Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Skin of the Wolf” as Want to Read:
Skin of the Wolf
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Skin of the Wolf

(A Novel of Secrets #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In Sam Cabot’s exhilarating new novel, a vicious murder in Sotheby’s begins a series of inexplicable events surrounding an Iroquois ritual mask—and a secret that could unleash the most terrifying chaos and destruction the world has ever seen.

Father Thomas Kelly, art historian Livia Pietro, and scholar Spencer George shared shocking, life-changing events in Blood of the Lam
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Blue Rider Press (first published January 1st 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Skin of the Wolf, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Skin of the Wolf

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  155 ratings  ·  34 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Skin of the Wolf
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, uf-pnr
4 Stars

A werewolf, a vampire and a priest walk into a bar....

Okay not really. This was different than I expected and I enjoyed the story quite a bit. It was a very interesting twist on the Vampire/Werewolf lore and throw in a Jesuit Priest and a murder over a priceless artifact that may or may not have the ability to unlock an ancient power, just for good measure. The cast of characters also includes a police duo investigating the crime that are similar to a Mulder and Scully combo if Mulder was
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by Sam Cabot, the first being Blood of the Lamb, a book I found refreshing in its take on vampires. It reminds me a little of Dan Brown mixed with paranormal elements.

The second book, Skin of the Wolf is no exception. I love how in this book history is mixed with the supernatural to create an engaging story. This one focuses on Native American culture and tradition, a topic I find interesting and want to know more about.

The characters are not given a lot of b
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
How I ended up reading a vampire novel: The author, Sam Cabot, is a team, and I knew I liked SJ Rozan, one-half the team; so when she said, Buy the book in my new series, I bought it. I didn't realize what it was until I started reading.

At first, I thought, What the hey; this could be fun.

It wasn't. Fantasy should have a strong internal logic, and this book had none. Nobody, human or "changed," would act the way these characters act. Also, there was way too much exposition about how the vampire
Frank Lopez
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished reading my Goodreads copy of Sam Cabot’s Skin of the Wolf, and something unexpected happened. It had ended too soon; I wanted to read more. I had anticipated liking and enjoying the book because I am familiar with some of S. J. Rozan’s work (one half of the Sam Cabot team) – well written and researched books like Shanghai Moon and Ghost Hero. But up until now I have only been left searching for more to read from a book when reading a selection from Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole series.

Victoria Carlson-Casaregola
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Paranormal is not usually NOT my preferred area of reading. Vampires and werewolves--I left that kind of stuff behind with the Creature Feature B movies of my distant youth. In life and in fiction, I usually find Real Life scary enough. But I love good thrillers, which for me means well developed characters, interesting settings that are filled with life and not just death and violence, as well as fast-paced plotting with surprises and depth of experience. About a year ago, one of my favorite au ...more
The Otahyohnee mask, a highly coveted Native American ceremonial mask is about to be auctioned for millions of dollars at Sotheby’s in New York, except it’s a fake. No one knows it’s not the original except for those who have special abilities and can tell the difference. On the night before the bidding, a werewolf sneaks inside to steal it, only to leave the murdered body of a museum assistant who had the grave misfortune of discovering the intruder. While police investigate the murder, the hun ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SKIN OF THE WOLF was a fascinating thriller that reunites Father Thomas Kelly, Livia Pietro and Spencer George in New York where they get involved in a case that includes deeply hidden secrets, ancient Native artifacts, and a people who have been as hidden as the Noantri.

Livia is excited to be allowed to view a very rare and ancient Iroquois mask of a wolf at Sotheby's as it is getting ready to go to auction. However, her Noantri skills lead her to believe that the mask is a fake. When a young
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What makes us who we are? Is it our heritage, our DNA, or something else? These are questions that mankind has struggled with for centuries - questions that are only more complicated when one is...Other. When an extremely rare Native American artifact goes up for auction, it's big news. Big enough to draw the interest of bidders from around the world - and big enough to draw the interest of one man in particular. He dreams of using this ancient wolf mask to begin a ritual once though dead - a ri ...more
Lenissa Davis
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley for a review.

I have to say that I really enjoyed Skin of the Wolf. It captured my attention from the very beginning when Edward Bonnard or Tahkweso, an Abenaki Indian of the Mohawk tribe and wolf clan, who recounts how he and his fraternal twin, Michael, were both born with a prophesy and the power to shift. We soon realize the two brothers are polar opposites and not just in the looks department either. When Edward was basically explaining
Book Review & Giveaway: What do you get when you mix an award-winning crime fiction author with a literature professor? Sam Cabot – a kick-butt writing duo! Just when I thought no one could possibly think of another winning angle for vampire novels, along came Blood of the Lamb, the first novel we reviewed by Sam Cabot, a pseudonym for the writing team of S.J. Rosen and Carlos Dews. That novel was amazing so it was a no brainer to opt in for Skin of the Wolf, the second novel in this genre-bendi ...more
Ashley Elliott Shaw
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from First to Read.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book once I started it. Werewolves and's been done. But I thoroughly enjoyed the historical/Native American pieces of the book and liked how that was incorporated into the actual shapeshifter piece. Spencer also seems like someone I would love to meet in person. His wit and personality just make him a great character. I had no idea going into this though that it was sequel a
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two words... great book
Craig McGraw
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book. Interesting though
Leah Potter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved this book.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally at Bitches With Books
I quite enjoyed this new contribution to the Sam Cabot library. I’ve reviewed one of their previous books, Blood of the Lamb and loved it so I was quite happy to get a copy of this one. I started the book on August 2nd, read it for 4 hours straight and then finished it on the 3rd after a few more hours. When I read books in clumps like that, it’s highly indicative of the fact that I greatly enjoyed it.

The book is well written, well placed and shows a depth
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in this series, "Blood of the Lamb," I had high expectations for this one. The intensity of Sam Cabot's novels is one of the things that made me so interested in the first novel and I had hoped that would continue in this book. It not only continued, but intensified.

This book is full of suspense, danger, history, mythology and most of all the purely brilliant writing that has become synonymous with the author's name. This author has a way of creating storylines that
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-read
First, I will share with you that I am composed with the outercovering --- the illustration is a one-of-a-kind, it could antecedent to possibilities beyond the imagination at one glare.
However, this story unfolds with a decent start, only, to then further-on finding myself from the perspectives of a few characters born from separate walks--of--life, & ethnic groups, with their additional backgrounds compelling my interest. I'd have to say the Natives were the most riveting.
[I believe the peopl
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot
(ARC from First to Read)

The plot of this story revolved around an Indian ledge of shifters, (deer, wolf, and eagle) and an old Indian mask carved out of wood that would make the power of the Awakening ceremony more powerful.

The main 'good' guys were Livia, Spencer, vampires, Thomas, a Jesuit priest, and Michael a shifter (wolf). The main 'bad' guy was Edward Michael's brother and also a shifter (wolf). It was he who wanted the mask to 'Awaken' other shifters, and w
I seem to be in the minority but I couldn't finish this book. I got to page 170 before I gave up. My problems with it are these:

The characters are pretty flat and all sounded pretty much the same. The one character that was unique was only in it for a few pages and he was so annoying I just wanted to slap the shit out of him.

There is no action to speak of. It's mostly boring people doing boring things. Sure, someone gets murdered but it's an event that's glossed over to the point where it's al
Brian Palmer
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
For once, paranormal involving vampires and werewolves without an obligatory love triangle! This is a pretty straightforward thriller-mystery, which happens to involve a Jesuit priest, and two vampires, tangentially involved in a murder mystery about a native american wolf mask.

For the most part, this isn't a mystery -- not every identity is nailed down, but very early on we know who committed murder, why they did it, and something about shapeshifters. The meat of the story is how the character
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this based on the fact that i enjoyed the characters from the first book although not the story of the first book. Italy has a beautiful history but sometimes u find there are just too many books about the Catholic church, italy ancient society and their ancient deities and i got bored with his first book although it was written well. But this one i loved from the beginning to the end. Despite the Catholic church keeping yet another secret it was refreshing to read about Native Americans, ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good, and in a lot of ways it was a stronger book than the first in the series, Blood of the Lamb. This one follows some of the characters and expands on the universe created in that book, but I was surprised by how different it felt. Whereas the first book was a thought-provoking religious thriller, this felt much more like a crime thriller. So fans of the first book may not enjoy the second, while those who didn't care for the first might like this one a lot more.

You can read an exten
Jeanne Halloran
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sam Cabot writes a compelling novel. I was entranced by "Blood of the Lamb". I was even more enthralled with "Skin of the Wolf". With his scientific explanations, he makes the unbelievable believable, as he explains shape shifters as being passed on a genetic image at birth. In this novel, Livia Pietro and Father Thomas Kelly team up again with Spencer George to help Spencer's lover, Michael, find his shape shifting twin brother. What they uncover as part of their search is amazing and the suspe ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic thrill of a read. It's a para-normal suspense tale with vampires, shape-shifters with a lot Native American focus taking place in and around New York City and it was a great time. I think it was even better than the first book by Sam Cabot (Blood of the Lamb which was centered in Italy and the Vatican) which I also gave five stars. And you don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one! If you like books written with intelligence, fun and excitement, "Skin of the Wolf" is for ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Father Thomas Kelly, Livia Pietro, and Spencer George (all characters from Blood of the Lamb) are in New York City. Each end up intertwined in a mystery involving murder, American Indian artifacts, shapeshifters, and secret societies. Of course the police are working at cross purposes with the main characters. It all comes to grief with a confrontation at a ceremonial bonfire. Enough ends are dangling for the next volume to weave another good tale. If you want a different vampire/werewolf story, ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Published 2015. Sam Cabot is actually two writers contributing as one. I think the most interesting part of the book is the material about American Indian culture and history within the storyline. I didn't find the characters to be that unique or exciting. I haven't read the first book published by these authors - "Blood of the Lamb". Perhaps I should as sometimes subsequent works don't capture the verve of the first work even tho characters carry over.
susan Johnson
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-books
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Amazing book... Great plotting and characters. Love, love, love! Sam Cabot (a.k.a Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan) does it again. Can stand on it's own without having read Blood of the Lamb, but I'd recommend you read both.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Again, this was a: grab a book off the shelf because I was taking to long according to my four year old.

I would really give this book 2.5 stars. This wasn't really my cup of tea and only at the very end did I get caught up in the story.
Ed Howland
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story. A mix of old Rome and old Native American myths and rituals told in a way that makes them all believable. REad it!
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Book Giveaways: Win Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot! 1 6 Jul 30, 2014 08:54AM  
Free Books, .99, ...: Win Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot! 1 12 Jul 30, 2014 08:53AM  
Book Haven: Win Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot 1 3 Jul 30, 2014 08:52AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Missing
  • The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, #2)
  • The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan, #3)
  • The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan, #1)
  • The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan, #4)
  • The Kill (Maeve Kerrigan, #5)
  • After the Fire (Maeve Kerrigan, #6)
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Marvels
  • The Accident
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #19)
  • Alias, Vol. 3: The Underneath
  • Joker
  • Sin City, Vol. 2: A Dame to Kill For (Sin City, #2)
  • Alias, Vol. 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones
  • Alias, Vol. 2: Come Home
See similar books…
Sam Cabot is the author of the novel, Blood of the Lamb and Skin of the Wolf .

Sam Cabot is a pseudonym for:

S.J. Rozan is the author of many critically-acclaimed novels and short stories which have won crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in lower Manhattan.

Carlos Dews is Professor and

Other books in the series

A Novel of Secrets (2 books)
  • Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets

News & Interviews

Space operas, magic, destiny, dystopia, aliens: There's a bit of something for everyone in 2020's latest offerings in science fiction and fantasy...
61 likes · 9 comments