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The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolves, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 1999
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Overall, this was one of my favorite werewolf novels. The criticisms I've heard about it, such as the plot dragging in the first half and being a bit fragmented, are true enough in my opinion, which is why I rated only four stars.
PS-the official book review states that Lucilla was Maniel's mother--I don't know where that came from, unless that particular reviewer was just confused by the fragmented storyline and numerous flashback scenes.
This book, set in Rome during the Dark Ages, is rough, meaty and often very dark. It's not a book for everyone because the author gets really graphic and vividly describes numerous vile acts including torture and assorted bodily functions. The book also goes off into tangents when the numerous secondary characters take center stage but their stories were interesting even though they rarely advanced the plot. My mind only started to wander during the times when the book got into heavy political details - which aren't my thing.
If you can get past all that, and don't mind a highly descriptive book you'll find a very interesting story that is often (at the most unexpected times) very hilarious in a morbid kind of way. I found this story, for the most part, very difficult to put down and am looking forward to the sequel which I hope ties up some loose ends.
Like her sister, Borchardt has a love for bringing to life the surroundings in her novel, getting sometimes carried away and filling the page with very descriptive detail. So much that at points I found myself banging my head against the wall, screaming, "I don't care about how the darn wine sauce tastes or how this stupid ruin is lying in ruins, I want some story development between Regeane and Maeniel!
Right from the beginning the story was set-up that Regeane was to be married to Maeniel. So right from the start you are already waiting for this to happen and the two of them to finally meet. But instead you are left with 300+ pages to read through instead, all building up to the marriage. I can't say most of it wasn't enjoyable, but you are so set-up for them finally getting together that the rest becomes annoying.
In my opinion Borchardt should have based her story around Regeane living in the pass with Maeniel, partly not knowing of the families secret. In other words, taken 200 pages out of the beginning and added 200 to the end. I was left unsatisfied with all this build-up of 400+ pages and only 5 to resolve it. I also got the feeling that Borchardt was avoiding story development between the two, as if she didn't know what to do with them once she got them together.
But in the end though the good outweighs the bad, and Borchardt certainly has talent. Some scenes were simply perfect, and some left me rolling on the floor laughing, such as the wedding feast. Bravo. Now if she could roll that talent into something more satisfying, Rice would have something to look out for.
The beginning of the book consists of detailed and unnecessarily graphic descriptions of the depraved actions of Regeane's Uncle and cousin. Perpetual, slovenly, drunkenness, promiscuous, vermin ridden sex, and gluttonous eating. It wouldn�t be such a big deal if there was anything more to this book, but there isn�t. After Regeane escapes the foul clutches of her relatives she spends her time in the amorous grip of Lucilla, an aging Roman courtesan. Lucilla introduces Regeane to the delights of sexual relations as she pleasures her in her rich Roman estate. Though Regeane does not love, or even feel attracted to Lucilla, they continue to sleep in the same bed until Maeniel comes to claim her.
I found the plot, what there was of it, to be confusing and unsatisfying, merely a subtext for as much lysencious and immoral activities as could be described. The only thing that could keep me reading was the anticipation of Maeniel and Regeane�s union and even this misguided hope was dashed, as the two never consummate their marriage.
Let me conclude by saying that this was the first book I have EVER returned to the store, if all my criticisms have not made the slightest impact on your decision to buy this book, well then, I wish you the joy of it. Good day
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this series over and over and still can't get enough of it. It's well written and quite a page turner. I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Colleen Kinerd
Reading the book you can really tell that Alice is Anne Rice’s sister. Their writing style is similarly lush. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KTneko
Fast shipping but the front of the book and the edges were bent and scuffed up.Published 10 months ago by desdarien
I love vampire werewolf books the mummy all of that blending roman.history with that was a stroke of genius there are 2 more yipee. sorry borchadt diedPublished 17 months ago by virginia corley
Just okay... pretty well written, but mostly a romance novel in a somewhat-interesting historical setting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TFR
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... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jay