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The Silver Wolf (edition 1999)

by Alice Borchardt

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Title:The Silver Wolf
Authors:Alice Borchardt
Info:Ballantine Books (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt

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    Silver by Rhiannon Held (MyriadBooks)
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    The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For wolves in human environments; for historical settings.
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    The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For wolves with teeth, for mated pairs. The Last Werewolf is gritter and more explicit than the dreamy, lyrical The Silver Wolf but the writing and the horror of both of them is top notch.
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    First Truth by Dawn Cook (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: I think readers who enjoy the Silver Wolf may also enjoy the Truth series by Dawn Cook. They're a little different - the Silver Wolf has much darker undertones that the Truth books, and is set in a real historical contex whereas Truth is in a classical fantasy historical-based world - but they're both nicely written and involving stories. The Truth series might be enjoyable holiday reading for people who thought the Silver Wolf was great but weren't so keen on the more "horror" aspects of the later Wolf books.… (more)
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A delightful, intriguing and enchanting mix of sci/fi fantasy, myth, history and romance, I started reading this book in escape of a book I was reading which was boring me to annoyance and I opened this book and was immediately enraptured.

Maybe I'm a little bias but my favorite character is Regeane I love the way her character developed and her strength came out, My second Favorite is Elfgifa her character was beautifully written honesty, and comic relief at its best. I also really loved Maniel although we were fooled in the beginning into thinking him weak and unimportant, so I was pleasantly surprised at the turn of events. I was surprised to find how truly vain and cruel Antonius is he seemed to become a different man once his ailment had been healed although I don't like the change I must say it was executed wonderfully and did not seem an unnatural or forced progression for his character on the contrary the nature of his mother and sister seemed to make it much easier to take and less shocking although it was a shock to find his character practical near to the point of being cruel and emotionless even though he still retained many of his empathic qualities which surface time to time it is very clear Antonius is his surely as much his mothers son as Augusta is her daughter

I enjoyed this book so much I can't even aptly describe my feelings I'm waiting to get book 2 & 3 now so I can be further pleasured by this authors literary creations. ( )
  jayblac21 | Jul 10, 2014 |
I found Alice Borchardt's The Silver Wolf during a library search on NoveList - it was recommended to me based on other books I have read and enjoyed. I was expecting a light, paranormal romance type novel, easily read and enjoyed, and just as easily forgotten. What I got from reading The Silver Wolf however, was so much more...

Hidden within the pages of The Silver Wolf is an expertly crafted work of historical fiction. Borchardt has created a world of political intrigue and deadly suspense with a splash of the paranormal thrown in for color. The "woman-used-as-a-tool-to-make-men-more-powerful" motif, which is ever present in works of historical fiction, becomes painstakingly real for the reader as she makes her way through the novel. I had to catch my breath more than once as Regeane was moved around on the proverbial chess board of life, without free-will and choice.

The Silver Wolf is a beautifully descriptive piece of fiction with a fascinating story and captivating heroine at its heart. I had no idea when I picked it up that it would end up being one of the best books I've read this year. I read it almost straight through in two days time, and now I wish I has slowed myself down a bit. I will definitely be picking up other Alice Brochardt novels in the future. She certainly was as gifted a writer as her sister, Anne Rice. ( )
  susanbevans | Jul 1, 2014 |
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The Storyline
Regeane is a half-Saxon and half-Frankish woman without a father; her mother, Gisela is the cause of his death. After Gisela discovers that Woflstan, Regeane’s father, is a shape shifter and is able to take the form of a wolf she is convinced by her brother Gundabald that he must be the devils child and must be killed. Gisela is thankful that her daughter doesn’t appear to have any of the traits of her father; however, when she gets older she gains the ability to change into a wolf as well. Regeane had an extremely hard life as her mother attempted to ‘fix her’ and forces her to drink concoctions, pray for hours on end, and to swear that she would never change into the wolf. Nothing works.

When Gisela dies, Regeane is left in the care of Gundabald and his son Hugo who treat her horribly by keeping her locked in her room, feeding her scraps, and barely passable clothing. Gundabald informs her one day that she is to be wed to a wealthy mountain lord named Maeniel. Scared for her life she runs away from Gundabald and seeks solace in the care of Lucilla, the Pope’s mistress. Lucilla learns of her secret and promises to keep her as safe as possible from having her future-husband discover it as well. As Regeane says regarding Maeniel:

”I don’t plan to love him. I plan to survive him.”

The Characters
The characters were positively vibrant. Regeane was the epitome of strength and smart beyond her years. My favorite though? Maeniel. He has his own secrets just as Regeane and you can’t help but be entranced by him as well. Read it, you’ll see exactly what I mean. :) Regeane and Maeniel didn’t meet until close to the end of the book, but the passion and love that developed between the two was well worth the wait.

Just a Note
I feel the need to write a word of warning for this novel. Many of you who have briefly scanned over the summary of this novel and said, “Oooh! Werewolves!” Stop and listen before you read this, end up severely disappointed and end up rating it all kinds of awful. This is what I like to call a ‘big girl book’. You will not find any melodrama here nor any love triangles. The main character may be a teen girl; however, you will not find any typical YA storylines here. I think a lot of people have the wrong expectations when going into this book. This is like, werewolves being thrown into a Game of Thrones or Mists of Avalon type storyline. Very mature writing, very mature situations, just with a teen girl that turns into a wolf.

This book has been on my bookshelf for YEARS. Being a huge fan of Anne Rice I had always wanted to read her sisters writing as well. Yep, Alice Borchardt is the sister of Anne Rice. But as far as my first experience with Alice Borchardt’s writing? I was not disappointed in the least. This was truly a book to be savored rather than gulped down, so don’t let the fact that it took me forever to read it discourage you.

This was a very detailed and intricate story that was beautiful in its intensity. Alice Borchardt was an extremely talented writer and it’s a shame that she isn’t around to continue creating beautiful stories. I finished this book with a smile on my face and will most definitely be reading more from her soon.

My Favorite Quote
"Love is eternal. That is its terror and its final beauty. Love never ends. The joy may go out of it, and, in time, even the pain may end. But it lingers like a living thing and follows you every moment of your life."
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  bonniemarjorie | May 7, 2013 |
It's sometimes hard to believe just how poetic Alice Borchardt is! I absolutely love her descriptions of nature and what it must be like to be a wolf. That keeps me reading even when the plot slows down. I have also enjoyed learning more about this awful, chaotic time period after the fall of Rome.
  shoshanagray | Apr 30, 2013 |
I think I read this in high school. I have no idea why, since I'm not interested in werewolves, but I did. It was probably the bizarre idea of werewolves in Roman times that got my attention.

Quite a racy book, if I recall. It was the first I'd read that had lesbian sex in it. Quite mind-blowing for me at the time.

That said, it's not a good book and I would not recommend it. ( )
  angevon | Apr 1, 2013 |
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my beloved husband
Clifford Borchardt

"See those fireflies dancing?
That's what I want to do:
dance in the moonlight, sing to the stars,
jump straight up at the moon."

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345423615, Mass Market Paperback)

Regeane is a fatherless royal relation who happens to be a werewolf. Her guardian, Gundabald, and his venal son Hugo plan to recoup their fortunes by marrying Regeane to a wealthy bridegroom, even though she might inadvertently make him into a bedtime snack. Gundabald forces her into apparent compliance by threatening to reveal her secret to the Church, which would burn her at the stake. As the bridegroom, Maeniel, journeys to Rome to claim her, Regeane discovers allies in her quest to defeat Gundabald's machinations, including some very strong, funny, and levelheaded women. Unfortunately for Regeane, she also has more powerful enemies than Gundabald.

Alice Borchardt brings 8th-century Rome vividly to life. Her language is earthy and sensuously descriptive: "The wolf visited Regeane's eyes and ears. The girl staggered slightly with the shock. The light in the square became intense. Smells an overwhelming experience: wet stone, damp air, musty clothing, perspirations shading from ancient sticky filth to fresh acrid adrenal alarm."

Borchardt is Anne Rice's sister, but she writes a very different sort of tale. Ghosts, the dead, and supernatural forces are here, but so is laugh-out-loud humor and a happy ending. --Nona Vero

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Regeane, a beautiful young woman who changes into a wolf with the rising moon, must fight for love and dignity when she is peddled in marriage to a barbarian lord by her depraved uncle who threatens to expose her secret if she refuses to help him in his vile schemes.… (more)

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