The Princess and the Wolf

The Princess and the Wolf

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by Karen Kay

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Warriors and trailblazers, the scouts of the great tribes were revered men of courage and honor—members of a noble society: The Clan of the Wolf

Two Worlds, One Heart

Married by proxy to a European prince she doesn't love, the princess Sierra will not believe her husband died in far-off America—and crosses an ocean to discover the

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Warriors and trailblazers, the scouts of the great tribes were revered men of courage and honor—members of a noble society: The Clan of the Wolf

Two Worlds, One Heart

Married by proxy to a European prince she doesn't love, the princess Sierra will not believe her husband died in far-off America—and crosses an ocean to discover the truth. But the determined royal lady will need a scout in this wild new land, and she must put her mission and her life in the hands of High Wolf, the proud Cheyenne brave she once loved with all her heart…and should rightly have wed.

Years earlier High Wolf learned much as guest in a European court—until a woman's treachery sent him home with his spirit sore but unbroken. Now the regal beauty who deceived him has come to ask his help and his desire is enflamed anew. Honor demands that he lead the princess on her journey. But every moment in her company is rekindling a passion that must not be. And surrendering to a forbidden love could be the gravest peril that lies before them.

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The Princess and the Wolf

By Kay, Karen

Avon Books

ISBN: 0380820684

Chapter One

Southern Germany, The Black Forest Region
A Royal Estate and Castle

"Maria, come quickly," Princess Sierra called to her English maid-in-waiting. "There is not a moment to be lost."

"Yes, Your Highness," said Maria, stepping into Princess Sierra's bedroom chamber.

"We must hurry."

"Yes, Your Highness. We?"

"Yes, we two. I will require you to pack as much clothing as you can into a very light traveling bag ... and with all due haste. No, not the chest," she instructed, "a simple satchel that even I could carry. That will do."

"Yes, Your Highness," said Maria, as she abandoned the chest and hurried toward the wardrobe. But no sooner had the maid thrown wide the wardrobe door than a knock came on the princess's chamber door.

Sierra straightened away from the desk where, though standing, she had been busily scribbling out a note. Head held high, shoulders back, she gazed at the door as though it might bear tidings of misfortune. Her countenance, usually clear and bright, was unnaturally pale and frozen; her eyes were wide.

"Please see who it is, Maria," said the princess in a whisper, "but do not let them enter. You must make some excuse. After all, 'tis a very late hour."

"Yes, Your Highness," replied Maria, quietly closing the wardrobe and treading toward the chamber's door.

"Wait," whispered Sierra. "Slowly, slowly," she instructed, as she herself rushed toward the bed on tiptoe and quickly threw back the bedcovers.

Mid-stride, Maria paused for a moment, glancing toward her mistress; Sierra looked back at her. Indeed, so strong was the connection between them that for a moment the maid started for the bed, as though to help the princess. But Sierra waved her away, putting a finger to her lips. "Sh-h-h."

Maria nodded, and turning away, stepped toward the chamber's door and opened it, but only a crack.

Maria spoke. However, from Sierra's position across the room, she could decipher nothing of what was being said, unhappily confined to hearing no more than muffled voices. Within moments, however, Maria closed the door and, spinning toward her mistress, approached the bed.

"Beg pardon, Princess," said Maria, "but there is a note for you from Prince Alathom."

Sierra visibly gulped, pausing. Then nodding, she placed her hand out for the letter. "I hope," she murmured softly, as though to herself, "that there is not more trouble than that which we already have."

Silence was all that met this declaration, while Maria remained quietly by the bed. Quickly, Sierra scanned the contents of the note, the loose curls of her dark ringlets easing forward against her temples, making her appear younger than she was. At sixteen, her countenance was usually transparent and impossibly carefree, but for the moment, her face was marred by a frown. At length, she folded the paper and absentmindedly placed it within the folds of her chemise.

"'Tis not bad tidings," said the princess, her gaze caught unseeingly on some object across the room, "but our plans have been changed, I fear. And though it seems not unsatisfactory, I do not like it."

The princess glanced up briefly at her maid. However, when Maria remained mute, Sierra went on to say, "Though I realize that in the past you have given me your vow of silence, Maria, I must beg it of you once more. For I fear I have need of someone to talk to."

"Yes, Your Highness, you have my word."

Sierra nodded, sighing. "We are to escape together, tonight, the three of us, Prince Alathom, High Wolf and myself. But this note tells me that Prince Alathom has decided that we must devise our own escapes, each separately. Otherwise he fears our scheme will be discovered.

"Both High Wolf and myself are to meet as planned, in our usual spot, but Prince Alathom himself has gone on to the ship to prepare the way for us. There he will wait for us. It seems simple enough ... Yet I don't like it."

Maria inclined her head, as though in agreement.

"The prince also begs me," continued the princess, "to send notice of the change in plans to High Wolf. Maria, you must do this for me, for I cannot leave the castle until I finish the note I have begun to Papa ... "

"Yes. Of course I will do this for you."

Sierra nodded absentmindedly. "You know the spot of which I speak. You are perhaps the only other person besides the three of us who is aware of our secret meeting place. High Wolf is to be there at the midnight hour, but he is expecting both myself and Prince Alathom. You must take a note to him so that he understands what is now to be. And then you must come back here in all due haste, for I fear that I will need your help in leaving this palace."

"Do you think you can do all these things I ask? You have little time to accomplish it."

"I do, Your Highness; I will. But may I ask where are the three of you destined to go?"

"To Scotland," said Sierra, standing up, away from the bed, her feet still encompassed in satin slippers. But no sooner had she found her footing upon the floor than she was hurrying toward the desk, her steps practically flying over the lush carpet of her bedchamber. " 'Tis in our minds to leave here quickly, and we plan to set sail tonight. High Wolf and I will be married there, and once that is done, we will return."

" 'Tis a bold thing the three of you plan."

"That it is, Maria. That it is. Yet it is what I must do, what the prince must do -- and High Wolf, too, for a marriage between myself and the prince would be a most unhappy affair. I do not understand why our parents have done as they have, for they have gone against our wishes this night. You must know that we were expecting quite another announcement at the ball... "


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Meet the Author

Karen Kay is praised by reviewers and fans alike for bringing understanding and insight into the everyday facets of the American Indian way of life, she credits that the discovery of her great-great grandmother, who was Choctaw Indian, did much to enhance the richness of her stories.

This is Karen Kay's eight title for Avon Books and the second title in the "Legendary Warriors" series. Her earlier titles include Wolf Shadow's Promise in the Legendary Warriors" series; Gray Hawk's Lady, White Eagle's Touch and Night Thunder's Bride in the "Blackfoot Warrior" series; and Lakota Surrender, Lakota Princess, and Proud Wolf's Woman in the "Lakota" series.

Says Kay, "With the power and passion of romance, I strive to bring to the reader an awareness of the vital and noble forces that once helped shape the American Indian culture into the powerful agent that it once was, that it still can be today. I firmly believe that through understanding, anything is possible."

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Princess and the Wolf 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two worlds and two cultures; yet, after 10 years, two hearts still beat as one. Princess Sierra is in America on a mission to find her husband who is presumed dead. She is bound by duty to do the best she can for her people and her country. Sierra must locate High Wolf, the handsome Cheyenne brave she once loved to fiercely she would have thrown away her family, her friends, even her life as a princess. Now, he and he alone can lead her on her journey to find her husband, Prince Alathom. After all, High Wolf did make a promise to her a decade ago, 'ASK, AND I WILL COME.' Honor demands that he lead Sierra on her journey, her quest. This journey rekindles the passion they once shared for one another and their lives become irrevocably entertwined. But, it is a love that can never be. How is Sierra ever to leave High Wolf, again? And, for High Wolf, without Sierra he will be only half alive. It is betrayal that drove them apart, duty that kept them apart and love that brings them back together. Once again, Ms. Kay captures the heart and soul of the American indian, this time through High Wolf and Princess Sierra. In doing so, she also captures the hearts of her readers. With beauty, elegance and grace we become one with the indian scout, with nature, with our senses. We walk in their shoes, smell the damp leaves on the forest floor and visualize all the colors in a sunrise. Thank you, Ms. Kay, for letting us in, once again, to the heart, mind, soul, beauty, pride, dignity, honesty, strength and intelligence of the American indian. In doing so we understand more fully and can love more deeply because we see more clearly. This story is one not to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1824 Germany, Princess Sierra, Prince Alathom, and adopted American Indian Prince High Wolf plan to flee to Scotland. Sierra and High Wolf are in love and plan to marry while Alathom just wants his freedom from state responsibilities including marrying the princess. However, the escape fails with Sierra stopped by her father, who plans to see her politically married to Alathom of the neighboring dukedom. Father Junipero tells Sierra that High Wolf demanded gold to break the engagement while Alathom vanished. The ceremony was done by proxy as he fails to appear............................ Ten years later, Sierra is in St. Louis seeking her husband Alathom who never came home. Though she hates him and High Wolf for their betrayal, she needs Alathom to come home to avert a war between their duchies. Sierra has done her best to rule over the two lands, but everyone blames her for her missing spouse. Governor Clark arranges for the best scout High Wolf to escort her Highness, but when he sees Sierra, he refuses as he feels she betrayed their vows of love. Sierra continues her quest without him, but he follows her for safety purposes...................... This is an exciting historical romance that brings to life early Americana through the insightful look at the Indian tribes and the use of Governor Clark (Lewis and Clark fame). Each of the prime trio is unique with fully developed personalities. Though the mysticism is interesting it also enables too easy of a resolution than a decade of increasing discontent should allow. Still fans of early nineteenth century romances will appreciate this astute glimpse of a bygone era.................... Harriet Klausner
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This res is for Platoon 3. DO NOT USE UNTIL AFTER TRAINING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good reading, truly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karens stories are all soooo romantic and sexy without being erotica. The endings are always what you hope for and there are never any love triangles (i hate love triangles). Her females are strong without being snarky witches which is also refreshing. Very satisfying read.
SugiBabe More than 1 year ago
The story is addictive to read on and on until the end.