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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. A. Swann Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wolfbreed Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455196029
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In this captivating reinvention of the werewolf novel, S. A. Swann propels readers into the darkest days of the Middle Ages, weaving a rare blend of soaring romance, historical intrigue, paranormal thrills, and spiritual questioning to tell a story that forever changes those who hear it.

When a monk inadvertently discovers a lair of werewolf young, he unleashes what will become the Church’s most powerful and secret weapon. The werewolves are clandestinely raised by the Teutonic Order to serve as instruments of God against pagan unbelievers. Trained to slip into villages cloaked in human form, they are all but unstoppable. Only one, called Lilly, has cunningly fled her brutal master.

When young Uldolf sees what appears to be a beautiful young woman injured and cowering in the woods, he races to her aid. Uldolf and his adoptive family will do anything to protect the terrified girl, but the danger is greater than they can possibly imagine. For death is the only life Lilly has ever known—and if their humanity can’t pierce the darkness Lilly harbors in her soul, they’ll soon come to know it, too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” 

    George R. R. Martin, author of A Feast for Crows

  • “Mesmerizing…An exciting, nonstop action-adventure…I adored this book.”

    Mary Balogh, author of First Comes Love

  • “Religion and political intrigue turn an adolescent werewolf into a killing machine in this compelling novel of thirteenth-century Northern Europe…Swann turns opposing viewpoints into sympathetic perspectives, clearly painting the complex political and religious dynamics of the time.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Swann’s exquisite werewolf historical brings the era vividly to life as the perfect setting for his conflicted, multidimensional characters…filled with action, romance, gore, and political intrigue, it’s a fresh, page-turning take on werewolf tropes…not to be missed.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/20/2014

    " Had no idea what to expect with this one. I got it because it was in the "librarian picks" section of the library. It was actually very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Cadoff | 2/11/2014

    " Truly enjoyable reading. Had a lot of fun with this and immediately began searching for the sequel. Found IT! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 2/6/2014

    " Good but not great. It took a while for the story to actually pick up and move forward. It jumped back and forth between time periods which I found very confusing. I don't think I'll continute in the series as it seems to be all new characters in each books. I don't want another 300 pages of history/set up and 100 pages of actual story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita Tiwari | 1/28/2014

    " Meh. I've read much better YA novels, particularly "The House of Scorpion." I felt this novel was lacking in character development, and the plot moved rather sluggishly (though it was nicely woven). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqie | 1/19/2014

    " I'm not sure why I picked up this book; the cover looked kind of cheesy. But I was pleasantly surprised! It's a werewolf story, but instead of the usual urban fantasy it's set in 12th century Prussia. The author has a gift for making believable, flawed, but interesting and sympathetic characters. The one-armed hero (who needs help from the werewolf heroine) is strong and moral, but not rigid. The heroine is emotionally damaged from the abuse that she suffered in being trained from childhood to be a killing machine, but grows through the book. Much better than I expected, and I'll read the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carry | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed it, but I only gave it 3 starts because of the gore. I really hated how the corpses were described. It's defiantly not a YA book, even though the cover makes it look like one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Todd | 1/11/2014

    " I love this story. I love the Character ideal for the time period. It a great book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " Torn witht his book. I didnt love it but I didnt hate it either. It was just really good to me. I tended to get lost in the religious politics of it. And sections started to get boring. But when it was good it was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/22/2013

    " It started off extremely slow, but was good enough to keep me reading. Once the middle Ages back drop was set up it really took off. Still left me with a lot of questions though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/4/2013

    " Really interesting twist on the werewolf story. I felt the love story weakened the ending, but still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/27/2013

    " Read from 1/3 - 1/4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/20/2013

    " One word: BRILLIANT! Do yourself a favour and read this. definitely a must read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 10/5/2013

    " This was a maybe book for me. I thought the premise sounded interesting, but in the end it just wasn't for me. I think it is because the time period is one that I just don't care for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jetamors | 2/28/2013

    " I disliked this just as much when it was called Elfen Lied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neema | 10/17/2012

    " Started reading this Friday night and stayed up til wee hours Saturday to finish this...couldn't put it down. Fascinating take on a werewolf story. Can't wait for the next installment. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbie | 12/23/2011

    " I thought it was a fun ride. Would have proferred a bit less of the unnecessary vularity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 11/1/2011

    " A very 'realistic', brutal werewolf story, set in 14th century Prussia. It was an engaging read. I will try to find her novel, "Wolf's Cross", to read, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbie | 5/9/2011

    " I thought it was a fun ride. Would have proferred a bit less of the unnecessary vularity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/6/2011

    " I love this story. I love the Character ideal for the time period. It a great book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 11/3/2010

    " Meh. I've read much better YA novels, particularly "The House of Scorpion." I felt this novel was lacking in character development, and the plot moved rather sluggishly (though it was nicely woven). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 9/25/2010

    " Didn't get past page fifty. Dull, dull, dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jetamors | 9/7/2010

    " I disliked this just as much when it was called Elfen Lied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 8/20/2010

    " A very intriguing book that has you cheering for the female lead as she discovers herself during religiously charged times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 7/11/2010

    " This was a maybe book for me. I thought the premise sounded interesting, but in the end it just wasn't for me. I think it is because the time period is one that I just don't care for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/27/2010

    " It started off extremely slow, but was good enough to keep me reading. Once the middle Ages back drop was set up it really took off. Still left me with a lot of questions though. "

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About the Author

S. A. Swann grew up and still lives in northeastern Ohio, along with three cats, two dogs, a pair of goats, a horse, and one overworked spouse. He has published over twenty novels.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.