Alice Borchardt

Reader Reviews

We invited requests from readers to review The Silver Wolf before publication, and randomly picked ten reviewers from the four hundred requests we received. Reviews will be added to this page as they come in from the reader-reviewers.

We also sent advance copies to a wide variety of booksellers across the country. Read a few of their comments.

The Silver Wolf is a very good book. The story is so intriguing that it just kept pulling me through the entire book. I read it nonstop in every free moment I had.

--Brent J. Kofron

The book was great. It had a fast-moving plot that kept it an interesting read. There were scenes in it that could make a person shout in triumph when the villans got what they deserved. And there is an interesting little twist that I never would have expected, which only made it more enjoyable.

--Nathan Dempsey

It is a rare treat to find an author who can use the written word to appeal to all five senses, but Alice Borchardt definitely succeeds in The Silver Wolf. The sound of fountains, the smell and color of flowers, the tastes of a high medieval banquet, and the gritty filth and squalor of eighth-century Rome pour out of the pages and bombard our senses. All this helps to bring to life the intrigues of Papal Rome on the eve of one of history's great trade-offs: The "Gift of Constantine" (a sizeable chunk of central Italy) to the Papacy in return for the title "Holy Roman Emperor" for Charlemagne.

Borchardt's heroine is on the receiving end of both the sensory bombardment (enhanced by her wolf nature) and the darkest intrigues. We sympathize with her status as the long-suffering victim who has decided she will not be a victim any longer--that she will have her freedom even if it costs her life. Although it is inevitable that someone will propose that Borchardt has done for werewolves what her sister Anne Rice has done for vampires, I believe with The Silver Wolf Borchardt has gone one better. Somehow her never-human protagonists seem much more human than Rice's once-human characters--and far more likeable.

--K. M. Ford

Alice Borchardt's The Silver Wolf should appeal to lovers of romantic fantasy, and particularly to those who enjoy a realistic historical setting. One of the first things I noticed about the story was how extensive the research was into the history of this period; she vividly describes the depths of decay to which the once-proud city of Rome had fallen. The characters you find in the story are not glossed over; more often than not, they are mirrors of the time--harsh, violent, decadent--while others show that there remains civility and nobility even among the ruins. A story that is wide of scope and simultaneously gritty and sensual, The Silver Wolf should please those adventurous romantic types.

--Terry Winchester

Alice Borchardt's new fantasy, The Silver Wolf, is a wonderfully crafted tale of life in ancient Rome; not the Rome we see in movies, but the declining, decadent Rome of Pope Hadrian. Her skill in character development and her obviously diligent research into the true character of this era create a basis for a moving, exciting tale.

This book will appeal to those readers of fantasy and romance who enjoy richly descriptive and meaty stories. This story will draw you in and sweep you along in its adventure. After reading it, you will not look at wolves again in the same way.

--Johnnie R. Lambert

On a scale of 1 to 10, The Silver Wolf is a solid 8. Intriguing characters, personal and political struggles between good and evil, realistic historical settings and attitudes, spirituality, philosophy, mythology, drama, adventure, humor, sensuality, and romance--this book has it all. I read all 450 pages in 2 days.

This book has the depth and breadth to stand on its own, or could be the beginning of a marvelous series. The Roman world at the time of Charlemagne is a juxtaposition of ancient civilization and barbarian vitality, as is Regeane, the main character. This is her coming of age story. She struggles to find her own balance of the disparate heritages, religions, desires, and abilities that are her birthright. She searches for friends to help navigate the treacherous social and political world she lives in, at the same time exploring her shapeshifter's animal nature. Regeane comes to understandings about herself, her future, and her place in the world as well as family, responsibility, love, and life.

There are only a few false notes in The Silver Wolf, mostly related to the shapeshifter heritage. Regeane is quite young but posseses what seem to be racial and past-life memories. When she discovers others like her, they appear to have personal memories, some incredibly long, but not the same kind of memories she has. The bits and pieces of those others' memories are certainly tantalizing--we can only hope there are more Alice Borchardt books on the way that delve into and explain these fascinating creatures!

--Kate Pavlik

The Silver Wolf describes werewolves the way I believe they should be, with a setting of Rome in the Dark Ages. A heroine with moxie. Good character development. I'm ready for the next installment and/or sequel to this story.

--George Monson

I found the novel The Silver Wolf intensely fascinating and well-written. Alice Borchardt has a way of pulling her readers slowly and carefully into her novel and wrapping them up so tight in the story they are no longer aware of the time of day.

Regeane is beautifully portrayed as a sweet yet conflicted young woman who has never seemed to fit in to any one social group. Born a normal girl until her woman's time, when she found herself being able to change form, Regeane has the power to transform into a wolf. She is grossly mistreated by her uncle and cousin, and I found myself cheering for her to run away and be free, to fight for the injustice and seek revenge on those who wished her ill. When she became betrothed to a virtual stranger she had never laid eyes on before, I was also worried what was to become of her. Maeniel, her betrothed, turned out also to be more than meets the eye. Together they found the fulfillment each had been lacking in their lives and I got to experience that long dark, often dangerous journey with them.

I was captivated by Ms. Borchardt's glimpses into the lives of Julius Caesar and Guinevere and the way she made the scenes and surroundings in the story come alive. Though at times I was a bit confused by the many talks of politics in the Dark Ages, I was always thoroughly engrossed enough to keep reading. The many characters, each with a tale of their own, wound their way into my heart just as Reageane did.

it's clear to me after finishing The Silver Wolf, that Anne Rice isn't the only true talent in the family.

--Kathy Crawford

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