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The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt
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Mar 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, pn-werewolves-shifters, adult, library, z-2011, recs-mom

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The Storyline
Regeane is a half-Saxon and half-Frankish woman without a father; her mother, Gisela is the cause of his death. After Gisela discovers that Woflstan, Regeane’s father, is a shape shifter and is able to take the form of a wolf she is convinced by her brother Gundabald that he must be the devils child and must be killed. Gisela is thankful that her daughter doesn’t appear to have any of the traits of her father; however, when she gets older she gains the ability to change into a wolf as well. Regeane had an extremely hard life as her mother attempted to ‘fix her’ and forces her to drink concoctions, pray for hours on end, and to swear that she would never change into the wolf. Nothing works.

When Gisela dies, Regeane is left in the care of Gundabald and his son Hugo who treat her horribly by keeping her locked in her room, feeding her scraps, and barely passable clothing. Gundabald informs her one day that she is to be wed to a wealthy mountain lord named Maeniel. Scared for her life she runs away from Gundabald and seeks solace in the care of Lucilla, the Pope’s mistress. Lucilla learns of her secret and promises to keep her as safe as possible from having her future-husband discover it as well. As Regeane says regarding Maeniel:

”I don’t plan to love him. I plan to survive him.”

The Characters
The characters were positively vibrant. Regeane was the epitome of strength and smart beyond her years. My favorite though? Maeniel. He has his own secrets just as Regeane and you can’t help but be entranced by him as well. Read it, you’ll see exactly what I mean. :) Regeane and Maeniel didn’t meet until close to the end of the book, but the passion and love that developed between the two was well worth the wait.

Just a Note
I feel the need to write a word of warning for this novel. Many of you who have briefly scanned over the summary of this novel and said, “Oooh! Werewolves!” Stop and listen before you read this, end up severely disappointed and end up rating it all kinds of awful. This is what I like to call a ‘big girl book’. You will not find any melodrama here nor any love triangles. The main character may be a teen girl; however, you will not find any typical YA storylines here. I think a lot of people have the wrong expectations when going into this book. This is like, werewolves being thrown into a Game of Thrones or Mists of Avalon type storyline. Very mature writing, very mature situations, just with a teen girl that turns into a wolf.

This book has been on my bookshelf for YEARS. Being a huge fan of Anne Rice I had always wanted to read her sisters writing as well. Yep, Alice Borchardt is the sister of Anne Rice. But as far as my first experience with Alice Borchardt’s writing? I was not disappointed in the least. This was truly a book to be savored rather than gulped down, so don’t let the fact that it took me forever to read it discourage you.

This was a very detailed and intricate story that was beautiful in its intensity. Alice Borchardt was an extremely talented writer and it’s a shame that she isn’t around to continue creating beautiful stories. I finished this book with a smile on my face and will most definitely be reading more from her soon.

My Favorite Quote
"Love is eternal. That is its terror and its final beauty. Love never ends. The joy may go out of it, and, in time, even the pain may end. But it lingers like a living thing and follows you every moment of your life."
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Reading Progress

March 16, 2011 – Shelved
July 8, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
September 6, 2011 – Started Reading
September 8, 2011 –
September 13, 2011 –
18.0% "“The air of springtime hangs about you. You are a bud, velvet petals as yet unfolding, the golden fruitfulness of its heart untouched by the sun of love.”"
September 14, 2011 –
27.0% "A pile of rotting garbage in the summer sunshine is far more pleasant company than she is."
September 14, 2011 –
31.0% "Chapter IV"
September 16, 2011 –
34.0% "She was taut as a wire, drawn between the two opposite poles of her nature, taut as a harp string strained to its absolute limit just before it sings its sweetest note . . . or snaps."
September 16, 2011 –
43.0% "XIV"
September 20, 2011 –
50.0% "Chapter XVIII"
September 27, 2011 –
69.0% "Chapter XXV"
September 28, 2011 –
85.0% "Chapter XXX"
September 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 11, 2012 – Shelved as: pn-werewolves-shifters
July 25, 2012 – Shelved as: adult
September 19, 2014 – Shelved as: library
November 14, 2015 – Shelved as: z-2011
December 31, 2015 – Shelved as: recs-mom

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Wendy Darling Annd onto my list it goes. :) Thanks Bonnie!

Bonnie :D I hope you enjoy it... it's quite a read and I understand may not be for everyone.

Wendy Darling Well, I have a thing for werewolves to be sure, but I also appreciate a strong heroine. I like that it doesn't sound like the typical PNR type of thing, as much as I enjoy those when they're well done.

The names are kinda wigging me out, though. Gundabald? Really? ;)

Bonnie Oh I know, weird names. Totally reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way though I'm not sure if you've read it, but it's certainly different.

Wendy Darling A lot of that is what turns me off traditional fantasy, hah. :) I have not read GOT, they are waaaay too long for me. If someone could abridge them, that'd be awesome.

Bonnie Wendy Darling wrote: "A lot of that is what turns me off traditional fantasy, hah. :) I have not read GOT, they are waaaay too long for me. If someone could abridge them, that'd be awesome."

Oh man I know - they're HUGE. I read the first one and it took me forever to get through. I really hate reading long books, way too daunting... I get discouraged easily. lol

Wendy Darling Same here! I'm a wuss. Or I have the attention span of a 4 year old. Or both. :D

Bonnie I love the feel of finishing a book and just... feeling like you've accomplished something. hahaha If it takes me over two weeks to read something I have a hard time. Plus I think my attention span sucks as well. :D

Wendy Darling I love that, too. Those GOT books should really count for at least 3 books! The GoodReads challenge widget has no mercy, though.

Bonnie I agree! Nobody looks at the amount of pages read, it's all about the amount of books.

Bonnie Thank you (for the Blog comments). It's still very basic as I'm still quite new to this whole 'blog thing.' :) Your blog was actually the inspiration to get me to finally create one as I thought yours was awesome looking. :)

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