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Way of the Wolf

(Vampire Earth #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,311 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Louisiana, 2065, 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, bloodthirsty Reapers rule the planet, sucking out human blood and souls. Starting in revenge for the loss of his parents, on to fellow soldiers, Lieutenant David Valentine intends to fight back in this western-style frontier.
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Roc (first published October 1st 2001)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an exceedingly tricky review for me. There’s a lot I want to say, without taking up too much space. This novel is a great amalgamation of post apocalyptic science fiction and horror. It is the first book in the Vampire Earth series, which is thankfully a bit of a misnomer. The Kurians are an alien race that can extend their lives indefinitely by feeding off human auras. In order for them to harvest these auras, they have bred a genetically enhanced race of beings called Reapers who prey ...more
Joshua Palmatier
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
When I first saw Way of the Wolf on the shelf, I hesitated about buying it. It didn't seem like my kind of book. However, after years of people telling me I should read it, I finally decided to try it.

It's an interesting book, certainly a unique take on . . . well, practically everything. It's part "apocalyptic America", part "vampire" story, part "army recruit in training". A mix of many types of stories. Certainly the way in which E.E. Knight twisted the vampire story is intriguing. So the
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's 2065 in this post-apocalyptic and the world basically started to end 43 years ago when an alien race called the Kurians invaded Earth. We replied with nukes and other “solutions” but all it did was hurt the planet. The Kurians stay hidden in their fortifications mostly but their avatars known as Reapers do their bidding and they're a lot of like the mythological vampires. Under the Reapers are their shock troops known as Grogs, engineered creatures with a majority being intelligent apes.

This was an excellent read, but I read it when it first came out a decade ago or so. Since then I've kept up with the series & enjoyed it, but it was very nice to go back to it in audio format. Excellent reader & Knight does his own little foreword - very short, sweet, & to the point.

This is the beginning of a journey in a really neat, very realistic world. The 'vampires' & other monsters are not the normal UF or PNR fare at all, but more of an SF take on it. Our civilization has
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, fan, fantasy
"Way of the Wolf" (Vampire Earth 1) by E.E. Knight, is a terrifying, captivating futuristic action adventure with a hint of wry humor. Like a classic L'Amour western, the shy, canny, determined hero overcomes powerful opposition, and defends the weak. Civilization fell fighting aliens that seek immortality by psychically draining life energy 'aura', through hooded vampiric night monsters, whose long scaled tongues stab through living hearts to drain blood. A few gentle shape-shifters from the ...more
Dec 17, 2008 added it
This book has the distinction of being the first in a long time to work its way into my dreams. Given the subject matter, they weren't fun dreams. Thanks a lot, Knight!

Way of the Wolf is subtitled "Book One of The Vampire Earth", and comes with a nice little tag phrase. "Welcome to the year 2065. Earth is under new management."

"Vampire Earth" is a little misleading. Earth has been conquered by the alien Kurians, who feed on our life essences. In order to feed, they created the Reapers: nightmare
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I put this one down...I didn't hate it....but I just lost interest. I'll be the first to admit, maybe it's me, maybe I've just read too many like this. The book is a pretty standard "post vampire apocalypse" read with just a dash of modern zombie and a taste dystopian future thrown in for good measure.

I think my interest level started to drop (or maybe finally dropped off to where disinterest set in) when it became obvious we were dealing with not only a type of conquering vampire but also the
4.0 stars. Excellent first novel. Very cool concept and excellent world-building. The various creatures as well as the political and civil organizations are well thought out and create a great basis for future stories. A very fun read.
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first in an interesting, post apocalyptic series. The earth has been invaded & the story unfolds from the POV of Valentine, a soldier in the resistance. Exactly what invaded & how is left a bit open. We know they are the Kurians, but not what they look like or exactly what their abilities are. Other creatures came with them & our civilization was devastated with much of mankind becoming slaves & food.

Half the interest of the series is that there aren't many certainties. Odd
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
Post-apocalyptic science fiction is one of my favorite sub-genres. Finding a good fantasy equivalent can sometimes be difficult, as it usually gets classified as science fiction. E.E. Knight’s Way of the Wolf has vampires and magic, and clearly falls into the category of fantasy. It also is about a post-nuclear United States with aliens, and scattered communities of humanity fighting for survival. It’s a strange mix, but it all works out well.

In the 2020’s a series of natural disasters struck
Benjamin Thomas
I chose this book due to the recommendation of a fellow book blogger who never steers me wrong, and I'm really glad I followed his advice. This is the first of a series called "The Vampire Earth" series. It is labeled as science fiction and, indeed, it does take place in the relatively near future (2065) but this one really mixes up the genres. Lots of horror elements in here as well as mystical fantasy, militaristic adventure, and some good 'ol wild west heroics as well.

The story concerns
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So, one day about a year ago i was walking through Barnes and Noble and i happen to notice this shelf of books with the title, "E.E. Knight's new cult following!"

I am always a avid person of finding books before they become too huge. Well i found out how great this series was.

Now to give you a bit of a back round about me, I am ALMOST graduated with a degree in creative writing. So i take reading good books very seriously and i have to admit he hasn't let me down yet!

I began reading about
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
kind of long winded in some parts but pretty good!!!
Blood Rose Books
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
In the first book in a series E.E. Knight follows the life of David Valentine who wants to make a difference in a world that has fallen into chaos.

The year is 2065 and a lot has changed from our time. David Valentine did not know what the world was like before the Kurian order. He only knew what his father and mother told him. But they are no longer able to share what they experienced as they have been killed by the New Order that has made its way to Earth. Valentine has always know since that
Coucher de soleil
Just as a note, before Goodreads deletes this despite it being an important consideration for many in deciding whether to read book(s) by a particular author, I will mention that this author is on my personal 'authors behaving badly' list.

Here is my review of this book, as well as relevant links and (polite!) comments.
One reviewer on dared to post a negative review of this novel in E.E. Knight's 'Vampire Earth' series.

While I do agree that I personally would not weigh
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The format in which this book is done is interesting. I haven’t come across this until now. For a good part of the novel, you get what looks like short stories of Valentine’s life before the actual plot begins. I understand how some readers thought this wasn’t the most perfect way to introduce the story. However I thought it was not only different but a good way to introduce the main character, and his background, with background information about the setting in this way. You follow Valentine ...more
The book takes place in 2065. The word has been taken over by an alien race called the Kurians. They need to devour blood and auras to live longer. They have bred Reapers to collect these for them. The world is in shambles and a some people team together to try to fight them. David Valentine is a young recruit who wants to avenge his parents death at their hands but also winds up wanting to avenge others like him. In order to succeed they get extra powers "wolflike" to help them in this pursuit. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
The series had a few intriguing ideas. I liked the shamans modifying humans into somewhat superhuman wolves, cats, & bears. The aliens taking over the earth was a fun version of apacolypse - for once we didn't destroy ourselves.

I read most of the series because a friend had lent me all of them and they are a quick read. I was entertained by the first book, Way of the Wolf, but the second book was exactly the same as the first, and the third as like the previous two, and well you get the
Adam Radford
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the first post-apocalyptic/Vampire book that I've truly loved. The reasons I loved this book are that it is a book about undying hope and determination even in the depths of fear and predation. The main character, Lt. David Valentine, is not your typical save-the-world type hero, the reluctant warrior who when faced with a helpless opponent shows mercy, he is a killer, a man unafraid to kill for the greater good of humanity. He is the hero for a new age, A dark warrior with ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
The title is a bit deceptive, probably to capitalize on the current vampire craze. Vampires-light like Edward wouldn't last ten minutes in this world (one can only wish that they fared as poorly in ours). The "vampires" here are an alien invasion force that has ushered in an apocalypse and enslaved much of humanity. Knight melds elements of horror, sci-fi, and military fiction into a well-developed imagining of the future. Strong characters, plenty of action. Some dark and disturbing ...more
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire geeks
People who know me know well that I love me a good vampire story (one of my wife's Christmas gifts to me was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book collection). So it should probably come as no surprise that I plowed right through this book and plan on reading the other books in the series in quick succession (though I may not review them all). Although it took a bit of "suspension of disbelief" to get past the alien-gate-traveler/vampiric-aura-consumer thing, it turned out to be an interesting ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Way of the Wolf is the first book in one of the best vampire series ever. The story is very complex, original and ambitiously written. It definitely has a 'military' touch and fighting and battle in it, which I usually don't read and would think of as 'male' books. But this one also spends a lot of time to describe the characters, their motivations and feelings. You should really give it a try! You may also check out the author's website which presents further background information to the ...more
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
In this post-apocalyptic tale civilization has not ended altogether; there is a regressed farm-based slowly declining dystopic society ruled by alien-vampires and a patchwork of societies that enjoy various levels of freedom and prosperity. I don't recall being annoyed by any glaring inconsistencies in this new world. Too much emotional distance between the reader and Valentine depleted the story of tension, suspense, and a general feeling of involvement. Still the action sequences were engaging ...more
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Although I expected more from this story in the way of high adventure I still enjoyed it.
This is simply a story of a young man and his journey as he goes from hiding into fighting the Kurians who have been ruling Earth for 40 yrs.
It reads as a rebel/service primer for wannabe heroes but the details are still interesting. I will probably read #2 in this series in the hopes that the MC creates more inter-personal relationships and has a bit more excitement.
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this entire series. The Way of the wolf is the 1st. If you enjoy apocalyptic fiction this is a good and light read. It has life energy sucking vampires, world shattering plagues and real politic.

They are light reading about 4 hrs a book for me but good escapist fiction
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is I felt it needed a bit of editing, there were some parts that were just too long and seemed to just be the author indulging them self and not necessary. But other than that a very good read.
Tessa in North Florida
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, vamps
Meh. I know I read this and wasn't thrilled...that's all I can say.
Kat Kennedy
The confusing action sequences and mismatched narrative fails what is otherwise an intriguing and interesting story.
Nov 05, 2009 rated it liked it
A fast-paced and easy read. Not great literature but fun and light. Appeals to the 14 year old boy in me that loves Firefly, Torchwood, and other such awesome nonsense.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretty good, different outlook on vampires. As different from Edward Cullen and Twilight as the movie 30 days of night....More or less an adventure novel. Enjoyable escape...
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