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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Earth (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A compelling new world."—Creature Corner

"I have no doubt that knight is going to be a household name in the genre."—Silver Oak Book Reviews

"Way of the Wolf is character-driven, speculative fiction adventure at its very best, and I for one can't wait to see its sequel."—Black Gate


About the Author

E.E. Knight graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in history and political science, then made his way through a number of jobs that related to neither.


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I'm a science fiction/dark fantasy writer.

Customer Reviews

I am eagerly waiting for the next book.
Michael Lynn Mcguire
The alien beings are divided into good and evil forces and David Valentine went through an invocation performed by one of the Lifeweavers to give him Wolf attributes.
J. Lesley
E.E. Knight has written a memorable and very entertaining science fiction novel.
Harriet Klausner

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Way of the Wolf was a bold, exciting beginning to what is definitely shaping up to be an innovative, compelling dark fantasy series from the pen of E.E. Knight. Choice of the Cat takes the heroic journey of protagonist David Valentine in an entirely new direction, one conducive to even more suspenseful action than before. Many a young writer finds it difficult to recreate the magic of a successful first novel, but E.E. Knight has come through with an impressive follow-up sure to delight all fans of dark fantasy and hair-raising heroic adventure.
The setting for The Vampire Earth series is a post-apocalyptic earth of the mid- to late-twenty-first century. Back in 2022, up to 90% of the human population perished as a result of the terrible Ravies plague, but this was just the beginning of Earth's struggle. The Kur, an alien civilization made up of vampiric creatures who feed on the life aura of others, quickly subjugated large portions of the earth. The Kur's most deadly weapons are the Reapers, terrifying, alien beasts through whom the Kur absorb the auras of their victims. Three types of human beings emerged from the apocalypse: those who betray their species and assist the Kur, those who are outwardly ambivalent to the Kur and just try to stay out of trouble, and those willing to fight and die for humanity. David Valentine is one of the latter. After the massacre of his family, the young boy went on to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a Wolf, a member of the military first line of defense of the Ozark Free Zone.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alisa McCune on April 24, 2004
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In 2022, the world as we know it comes to an end. With the introduction of the Kurians and their deadly Reapers, mankind reverts to its roots. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there and no one is safe from the Reapers. Each Kurian lord controls a group of Reapers, a vampire-like being that kills by absorbing a person's life force or aura. The Kurians use the auras that the Reapers steal as a means to achieve immortality. Humankind is now a farm animal for the Kurians. Hope is not lost. Lifewavers, enemies of the Kurians, have come to Earth to recruit humanity to fight their war with the Kurians. The Lifeweavers have a process of enhancement for humans referred to as "turning up the volume." These enhancements give humanity the ability to fight back and reclaim Earth.
Choice of the Cat is E.E. Knight's second book in the Vampire Earth series. The book opens with Lt. David Valentine commanding a group of Wolves, a military designation for his unit, on a reconnaissance mission. Valentine has gained a great deal of maturity since Way of the Wolf. The young man, part Sioux, with a chip on his shoulder struggles to make a difference. Valentine has become a true officer who puts his men first. No one, not even the commanding officer, is going to use Valentine's men as cannon fodder. Of course, this attitude is not conducive to advancement with Southern Command or with his commanding officer.
With the help of Alessa Duvalier, a Cat or spy, Valentine embarks on a new journey. From the Ozarks to Denver with a final showdown in Omaha, a city devastated by nuclear war, Valentine and Duvalier set out to find the Twisted Cross. Valentine will need all his skills as a warrior and his innate ability to sense Reapers to survive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. D Huang on July 14, 2004
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Choice of the Cat, the second book by EE Knight in the Vampire Earth series continues the development of David Valentine as he continues his crusade against the ruling Kurians and the Twisted Cross.
I enjoyed the book as the writing and dialogue moved well and the battle scenes are descriptive and flowing. Certain plot points resolve too quickly and neat, but on the whole the story does well in keeping the reader involved and interested.
I was really intrigued by the change and gain of almost superhero powers that Valentine undergoes to become a "Cat".
Knight does not pull any punches and his world is grim and savage where strength and brutality rule the day. Characters bleed, die, and are beset by doubts.
It's been an interesting series so far and I would recommend this book. The best compliment I can give is that I wish it had been 100 pages longer.
It's going to be interesting how and when Knight makes Valentine into a Bear. I hope not soon as I can see more books in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Tsurukame on September 22, 2004
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I love books and films that break or meld genres and that element is the strong point of this series. It's mix of horror, a post-apocalyptic "Mad Max" world, Old West frontier towns, and a touch of Japanese samurai & ninja elements that make for a captivating milieux that, despite a lack of psychological depth that I expect out of my favorite authors, somehow manages to hook you in with the heady combination of action and moments of great dialogue. E.E. Knight has a knack for Old West expressions and this dialogue gives the series a levity that counterbalances nicely with the gritty and sometimes gory action set in the apocalyptic dystopia of future America.

I enjoyed this second book more than the first. I found some of the characters in the first book, while entertaining, to be somewhat cliche. In this second book however, Alessa Duvalier, the Cat hunter that Valentine encounters, is a brave and sassy but maybe slightly crazy girl with a hidden past. Her unpredictability, combined with some genuinely funny dialogue with Valentine, make her one of my favorite characters in the series. I can't pigeon hole her in a standard archetype, like I could with many of Knight's other characterizations. This makes her intriguing and infuses the book with a sense of wild abandonment, that anything can truly happen both in the storyline and in her interactions with the main protagonist, Valentine, that I believe, gives an added element of suspense to the reader.

While I wouldn't rate this series up there with some of my favorite series of all-time, atleast not yet, I will still however gladly buy the next installments as they come out.
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