Wolfbreed by S. A. Swann


byS. A. Swann

Kobo ebook | August 25, 2009

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In this captivating reinvention of the werewolf novel, S. A. Swann propels readers into the darkest days of the Middle Ages, weaving a rare blend of soaring romance, historical intrigue, paranormal thrills, and spiritual questioning to tell a story that forever changes those who hear it.

When a monk inadvertently discovers a lair of werewolf young, he unleashes what will become the Church’s most powerful–and secret–weapon. Clandestinely raised by the Teutonic Order, these lupine creatures serve as instruments of God against pagan unbelievers. Trained to slip into villages cloaked in human form, they are all but unstoppable. Only one, called Lilly, has cunningly fled her brutal master.

Uldolf is too young to remember the massacre eight years earlier that claimed his village, his arm, and his kin. But he knows the pain of loneliness. When he sees what appears to be a beautiful young woman, injured and cowering in the woods, he races to her aid. Uldolf and his adoptive family will do anything to protect the terrified girl, but the danger is greater than they can possibly imagine. For death is the only life Lilly has ever known–and if their humanity can’t pierce the darkness Lilly harbors in her soul, they’ll soon come to know it, too.

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Title:WolfbreedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553906887

ISBN - 13:9780553906882


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but not great... (In the event the Chapters/Indigo website deletes my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars/leaves.) This was a good/enjoyable novel -good but not amazing. Good points: I have to hand it to the author, who obviously did their research. For those who are unaware, the region of Prûsa (i) has nothing to do with the German state of Prussia (although the name of the latter was derived from the former), (ii) is now divided between the countries of Poland, Lithuania, and Russia, (iii) was conquered by the German order of the Teutonic Knights, if I'm not mistaken. (Feel free to correct me if I am.) The use of this particular period and region as a setting for a werewolf tale was also highly original. The book did keep my interest while I was reading it, and I liked the main characters. Bad points: The ending left some important questions unanswered. For instance, the uprising at the end of the novel left the Prûsans in charge of a town. Would the Teutonic Knights have returned to reclaim it? This is not dealt with -however in actual historical fact the Order remained in possession of the entire region past the 13th century (i.e. where this novel takes place). What would have happened to the characters in this event is not dealt with. Also, I must admit that the ending felt a bit anticlimactic. Just a bit -it wasn't a BAD ending, but it wasn't great either, in that it didn't leave me entirely satisfied with (a) all important questions having been answered and (b) 'sucked into' the novel until the end. All in all though this was well done, and I enjoyed this tale which centered on the themes of forgiveness and redemption. JMHO. Other recommended titles: (i) For fans of urban fantasy: -Stormwalker, by Allyson James -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs (also see the short story prequel to this in the short story collection titled 'On the Prowl, by various authors) -The Shadow Reader, by Sandy Williams -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -Angel's Blood, by Nalini Singh (ii) For fans of traditional fantasy -Inda, by Sherwood Smith -Transformation, by Carol Berg -A woman worth ten coppers, by Morgan Howell -A Brother's Price, by Wen Spencer
Date published: 2011-10-27