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The Silver Wolf Paperback – 15 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (15 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006483852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006483854
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,113,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eighth-century Rome is a shell of its Imperial past, pullulating with whores, pickpockets and mercenaries, and yet strategically the Pope and his cardinals are key players in the game of thrones that is taking place beyond the Alps. Regeane, a distant kinswoman of Charles, the King of the Franks whom men are already starting to call the Great, is sent to Rome as bride, and bribe, to Maeniel, whose Alpine fortress commands a crucial pass. Endlessly brutalised by the corrupt uncle who murdered her father, Regeane is at once pinioned and freed by her secret--she regularly turns into a great killing wolf. Once in Rome, she finds herself new friends--the courtesan Lucilla, her leper son Antonius and the pope himself--and starts to realise that her future does not have to be one of betrayal and nightmare. And Maeniel has secrets of his own, and is not at all the uncouth thug Regeane and the Romans expect. This is a powerful and sexy historical fantasy with intelligent surprises in its plotting and some attractively spooky magic; Regeane is always more than the victim she thinks herself and finds resources of toughness which make her a memorable character. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘A daring and vibrant new voice on the female literary frontier – a writer with the vision and scope to conjure up her own thrilling mythos and the craftsmanship to render it in breathtaking, shimmering prose… The Silver Wolf is a stunning initiation into a dark and dazzling realm’
Anne Rice

‘A marvellous tale, it is a thriller, tragedy, horror and eventually a fairy-tale love story’
Telegraph

‘Borchardt reaches descriptive and dramatic peaks with Regeane’s vulpine supersenses as she noses about Rome by night, reading the dead city’s skin and air. Top-flight fantasy’
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This is a book for those who read strictly for pleasure, who can relax and allow the author to tell her story her way. Those who prefer to read critically and who consider themselves superior to those of us who are more relaxed and uncritical in our reading will find little technical details to grouse about.
Alice Borchardt's werewolves have a distinct difference from those in other books. Her books portray the human personality and the wolf personality as two separate personalities in the same body, personalities who are compatable and able to communicate with each other. I liked this idea myself and felt it quite enhanced the tale.
Basically, this is the story of the heroine who's being used by her uncle and cousin to make them rich by marrying a barbarian noble and then in time killing him. But this is a gal who strives to be a liberated woman even in ancient Rome, and as such goes through several adventures both as a woman and as a wolf. The details are richly painted, and the action is fairly sustained throughout. It's a romance, but not too syrupy for us guys to appreciate. There are predictable elements here, but like I say, just relax and let the author tell her story and I think you'll enjoy it. (Unless you'd rather be a nitpicker).
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I first read this book when i was about 14/15 and up until couple weeks ago couldn't remember the author or book title which was very annoying as i loved the book. I have re-read it and think i love it more now i'm older, so figured would do my first ever review on it so here goes.

The book is brilliantly written and makes it very easy to imagine, i could not put it down.

Personally i loved the fact that the book is set in Rome shortly after the demise of the Roman Empire as i have always wondered what it must have been like to be in that time after the extravagant lifestyle of the Roman's was fading . Borchardt described it in such a way that it really felt like i was there and could see exactly how everything was.

The story is both romantic and political at the same time which is refreshing. The story is about a young woman named Regeane who can turn into a wolf (most would say werewolf but i personally don't agree as there are only a few if any conventional traits of that of a werewolf..i could be wrong though). At the start of the book she is kept locked up by her uncle and his son who are both abusive and only care about money,booze,food and women...in that order. She manages to escape them and meets a powerful woman who later on takes her in, she also meets a leper and the Pope.She is also distantly related to Royalty and is set to be married to a Barbarian lord called Maeniel for access to the mountains and the safe passage through them that he has power over.

The characters were easy to love and hate, one point i wished i could just reach into the book and slap the hell out of her uncle.

The character i would say is my favorite would have to be Maeniel.
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Wow, what a book.Alice Borchardt definately knows what the readers want. Truely absorbing from start to finish, I couldn't put it down! A tale of a shapeshifting woman set after the fall of ancient Rome is a refreshing change to everything I've ever read, i'd certainly recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading, for this book is a god send. I'll finish here because nothing i could write would ever do such a fantastic book justice!
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this book has a richly complex plot that drives the story forward.It tells the story of Regeane, a young woman with royal blood whose marriage to a border Lord is arranged by the King himself. Regeane, however, has a secret-she turns into a wolf. Held in captivity by her brutal uncle,she has no choice but to go along with their evil plans-but how can she hide her true nature from her intended husband-and how will he react if he finds out. This book was billed as a romance, but actually, Regeane and Maenial don't meet until nearly the end of the book. It focuses more on Regeane and her struggle to find freedom and happiness both as a woman and as a wolf. It is intriguing and beautifully written-a definite keeper.
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The incredible plot will whisk you to another land of shapeshifters with the lead character, Regeane. The pproblems of this character causes any reader to a state of frenzy so that they wouldn't of put it down until the end. This book would probably need a follow up because anyone would want to know what happened to Regeane. Though a disappointing end i would have to rate this book as my favourite and i'd recommend it to anyone who likes horror and love in the same book.
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I hoped, by picking this book up, that I would find an evocative and compelling read. I did not.
After the rather obvious beginning there was a period when I felt the book was settling into a good rhythm. This rhythm was broken when the characters became unstable. They seemed compelled by unreasonable motives and all seemed on the edge of a nervous breakdown as none of them could view any incident without either overreacting or reacting in a way alien to their character as it had been previously built up.
Treated in the right way this could have been a very good book but I felt that it was pushed too hard.
This book left me with the sure knowledge that I would never be picking up another by this author.
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