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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Break the curse or howl forever.

Etienne, son of a lord in the kingdom of Armorique, goes to train as a knight with Geraint of Lucanne. Geraint is brave and kind, a good teacher and master - but he has a secret that he has kept from his family. He is bisclavret, a born werewolf. When Geraint is betrayed, Etienne must ally with the local wise-woman and her daughter, themselv
Paperback, 287 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Woolshed Press
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Zitong Ren
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 44/284.

I don’t know, maybe I would have liked it if I had read it a few years ago, but again, maybe not? Although it is targeted at YA, it feels that it is better aimed towards middle-grade readers purely based on the context from the first few dozen pages that I have read. Beyond that, many things about the book are incredibly frustrating. If you liked this book, I mean no offence, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

There is way too much info dumping. Now, I’m not one to complain
Hazel West
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I'm not usually a frequenter of paranormal, but this one caught my eye and I'm really glad I gave it a go, because it's just the kind of paranormal novel I love to read. When I do read paranormal it's usually ghosts, faeries and occasionally werewolves, and this one had faeries and werewolves, so that made it all the more awesome. And the fact that it was taken from a medieval story and Celtic myth made it all the more intriguing.

Cover--Yea or Nay: Yes, it's very s
Tsana Dolichva
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski is a standalone YA werewolf novel. Or I could just as easily call it a straight fantasy novel that happens to have werewolves in it. The fantasy world is loosely based on dark-ages Europe — after the Romans left — with the mythology a remix of a few Celtic and Gaulish ideas, including faeries.

The main character, Etienne, is sent out to be fostered with one of his father's allies when he's in his teens — later than usual because as an only son he was needed at home. Wh
Edwina Harvey
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This YA fantasy is the story of Geraint, a noble lord of the Kingdom of Armorique, told through th eyes of his new page,Ettienne, who notices his Lord has a habit of sneaking away into the night.

Ettienne discovers that Geraint is Bisclavret - one who is born to be a werewolf. These shape-shifters are more or less tolerated by normal folk as long as they dont kill the livestock. But when the local Lord is a werewolf, he wants to keep such knowledge private, and when he goes missing, his people ar
Lan Chan
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I've read a book by a female author written from a male perspective. My brain is telling me the last one was The Outsiders by S.E Hinton but that can't be right, and if it is, it means I'm old because that was in high school. Anyway, the reason I mention the female author/male character dynamic is because I often find it puts me off an entire book if it's not done well. Thankfully, Wolfborn doesn't fall into that category. Etienne's voice was both believable and likea ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.25-4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. Loved the fey and the werewolves and came to really care about the characters.

It's set in a fascinating secondary world (much of which is based off Brittany) and despite the medieval setting incorporates progressive gender roles and features strong, smart and competent characters of both sexes.

I think I'd also like a longer, slightly darker and more complex adult take on this story as well. (Sue, please write that for me :P) However, it works well as is and
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sue Bursztynski has crafted an action-filled, modern take on the courtly romances that manages to marry Arthurian-style mythology with aspects of sci fi, werewolf lore and a thoroughly modern view of gender roles in a proto-medieval world (Go Sue!). I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it highly to fans of chivalric literature. Werewolf YA has never looked like this.
Book Bazaar
Wolfborn takes it's central story from a twelfth century book of tales including one about the bisclavret, werewolves. This novel has engaging characters and is one that I will be recommending to teen readers who like a little historical background to their paranormal reads :)
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Overwritten to the point of dull. Should've had a good editor or not been published.
Beck Tomkinson
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it enough to not stop reading until it was finished in one sitting.
I enjoyed the break from the normal tales of werewolves! I will recommend my friends read this!
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book ,the story is good and easy to read
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved getting lost in the whole medieval world Sue created, overall a really suspenseful and entertaining read. Full review to come soon ...
Anna Hepworth
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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Sharon Marie Himsl
A delightful coming of age fantasy based on folklore, set in the time of King Arthur, when boys trained and dreamed of becoming knights. The story opens with Etienne, a young teen eager to begin his training as a page toward knighthood under the tutelage of Lord Geraint. Castle life is fun at first but takes a strange turn when it's revealed that Geraint is a werewolf. When Geraint turns, his only way to return to human form is to find his human clothing, so placement of such is extremely import ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

My opinion:
Oh why I didn’t read this before?! Yes I wanted to read this when shifters were the topic to help it promote better but It’s so good I can’t wait I managed to wait so long. Really one started I couldn’t put it done and a few hours later I was babbling about it to my mother, explaining with such enthusiasm she made me sit…. Now I must write what I felt and thought and it’s more difficult because I do want to do justi
Imo ~High Lady Of The Night Court~Feyre Darling~
I really liked this book and the concept, but it was really REALLY boring at some times. Like the ending for instance, an ending of a book is supposed to be fulfilling (if it’s a stand alone) but this nearly made me fall asleep during DEAR (drop everything and read) at school. So yeah, mixed emotions about this one...
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea

I was incredibly excited to dive into Wolfborn. It didn’t seem to be your typical werewolf story, and effortlessly blended fantasy, paranormal and historical fiction into one highly enjoyable read.

Etienne was an excellent main character. At first, I worried I wouldn’t be able to connect to him, but I found him to be a brilliant character who made very few (if any) rash decisions. He took his duty very seriously, and his loyalty to Sire Geraint
Sherre Copeland
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Based upon a twelfth century story, Wolfborn is one unlike any other I had ever read. Though it is about werewolves, a common topic in today's stories, it's not your ordinary werewolf read, and due to it's folklore beginnings, the reader must wonder how much of the tale could possibly be true.

We follow Etienne, a young boy who's training to be a knight under his master Geraint. Soon though, he realizes somethings not quite normal about Geraint and his mysterious voyages into the forest at night.
Samantha-Ellen Bound
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's great to see an Australian author having a decent go at a popular genre (paranormal romance, werewolves etc) and even shaking it up - drawing on her own myths and folktales to create a werewolf lore that isn't just a rehash of what we've read and seen before. Myth, reality and adventure blend well and there is some great medieval-type scene-setting. Not such a fan of Etienne's and Jeanne's romance, but otherwise I found Wolfborn quite an exciting little world to spend a few days in. Rich de ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
The mellow historical mood drew me into this book, but I'm sorry to say the story did not live up to my expectations. The romance was forced, the fantasy-mystery elements were solved too soon, and 2/3 into the story the Faerie got involved. I kept waiting for the main character to have a tragic transformation into a werewolf, but I don't think it happened. Lots of info-dumps, but no real moments of character growth.

The real question is why did i bother to finish this? (answer: I really love were
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was just so-so for me. The concept and bones of the story were good -- I recognized a lot of the source material. It's in the execution where this falls short for me. There's way too much reliance on dialogue, and the voices don't ring true (author's style doesn't match subject matter/time period). There's also a really jarring part where, for the space of a few pages, we completely jump into another character's point of view. The break could've been effective, but it's not in this instance ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I couldn't, and probably will never, finish reading this book. After reaching about the 8th page I had to stop. It was just... written so terribly. The once or twice a character had the chance to speak they did so for a whole page each (Seriously). If this isn't extreme info-dumping then I don't know what! The only thing that makes me happy about this book is that I was lucky enough to buy it for less than half price at a book sale.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I kept reading, waiting for it to captivate me...but I never got sucked in. The idea/premise of the book has so much promise (even a pretty cover)- but I was left disappointed. Even the romance between Etienne and Jeanne didn't draw me in. It was just an ok book for me.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Megan no h
Cover Story: Orange You a Fan
BFF Charm: Sure
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: In the Middle
Bonus Factor: Retelling
Relationship Status: For When I Get Tired of High School Boys

Read the full book report here.
Marj Osborne
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Based on an historical story, Wolfborn takes a different journey into the werewolf genre. This is a 3 1/2 star book for me. I really wanted to love it, but missed an intimacy I usually associate with 1st person narratives.
A good yarn for established readers.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is based on the lais of Marie de France about the bisclavret or were-wolf. It's set in an alternate world, not unlike early Medieval Europe.

It's a fantasy-romance-adventure, and a nice read for younger readers, I would think.
May 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I never finished this book so it shouldn't warrant into my reading challenge but it was so slow paced and boring I wasn't going anywhere with it...
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
A nice break from the typical high school setting were-paranormal romances out there. My longer review here:
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful story that has captured a piece of my heart, which it has taken with it back to the library.
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Sue Bursztynski grew up in Melbourne’s beachside suburbs, where she still lives. As a child, she used to sit on the beach to write, but later learned to write anywhere she could sit down with a pen and paper. She was thrilled to get her first computer, which meant she could make changes without having to re-write or re-type the whole story. She was even more thrilled when the Internet came along a ...more