Silver Wolf

Silver Wolf

by Alice Borchardt
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Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt

In this new historical romantic fantasy of stunning originality and scope, Alice Borchardt breathes life into a bygone age, brilliantly recreating a sensuous, violent world--and the men and women whose grand ambitions, betrayals, and passions shape the era in which they live and die.

Decadent Rome at the dawn of the Dark Ages is mired in crumbling grandeur. Now, into the Eternal City comes Regeane, a beautiful young woman distantly related, through her dead mother, to Charlemagne. Regeane's regal blood renders her an unwilling pawn in the struggle for political power. But unknown to those plotting against her, the blood she has inherited from her murdered father makes her much more than a child of royalty. Possessed of preternatural agility and strength, primal memories extending back thousands of years, and senses so keen they can pierce the veil of death itself, Regeane is a shapeshifter: woman and wolf, hunter and hunted.

Betrothed by Charlemagne's command to a barbarian lord she has never seen, Regeane is surrounded by enemies. The most notorious, her depraved uncle and guardian, will not scruple to betray her to the Church unless she aids him in his sinister schemes. And if the Church discovers her secret, Regeane will burn at the stake. Yet Regeane finds allies as well: Lucilla, rumored to be the private courtesan of Pope Hadrian himself; Antonius, a wise and gentle soul trapped within a body grotesquely disfigured by disease; and the little Saxon girl Elfgifa, brave beyond her years, with a tongue as sharp as a blade.

Outside the gates of Rome, baying on the moonlit expanses of the Campagna, there is a mysterious dark wolf whose scent makes the animal in Regeane tremble with desire. Now, as an infamous stranger prepares to claim his bride, deadly plots and counter plots tighten like a noose around her neck, Regeane must fight to live with dignity as the proud creature she is: civilized and savage, woman and wolf, partaking of both yet infinitely more than either . . .

Lyrical, fast-paced, sensual, and rich with historical detail and deep insights into the heart, The Silver Wolf catapults Alice Borchardt squarely into the front rank of contemporary women writers. Her intricate plot and hypnotic voice will cast a spell that few will be able to resist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345455529
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2002
Series: Legends of the Wolf , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 25,261
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alice Borchardt shared a childhood of storytelling with her sister, Anne Rice, in New Orleans. A professional nurse, she has also nurtured a profound interest in little-known periods of history. She is the author of Devoted and Beguiled. She lives in Houston.

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The Silver Wolf 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Sinclair_San_Tonava More than 1 year ago
Going in apprehensive because of some of the reviews, I got much more than I expected from this book. It was complex, interesting, and very emotional at times. It did not sugarcoat anything like passion or the harsh realities of society at the time, and though the main character was a mythical creature, she was portrayed as very real. This is by far the best werewolf story I have ever read, and I highly recommend it. However, if you are expecting a fantasy book, this is not for you. Though it does have some humor, it is a very mature book; not like a fancy romance novel or deep-brooding-teenage-soul book. It will make you uncomfortable at times, and there are some points where I had to go back and reread to completely understand what was going on, but overall it was fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I was done with the first page I knew this would be a great book. The author's prose was magnificent. Ms. Borchardt has a way of opening a portal into another universe and letting you see not only the beauty of life, but of death as well. Borchardt, as well as her sister, Anne Rice, are the best modern day authors. The imagery and characters are enough to hold you in rapture. The new take on the werewolf, and the development of Regeane was well done. This book has all you could possibly want:history of Rome in the Dark Ages, werewolves, great characters, amazing fighting scenes, and lively prose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this novel of emotional exploration and self discovery Ms. Borchardt has opened a new realm of ficton that will intrigue readers of popular ficton/fantasy/horror. This novel is amazing well written and thought out with a story line that just won't quit. I especially enjoyed the historical setting and the accuracy with which it was portrayed. Ms. Borchardt has stepped out of the shadows and taken center stage from her sister, Anne Rice, who has not exhibited such talent since THE MUMMY (or RAMSES THE DAMNED) and MEMNOCH THE DEVIL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So ya didnt expect the book to veer the way it did but i cant say i didnt like it . Actually im not sure if i liked it or loved it.. its kind of this inbetween thing. But i did enjoy reading it.. tell u it caught be by suprise a few times which doesnt usually happen . However it did and i can say that i ENJOYED IT. So if ya get the chance give it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book years ago in a run down antique store and i loved the cover and the description sounded interesting once I started reading it i couldn't put it down. It shows ancient Rome like I've never seen it before, it is very descriptive about architecture and food, this book really made me hungry a lot. It is a wonderful book and I reccomend it to everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Details on the scene. Kind of trails on.. but very good over all story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books! Disappointed that there won't be any more.
Hana Silverlieb More than 1 year ago
Great read, wonderful melding of the supernatural with the historical. Surprisig and satisfying endig.
Kyara More than 1 year ago
I've read this book once before and lost it so I ordered it online since the store didn't carry it. I fell in love with how everything was described. "The Silver Wolf" is, by far, the best werewolf book I have ever read. The details, the emotions. If there were any truth to the myth, it would be as it is in this book. It might've started off a bit slow in the beginning but it soon shot up.This world is truly filled with unrivalled magic! Alice Borchardt, rest her soul, did an amazing job. She, like her sister, Anne Rice, are brilliant geniuses. I can't wait to read the two books that follow!
book-chameleon More than 1 year ago
The Silver Wolf's plot was original and appealing to any non-fiction fanatic. Alice Borchardt has a writing style all her own in this first book of the trilogy. The characters are realistic (except for the shape-shifting of course) and mostly enjoyable although there are a few that are worthy of a good ass-kicking. However, in the end all is well and it leaves you with a touching end open for the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books that I have read in a long time, I was completely entrapped, reading the book in two days. This was my first book by Alice Borchardt and I had to read all of her others! Great summer read, I recommend it to all of you who enjoy the sensuous side of fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best summer read I have found.Love the way the story is intertwined with werewolf lore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best boks I have read this year. It had romance and werewolves. What more could you ask for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a real new way of looking at werewolves, from their point of veiw. This book is a must read of werewolf fans.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silver Wolf was awesome. I got it on my 14th birthday and when i saw Night of the Wolf on the back flap, i just knew i had to get it. For those of you who haven't shared adventures with Regeane i suggest you do so quickly. Once you do, i assure you you won't forget it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This intriguing erotic tale of Regeane was a perfect blend of fiction and romance. The characters were as real as breath and captured you with their struggles and passion. This author brings their world to you in an unique and admirable way. This was by far one of the best novels that i've ever read, it's definately the most intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good story! It was full of surprises. The story was captivating and held the attention. The sequel (which is actually a prequel) 'The Night of the Wolf' is not as good, but it will help answer some question from this story. If you have not read it I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I am probably not well read enough to make any criticism of an author of this caliber but I will give my take on this book. Some of the scene shifting I felt was a bit abrupt. I don't really see the need for the twisted names. I guess it to be to make the characters less like modern language but it makes for choppy reading. I wasn't quiet ready for the sensual nature of the work but got used to it quickly enough. Over all I loved reading the book &I am looking forward to reading more about the same. With so many inept writers out there it is refreshing to pick up somthing so much fun to read. Thank you very much for a really good romp.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is the third time in 20 years I have read this book. This time was the best. This book has everything necessary to make it a 5 ? read. Heroes and villians, history and fantasy, suspense and drama! Just perfect! May y'all enjoy it as much as I have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crouches down waiting for her prey to arrive then she sees it and pounces right at it attacking it sinking her teeth into it using her paws to take it down finally it's dead she had done a perfect job killing her prey for her pups so that they may eat so they can become as strong as her and become great leaders some day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read. If you love Anne Rice you will love this book!
dragon_dreamer More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books, I've read it over and over. The storyline and writing is excellent and it takes place during a very interesting time in history, shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire. If you are a fan of fantasy and historical fiction I would definitely recommend it. However, it does contain strong language and sexual content so it is not for everyone, especially younger readers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book- for werewolf lovers (like me) anxious to experience the thrill of the hunt, try Skyrim V and go to Jorrvaskr in Whiterun. Join Companions- you become werewolf eventually and can eat human hearts!!!