I also felt that much of the character development achieved in the first two books took several serious steps backwards in this book. The human part of Maeniel owes fealty to Charlemagne. Better than the first, worse than the second. But now the wars of men threaten to undo the careful work of centuries. Behind the tangle of ambitions and animosities driving kings and commoners alike, an ancient evil thirsts for a revenge of its own: a revenge that demands the blood of Maeniel and Regeane. I was so pleased to discover that Alice Borchardt had written another book in this series.
She may be known best for the Legends of the Wolves trilogy about werewolves in medieval Rome The Silver Wolf, Night of the Wolf, and The Wolf King. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. A professional nurse, she also nurtured a profound interest in little-known periods of history. Fans of werewolf fiction and historic fantasy should enjoy this tale of ancient history and even more ancient magic. The first book, The Silver Wolf, was the favorite for me. In the end, for me, it was ok.
There was too much attention to politics, brutality, and negative relationships and very little attention to developing the characters, positive relationships, and fantasy world that could have made it great. But the wolf acknowledges no master. Behind the tangle of ambitions and animosities driving kings and commoners alike, an ancient evil thirsts for a revenge of its own: a revenge that demands the blood of Maeniel and Regeane. But there is another enemy at work. He has become host to a powerful bear spirit who wants the wolves for his own purposes. After a 30-year career as a licensed vocational nurse, Borchardt faced staff reductions at the hospital where she worked.
It's a really great look into Dark Ages politics and philosophy I'm glad I didn't live in this time, at least. Captured, Maeniel is condemned to death. Their father Howard, a postal worker, helped her apply for her first library card at age 7. A professional nurse, she has also nurtured a profound interest in little-known periods of history. I don't think this one stands as well on its own, so you should definitely read Silver Wolf first. The story seemed to shift between the viewpoints of several different people.
I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the other two first, but I don't think it was necessary to read them in order to follow the story. But there is another enemy at work. Choose expedited shipping if available for much faster delivery. Lying between the two camps is a wild and forbidding land where shapeshifters live unmolested, protected by their leader, Maeniel, and his bride, Regeane. On the other side of the Alps, the mercenary forces of the corrupt King Desiderus watch the mountain passes like cats crouched impatiently before the holes of mice. 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. Rice of Los Angeles and Daniel Tinker of Oakland.
I really wanted to like this trilogy. She began her nursing career in Houston, where she met and married her husband, Clifford Borchardt. Behind the tangle of ambitions and animosities driving kings and commoners alike, an ancient evil thirsts for a revenge of its own: a revenge that demands the blood of Maeniel and Regeane. This was what I believed was a prequel and so I read it first, but therein lies the danger of a prequel where you probably ought to have some knowledge of the characters, setting, etc. I was more intrigued by the adventures of Lucilla and by Matrona's backstory than by the heroes. Let yourself be drawn into this world. I would have preferred to be eased into it a little more in the beginning, and to have more closure at the end.
Unfortunately, I have not read the other two. Now, with the help of a Saxon warrior whose love poses dangers of its own, Maeniel's soul mate, Regeane, will brave the icy crags and crevices of the Alps to rescue her husband, only to find that he is the bait in a trap set for her by a villainous man from her darkest past. Charlemagne has massed his army in Geneva, poised to add Italy to his growing list of conquests. Borchardt received the 1997 Best Historical Romance Award from Romantic Times. In between live t The Wolf King is set in the world of Charlemagne, a brutal and violent period of change in European history. Was my attention meant to be on military history, the lives of people during Charlemagne's reign, a melding of the supernatural with historical fiction, or the abstract dreamlike sequences and their resulting philosophical musings? Although they escape with Maeniel's help, the Bear follows, determined to possess a werewolf body and increase its power. The Wolf King is the final book of a three-book series.
In a cliffhanger opening, a runaway Saxon slave saves Regeane from death in an Alpine avalanche. Although they escape with Maeniel's help, the Bear follows, determined to possess a werewolf body and increase its power. The spine may show signs of wear. I enjoyed the first part of the book the most. I thought the premise had so much promise. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Random House Publishing Group, 2001. For the most part, it wasn't all that bad, but towards the middle end it got weird again.