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The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,053 ratings  ·  166 reviews
In this new historical romantic fantasy of stunning originality and scope, Alice Borchardt breathes life into a bygone age, brilliantly recreating a sensuous, violent world--and the men and women whose grand ambitions, betrayals, and passions shape the era in which they live and die.
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published June 16th 1998 by Del Rey Books (first published 1998)
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What a snorefest. I keep thinking about how to write a thoughtful review, but how do you write about something that you found tedious?

Borchardt's basic story is probably only 100 pages. The rests she rambles and rambles. She talks about the plight of women, about Roman history, Roman mythology, and Roman medieval politics. She writes about ghosts with skin peeling away from the skull that Regeane sees (but has nothing to do with the plot and is only there for shock value.) She goes into nauseati
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Regeane is a half-Saxon and half-Frankish woman without a father; her mother, Gisela is the cause of his death. After Gisela discovers that Woflstan, Regeane’s father, is a shape shifter and is able to take the form of a wolf she is convinced by her brother Gundabald that he must be the devils child and must be killed. Gisela is thankful that her daughter doesn’t appear to have any of the traits of her father; however, when she gets ol
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Regeane is a beautiful young woman with werewolf blood. Because of this, her nasty uncle has kept her captive and beaten and starved her. When she discovers that he plans to sell her to a wealthy barbarian she risks her life and escapes. The remainder of the book concentrates on Regeane's self-discovery and the other, often odd, sometimes depraved people she encounters. She's known she can shape-shift but she also learns that she has visions and can speak to the dead. Eventually she becomes embr ...more
I found Alice Borchardt's The Silver Wolf during a library search on NoveList - it was recommended to me based on other books I have read and enjoyed. I was expecting a light, paranormal romance type novel, easily read and enjoyed, and just as easily forgotten. What I got from reading The Silver Wolf however, was so much more...

Hidden within the pages of The Silver Wolf is an expertly crafted work of historical fiction. Borchardt has created a world of political intrigue and deadly suspense with
Dec 02, 2008 Tessa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Group
Recommended to Tessa by: Lainey
Shelves: fantasy
The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolves, Book #1) by Alice Borchardt was recommended to me by my friend Lainey as sort of a substitute for Anne Rice. Turns out that Alice Borchardt is actually Anne Rice's sister, or at least was Anne Rice's sister, as Wikipedia reports that Borchardt passed away in 2007.

Knowing that, there are some interesting similarities. Borchardt trends a bit voluptuous with her language, while still seeming to hold her characters at an arms length. Both sisters are happy t
Dayna Smith
This is the first book in the Legends of the Wolves trilogy. Borchardt, the sister of vampire maven Anne Rice, spins an amazingly descriptive tale set in the waning years of the Roman Empire as Charles struggles to become Charlemagne and Hadrian struggles to remain pope. Regeane is a shape shifter, woman and wolf, cursed and blessed, hunter and hunted. Distantly related to Charlemagne she is betrothed to a barbarian chieftain she has never seen to secure a mountain pass needed to keep Charlemagn ...more
I started to like this book the first two pages and then absolutely loved it after the first chapter. I know that for those of you who loved reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles would find the heroine as intriguing and endearing as Rice's Lestat. Also, the fact that the heroine is one heck of a female who can kick ass like a warrior didn't hurt either. Women empowerment! Yay! And because I am a hopeless romantic, while I was reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking, "Please let it be him. P ...more
The one about the girl/wolf shapeshifter, set early in Charlemagne's reign.

I gave this one fifty pages for form's sake, but it began to lose me in the very first paragraph, where the setting sun is described both as "the fiery circle" and as "the incandescent ball." This is typical of the writing throughout: purple, pompous, full of epithets and 'poetic' sentence fragments, pretty much the house style.

This sort of exaggerated Cinderella story is a kink, but it's not my kink. I don
I'm a sucker for historical fiction and for novels focused on protagonist character development, so I expected to enjoy this book. What surprised me was that Alice Borchardt went beyond introducing me to a time period I know little about (Rome in the time of Charlemagne) and to a heroine I could become attached to. Perhaps it is because she grew up telling stories in New Orleans with her sister (Anne Rice) - the dust jacket on my book seems to think so.
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Carole Rae
This is the first book I've read by Alice Borchardt. I was drawn to this book for two reasons: one, for the cover. Two, because I've been itching for a good werewolf story and this seems the one to subdue a werewolf-fix. I will say this here and now....I didn't know that Miss Alice was Anne Rice's sister until after I was nearly done. Even though I like Anne Rice, my opinion will NOT be swayed. Just saying...
This book did subdue the need for a good werewolf story (for the moment). It was everyth
Rachel Thompson
Set in the Rome of the Dark Ages, Regeane is a shape-shifter, a gift inherited from her father. After her mother's death she is raised by her uncle, a cruel man bent on using Regeane, who is distantly related to the great Charlemagne, to better his own station in life. She is betrothed to a barbarian lord she's never met and surrounded by enemies on all sides while she struggles to accept the wolf half of herself.

This book was filled with too much political intrigue for my taste. I'm not really
Jan 11, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy-readers, werewolf-lovers and historians
Shelves: fantasy
Do you ever have these authors that make you want to say, "She could be so great if she only applied herself"? Well, that's how I feel about Alice Borchardt, who is apparantly Anne Rice's sister (no resemblance in the writing, however, and may I be the first to say I don't find Rice's epics all that scintillating)?

Wishful thinking about the author aside, this book is arguably Borchardt's best to date (though I do find her Guinevere series compelling).

Set in the ruins of ancient Rome, our protag
As 8th-century Rome dies, Regeane struggles to survive: a disenfranchised woman of noble blood--and also a werewolf--she's kept in poverty and forced into marriage. But, with the introduction of a few key players and an unknown wolf, she's beginning to take back control. The Silver Wolf is bombastic, artless, and overdrawn. Its grimdark setting never jives with its idealized protagonist or intrusive off-color humor, yet the book is full of good intentions: an unusual historical setting, realized ...more
This is the first in a trilogy about a female werewolf, set in 8the century Roman times. Synopsis: "Regeane is a fatherless royal relation who happens to be a werewolf. Her guardian, Gundabald, and his venal son Hugo plan to recoup their fortunes by marrying Regeane to a wealthy bridegroom, even though she might inadvertently make him into a bedtime snack. Gundabald forces her into apparent compliance by threatening to reveal her secret to the Church, which would burn her at the stake. As the br ...more
Gypsie Holley
Wow, Anne Rice's sister can write just as fantastically as she can! This was nearly epic. The writing was superb and gripping. It is a hellish and brutal tale that doesn't leave the truth behind in it's romance.

Best Quotes from the Book:

"I have no doubt the crabs that cluster around her source of income are sufficiently large and numerous to march on a walled city."

"Without love we are as the painted images on the glass windows of a church are without the sun, only shadows."
Anna Suave
What can I say about this book without coming across as mean-spirited and sarcastic? Uhm. It had good bones. It could have been a good book with a good editor behind it.

This book wandered around like a blind man. The story looped back over its self to little purpose. While I don't expect a high level of historical accuracy in a fantasy novel, the inaccuracies and liberties in this book really irritated.

I don't understand how this book is rated so highly by goodreads readers. To receive the rat
A delightful, intriguing and enchanting mix of sci/fi fantasy, myth, history and romance, I started reading this book in escape of a book I was reading which was boring me to annoyance and I opened this book and was immediately enraptured.

Maybe I'm a little bias but my favorite character is Regeane I love the way her character developed and her strength came out, My second Favorite is Elfgifa her character was beautifully written honesty, and comic relief at its best. I also really loved Maniel
Read this one on vacation in Colorado. I had picked it up because of the title (I love books with wolves in them.) and it was not what I had expected but it was still very good. The author seemed to have done some research on the time period (though don't ask me if she's right, history is not my forte) and the characters acted appropriatly for the setting. A little predictable with Regeane and Maeniel but that was okay.
Pyol Starrick
This is a book I picked up on whim not realizing the author is also the sister the popular author Ann Rice.
This book is a hidden classic I am proud to own! When I found this book it was pre twilight so I couldn't find much in the werewolf fantasy genre that wasn't a campy romance novel. Even now I haven't found anything on par with this. You sympathize and fall for the main female character that ends up becoming a strong protagonist while the antagonist and his son will make your skin crawl. Th
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A werewolf story! I like the way Ms. Borchardt writes. The world she creates is rather complex and sometimes a bit too detailed. Still, this historical story reinterpreted with werewolves was interesting to me. Specifically since there aren't that many books out with decent mythology regarding werewolves. I sucked down this story in a night. I can't wait to read the follow up book.
NEVER read this book. I had to put it down after the first few pages- I should have put it down sooner. I'm a little sensitive, true, but sick innuendos, horrific language (I think 3 f*** in the first few pages alone), rape, pedifiles/sodomy go WAY beyond what I'm willing to stomach. I picked it up because it came highly recommended- don't touch it with a 100 foot pole.
I loved it! There were few places too immature... not any that I consider too immature now that I think about it.
Not my cup of tea, I've given it a few tries but can't make my way past the opening profanities.
Harry Kloss
As poorly written a book as you're likely to read.
"The Silver Wolf" by Alice Borchardt is a haunting story that follows Regeane, a young woman who has the ability to shapeshift into a wolf. Beyond such a fantastical theme as this, the settings and character interactions in the story bring it to a decadent level of sensory experience. The story is set in Rome during the Dark Ages, where Regeane lives with a dominating uncle and cousin who keep her locked up and control what wealth she has inherited from her deceased parents. Throughout the story ...more
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Alice Borchardt was Anne Rice's (older?) sister. She wrote a series of paranormal novels in the late 90s. This is the first of her first trilogy.

I've read this before at least once. And it has stood up to rereading it. There are no vampires in Borchardt's universe, only werewolves. And from this book all you can tell is that they all seem to have been born that way, and although the protagonist is a young girl, they also seem to have the ability to live a very long time.

One of the things I liked
I suppose it happens to everyone who owns quite some books. There just are those books who happen to migrate to the dark corners of the bookcase and turn up only once in a blue moon, after which you forget about them again. I, too, have books like that and when I come across them, I tend to put them back. In the end, there is a reason why they migrated to those dark corners, right? However, sometimes a book ends up there, but should have been read all along because it was better than its habitat ...more
My first warning should probably have been that the author is Anne Rice's sister, but despite that I still went ahead with the swap...

Our protagonist is Regeane, a woman from a noble family around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire - effectively held captive by her uncle and cousin, who both fear and hate her because she is a shapechanger (able to take the form of a wolf, if you hadn't guessed from the title), her only protection is the fact she has been promised in marriage to a mercenary
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Alice O'Brien was born on 6 October 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was one of five sister of Katherine "Kay" Allen and Howard O'Brien. The O'Brien family moved to Richardson, Texas, when Alice was a teenager. She began her nursing career in Houston, where she met and married her husband, Clifford Borchardt. After a 30-year career as a licensed vocational nurse, Borchardt faced staff redu ...more
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