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The Wolf & the Witch

(Blood Brothers #1)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The three sons of a notorious mercenary should never have met…but now that they are sworn allies, the Scottish Borders will never be the same…

Denied his rightful legacy, Maximilian de Vries devised a plan to avenge himself upon his father and see his own future secured. Allied with his two forgotten half-brothers, he descends upon ancient and mysterious Kilderrick, determi
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Published May 11th 2021 by Deborah A. Cooke
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My friends, I read this book in two days. This never happens anymore. I have a toddler. I have a million things that must be done. I need sleep (at least at some point). Nevertheless, I found every spare moment I had to return to reading about Alys and Maximilian. This was such a thrilling and engrossing story that hit all the right notes for me but still felt like it retained appropriate trappings for the time period. In a word, it was balanced.

I really enjoyed how Delacroix used various chara
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You can tell Claire Delacroix has a special love for the Medieval times. These are two strong individuals that find themselves carving a new life out for themselves. This is a battle of wills between two very strong individuals. It was expertly crafted and full of turns to keep the reader engaged. Mercenary Maximillian has been denied his expected inheritance and he now has to find a new direction for his life. Orphaned Lady Alys has struggled to make out a living within the lands of her slaught ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing

The Wolf and the Witch
By Author Claire Delacroix

Series: Blood Brothers, Book #1

Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke

Online Bookstore Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Book Review Blog Rating: 5 Saltire Flags

Kilderrick, Scotland
Samhain, 1375
October 31/ November 1st

Maximilian de Vries also known as the Silver Wolf, whose legacy was stolen from him all because his father was rotten to the core and had forced himself on his mother. Everyone hated his mercenary father, but still he should not of
Sandy S
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
THE WOLF AND THE WITCH is the first instalment in Claire Delacroix’s adult, historical, BLOOD BROTHERS medieval romance series. This is mercenary Maximilian de Vries aka the Silver Wolf, and Alys Armstrong’s story line.

Told from several third person perspectives including Maximilian and Alys, THE WOLF AND THE WITCH follows in the aftermath of the demise of Jean le Beau, Maximilian De Vries’ father, a wicked man whose death was grieved by no one including his long-suffering wife and numerous ille
Marcia Burke
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Claire Delacroix is a master storyteller and “The Wolf and the Witch” is an excellent start to her new “Blood Brothers” series set in the 1300’s Scotland and France.

Maximilian de Vries Is cruelly denied his rightful inheritance. After his uncle’s funeral he, his half brothers and entourage, set out to claim an abandoned, and all but destroyed keep that was promised to him. When he arrives he finds that the keep and the surrounding area has been kept by women who claim to be witches in an effort
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TITLE: The search for, and finding, the Treasure of Kilderrick!

SETTING: 1300’s Scotland and France.
Château de Vries, France, the funeral of a cruel man, brought home from Scotland by an unknown Scot. Upon the conclusion of the funeral, the sons experience a major upheaval in their expectations of inheritance. There is a ruined holding in Scotland that the eldest son Maximillian had overtaken 15 years ago in search of a treasure, which was never found. Finding themselves dispossessed of any holdi
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a dramatic, interesting and thrilling story. When Maximilian was a young man, his father sent him to steal the treasure of Kilderrick. Instead he killed the Lord, and many others, then set the keep on fire. 15 years later, after being denied what he thought of as his birthright, he goes back to claim Kilderrick, the treasure and the former lords heir. Alys had been living in the woods with 3 other women since her betrothed forsook her because of the burns on her body. They survived by at ...more
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When Maximilian de Vries is cruelly cut from his rightful inheritance, he, together with several half brothers, sets out to claim an abandoned, and all but destroyed keep that was promised to him. Unfortunately for Maximillian and the company of villeins who accompanied him, a group of nearly feral women have already claimed the woods around the keep and do their best to scare the group away, by pretending to be witches. When Maximillian finds out that one of them, Alys Armstrong, is the orphan ...more
Elizabeth McDaniel
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maximillian and his astranged half brothers had been wronged by their father in life and now in death so Maximillian was going back to Kilderick to claim as his after fifteen years from him destroying it. Alys had lost all and became scarred for life all in one night. The Silver Wolf killed her father, destroyed their home and she was burned on her one side so she lost her betrothed as well, now she and the three women she now called friends lived in the forest of Kilderick and scared others awa ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Wolf & the Witch the first book in the new Blood Brothers Series by Claire Delacroix is a captivating read. Set in the 1300’s along the Scottish borders is the beginning of the saga of three half-brothers who had their inheritance stolen from them. Now they stand together. The Wolf & the Witch is the story of Maximilian de Vries and Alys Armstrong. Thinking that the ancient Kelderrick would be an easy take if he married the lady there, Maximilian is in for a huge surprise.

Alys is a strong in
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Maximillian has a plan to reclaim at least part of his birthright after being betrayed by his barbaric father, but he doesn't count on having to do battle with the real heir to the Scottish holding he is trying to claim. The fact that Alys and her friends are living wild in the woods and are rumored to be witches only helps keep strangers away from her ancestral home. These two both have plans for Kilderrick, but it will take them working together to restore the holding and defeat those who woul ...more
Melissa Cannito
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this Blood Brothers novel from the first chapter. The prologue was a reality check of how life actually was during medieval times. Here we are introduced to Maximilian de Vries and his two half brothers at the funeral of their father. Maximillian is denied his inheritance so takes the seal of Kilderrick and a gold ring as his due.
The adventure begins when Maximillia's company arrives at Kilderrick and he meets Alys, the daughter of the old chieftain. Alys and her friends have
Naomi Bell
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Wolf & The Witch by Claire Delacroix is an enticing return to 1300’s and the Scottish border. Maximilian has been wronged by his family. His only solace, an abandoned and destroyed keep in the middle of nowhere. As he attempts to survive and recover from the ills inflicted by his family, he faces another challenge…witchcraft and trickery! Delacroix is a masterful story teller who weaves together a fascinating tale of betrayal, vengeance, whit, fate and love. The characters will captivate you ...more
Karen Roma
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
As a long time fan of Claire Delacroix writing as Deborah Cooke, it was only natural I was intrigued by the synopsis of The Wolf & the Witch (Blood Brothers Book 1), and while I’m not normally a fan of historical type stories, this book set in the 1300’s is intense, intriguing and thoroughly captivating as I would expect from this author. Heartache and wrongs are accompanied by deep emotion and complex character portrayals that all combine for a well-written and exciting story that I was immerse ...more
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Wolf & The Witch is Claire Delacroix's first book in the new Blood Brothers series, about three sons of a notorious mercenary who have sworn to stand by each other. Set in the 1300's, this installment is the story of Maximilian de Vries and his love interest, Alys Armstrong, as they struggle against foes and each other, to rebuild Alys' ancestral home. Filled with action, humour, and of course intimate moments (this is at heart a romance after all) the story will capture your imagination fro ...more
The first book in the Blood Brothers series a very good start to this series. Maximilian de Vries comes to take Kilderrick by what ever means he has to use, but he will have to contend with Alys Armstrong. An enemies to lovers story of suspense, drama, twists, turns, danger, a villain, and romance. I want to read the next book. I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's pretty rare to find an historical read that just comsumes my time and attention like this one. The characters were well written as was the world building. My favorite character was Maximilian as I really felt his pain and longing for real love. This was a really engaging story that I can't wait for more. ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this well-written, entertaining historical romance. I couldn't put it down but I didn't want it to end. This is the first book in the Blood Brothers series. This author is a "must read" for me and I will be on the lookout for the next book in this series. ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love Claire's books as they really do sit into the history of the time period. She knows how to write a stormy couple and also always gives a twist. I will continue to read this set as they are published as I very much enjoyed this and all the others she has written.
Donna Nalbandian Woerner Homschek
Wonderful Must Read Book

Liked how the brothers all found one another even though they weren’t all true to one another. The woman were are strong independent. Great story can’t wait to read next book in series.
Tristan Burbridge
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a great way to start a series. The characters and story line were well written and the book kept my attention from start to finish.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This author has never disappointed me and this book, which is the first of a new series, is no exception. I loved this story and will be looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Highly recommend.
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining story! A wronged man and a woman determined to avenge herself. This story was full of romance, action, and drama, and I couldn’t put it down.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Debra Loewen
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an absolutely wonderful story. I think it is a must read. It was exciting and kept me interested the entire book
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a historical series full of action, plot, romance, and family betrayal and more. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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New York Times bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, an historical romance called ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over sixty romance novels and novellas, and has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literat ...more

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