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.
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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 6 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 17 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 22 months ago 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 24 months ago 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
I had read The Silver Wolf and thoroughly enjoyed the characters and went to Amazon for author's book list and found this continuation and had to have. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Renfron
Great book, enthralling. The author had me on tenterhooks - I must admit that it took me two nights to finish reading, though.Published on February 26, 2013 by Margaret Chittick
Enjoyable as much for the historical backdrop as anything. There were, however, many times when I wondered where the story was headed, although the characters are well developed. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Venice Smith