Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth Series #1)

Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth Series #1)

by E. E. Knight

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ISBN-13: 9780451459398
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/19/2003
Series: Vampire Earth Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 206,203
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

E.E. Knight graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in history and political science, then made his way through a number of jobs that related to neither.


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It came, full of awful speed and power. A cloaked figure charged into the light, seeming to fly over the ground in a blur of motion.

"Hood!" a Wolf shouted, squeezing off a shot and working the bolt on his rifle. The caped-and-cowled figure made a leap twenty feet from the barn, crashing bodily through the old planks and beams as if they were papier-mâché.

The Reaper landed on all fours, arms and legs splayed like a spider. Before a gun could be turned in its direction, it sprang at the nearest Wolf, a shovel-bearded wedge of a man named Selbey. It was upon him before he could bring up his gun. The Hood's satchel-sized mouth opened to display ebony pointed teeth. Inhumanly large jaws sank into Selbey's arm, thrown up in defense. The Wolf's scream matched those from outside as the thing opened its mouth to bite again.

Valentine grabbed a candle-flare from Patel's two remaining at the south door. He thrust the candle into the lantern, waiting for it to sputter into life. It caught on after an eternity, and he ran towards the Hood.

The thing raised its blood-smeared face from the twitching victim to receive the burning end in its eye. It howled out its fury and pain and slapped the candle out of Valentine's hand with the speed of a leopard's paw. The flaming wand fell to the ground as the thing rose. The Reaper's menacing black shadow seemed to fill the wall of the barn. Death reached for Valentine, who struggled to draw his blade from its sheath in time.

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"The history of Vampire Earth is something I've worked on for about eight years. The world is a stew containing ingredients from all the pulp influences of my youth: R. E. Howard's Conan, H. P. Lovecraft's erudite heroes, C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower, and Louis L'Amour's tough Apaches and Western villains. As I grew older I learned to appreciate Tolkien and Lewis, Bradbury and Heinlein. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I'm flattering those and many others with my milieu. One interesting thing I discovered in my research is that many cultures have vampire legends, not just European ones as described in Stoker's Dracula. The creatures I describe come from many of these sources, as well as my own imagination. I hope that readers will enjoy experiencing my work as much as I enjoyed creating it."

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Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid reader of everything from highbrow literature to Shakespeare to sci-fi and horror. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time - and I wasn't expecting it. I happened to get a free copy...and am so delighted. I'm now going to buy the rest in the series. Fantastic post-apocalypse...and vampire theme. If you're looking for a Dracula or Anne Rice bit, you won't find it. But if you're looking for a new way to play with the vampire genre, then welcome aboard. A cross between 1984 and monster horror...very appropriate as a warning of human nature.
MarineSSgt More than 1 year ago
After getting into the first chapter I couldn't put the book down. I have read the Brian Lumley Vampire novels and others as well, but I love the way E.E. Knight weaves in the elements of the story of how the Kurians came about. The post apocalyptic thing did't excite me at first. Then, it tells you how it all came about bit by bit and sucks you in. The Magic of the Lifeweavers creating warriors out of normal humans and changing them forever into 1 of 3 seperate warrior castes is very intriguing and makes the book that much more interesting. It's one of those series that you'll read over and over. I recommend it to anyone with an open mind and a love for fiction.
CPT_SAM More than 1 year ago
I just finish this book and well on my way on the second in the series. I was not too sure about reading this series fearing another vampire novel that has Dracula in it. But was I wrong. This is a whole new approach to having vampires on Earth. It is thrilling and easy to get involved with the characters and plot. I encourage anyone who wants to read a good long series to start with this this one. So far...so good. Sam
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compared to the hype I have heard about this series it was a disappointing first book. I thought that it jumped strangely during the first few chapters and then never returned to that raid¿you never got to see what happened. The rest of the book was a chronological story that was well written, but I disliked the way the history was worked in such a disjointed way. I will read part 2 of this series, simply because I have heard what a great book the last one was, but I don¿t think I could get through all the books if they are this poorly written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fully realized characters, tight plot lines, excellant world building and descriptive writing good enough to make me feel I'd been there. Could not reccomend this book more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding read. I was very impressed with this book and the author. It appears that a lot of research has gone into this book. I get tired of the 'same old vampire' books... I thought that everything had been used. I was wrong. 'Way of the Wolf' is very unique. I could not put the book down. At first, I was not impressed with the description on the back flap of the book... but I am glad that I bought it anyway. Now I want to know what will happen next... and can't wait for the next book: 'Choice of the Cat'.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A better-than mediocre SF with some horror elements. Lots of cliches, two dimensional characters and déja vu feelings but it's a good evening reading. Nothing more and nothing less....
pmcnamee67 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good opener for the series. Exciting conclusion.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The format in which this book is done is interesting. I haven¿t come across this until now. For a good part of the novel, you get what looks like short stories of Valentine¿s life before the actual plot begins. I understand how some readers thought this wasn¿t the most perfect way to introduce the story. However I thought it was not only different but a good way to introduce the main character, and his background, with background information about the setting in this way. You follow Valentine throughout his youth, then you follow him through the period on where he first starts training to become a ¿Wolf¿ (a special elite unit). It¿s not until a good later part of the book is where the actual plot begins. I liked this kind of introduction. It made getting to know Valentine easier. It gave Valentine a three dimensional form and it chronicles his development in good detail.The setting is also interesting, however it took me a while to finally get the hang of it (without consulting the glossary at the back). The vampires here are ruthless and evil, so you will definitely not find the romantic stereotype anywhere in this book. There¿s a blend of post apocalyptic characteristics, with dark fantasy, and science fiction elements. So really you have a good mixture of just about everything in here. Personally, I like the dark fantasy and post apocalyptic parts. Earth really is a bleak place to be and the descriptions, and characters enhance the setting.Valentine is all right as a character. He does seem like your most awesome hero and at times it could get a little annoying. I wish he could have a bit of a darker edge to him (ie: he could be a jerk once in a while) but he seems to be your average good guy with a troubled past. I suppose that¿s not too bad although it could be considered cliche and overdone by other readers. What I did enjoy most about the novel is the overall plot. The pace was good although certain areas did experience a bit of a bump here and there. However all I will ask is for the author to not do any more romantic scenes and I¿m shuddering to think if there will be more romance in the other books to follow. I read a particular romance moment and I just about nearly choked. Really? a man would do what Valentine did?? that¿s just gross! after having a fit for about a few minutes I resumed with the story (Apologies for not being specific. It is detailed and explicit so I won¿t go further than that). After finishing the book I still found that particular passage to be still unnerving. That¿s the only part that I strongly dislike in the book. Seriously, just take the romance out of this. It wasn¿t necessary and the plot was fine without it!This was a nice interesting start to what looks like an action packed series. I¿m definitely going to follow this series for sure. If you like dark fantasy with sci fi elements in a post apocalyptic world try this. Plus, the vampires aren¿t sparkling. You might just like it!
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting combination of horror, vampire, mysticism and military adventure. This book does a good job of establishing a base world and characters that will have to be fleshed out a bit in later books of the series.
NightHawk777 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first began this book, it reminded me of Stargate Atlantis. Mysterious doors that connect distant planets (stargates).Vampiric beings from these other places using humans as cattle (wraith).This resemblance was only on the surface. The setting of this book is actually in the US Midwest and part of the US South. The descriptions of the places, people, animals, plants were all wonderfully written. There are so many nice little touches, for example:"One of the barking dogs decided nothing interesting was going to happen and flopped on its side with a sudden motion, almost as if it had been shot."If you've had pets or been around animals much, you'll enjoy the descriptions of their different personalities and behaviors, which give a nice flavor to the story. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of the locations. They seemed very genuine and realistic. Maybe the fact that I've been in most of these places helps. The feeling of history and culture comes through quite often, and it's a nice change to see a fantasy story with the US heartland and South as a backdrop. I don't mean in the big cities, but in the country, the mountains, the farmlands. The action is good. The descriptions of battles, fighting, and weapons all feel realistic. The story itself is a dark tale where humans are basically cattle, hunted by creatures called Reapers. The earth is apparently in disarray, and the conquering forces (Kurians) use the Reapers to rule through fear. The Reapers are the vampires of the story. There are another set of aliens known collectively as Grogs. These appear to be used as foot soldiers for larger battles. Between the Kurians, Reapers and Grogs, apparently most of earth has been conquered.There are humans known as quislings that aid the Kurians in their ruling of the earth. It seems some of them do so in hopes of obtaining a token that is basically a "Don't Eat Me" ultimate badge of survival. There are other humans who have not caved in to the Kurians. There are hints of several such places, but we learn of one in the Ozarks. They are basically the resistance.A third type of human are people who live in the sort of contested area's between the KZ and the free territories. These are battled over by both sides. There is a fourth special subset of humans, known as Hunters. These are people who are in a special forces type of military group. They are in at least three varieties that I am aware of, Wolves, Cats, and Bears. These great warriors are used to strike, raid, or spy in the KZ. One humorous comment from a Wolf:"Ever drunk water out of a hoof print to wash down a couple handfuls of ground up ants?"If you like adventure tinged with horror, chances are you'll enjoy Way of the Wolf.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was pretty interesting - it has tons of elements that I love, inlcuding vampires (though they're a bit...strange), survivors of the "end of the world," underdogs fighting their oppressors, tough as hell characters...The main character, David Valentine, is that sort of guy who only exists in fiction: orphaned in a horrible manner, and not only survives, but becomes all the more focused as a result. He's raised by a priest/teacher, and therefore becomes very educated and learns to question and to think *deeply*. He also thinks out of the box (for lack of a better term), and has an uncanny talent for sensing vampires. But that comes later...The format of the book is a bit annoying: every charpter begins with an italicized "let's sum up where we are now!" introduction, and while I understand what the aim of this was, I still could have done without it. The same sort of thing (flashing forward in thime past stuff that really doesn't need focusing on) is done much better (though without the supernatural elements) in Stirling's apocalypse series beginning with Dies the Fire.Despite my jokes and pickiness, I did enjoy this. The slightly different take on vampirism, added to the apocalypse/humans-as-underdogs, is very compelling, and despite Valentine's handsome, smart, deadly, yet sensitive, completely unrealistic character, I do like him. He's a total stud, and were I in this book, I'd stick to him like glue, and be assured of my survival... I will definitely be following Valentine's exploits in more of this series' books!
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character in this book is David Valentine, an orphan taken in by the local priest and we are shown his general development from childhood, through his training, and into young adulthood, with the parts about his training and young adulthood being more detailed than his childhood. In the Way of the Wolf, Valentine is chosen by a "good" Kurian, a Lifeweaver, to become a Wolf, an elite warrior with the finely honed senses and strength of a wolf. The purpose of the Wolves is to help destroy the minions of the Kurians (Reapers) and protect the safety of the Free Territory. What we get in the Way of the Wolf (the first book in the Vampire Earth Series) is a post-apocalyptic world complete with characters that ring true (even if they are a little flat and one dimensional)...here you see the best and worst of human nature close up and while the world this new world is a violent and unpredictable, we still find flashes of happiness, humor and love as humanity survives and adapts to life in the Kurian Order. Additionally because Knight places the story not too far into the future, we still have characters that remember life before the Kurian order, so the author cleverly gives himself access to literature, television and other popular culture references that might not otherwise be available and I think this helps keep the story from being too bleak and depressing and keeping it accessible/familiar to the reader. The way of the Wolf was in the Science Fiction section...but I think it has broader appeal than that and could be considered a mix of horror, sci-fi, mysticism, and dystopian society. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this...and while I'm a true horror fan and was a bit disappointed that this isn't more about the "vampires" I wasn't disappointed in the overall feel of the book. It's dark, depressing (sometimes oppressively so) and just plain disgusting in places...but it also has an authentic feel to it that is very appealing despite the bleakness of it all. The story is told in a kind of slice-of-life fashion that at give the book a bit of a disjoined feel...but which serves, I think to give a real rounded look at life under the Kurian order from the "free territory" to those living with the reality of day to day life living directly under the influence of the Kurians and their minions. Since this is a "debut" novel, I can only assume Knight's style and storyline will only get better, so I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series, as I'm quite anxious to see what becomes of Valentine! I give it a B+, it's a good, entertaining read...but it's not without problems.
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Great book
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The characters seem real. The bad guys are really bad and the writer avoids cliches of the vampires. It was a page turner
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ljparker2983 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I love books with a journey. This has it.
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mark_cronenwett More than 1 year ago
A mixture of aliens and a SHTF scenario sending us back decades in how to live. Not a bad read.