country (defeating the lingering Duke Bergan in the process), kidnapping Wergar's family and telling Bergan that they would only be safe if Wergar were to surrender the throne and go into exile. Bergan relays the message to the weary Wergar upon his return, his pleas bolstered by others (Baron Huth, being a scholar as well as a magister, also exploited his superstitious nature). Before Hector can complete the tale, the trio's raft reaches the Bott Marshes.

The trio find room in a nearby inn, but after Gretchen goes to freshen up, the boys witness a man being beaten by Lionguard (oblivious to the events in Redmire). Drew makes a stand against the soldiers, but reveals his identity in the process. When retreating to their quarters, they see that Gretchen has fled: she is now in Wyldermen territory.

Part 4

They quickly find the tribe responsible, but a negotiation turns into a bloodbath as a fight ensues and the shaman is killed after saying she has been sacrificed to Vala, the Wyrm Goddess (a Wereserpent who supposedly cast her humanity aside and most likely perished years ago). Drew frets about the dead end, but Hector reveals that he has studied the forbidden art of communing. Using this knowledge, he revives the shaman and extorts the necessary information from him. When the ceremony goes wrong, Drew slays the zombie before the boys enter the forest and find Vala to be real. Drew is able to overcome her and saves Gretchen after a struggle, but is overcome by the venom he ingested in the process. Gretchen also faints from her injuries, leaving Hector alone in the wild.

Part 5

Hector has been able to treat both Drew and Gretchen and is now heading to All Hallows Bay, having found a horse and cart for use. It is here that Gretchen realises that Drew is in fact a good person and treats him with respect, also hinting that she has turned her back on the idea of marriage with Lucas. At the harbour, the boys plan to flee overseas and leave Gretchen to find her way back home (having obtained her word that she will not betray them). To this end, they obtain a room in The Drowning Man Inn, and Hector introduces Drew to Captain Cane, who will provide them safe passage. However, the Captain seems to know too much about them and Drew realises that he has fallen into a trap as the sedative in his drink overpowers him...

He awakens on the Maelstrom, and is informed that Cane is actually Count Vega, Prince of the Cluster Isles. He had betrayed Wergar to Leopold when Leopold seemed the "better option" during his takeover, but had been exiled by the new king for this dishonest nature. However, he is delivering Drew, Hector and Gretchen to Highcliff in hopes of regaining the king's favour. The ship is attacked by a rival vessel (its captain wanting to return Gretchen to the king himself) and Drew saves the life of Casper, a boy on the ship, while Vega is revealed to be a Wereshark. Unfortunately the Count is adamant on turning the Wolf in, despite this good deed.

Part 6

Drew is imprisoned upon arrival and is tortured again. He is delivered before Leopold, just as the other Counts and Dukes arrive, Lucas' wedding having been moved forward. Leopold, eager to eliminate the last of the Grey Wolves declares Drew to be executed, despite the words of Bergan and Duke Manfred and Earl Mikkel (both Staglords and brothers). Vega is also disappointed; Leopold refused to reinstate him as Prince of the Cluster Isles.

Drew is visited by Gretchen in his prison, and tells her about his past, and the event which changed his life. Gretchen identifies the beast as a Wererat and reasons that Drew must have been pureblooded if he had been considered such a threat to the throne; his mother must have been Wergar's wife, who was taken by Leopold as his own, making her Lucas' mother also: Queen Amelie.

Meanwhile, Bergan has reached the same conclusion after Vega tells him of Drew's actions aboard the Maelstrom. In fact, he even deduces Drew's real identity: Wergar's youngest son, Willem. The two, along with the Staglords, plan to help Drew escape death. Bergan recalls the name Drew took as his own, "Ferran", hoping to find his surrogate father.

After this talk Drew was taken outside to be executed in front of a large crowd consisting mainly of people who wanted to see Drew dead but some wanting to see if it was truly Wergar's ghost or the son of the Wolf.

Meanwhile Gretchen was thinking about her future and how she had ever thought that she should ever marry Prince Lucas. While doing this she looked out from the window at the crowd. Finally, when the time for the execution came, she went down hoping she might be able to do some good if she became queen.

Drew was then taken out in an open horse drawn cart with his hands bout with silver thread. A deadly silence had fallen over the city. An open scaffold took center stage in the square. When Drew came to the scaffold he was forced to his knees, the stone executioners block within touching distance.

In a carriage the evil king arrived.revelling as the center of attention. Next after him came Prince Lucas and with him, Gretchen. Then the king announced that the Wolf's son would be executed and along with that mocking Drew by making the crowd boo his name and chant his own. Then the Lion used his boot to push Drew forward to the stone block. Then he raised his sword and struck however Drew was a Wolf and by the the sword finished its journey Drew was his back in front of the king.

Drew then shouted the words,"No, you can look at me when you kill me, monster! I am the son of Wergar, the son of Amelie, last in line of the Werewolves of Lysia and the Lion is s thief and a murderer!

Then the Lion tried to stab the Wolf but it never connected and there was a flash of movement as three members of the Lionguard crashed into the king. Then a fourth soldier cut the rope that bound Drew. Suddenly the king changed to become the Lion and threw all the soldier away. Then Drew unleashed the Wolf. Then the two fought each other. The Lion threw Drew away and a circle formed around him.. After that Drew jumped on Leopold m. The two animals tore each other's flesh. Though now stronger then before Drew started to lose then Duke Bergan and Earl Manfred made him stop and gave him a choice to leave or die. After one more try to kill Drew the King fled.

Then Drew found out that the man who had saved him was his own father. After making peace with the dying man. Drew jumped up and before anyone could stop him went after the king for revenge. When he reached there he saw the King's army. Then he went up to the malevolent tyrant and tried to fight the King but instead the king asked Vanmorten, the Wererat who had killed Drew's adopted mother to fight instead. Had Drew been in his Wolf form he might have stood a chance but the Wolf had tired. However when he was losing the fight Drew threw Spyr oil on Vanmorten's face and suddenly it caught fire. The flames spread as Drew jumped into the open sea.


Drew woke up from a dream to find that he was in the Maelstrom in a bed, blankets and quilts holding him in one place. In the room was Gretchen curled In a leather armchair exhausted but at peace and to her side was Hector a book open at his lap with him asleep and snoring.

As he tried to get up he saw Whitley except in girl's clothes through which he found out that Whitley was in fact a girl. Then after Whitley everybody came to the room. There he found out that it was Duke Bergan's intervention of the soldiers through which he lived. After them came Queen Amelie, his birth mother. There she talked to Drew about his childhood.

After this he got out of bed slowly and weakly as the ship made port there he heard chanting in the city. Then when he asked what they were chanting the other's replied that it was his name and they were chanting for the Wolf, their king...

Basic StorylineEdit

'YOU'RE THE LAST OF THE WEREWOLVES Drew. DON'T FIGHT IT, son: Embrace it, conquer it. It may be the only thing that keeps you alive.

In a kingdom torn apart by tyranny, one boy must take control of the powerful lycanthropy surging within him and lead a nation. But in a world filled with enemy were-creatures, does he have what it takes to become a hero?