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The Promise [Mass Market Paperback]

Donna Boyd
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380790963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380790968
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,781,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After recovering a strange diary and a wounded wolf from a plane wreck, Hanna Braselton North sifts through strange journal entries about a race of werewolves that controls human destiny while she nurses the animal back to health. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SEQUEL TO HOWL ABOUT... 24 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author, Donna Boyd, is to werewolves what Anne Rice is to vampires. With her lyrical use of language and her deeply sensuous imagery, the author contines the tale that she began in her first book, "The Passion". It is a tale of a subculture of wealthy, urbane, highly intelligent, well educated and charismatic werewolves who live amonst humans unbeknownst to them. They are the movers and shakers of society, the quintessential beautiful people. In this manner, they informally and secretly rule humans, directing our world peacafully and enriching it. These shape shifting, sensuous creatures are truly benevolent rulers and are led by a member of the aristocratic Devoncroix clan. When their leader, Alexander Devoncroix, dies, their son, Nicholas, must now lead the pack. He is hellbent, however, on changing that benevolent philosophy.
When Nicholas is critically injured in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, he is found in his wolf form, battered, burned, and bloody, by a reclusive scientist, Hannah Braselton North, who has an affinity for wolves and treats his wounds in her small cabin. Having pulled from the wreckage a diary, she hunkers down to read it, while her "patient" recuperates. What she reads is the ostensible memoir of someone named Matise Devoncroix. It is an erotic and sensuos tale tale of star crossed lovers who are members of a race of werewolves who live secretly amonst humans. Drawn into the tale, and at first imagining it to be fiction, she soon realizes that this is no mere tale but a revelation that is somehow connected to her mysterious "patient".
Beautifully written and suspenseful, the book, a story within a story, is riveting and will keep the reader turning the pages. It is an excellent sequel to her first book, "The Passion". While not absolutely necessary, it is recommended that one first read "The Passion", as it will undoubtedly enhance the pleasure of reading "The Promise".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Interview With a Wearwolf 6 Feb 2001
By theTramp VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoyed the Vampire Lestat then you may well enjoy The Promise, because it is the Wearwolf equivalent in many ways.
A gothic romance dressed up as horror, the promise is a love story between brother and sister and the introduction to a Wearwolf clan that will no doubt spawn some more interesting sequels.
The premise is wonderful. Wearwolves are superior to humans and always have been. As such they have for years been our elite and in recent years they have taken to becoming the ruling elite as well and they use money to rule. Now the pack leaders are dead and a new leader steps forward, their son. But the road to leadership is paved with troubles. He has a mysterious murder to unravel, pack politics to master and the guilt of his parents death resting on his shoulders. All of this as he lies wounded in a cage treated by the very creatures wearwolves think of as their inferiors. A human. And worse still, she is reading the very book that holds all the answers.
Perhaps the Promise suffers because it hints at more interesting tales to tell. Perhaps it is just too romanntic and loses the 'horror' edge that the Wearwolf should embrace. This is not Interview with a Wearwolf and never will be, but that doesn't mean that the next book won't be and I shall certainly be reading it....just incase.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than "The Passion" 5 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
These are great times to be a reader of werewolf fiction, with writers such as Alice Borchardt and Susan Krinard doing a werewolf series. But Donna Boyd's got 'em all beaten. Why? Because her portrayal of werewolves is absolutely perfect. A ton of writers have tried to capture the right balance of the human and the lupine, but only Donna Boyd nails it dead on. If there really were werewolves this is what they would be like. You'll find no slobbering fiends bemoaning their "curse" here. These werewolves are proud, beautiful & fiercely erotic. Not only will Donna Boyd take you to the heart of the world of the werewolf -- she'll make you want to be one. If you love werewolf fiction, you must read her books. Then, like me, you'll be howling (excuse the pun) for the next installment.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Boyd does it again! 31 Oct 1999
By Stephanie Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this sequal the story from The Passion continues with the 1/2 human 1/2 Loup-Garou offspring. It was supposed to be impossible for warewolves and humans to mate, however, it happened, and you cannot help but share the feelings of the characters in this book. I have never felt so close or involved with novel characters before. This book captures your heart and emotions. I found it brilliant and intelligent. You will not be disappointed! Donna Boyd cannot write her books fast enough.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast reading! 27 Jan 2000
By Heather Contos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book, in a day! (hours into the night) I found myself connected with each and every character. Quite brilliant. From what little I know of these creatures, I felt that the characters exhibited many traits of an actual wolf, creating a believable werewolf race. They command irrational superiority! Most importantly: I got this book for christmas, not knowing that it was the second in the series, and I did NOT feel that I was 'missing' anything by not reading the first. Of course, I will now get the first one, I just hope that it is as captivating as this one! I did not find anything 'cliche' about this book, it was passionate, adventure-full, mysterious, and a bit dark. I really do hope that there is more to come, it sure made me feel that there will be! When you first began, you may start to feel that the werewolves have 'too much' destain for humans, but you must read on.....there are lessons to be learned! To the author: please do write another sequal, this David has me mesmerized already, and the clans have yet to do so much more 'together'.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic yet hopeful 24 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that I think that this book was possibly as good as the Passion, but one cannot begin this book thinking that it's going to be a repeat of the first of the series. This story mainly tells the lives of Brianna and Matise, the trials and torments that they endure as the result of Brianna's heritage and their love for each other. I heard that this is to be a series, but I have yet to see a possible third installment. My only complaint was with the jacket summary. It was very misleading in making the reader believe that there was going to be a romance/sexual tension between Alexander and his rescuer. Just to let you know, there isn't any at all. While I'll refrain from giving any more details from the book, I found it to be a satisfying read (great for a rainy day or at the beach). I recommend it to everyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Intense 1 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best werewolf novel I have ever read, and I have read several from different authors, different categories.. this is by far the best. I liked this book so much, I already read it twice. To top it off, I had to buy The Passion in hardback version because I couldn't wait for the paperback version... her stories are that engaging and intense! I could not put this book down, nor The Passion, either. Donna Boyd cannot write stories quickly enough for me. She is an intriguing and unique writer who can create incredible characters. She quickly draws you into the story, and before you know it, the story has ended. When you are done reading, you ache for more. Strange, but that's how it was.
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