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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (October 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380790963
  • ASIN: B00BQEG59Y
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,657,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A scintillating sequel to The Passion, Donna Boyd continues to weave the erotic and deeply intriguing tale of the Devoncroix dynasty.

In Boyd's 1990s modern world, werewolves have lived peacefully (and covertly) amongst humans for thousands of years, and with their superior instinct and intelligence, they have ruled over an ignorant human race. (If you're a fan of Anne Rice's vampires, you'll love Boyd's sensuous werewolves). In The Promise, one of the most influential pack leaders, Alexander Devoncroix, has been murdered. His controversial son, Nicholas, has new plans. Nicholas believes that the werewolves' tie to humans degrades their species, contaminating them like poison. He wants werewolves to part from humans and to form separate factions--an edict opposed by his late father. However, on a flight into the north of Alaska, his helicopter is downed by an undetected bomb. He crashes in the same area where Hannah Braselton North has chosen to live. She has abandoned civilization to spend her life living in the wild. She finds Nicholas in werewolf form, burned and maimed, and nurses him back to health. Amid the wreckage she also finds a book of memoirs, and it's through this book that the history of the Devoncroix family is revealed and Nicholas's plans put in jeopardy.

Complete with wolves howling at a full moon and passionate interludes between human and wolf, no werewolf lover should miss this extraordinary tale. --Samantha Allen Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The full moon glows as Boyd follows The Passion with a second chronicle about the Devoncroix pack, chieftains of a hidden race of werewolves secretly responsible for nearly every advancement in human civilization. Bereaved Hannah North has come to the remote Alaskan wilderness to mourn the death of her husband when she rescues a mortally injured male wolf from a helicopter crash. A hardbound book that she finds in the wreckage, which turn out to be the memoirs of Matise Devoncroix, reveals to Hannah that the stunning creature she has saved is Nicholas, heir to the recently assassinated Alexander Devoncroix, leader of all the werewolves. Nicholas, however, bitterly opposes Alexander's dream of peaceable werewolf-human coexistence. Hannah's efforts to save Nicholas, presently trapped in wolf form, counterpoint Matise's eerily hypnotic account of his own loving and vengeful relationship with Brianna, a powerful young female werewolf unable to change from human to lupine form. Matise's book also includes his reflections on the mingled history of werewolves and the humans they originally kept as beasts of burden, a symbiosis marred by the human proclivity for violence and treachery. Boyd's elegant, aristocratic werewolves are more convincing than her brutish humans, and her constant shifts between Hannah's narrative and Matise's memoirs can be creaky, but she makes the esoteric werewolf culture consistently and appealingly exotic, witty and sexy. Redolent with heightened olfactory imagery, this heady exploration of interspecies contact and uneasy accommodation should open the door to a whole litter of sequels. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Donna Boyd lives in a restored turn-of-the-century barn in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she is now working on her next novel.

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I was left feeling good at the end.
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I would recommened this book to buy, and I can't wait for the 3rd installment in this series of books.
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The story, also, was so emotional that it either leaves you rooting for them or hating them.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These are great times to be a reader of werewolf fiction, with writers such as Alice Borchardt and Susan Krinard doing a werewolf series. But Donna Boyd's got 'em all beaten. Why? Because her portrayal of werewolves is absolutely perfect. A ton of writers have tried to capture the right balance of the human and the lupine, but only Donna Boyd nails it dead on. If there really were werewolves this is what they would be like. You'll find no slobbering fiends bemoaning their "curse" here. These werewolves are proud, beautiful & fiercely erotic. Not only will Donna Boyd take you to the heart of the world of the werewolf -- she'll make you want to be one. If you love werewolf fiction, you must read her books. Then, like me, you'll be howling (excuse the pun) for the next installment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Holmes on October 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In this sequal the story from The Passion continues with the 1/2 human 1/2 Loup-Garou offspring. It was supposed to be impossible for warewolves and humans to mate, however, it happened, and you cannot help but share the feelings of the characters in this book. I have never felt so close or involved with novel characters before. This book captures your heart and emotions. I found it brilliant and intelligent. You will not be disappointed! Donna Boyd cannot write her books fast enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Contos on January 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book, in a day! (hours into the night) I found myself connected with each and every character. Quite brilliant. From what little I know of these creatures, I felt that the characters exhibited many traits of an actual wolf, creating a believable werewolf race. They command irrational superiority! Most importantly: I got this book for christmas, not knowing that it was the second in the series, and I did NOT feel that I was 'missing' anything by not reading the first. Of course, I will now get the first one, I just hope that it is as captivating as this one! I did not find anything 'cliche' about this book, it was passionate, adventure-full, mysterious, and a bit dark. I really do hope that there is more to come, it sure made me feel that there will be! When you first began, you may start to feel that the werewolves have 'too much' destain for humans, but you must read on.....there are lessons to be learned! To the author: please do write another sequal, this David has me mesmerized already, and the clans have yet to do so much more 'together'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that I think that this book was possibly as good as the Passion, but one cannot begin this book thinking that it's going to be a repeat of the first of the series. This story mainly tells the lives of Brianna and Matise, the trials and torments that they endure as the result of Brianna's heritage and their love for each other. I heard that this is to be a series, but I have yet to see a possible third installment. My only complaint was with the jacket summary. It was very misleading in making the reader believe that there was going to be a romance/sexual tension between Alexander and his rescuer. Just to let you know, there isn't any at all. While I'll refrain from giving any more details from the book, I found it to be a satisfying read (great for a rainy day or at the beach). I recommend it to everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best werewolf novel I have ever read, and I have read several from different authors, different categories.. this is by far the best. I liked this book so much, I already read it twice. To top it off, I had to buy The Passion in hardback version because I couldn't wait for the paperback version... her stories are that engaging and intense! I could not put this book down, nor The Passion, either. Donna Boyd cannot write stories quickly enough for me. She is an intriguing and unique writer who can create incredible characters. She quickly draws you into the story, and before you know it, the story has ended. When you are done reading, you ache for more. Strange, but that's how it was.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dana Shull on March 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this part of the series first. I liked it well enough to hunt out the first part, which I loved far more. I think I was mostly disappointed because the story itself didn't live up to the jacket summary. About 90% of the novel had to do with the past and Matisse and Brianna's young lives. I had hoped for at least a 50-50 proposition here. I would have loved for the wolf researcher to know Nicholas well enough to fall for him. In short, I guess I was hoping for some romance between the woman who'd lost her husband in a car accident and the man who was also a wolf. Hopefully, the third installment will show Nicholas in as romantic a light as "The Passion" showed Alexander.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacelya Jones on May 2, 2006
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This book was a disappointment in the wake of The Passion. And if there is not to be another book, then it also failed to bring closure to what began as a very interesting family saga and war between species.

THE PASSION made me cry for the characters, love them, and hate them (see review). And though I read THE PROMISE straight through, it was often with a sense of confusion rather than a wistful absorption with the story. I think I hoped the story would surprise me and eventually draw me in, in the manner of its predecessor.

THE PROMISE was supposed to explain to me what had happened as a result of the monumental choices and loss set forth in THE PASSION, however I think the significance of a possible peacemaker was as lost to the reader as it nearly was to the ascending leader of the werewolves (who, I must say was quite simple for someone who had supposedly been exposed to so much in his life).

THE PROMISE took a great deal of time setting out the lives of what I expected to be two great friends, who turned out to be something much more tragic...and strange than friends to one another. But I did not end up loving the main characters, Matise and Brianna. I cannot say for sure whether it was just that I never could see them fully in my mind's eye; or if what I did see, I simply did not like, empathize with, pity, and support.

The writing was also full of the expected descriptions of wolves and struck me as unimaginative overall. This book was saturated with werewolf substitutions into known myths, stories and real history, which were too easy to be clever. I would have been happier to have a fuller world created from Donna Boyd's imagination than to read pages and pages about how werewolves built Egypt and Rome.
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