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The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,605 Ratings  ·  187 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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Mar 20, 2013 Willow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolf, rome
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
Joe Valdez
Sep 18, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This is Part 3 of my Fall Wolf-a-thon, a sprint on four legs through six werewolf novels before the arrival of Halloween.

I'm abandoning The Silver Wolf after Chapter I.

Published in 2001, this novel -- written by Anne Rice's older sister Alice Borchardt -- seems to be set in the last days of the Roman Empire (details sketchy thus far, typical in mediocre writing). It looks to be a Cinderella story, chock full of antiquity and lycanthropes, with a wolfed out teenage girl named Regeane as the main
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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 23, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Dec 02, 2008 Tessa rated it liked it  ·  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
Jul 19, 2013 Kumicho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2007 Res rated it did not like it
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
May 06, 2008 Chandra rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 02, 2008 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
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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.
Harry Kloss
May 21, 2011 Harry Kloss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As poorly written a book as you're likely to read.
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May 15, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy, paranormal readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: library
She is Regeane, a werewolf, and a royal bastard, and her guardian, Gundabald and his son plan to profit by marrying Regeane off to a rich man and reap the money paid. Gundabald forces her into acquiescence by threatening to tell the Church what she is and in 8th century Rome, they would burn her at the stake. Her new husband travels to Rome, and meanwhile she uncovers she has allies in her quest to escape, but unfortunately for Regeane, she finds she has more than Gundabald to fear. She makes fr ...more
Carole Rae
Apr 03, 2012 Carole Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
Aug 03, 2011 J'aime rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2010 Gypsie Holley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Jennifer Houben
Feb 29, 2016 Jennifer Houben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book several times. I have enjoyed it each and every time. I did not make it through the second one yet. But I will make around to it. I adore this book, loaned it to a friend and never got it back. After that I had to purchase it again cause I missed it!
Anna Suave
Jan 10, 2012 Anna Suave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
Jun 24, 2007 MK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2009 Sheri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Morgan Robinson
Feb 15, 2015 Morgan Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I have had on my shelves for many years, and have read multiple times. But have finally decided to write a review!
In my mind, Alice, sister to Anne Rice is a far superior writer. Her wolf series are some of my favorite novels. The historical and mythological aspects are so vivid and strong. Regina is also a wonderful main female character, and holds her own as a fearsome character.
If you are NOT a fan of history, or don't like vast detail this may not be the book for you
Nov 24, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! There were few places too immature... not any that I consider too immature now that I think about it.
Jun 07, 2011 Gerd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, shapeshifters
Not my cup of tea, I've given it a few tries but can't make my way past the opening profanities.
Sep 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars. Liked the story. Liked the characters, though some were a bit too cliche. Didn't like the writing style. Besides sharing a childhood with sister Anne Rice, Alice Borchardt appears to also share her rambling verbosity in tales of supernatural horror. Except Anne Rice does it much, much better. Borchardt's tarrying-on often seemed gratuitously inserted in places where it interrupted the action. Want to spend 2 pages describing some relic? Sure, I'm OK with that. But, please, please, p ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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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