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Vlkodlaci (Chronicles of the Cheysuli #1)

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Cheysuliové, příslušníci tajemného národa bojovníků, dokáží podle své vůle přijímat zvířecí podobu. Po staletí boli váženými a uznávanými spojenci Homanaského království. Když však královská dcera uprchla s jedným Cheysulim, rozpoutala se lavina nenávisti. Cheysuliové se stali štvanci ve vlastní zemi a jejich schopnost měnit podobu začala u všech kolem budit děs a hrůzu. T ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published 1998 by Alpress (first published February 7th 1984)
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Jasha Gutierrez
I can't even finish it! The heroine annoyed the hell out of me. Why can't anyone write a heroine who's as smart as I am! Looking at my grades I'm not asking much so why is it so hard to write a smart heroine now adays!?

I'm soo tired of heroines who find that they have magical powers then started acting like it's a damn curse! The girl can freaking shift into an animal, why can't she be like a normal teenager and start jumping up and down yelling AMEN! but noooo! God forbid a heroine that's actua
Aug 16, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book might have been decent if the protagonist hadn't been such a raging, irritable bitch.
Dec 22, 2008 Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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I read this first in middle school, but completely forgot it existed until recently when the memory of some cheesy shapeshifter series with a mysterious race popped back into my head. When I first read this book, I absolutely loved it. I was fascinated by the take on shapechanger culture and traditions, and of course the romances involved. I knew rereading it would be different, but holy cannoli, no. Just no. I'm scared for my middle school self that read this.

If you're looking for a relatively
Feb 14, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 03, 2010 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read of the first book in a series I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I do not like this book. I'm not sure if this is Roberson's first book (and subject to the First Novel uneven-ness that can happen) or if I'm just reading it again with older eyes. After all, this book was first published in 1984. I've read many, MANY books since 1984 so I have more to compare it to. A lot of life has been lived between 1984 and now too, so a person's entire frame of reference can switch focus. It ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the series with Tansy Rayner Roberts at

I really enjoyed my reread of this book. I'm going to be lazy now I just copy what I said when I made a post on the thread over at (which can be found here if you're interested).

I’ve been a bit slow on keeping up – and it is hugely unlikely I’ll get the next one read before you post on it – but I’m thoroughly enjoying my reread.

The 80s attitudes to the female protagonist did keep knocking me around the head this time, but I’
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alix is young, naive, and in love---with Carillon, heir to the throne. She's aware that he's destined to marry a princess to forge alliances between nations, and a commoner girl like herself can't hope for more than a position of mistress. Still, she can dream. Until the Cheysuli come, and drag her forcibly into their world. They insist she is one of them and refuse to let her go back to her home. Is she? And what of Carillon, whose uncle has sworn to eradicate every Cheysuli?

The book is, in lar
Welwyn Katz
I started this book at least three times, and finally gave it up. I felt the writing was awkward, uncertain, and the characters rather unpleasant. Because of this I didn't finish any of the Cheysuli books, though I have them all. What a waste. Sadly, I enjoyed Roberson's Tiger and Del series so much. I have since learned that the Cheysuli books were her first, or at least the first of her books to gain her some prominence. I have a first book; we all do. But I just couldn't find any life in this ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Arminion rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
I enjoyed greatly the Sword Dancer series from Jennifer Roberson, so I had high expectations about this one. Unfortunately, this book is terrible. I sincerely don't know what happened here. Not only does this pale in comparison with Sword Dancer, but it also fails as a stand-alone novel.
The Cheysuli are shape-shifters and renegades who live in forests and have a specific bond with animals. After they kidnap our heroine, Alix, and find out that she is half-Cheysuli herself, they try to force her
L Pulliam
I bought this book to have something to read during what I knew would be a lengthy wait for an appointment. The back cover looked intriguing and I had high hopes. They were, unfortunately, dashed within the first chapter.

Now, before anybody thinks all I can do is trash the book, let me explain.

The premise of the book is very interesting. The fallout of a near-genocide, a country fraught with racism, ongoing skirmishes between both sides - and then comes the heroine, Alix, who is so beautiful tha
The first fantasy series I ever read. I loved them!

Looking back, I see how crudely they were written, Jennifer Roberson has definitely refined her writing style since then; but, all in all, it's a great series!

It's been 15 years since I first read the series... I still remember it fondly.

PG-13 : Overall Rating
PG-13 : Violence
PG-13 : Language
PG-13 : Sexual Content **

** Other potential parental warnings:
- There is premarital sex involved (but not in young teens; in adults)
Jul 02, 2015 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taschenb-cher
Als ich das Buch zum ersten Mal las, fand ich es herausragend. Dann kam ich aber irgendwie doch davon ab, die Reihe weiter zu lesen. Nun rücke ich meinem SuB zu Leibe und habe das Buch erneut gelesen. Dieses Mal bin ich kritischer, mag die Idee aber trotzdem und habe das Buch verschlungen. 08/10 Punkte und hier könnt ihr meine Meinung nachlesen: .
May 23, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about packing up a book collection is that you pick up books you that you read and loved 30 years ago, and wax nostalgic, and re-read them ... only to discover that you really can't go home again. Even hopeless romantics grow older. There are things I still like about this book: the writing is good, as is the concept of the two opposing magical races, and the animal-human bond of the shapechangers. That notion of telepathic communication between humans and animals has always fascinated ...more
Kate Millin
Jan 15, 2016 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and found it very difficult to put down. The story is of a land where one shape changing race have access to magic and the men have a life link to animals, being able to take the form of the animal they are linked to. They are currently being g hunted and killed by the ruler's people after his daughter ran away with a shape changer. And so starts a fascinating story of people finding out that all they are told about other races is not necessarily true. I am loo ...more
Wendy Ward
Feb 22, 2014 Wendy Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shapechangers is the compelling story of Alix, who learns that she is not a simple crofter's daughter as many thought, but a Cheysuli that possesses the Old Blood. The blood running through Alix's veins allows her to shapechange into any animal she chooses, making her the only female of her race able to do so. This makes her extremely important to her race and the prophecy the Cheysuli follow religiously. The fates of several men are also intertwined with Alix: Carillon, the prince of Homana, a ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
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Sep 08, 2013 Juli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shapechangers was a good attempt, for a first novel. Having read others of Ms. Roberson's titles, I can say those works far exceed this first, but Shapechangers was a good read. It has all the normal trappings one comes to expect from a Fantasy novel: A well-developed world, wizards, an overhealming mythology and history, strange creatures, humans, love, struggle, war, magic. Personally, I found the story of the Cheysuli and their struggle to remain a race through Shaine's qu'mahlin--and the sto ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this trilogy as a teenager. I had just discovered fantasy novels and was looking for books with female protagonists. I remember loving the world of this book. People who could take animal form, special animal companions called Lir, princes, horses and lost princesses...I was hooked.

I was a little worried to reread this. What if I hated it now? What if it wasn't as good as I remembered? I'm happy to report that, although it's not quite as good as I remembered, it's still a pretty go
I honestly don’t know how young I was when I first picked up this series - but it was quite a long time ago! It used to sit in my coveted over the bed shelf - reserved only for those titles that I could read and then immediately read all over again. But at least ten (maybe even more!) years have passed since I last picked up this series, and so I decided to re-read it for the umpteenth time.

First, I was struck by just how rough this first novel really is. I honestly don’t think though, that I ev
Frank Spinney
Aug 08, 2010 Frank Spinney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to recommend a few really good fantasy series that dealt with someone coming into power (royally or magically). I read the Cheysuli chronicles somewhere around 1993 when it first came out. That was 17 years ago. In describing the series I began to remember how much I loved this series and decided that it was time to revisit Homana and the magical warriors "The Cheysuli". If you like epic fantasy involving the struggle of good versus evil, shape shifters, magical warriors and ancient ...more
People who transform into wolves and other animals, a strong female character that can not only talk to those animals mind to mind, but also transform into animals with practice, and strong other lead characters.

This is, quite possibly, my favorite book of the year.

I *loved* the way the character voices just flowed, and how much fantasy there was, how much explanation there was for the fantasy that was there...

Five out of five stars!!!
Mar 23, 2014 Char rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. Not good enough, though to make me run to the next book in the series. THe portrayal of women in here doesn't sit right with me. There's a character that I think is supposed to be strong, and fight against the status quo of "women should do as they're told", but she isn't believeable to me. Maybe it's just that I find her to be insipid annoying either way.
May 27, 2014 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I used to be a big fantasy buff but have since migrated over to Jane Austen and Tudor era pieces. I found this series on my shelf and reread it after 10 years and still loved it. Somehow, it just fits my idea of what a good fantasy book should be. I love the idea of your soul being bonded with an animal. I plan on keeping these around for awhile.
Dec 17, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the first time when I was a teenager and thought it was fabulous. I read it again as an adult and still enjoyed it, but found the writing a trifle immature and a little cheesy. It is clear the the author was still developing her skills. The main character is a bit obnoxious - something I did not notice as a teenager. Probably because I though such behavior acceptable at the time - ha!
The story and land are both interesting and encourage the imagination. It is a different t
Dec 17, 2009 h rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2009, sff
plowed through this in a day - all the standard ingredients of a fantasy novel seem to be here. roberson overuses certain adjectives (although i think she does less of this in more recent books), i mean, really, "numbly" appeared as a description of the heroine three times in the first three chapters (and these are not long chapters). but despite this editorial nit-picking on my part, the pacing is good, the characters are not cardboard cutouts, and the heroine refuses to just sit at home and be ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Finally gave up about 25 pages before the end. I was just so sick of the heroine fighting against her supposed love, and being "independent," but really just annoying and putting everyone in danger. And then the prince became annoying too, as he wouldn't see reason or what was in front on his face. It became less about things happening and more and more about these two being ignorant and purposelessly obstructive.
Megan Brubaker
This book started out as a third person perspective, following a young woman - then became a first person perspective following a young man. I was sad that we didn't continue with the original lead character.
The female lead was meant to be a strong female character, and she certainly had her moments. However, mostly her strength seemed to lie in being defiant. Despite proving herself powerful, she was still left behind again, and again, and not given the respect a man would've been given. The bo
Jun 10, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Tolkien, Jennifer Roberson's Chronicles of the Cheysuli is my favorite SciFi/Fantasy series. I was 17 when the first book was released and was hooked immediately. Alix is a strong, likable heroine. Her struggle to find her way resonated with me. The racial conflict between the magical bloodlines of Homana was integral to the plot and allowed the intelligent reader the opportunity to examine their own prejudice. Ms. Roberson created a richly detailed world, with multi dimensional characters ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Gosia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it 10 stars or 20 if possible. Wonderful story. The best. With magic, strong woman, human changing shapes into the animal... war and treachery. I have never in my life read anything so good.
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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Chronicles of the Cheysuli (8 books)
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