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The Wolf King

In "The Silver Wolf," Alice Borchardt brought the brutality and decadent splendor of Dark Ages Rome brilliantly to life in the remarkable tale of Regeane, a beautiful young shapeshifter fighting to live and love as both woman and wolf. Night of the Wolf looked back even further in time, to the days of Julius Caesar, when a woman's beauty bewitched a wolf--and awakened the man who had been slumbering for millennia in the beast's savage heart... a man named Maeniel, who would become Regeane's soul mate. Now Borchardt takes the saga of these two extraordinary lovers to dazzling new heights of the imagination. The result is a novel of which the pages ring with magic, romance, and adventure--an irresistible call to everything wild within us.
The armies of Charlemagne are poised in Geneva, ready to add Italy to their lord's growing list of conquests. 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. Lying between the two camps is a wild and forbidding land where shapeshifters live unmolested, protected by their leader, Maeniel, and his bride, Regeane. But now the wars of men threaten to undo the careful work of centuries. The human part of Maeniel owes fealty to Charlemagne. But the wolf acknowledges no master.
Still, it is as both wolf and man that Maeniel embarks on a hazardous mission for Charlemagne. Captured, Maeniel is condemned to death twice over, as a spy and as a demon changeling. Now, with the help of a Saxon warrior whose love poses dangers of its own, 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--a man who will stop at nothing to gain the vengeance of which he dreams.
But there is another enemy at work. 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... and of all humanity.
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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, The Silver Wolf, and Night of the Wolf. She lives in Houston.


When an escaped Saxon slave rescues Regeane from death, he becomes embroiled in the dangerous adventures of a pair of shapeshifters whose magic and prowess change the lives of all they encounter. Set against the rise of the Frankish kingdom, Borchardt's latest addition to the series begun in The Silver Wolf and continued in Night of the Wolf follows the fortunes of soulmates Regeane and Maeneal as they struggle to survive during one of the world's bloodiest historic eras. Fans of werewolf fiction and historic fantasy should enjoy this tale of ancient history and even more ancient magic. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/00.] Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"ACTION- AND INTRIGUE-FILLED . . . Borchardt's strength . . . is her deeply researched setting, which brings alive the barbaric era after the fall of the Roman Empire." --Publishers Weekly The Wolf King "A beguiling and dark romantic fantasy . . . A powerful tale . . . Sensuous, provocative storytelling." --BookPage "Exciting from the first page to the last." "Fans of werewolf fiction and historic fantasy should enjoy this tale of ancient history and even more ancient magic." --Library Journal Night of the Wolf "Borchardt's wolves have a sensuous intensity that matches the best suspense fantasy being written today." --Kirkus Reviews "Mystical . . . Fascinating . . . Readers feel, breathe, taste, and love with the characters. . . . Let yourself be drawn into this world." --Romantic Times Silver Wolf "Captivating." --Los Angeles Times "A daring and vibrant new voice on the female literary frontier . . . The Silver Wolf is a stunning initiation into a dark and dazzling realm." --Anne Rice "A fascinating tale--brutal, ribald, engrossing, poignantly beautiful." --Johanna Linsday New York Times bestselling author

Fans of Borchardt's two previous novels in this series (The Silver Wolf and Night of the Wolf) will welcome this latest action- and intrigue-filled installment that continues the saga of lady werewolf Regeane and her sworn shapeshifter mate, wolf-turned-man Maeniel, in Dark Ages Italy. In a cliffhanger opening, a runaway Saxon slave saves Regeane from death in an Alpine avalanche. When the two attempt to take refuge in a nearby monastery, they discover a mad abbot under the control of an invading demon spirit, the Bear, who leads a ragtag troop of bandits and monks turned zombies. Although they escape with Maeniel's help, the Bear follows, determined to possess a werewolf body and increase its power. Maeniel undertakes a mission from Charles (Charlemagne) to scout the geographical and political landscape ahead of the king's troops as Charles lays siege to Lombardy and its self-indulgent ruler, Desederius. In the meantime, Regeane's greedy cousin Hugo bargains with the Bear spirit and finds himself caught up in Desederius's plot to capture Maeniel. Fortunately, Regeane and the Saxon arrive in time to rescue him. Borchardt's strength, as usual, is her deeply researched setting, which brings alive the barbaric era after the fall of the Roman Empire. Newcomers to the series may have some difficulty keeping up with the present while wading through the extensive backstory, where characters' motivations sometimes seem more convenient to the plot than sensible. (Feb. 27) Forecast: Borchardt continues to carve out a viable writing career akin to that of her celebrated sister, Anne RiceÄto whom the publisher still feels compelled to compare her, in its promo for The Wolf KingÄappealing as vigorously to the romance as to the horror market. (Borchardt received the 1997 Best Historical Romance Award from Romantic Times). With her continued crossover appeal, this novel (with foreign rights sold in Germany, Holland and the U.K.) should do well, full moon or not, despite its flaws. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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