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Alice Borchardt (1939–2007)

Author of The Silver Wolf

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Works by Alice Borchardt

The Silver Wolf (1998) 1,167 copies
Night of the Wolf (1999) 696 copies
The Dragon Queen (2001) 662 copies
The Wolf King (2001) 578 copies
Devoted (1995) 203 copies
Beguiled (1996) 150 copies
2000 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Borchardt, Alice O'Brien
Other names
O'Brien, Alice (birth)
Date of death
United States of America
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Place of death
Houston, Texas, USA
Places of residence
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Richardson, Texas, USA
Rice, Anne (sister)
Rice, Christopher (nephew)
Short biography
Alice O'Brien was born on 6 October 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was one of five sister of Katherine "Kay" Allen and Howard O'Brien. The O'Brien family moved to Richardson, Texas, when Alice was a teenager. She began her nursing career in Houston, where she met and married her husband, Clifford Borchardt. After a 30-year career as a licensed vocational nurse, Borchardt faced staff reductions at the hospital where she worked. Alice's sister, the writer Anne Rice, encouraged her, helped her find an agent, and wrote introductions to several of her books. She wrote seven books. She passed away on 24 July 2007 in Houston, Texas.



Good premise, terribly boring and long winded writing style. I really enjoyed her other books, just not this series which is a shame because it looked really good.
justgeekingby | 7 other reviews | Jun 6, 2023 |
Another in the Mists of Avalon-inspired Arthurian retelling pile, but top of the pile, I'd say. Pity the series never finished...
ibazel | 7 other reviews | Oct 5, 2022 |
Borchardt's storytelling is lush and detailed, and the writing and characters sucked me into this book immediately. Bringing together what felt like more contemporary treatments of fantasy with the Roman Empire was a masterful move that made for a compelling story, and I couldn't help but be fascinated. The one fault of the novel, perhaps, is that it tries to do so very much--ranging from more paranormal suspense to historical and political intrigue on to paranormal romance and historical fantasy. I think it's as a result of this ambition that some pieces of the book do lag, depending on the aspects of the story you're most engaged in. For me, the political intrigue took over the book at a certain point, and to its detriment--I wish the book had been a little bit less ambitious, actually, or that the story here had been spread over a few books in order to give all of the aspects adequate attention on an ongoing basis.

In the end, I didn't end up enjoying it nearly as much as I thought I would based on the first hundred pages or so, but I'm glad to have stumbled upon it. I'd certainly read more of Borchardt's work, as well, should the story catch my interest.
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whitewavedarling | 21 other reviews | Jan 28, 2020 |
This is the third book in a series. Unfortunately, I have not read the other two. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the other two first, but I don't think it was necessary to read them in order to follow the story.

I felt like the book started very abruptly, and ended abruptly too. I would have preferred to be eased into it a little more in the beginning, and to have more closure at the end.

I enjoyed the first part of the book the most. When Regeane and the Saxon were in the monestary with the possessed priests, it was really exciting. The story seemed to shift between the viewpoints of several different people. I enjoyed the story of Hugo and Chiara the most. Regeane was also interesting. I felt the sections focused on Maeniel were boring. As the story progressed, it was hard for me to keep all the characters straight. There was so much corruption among the various kings and their courts, that I wondered how anyone survived in those times. People were always getting killed and/or raped. The character of the bear spirit was by far the most interesting to me. I still am not sure if it was supposed to be an evil spirit, or just the spirit of something so different than humans that it doesn't know what to do about them.… (more)
readingover50 | 8 other reviews | Jun 11, 2019 |



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