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Wolf's Cross
     

Wolf's Cross

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by S. A. Swann
 

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S. A. Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed. Like its predecessor, Wolf’s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries and break taboos to tell an unforgettable story of romance and adventure that will forever change how you think about werewolves.
 
Maria lives a

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S. A. Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed. Like its predecessor, Wolf’s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries and break taboos to tell an unforgettable story of romance and adventure that will forever change how you think about werewolves.
 
Maria lives a simple life in a small Polish village, working for the lord of the nearby fortress. Motherless since birth, Maria has been raised by her father and stepmother. Around her neck she wears—as she has always worn—a silver crucifix, to protect her from the devil. Or so her father tells her.

But when a contingent of badly mauled Teutonic knights, including a handsome and gravely wounded young man named Josef, ask for succor at the fortress, Maria’s quiet and comfortable world shatters. For the knights are Wolfjägers, an order dedicated to the extermination of werewolves, and Maria, unknowingly, is one of the creatures they hunt. Only the crucifix about her neck prevents her body from changing into a lethal killing machine.

When Maria meets Darien, a wolfbreed bent on exacting a terrible revenge on humans, she will learn the truth about herself, and find her loyalties—and her heart—torn in two.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Swann's considerable writing skill isn't matched by originality in this historical supernatural romance, the sequel to 2009's Wolfbreed. The opening scenes are gripping enough, as Brother Josef, a probationer in a "convent of warrior monks" in 14th-century Prussia, encounters evidence of a massacre carried out by a werewolf. When the beast attacks his group, Josef manages to strike the creature in the eye with a silver crossbow bolt and to survive his serious injuries. As he's tended by Maria, an attractive servant, he develops strong feelings for her, but Maria is drawn to Darien, a hunky stranger with a scar on one of his eyes. As those two grow closer, Darien reveals that Maria herself is a wolfbreed, setting up a predictable love triangle and the usual struggles between human loyalty and animal nature. This is nothing new for fans of paranormal romance, horror, or historical fantasy. (Aug.)
Library Journal
When a wounded Teutonic knight seeks shelter in a foreign land, village girl Maria tends his wounds even as she wonders at his refusal to speak of what creature caused them. Still a knight-probationer, Josef finds himself drawn to Maria in spite of his vows. When Maria discovers her true nature and the identity of the beast responsible for the deaths of many humans, she and Josef face a dilemma that seems impossible to resolve. Set in the same eastern Europe during the Crusades as Wolfbreed, this is the tale of a young woman raised to believe she was human only to find herself one of the damned shape-changing wolves. VERDICT Swann's cinematic style and the intensity of his star-crossed lovers makes this an excellent selection for lovers of werewolf fiction as well as fans of Jane Lindskold's "Wolf" series. [Ebook ISBN 978-0-345-52172-9.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553807394
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
489,639
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

S. A. Swann grew up and still lives in the Northeastern Ohio area, along with three cats, two dogs, a pair of goats, a horse, and one overworked spouse.

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Wolf's Cross 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ElectricBadger More than 1 year ago
Wolf's Cross is an enjoyably well written historical fantasy with a healthy dose of supernatural and grit. Swann has done her homework on the era, and the descriptions throughout reflect a nicely submersive world. The book is well worth the read, filled with interesting characters who undergo believably intense emotional struggles and well written action scenes, and - a forgotten art! - a horrific villain that you can sympathize with as much as you condemn him. That said, the novel didn't really hold any surprises for the reader. Readers of the sister novel, Wolfbreed, will find the moral dilemmas familiar, and at times most of the characters seemed to blend between novels (the ignorant she-wolf, the injured wolf-hating love interest, the rabid knight-captain, the sappily understanding family). The biggest plot twist is regrettably laid out in the product description - Maria is a werewolf. This was a remarkably poor choice, as a small bit of editing and a focus on Darien as the wolf in the product description could have yielded a pretty awesome surprise for the reader. In summary: Wolf's Cross is a good book, but a watered down version of Wolfbreed; read that book first (and I highly suggest it!) - it has more edge, more plot, and better characters. After that, you'll have a good idea of what to expect from Swann, and can return to this one if you're left wanting more. Also, a small error in the details: the eBook version is 257 pages, not the listed 400.
Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
A really good second book in this sereis A great read if you like paranormal werewolf love stories with a really good plot. Can't wait for number three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was suprised to find myself enjoying a book about werewolves. I don't usually enjoy books on werewolves, but i was pleasantly supprised. I could not put the book down. As the same with WOlfbreed it was a great page turner.
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A good read. Not as good as the first but still worth a look
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Anno Domini 1353 in Nurnberg, Prussia Brother Josef and other Wolfjäger Teutonic warrior monks are stunned by the horrific massacre though they have seen plenty of hellish gore. The evidence is overwhelming that a werewolf caused the gruesome scene though the locals have blamed the Jews for their plight and blight; and burned them out of fear. However, the real monster attacks the Teutonic Knights with a vengeance. Although severely injured, Josef the knight probationer fires a silver coded arrow into the eye of the beast; the creature flees howling. A servant Maria tends to the wounds of the severely hurt Josef. He is attracted to his healer and her to him; but she also has feelings for the stranger Darien, who has a scar on one of his eyes. Darien desires her too and explains to his Maria that like him she is wolfbreed too; only the silver crucifix her father placed on her prevents her from changing into a berserker. Although the story line is a typical paranormal triangle, the time and place (same period and general location as Wolfbreed) makes for a terrific medieval historical romantic fantasy. Filled with plenty of action from the opening assault, the strong cast makes for a powerfully gripping saga as readers will wonder which enemy combatant the "commoner" Maria will choose as her soulmate, the knight or the wolf. Harriet Klausner