The Silver Wolf Paperback – 15 Nov 1999
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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.
‘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’
‘A marvellous tale, it is a thriller, tragedy, horror and eventually a fairy-tale love story’
‘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’
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
these are not my usual read....fantasy, with weir wolves but really liked it...now i have the following two books to read...cant wait...Published on 21 July 2013 by susan baldwin
I brought the silver wolf after have read it once at the local library. I loved it so much I have now read it about 5 times since purchasing it. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2006 by Dragons Tooth
This is the first book I have read by this author - I found a member's list of favourite books and realised that I had the first eight mentioned already on my shelves and this was... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2003 by Caro Hart
Silver Wolf is a fabulous book - one of those that you cant put down, but dont want to end. I rushed out and got the Wolf King after (the sequel) but my advice on that is not to... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2003
...another wonderful book.
When I picked up this publication, I didn't know the relationship with Anne Rice. I was glad not to know - the style of writing is very different. Read more
I wanted to give Alice Borchardt a try being a religious reader of Anne Rice. I held out reading until the very last page although I was tempted to fling it into the bin several... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2002