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Borchardt mixes fantasy, horror, romance, suspense, action-adventure, political intrigue, and realistic evocation of Italy in the late eighth century. She uses lyrical descriptive passages to set scenes and immerse the reader in her characters' experiences. When a runaway Saxon slave rescues Regeane, the silver wolf, from a deadly blizzard, "the wind was howling around him and the world was sinking into a cold, gray blueness as the sun set somewhere beyond the clouds." He wraps her in his flea-harboring bearskin, reflecting that "this girl didn't have nearly the healthy temperature he did; maybe the little bastards would die. At any rate, the extermination of his vermin companions was the only benefit he was likely to derive from this particular adventure." He's wrong about that.
Regeane is Maeniel's mate (he's the long-lived werewolf leader of the pack, whose earlier life was featured in Night of the Wolf). Once thawed, Regeane confronts a demented abbot and a gang of (literal) cutthroats to save him. The werewolves and the Saxon head for Geneva to pledge allegiance to Charlemagne, who's about to cross the Alps to challenge King Desederius of the Lombards for control of northern and central Italy.
Soon Maeniel is in Desederius's territory and in danger. Regeane follows, despite his prohibition. They're fated to reencounter Regeane's sniveling cousin Hugo, who seeks revenge. He has become host to a powerful bear spirit who wants the wolves for his own purposes. The new Hugo has a lot in common with the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin character in All of Me; he provides comic leavening to the sometimes grim action. Other returning characters include Pope Hadrian's tough, practical, but vulnerable mistress Lucilla; her protégé, the singer Dulcinia; and the ageless werewolf earth-mother Matrona.
The Wolf King's almost-too-rich plot lines, characters, and mixed Teutonic, Roman, and Christian mythic elements may overwhelm those new to Borchardt's alternate Dark Ages. The story also ends abruptly--leaving plenty of room for sequels. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Not bad enjoyed. Wasn't surprised to see at end her sister is Ann RicePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fast shipping but the front of the book and the edges were bent and scuffed up.Published 4 months ago by desdarien
I've enjoyed this triilogy a lot.I'm sorry that borchardt died before she could crrate the body of wirk hee imagination was capable of. i highly recommend all three of these booksPublished 10 months ago by virginia corkey
it shipped perfectly, looked brand new, and it was a wonderful read. I'm always happy to have this book on my shelf for a night in. thank you!Published 21 months ago by Heather Tomlinson
Didn't enjoy it as much as the first book in series. Thought it lagged and kept waiting for the pace to pick up to my disappointment it never really did.Published on September 21, 2013 by Stacey Crampton
I reread the first two books in the trilogy before this one, since it had been a number of years since the last time I'd picked them up. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Corey B. Greaves
I've read Silver Wolf SO MANY times! It's my favorite book! Now I'm about 2 chapters in and loving it! Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Kairimun1988