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Touch of the Wolf (Historical Werewolf Series, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 5, 1999
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Krinard's world of werewolves, with their blend of human emotion and animal instinct, is every bit as believable as the novel's descriptions of London and the English countryside. The rigidly structured human society in which Braden and Cassidy live provides a stark contrast to the wildness of their wolf heritage, while Braden's darkness of soul is balanced by Cassidy's innocence and faith. Add a strong plot to this story of shape-shifting werewolves and heroic characters and the result is a terrific paranormal romance. --Lois Faye Dyer
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Although Cassidy might start out too trusting and innocent for my tastes, her character does grow and learn from life. Many times writers miss character development and that makes for a stale story. The time and thought that went into Braden's character development is obvious. The struggle Braden goes through for the length of the story is at once heart wrenching (we all know that deep down he wants to do what is right, its just defining what "right" is) and frustrating (damn his grandfather anyway). It's hard to have such a strong character become vulnerable.
I have but one criticism of the book. This is a story about werewolves, their relevance in society, their laws and mores, their ethics, their hierarchy, basically their very existence. Although we get some feeling of this through the choices Braden must make as leader, I did not feel like I really got to know the werewolves themselves. I got the feeling that seeing them as werewolves was almost peripherary to the story (except maybe for the climatic end scene.) There was very little changing from human form to werewolf form. It was always there on the outside of the story but never really made it to the inside. Overall, keep up the great work and I look forward to the next story.
Touch of the Wolf is fantastic! Read anything by Sue Krinard and treat yourself to a magnificent escape into a romantic, paranormal fantasy that only Ms. Krinard could write so well.
Braden Forster, the Earl of Greyburn, has dedicated his entire life to "The Cause" - restoring the purity of his werewolf - or loups-garous - bloodline. Raised by a cruel grandfather, Braden was brought up to believe that his only reason for being was The Cause. For years Braden has searched for the lost branch of the Forster family, hoping to find his distant cousins and restore them to The Cause, but to no avail.
Cassidy Holt, the distant cousin Braden is seeking, is the half-human daughter of a werewolf mother, born and raised in America. Orphaned at the tender age of seven, before her mother had a chance to teach her how to be loups-garous, Cassidy was taken in by her human father's brother, Jonas. Life with her human aunt and uncle was always unhappy for Cassidy, who was constantly aware that she was unwanted and feared. For years Cassidy dreamed of finding her mother's family in England, a family who could teach her all about being loups-garous. Cassidy finally strikes out on her own, and with the help of an old friend of her mother's, travels to England.
Upon arriving in England, Cassidy is drawn to the scent of her own kind, and ends up on the doorstep of Braden Forster. Braden cannot believe his luck at finding Cassidy after all these years, and immediately decides that she will be an appropriate wife for his brother, Quentin.Read more ›
Update as of Jan 4, 2005: I just read a young adult novel called BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE that dealt with many of the same topics as TOUCH OF THE WOLF, including real-life issues such as fitting in, dealing with the loss of family, etc., as well as werewolf issues like determining the leader of the pack and the rules associated with breeding/mating.Read more ›
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Mediocre editing. The story was great, the characters well drawn and enjoyable. There were unfortunately hundreds of typos and context errors.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first book I have read in this timeframe. I am looking forward to reading more. Good job Susan.Published 10 months ago by joyce butler
Great start to the "wolf" series. The love story is cute and complicated while still being quite hot. Highly recommended.Published on October 21, 2013 by ks
Simple plot with a few nice twists. A bit on the adolescent side with the story and the storytelling. Some parts really just don't fit and seem forced. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Kathryn A St John
I enjoyed premise of the book, but the author didn't move the story on fast enough for me. The beginning started off really well. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Trish
I enjoyed this book, but it was pretty slow in many places. Toward the end, it was quite exciting. But the first half of the book seemed to go over the same material repeatedly. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Sharon
have not got into this series at all, still a good book but at times abit slowPublished on January 9, 2007 by malibu
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. Krinard makes werewolves real and serves up emotional tension with a backhoe. Read morePublished on May 12, 2005 by S. Reader
This book was brain candy. It was well paced and just interesting enough to keep you going, but didn't require any effort to read. Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by J. L Roth