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Wolfbreed (Wolfbreed #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  563 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 be ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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The Medieval historical where the church is raising werewolves to scare the pagans into converting, and the last surviving one escapes and loses her memory and thinks she's an ordinary girl.

This had potential, but, my God, the way the story is told is terrible. From sentence to sentence there are insane amounts of background information, so that even scenes where a werewolf is devouring soldiers seem to drag on. Then the werewolf escapes, the young peasant finds her, you turn the page, and you g
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Oy oy oy… this book was just… not good. From the very beginning you’re thrown into this medieval world, where Christians use werewolf-like creatures to kill everyone who’s not a Christian. There is a lot of jibberjabber about Christendom, superior Germans, inferior Prûsans and a wolf-girl named Lilly, though we never know how exactly these creatures have come into existence. It could have been a good story if the religious talk wasn’t so copious, because that really slowed the action down. It w
This is one of the more beautifully written books I have read in a very long time. From a commercial standpoint, I can see why it’s not a best seller. It’s not written for mass appeal. The story is raw and dark; it’s the kind of series that draws a certain type of reader. From a technical perspective, it’s woven tighter than Egyptian cotton. As I listened to the audio, I was seduced by the intelligence of the Swann’s delivery. Technical, yes but also selection and pacing were masterful in and of ...more
Lilly is one of a litter of werewolf children being raised by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in 13th century Prusa (later Prussia). The wolfbreed, as they are called, are subjected to horrifying abuses and trained to become brutal weapons of war. Their purpose: to help the Order massacre Prussia's remaining pagan strongholds.

A theological debate rages between the Order and the Church regarding the nature of the wolfbreed. Are they simply animals, soulless but trainable and possibly useful? Or
A girl barely out of her teens is found bloody and naked by Uldolf, a one-armed young man who has been hunting in the forest. He lives with his adopted parents and a sister who took him in when he was just a child after the massacre that left his biological family dead. Uldolf barely survived and refuses to remember what happened. The strange girl doesn’t seem to speak and is frightened. Uldolf won’t allow her to die and takes her home where her mother will care for her.

The abused girl is Lily,
I'm not sure why I picked up this book; the cover looked kind of cheesy. But I was pleasantly surprised! It's a werewolf story, but instead of the usual urban fantasy it's set in 12th century Prussia. The author has a gift for making believable, flawed, but interesting and sympathetic characters. The one-armed hero (who needs help from the werewolf heroine) is strong and moral, but not rigid. The heroine is emotionally damaged from the abuse that she suffered in being trained from childhood to b ...more
Definitely adult, as this not only has lots of gore, but also the hero and heroine who get together are both extremely scarred emotionally. Issues of remembering and forgiveness. Christianity does not come off looking good in this, and that would be my one quibble: at least one Christian could have been less than evil, merciless and greedy
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Sep 14, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Publisher's Weekly review
Being a fan of werewolf books, I thought this sounded interesting when I read the review in Publisher's Weekly. A while ago I had tried to read a werewolf novel with a historical setting (by Alice Borchardt, Anne Rice's sister, set around the fall of Rome) and couldn't get into it. I much preferred this tale set in medieval Germany.

Many years ago, a Christian order of knights converting pagan lands found a litter of werewolf children. Rather than condemn these children as Satanic creatures, the
This had a lot of potential, but the weak writing got in the way of the story. There were way too many compound and run-on sentences during action scenes, which any Fiction 101 course will tell you slows the action down considerably. Shorter, simpler sentences are the rule here unless the author has an artistic reason for doing otherwise. Also, there were too many instances of unnecessary information being repeated. I think there was one paragraph where it's mentioned three times that Lilly is " ...more

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 a

Pilars Scott
I devoured this book. I really loved the middle ages setting and the unusual choice of the Northern Crusades. I was inspired to look up quite a bit of information about the time period just to get a sense of the larger picture while reading this book. The character attitudes were a bit too modern for the time period.. but I loved them anyway. I would have like to see this book fleshed out a little more but that's just the book nerd in me. I'm looking forward to the companion book to this.
Kendra Merritt
The premise was really intriguing but I thought this book was very poorly written. The author had very obviously done his research on the 13th century but most of the information he gives is irrelevant to the story and just bogs it down. The characters had great potential but they were never really fleshed out and the relationships were rather shallow. Overall, I was very disappointed with this book. I felt like it never really reached the level I was expecting.
I gave this 5 stars because it told a different kind of werewolf tale and from another time period. I found the book fascinating, but I wish the author had explained the origins of the wolfbreed. If there was one pack of these wolf/human creatures, should there not have been others? What were its origins? Was Lilly the last of her kind? The book left many questions unanswered, but it kept me hooked nonetheless.
Surprisingly good. It was almost the traditional werewolf form, which left me wondering how good this novel would be, but don't let that fool you. This book has action, suspense, and romance. I finished it in 3 days, and am moving on to the next one. Gotta read as many as I can before University takes me away from my beloved hobby of reading, once again. : P
The idea behind the storyline was good, but the book was just not very well written. I think the author focused too much on little details that tended to draw you off on a tangent only to hurtle you back to the main point. It made for ponderous reading.
Started reading this Friday night and stayed up til wee hours Saturday to finish this...couldn't put it down. Fascinating take on a werewolf story. Can't wait for the next installment. Loved it!
Overall, a great book filled with unique ideas and rich with well-researched history. Read my full review here:
Surprisingly not bad. Actually, could be one of the better action-adventure-fantasy-historical-romance-political-intrigue books I've read in a while...
Really interesting twist on the werewolf story. I felt the love story weakened the ending, but still a great read.
Heather Domin
[to be reviewed for HNS Feb 2010:]
Barbara ★
This was not at all what I expected when I purchased this book. It was unbelievably brutal and cruel beyond measure. When a monk, Semyon von Kassel found a lair full of werewolf pups, he had a brilliant idea to train them to fight for the Christian God. However during the training, he managed to kill 9 of 10 pups and was left only with Lilly, a 9 year old child whom he trained to be a brutal murderer. When his reign ended, another monk took his place as her "master" and successfully used her in ...more
Na pewno należy zacząć od tego, że nie jest to książka doskonała... tego z pewnością nie należy się po niej spodziewać...
Pierwsza rzecz na którą zwracamy uwagę jest oczywiście okładka, która jak dla mnie totalnie nie wyszła - w ogóle nie pasuje do treści książki, a do tego nie jest zbyt zachęcająca...
Co wobec tego zachęciło mnie do przeczytania tej książki? - odpowiedź jest bardzo prosta - koleżanka :) Gdyby nie ona NA PEWNO nie sięgnęłabym po tę książkę... może nie straciłabym bardzo dużo, ale
Lilly is een wolvenmeisje. Als welp wordt ze met haar broers en zussen weggehaald uit haar ouderlijk hol door haar christenmeesters. De mannen trainen haar in haar wolvengedaante en sluiten haar buiten die tijd om op in haar menselijke vorm, gebonden door zilver. Vanaf haar tiende wordt ze ingezet om de ketters te dwingen zich over te geven aan de enige Ware Kerk.
Met de jaren raken haar twee kanten – die van de moordzuchtige wolf en die van het eenzame meisje – steeds meer los van elkaar. Als Li
Ian Zimmerman
This book contains the themes of guilt, redemption, forgiveness, and love amongst other things. Wait...I already used that for my Crime and Punishment review. What could this trashy looking, obscure fantasy novel have in common with one of the greatest books of all time?! Wolfbreed is based on the anime Elfen Lied, which is in turn the love child of X-men and Crime&Punishment. I don't blame you if you aren't convinced yet, but just change the sexes of the 2 main protagonists, change Russian ...more
Wolfbreed is a different genre of paranormal for me to read. Set in 13th-century Prussia, it introduces us to Lilly, one of a group of young werewolves trained by the Teutonic Order to be brutal killing machines for the Church. They’re treated as animals, albeit highly skilled and useful animals that do the Church’s dirty business of wiping out pagan heretics.

This is by no means a “light” novel. Violence, brutality, and some of the worst aspects of humankind are frequently described. The trainin
Coucher de soleil
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
So...yeah. There are a lot better reviews of this book out there so I'm going to spare you anything long and detailed. Just go read the top rated reviews already written. They are long, and most tear into the book in agonizing detail. I will simply say it was an interesting and very detailed werewolf book that had a clever pagan/christian theme I appreciated. It was very detailed and a lot of people didn't like that. I didn't mind. I won't read the second one though. One was fine. I might have r ...more
I picked this book up the week at a used book store knowing that it looked pretty silly. But, I need a lot of silly to take my mind off of the lack of sleep in the middle of the night when feeding my infant. So, silliness encouraged me to buy it and read it.

It was, as it turns out, rather silly. It is one of the books that should be filed in the paranormal romance section of a book store and then only read by those who are silly of heart.

It is set in the 11st in old timey Prusia. A young man wit
Apr 29, 2011 Yodamom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Tarin Soul series
Recommended to Yodamom by: C.L. Wilson
Shelves: favorite
4.5 The Church controlling the population and hunting pagans is something I usually shy away from in stories. The Teutonic knight's torture, rape and maim in the name of their god. After finding the Wolfbreed babies and killing most of them in training they use the Wolfbreed to kill the pagans. They brainwash these children through extreme torture. Lilly one that survives struggles with her humanity and her "animal" nature separating them into individuals. She wants to please her master, to not ...more
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S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published 19 novels over the past 15 years with four more coming over ...more
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