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The Promise Paperback – 1994

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Devoncroix Dynasty Series

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Donna Boyd lives in the mountains of North Georgia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Densely imagined sequel to the werewolf saga begun with Boyd's brilliant horror/love story The Passion (1998). Each literary age gets the werewolf it deserves, and the werewolf for the 90s is the luxuriously high-living ruler of a $30- billion financial empire who also rules the worldwide pack of werewolves that, in human form, run the globe, accept its Oscars for best actor, and hold summit conferences for stratospheric deal-making. Pack leader Alexander Devoncroix has been murdered in Central Park; his son and heir, Nicholas, knows that the Dark Brotherhood of the Moon, supposedly extinct, is actually behind it. Werewolves have lived peacefully with humans for nearly a thousand years and with their superior intelligence and instincts have risen to veiled power over the Homo sapiens herd. Nicholas, who believes that the tie with humans has degraded the nobility of the werewolf, plans to announce an Edict of Separation, which will again part werewolves and humans into separate factions. The edict was opposed by his late father, however, and even Nicholass closest advisors are against it. Then, on a flight to the North, his helicopter is downed by a hidden bomb. Nicholass burned and maimed body (in its immense wolf form) is found, kept alive, and brought back to health by Hannah, who has given up civilization to tend to beasts of the Alaskan wilderness. She also finds in the wreckage a family manuscript written by Matise Devoncroix that chronicles his forbidden love for Brianna and the coming of a great werewolf leader. Brought back to health, Nicholas wishes to rescind his edict, but hes been betrayed: the Brotherhood has made sure that the separation is in effect. The ensuing turmoil promises a third installment. A novel no sensible werewolf could refuse, crackling with moonswept courtship rituals whose instinctual electricity would overcharge the merely human reader. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; 33044th edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I have a feeling of wonder with these books (The Passion and The Promise). I was left feeling good at the end. Most authors want to torture you till the next book, but not Boyd. She gave me enough of the story to leave me feeling satisfied and yet want more.

The twist on Werewolves in her stories were magical. This is how Werewolves show be. I loved how she explain there culture and how things were the way they were with them and why. It was enchanting. I felt like I was there with Denis and Alex at the end of The passion. I ached for Tessa. How to be so close and yet not being able to see it through. Why did you have me get close to Tessa and Denis? Why?

But it was good...... I still ache for Tessa and Denis.

The Promise kept up with the story. It was next day to when The Passion ended. most of your questions get answered in the Promise. Poor Matise and Bri, I hurt for Bri. The only thing she ever wanted and not to have it must have been unbearable.

The ending of The promise was very lifting. It left me with hope for them especially David (the miracle). I hope Boyd writes just one more to see How it turns out. What happens to David. Do they know there history or are they still in the dark? I'm left with unanswered questions and wanting.

Do pick up a copy and some tissue. You will be enchanted just as I was.
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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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