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The Silver Wolf (edition 1999)
The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt
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
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:27 -0400)
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.
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