Night of the Wolf

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 5, 2002 - Fiction
26 Reviews
The Silver Wolf, Alice Borchardt's acclaimed novel of a shapeshifter's struggle to survive as woman and wolf amid the Dark Ages, announced the arrival of a ferociously gifted writer. Now, with her masterful weaving of adventure, history, and magic, Borchardt delves deeper into the shape-shifter legend, and brings an earlier, more savage time brilliantly to life.

The fearsome legions of Julius Caesar have crushed resistance to Roman rule. The power of the druids is broken; the shattered tribes retreating to the dubious safety of the high mountains or fleeing north into lands as inhospitable as those left behind. Watching all the while through yellow eyes afire with curiosity and intelligence is Maeniel, a gray wolf . . . who is also a man.

This is not the Maeniel of The Silver Wolf. Not the mature shapeshifter, secure in his dual nature, whose hard-won wisdom is the equal of his preternatural strength and passion. That Maeniel will not exist for another eight hundred years. Now he is a stranger to his human half, his reason chained to instinct. Yet as the ancient civilization of the Gallic tribes is systematically destroyed around him, a new Maeniel is about to be born from the ruins.

It begins with a woman. She is Imona: young, proud, beautiful. The sight of her fills Maeniel with unfamiliar feelings and desires, triggering his transformation from wolf to man. In her arms he learns for the first time what it means to love. It is a knowledge that will change him forever. For when Imona vanishes following a Roman massacre, Maeniel begins to learn a very different lesson.

Following Imona's trail as wolf and man, Maeniel is himself pursued by a warrior woman sworn to kill him. She is Dryas, a queen without a kingdom. But the two adversaries will prove to have much in common. And the hunt upon which they embark will lead them farther than they can imagine: to the gates of Rome itself. To the gates of their very souls . . .

With Night of the Wolf,  Alice Borchardt has given us another triumph of soaring imagination and adventure. By turns lyrical, sensuous, and violent, hers is a vision of the past that will stir both heart and mind. Her writing will possess you like a fever . . . and haunt you like a voluptuous dream.


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Review: Night of the Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #2)

User Review  - Pyol Starrick - Goodreads

As the book previous Alice Borchardt continues a wonderful writing style with a dynamic plot. Read full review

Review: Night of the Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #2)

User Review  - Rebalioness - Goodreads

This is book two, and I'm not sure how long before book one it takes place. There's a lot of extra exposition and throwaway characters, and a few things really aren't explained at all. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
34
Section 3
61
Section 4
69
Section 5
99
Section 6
110
Section 7
122
Section 8
131
Section 14
234
Section 15
288
Section 16
309
Section 17
331
Section 18
346
Section 19
363
Section 20
383
Section 21
401

Section 9
148
Section 10
170
Section 11
180
Section 12
201
Section 13
210
Section 22
420
Section 23
441
Section 24
459
Section 25
477
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About the author (2002)

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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