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Sons of the Wolf

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  881 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Ada and Harriet had never met anyone like Mr. Wolfson, the strangely magnetic, darkly funny man who was to be their new guardian. Who, confined to a wheelchair and flanked by two fierce dogs, both welcomed and intimidated the girls. And who had equally mysterious sons, Julian and Frances - one was as good-natured as the other was evil. But evil, as Harriet soon discovered, ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Berkley (first published 1967)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Sons of the Wolf reigns as one of Michael's darker, more serious works. Devoid of typical humor, atmosphere is different than usual, as is the turnout. Written with a meek Victorian tone and set in the repressed ages, the heroine Harriet is much like other characters in the novels, only a little more watered down with speech. (I suppose Michaels did this to stay truer to the setting.) This novel lacks the sophistication in some of Michael's other works, suffering from a depressed tone

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Rosanna Leo
I dove into this book having read other books by Ms. Michaels and enjoyed this one as well. However, I went into it with the wrong ideas. I got the sense from the blurb and cover that this story was more of a paranormal romance. It isn't, for anyone who gets the same ideas. It is actually more of a gothic mystery with a little bit of romance thrown in (a little bit- no major swooning here), and hearkens to the works of the Brontes. We have moors, ruined abbeys and a family of mysterious men who ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance fans, mystery fans
Recommended to Lindsey by: Dana
Shelves: singles
I have to say that this book wasn't quite expected, but I enjoyed it for what it was. The mystery was a bit predictable and some of the conclusions weren't that satisfying, but I had fun with the characters and appreciated the descriptions of the setting. I am unsure about the author's decision to have to the narrator relate the tale in a diary, thus forcing any action descriptions to be retold in a sometimes spurious manner. I guess it worked at one point toward the end, when we didn't know the ...more
Anemone Flynn
Sons of the Wolf by Barbara Michaels (also known as Elizabeth Peters) is a gothic romance set in the mid 1800s.

The narrative takes the form of a semi-regular journal kept by Harriet Barton. Harriet and her cousin Ada have recently lost their grandmother, who was also their guardian. Having run out of closer living relatives, they are sent to live with Mr. Wolfson, their very distant cousin, and his son Julian. Julian is pleasant, if not particularly bright, and assiduously courts the beautiful A
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, gothic
Nineteenth-century England! The mystery of the moors! Local legends of werewolves! Spoooooky!

Well, not really that spooky at all, actually. The story's formulaic and therefore predictable. The title and blurb (and to a lesser degree, even the cover) are somewhat misleading; if you're expecting a supernatural element, you'll be disappointed. But somehow I still found it enjoyable. This isn't one of the author's strongest books, in my humble opinion, but it's not bad, if you like the genre. (And I
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
There are some books that say a lot in just a few pages. A book here and there that immerses you in a time and place without being heavy on words and descriptions. "Sons of the Wolf" was exactly that type of book. A tale of two young women. Harriet, the sensible one and Ada, the beauty are sent to live with their mysterious, older relative whose job it is to tend to them until they are married. Mr. Wolf is quite the character, as are his two sons, Julian and Francis and early on, their motives a ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Great Gothic novel. 1800's setting. A decaying castle in England moors. 2 young sisters from London. A brooding owner in wheelchair who may or may not be a wolf. His 2 sons as different as day and night. It has perfect ingredients of a gothic novel. And surprisingly this book mixes it very well.

Remember Castle of Otranto? Mysteries of Udolpho? Bride of Lammermoor. I was reminded of those books while reading this novel.

This novel I must say heavily underrated. It was written by Barbara Mich
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have loved Barbara Michaels since i first read this book years ago. i think it was one of her first, and the style reflects that. i also think that in her earlier books, she didn't know whether to classify books as Barbara Michaels or Elizabeth Peters (her other psudoname). i find it interesting to read the borderline ones and try to decide why one is Michaels and the other Peters. anyway, this book is a favorite with me because it was the first one that i ever read, and i adore this author.
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the bitter protagonist of this novel & the twists and turns the novel has already taken by page 20. This is only the second novel I've ever read by Barbara Michaels, but I already like this one better than the first, which I enjoyed as light reading, because it is just more intense, with higher stakes.
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Barbara Michaels was a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name.

She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.
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