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ISBN13: 9780345423634
ISBN10: 0345423631
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The fearsome legions of Julius Caesar have crushed resistance to Roman rule. Watching the tragic aftermath through yellow eyes afire with curiosity and intelligence is Maeniel, a gray wolf . . . and a shapeshifter unaware of his preternatural duality. But a new Maeniel is about to be born from the ruins.

The sight of the beautiful Imona fills Maeniel with unfamiliar feelings and desires, triggering his transformation from wolf to man. In her arms he learns what it means to love. It is a knowledge that will change him forever. When Imona vanishes, Maeniel follows her trail--unaware that he is being pursued by a warrior-woman sworn to kill him. But the hunt upon which the two adversaries embark will lead them farther than they can imagine: to the gates of Rome itself--to the gates of their very souls . . .

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"Borchardt's wolves have a sensuous intensity that matches the best suspense fantasy being written today. Even stronger and deeper than The Silver Wolf." Kirkus Reviews

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"[H]unky primitives and gratefully lustful middle-aged temptresses notwithstanding, Borchardt's attempt at mingling wolves and women, Avalon's mists and the debauchery of Rome turns out irrevocably sterile." Publishers Weekly

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"A writer with the vision and scope to conjure up her own thrilling mythos and the craftsmanship to render it in breathtaking, shimmering prose." Anne Rice

About the Author

Alice Borchardt shared a childhood of storytelling with her sister, Anne Rice, in New Orleans. A professional nurse, she has also nurtured a profound interest in little-known periods of history. She is the author of Devoted, Beguiled, and The Silver Wolf. She lives in Houston.

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Sherry Carty, November 16, 2009 (view all comments by Sherry Carty)
Blame it on watching Manimal as a child but I wanted to like this book. I love well-written stories about men who become animals, especially if that animal is a wolf or a dog. But this book has more problem than a junkyard dog has fleas.

According to the book’s biopic, Alice Borchardt is interested in “little known” eras and is the in the sister of Anne Rice. However, in this book, Alice Borchardt writes about one of the most well-known periods in history, the struggle of Gaul against the Roman Empire just before the death of Gaius Julius Caesar.

The point of view skips between a person who is not quite a wolf or a man but has the body of either at will, a Celtic warrior queen, and a Roman nobleman who was recently injured in Gaul. Several other viewpoints are presented at random intervals and as flashbacks with overabundant use of pronouns rather than proper names. The result is a problematic and cumbersome read.

Characters are flat and unrealistic for protagonist and especially antagonists. Perhaps Alice has a better time of it in other books but in this book, Alice has obviously forgotten that everyone (especially the bad guys) is the hero of their own story. The evil characters have no redeeming qualities. There is no light to balance their dark. The good characters are emotionless and dry.

The characters are not the only things in the book that are emotionless and dry: The sex scenes suffer the same problem. Further, there are just as many bad sex scenes in the book as there are bad transitions in points of view. Normally, I like it when an author adds an occasional sex scene to a book. If done right it, it not only adds that “cheap” vicarious thrill, it also adds depths and complications that can easily turn what would be an ordinary book into a page-turner that cannot be put down until finished.

The plot of the book was simple enough: “Go to Rome and kill Caesar”. But instead of the characters acting to get their goals accomplished, they were dragged unwillingly then willingly to the eventual outcome.

If you have the opportunity to spend money on this book: Pass. If you happen to pick it up anyway, don’t endanger friendships by loaning it out unless you both want something at which to laugh. The book, like the wolf within it, bites.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345423634
Author:
Borchardt, Alice
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
066-00
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.06x4.24x1.15 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345423634 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Borchardt's wolves have a sensuous intensity that matches the best suspense fantasy being written today. Even stronger and deeper than The Silver Wolf."
"Review" by , "[H]unky primitives and gratefully lustful middle-aged temptresses notwithstanding, Borchardt's attempt at mingling wolves and women, Avalon's mists and the debauchery of Rome turns out irrevocably sterile."
"Review" by , "A writer with the vision and scope to conjure up her own thrilling mythos and the craftsmanship to render it in breathtaking, shimmering prose."
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