The Wolf King

Written by Alice Borchardt
Review by Suzanne Crane

Although some readers may want to read Ms. Borchardt’s two previous novels, The Silver Wolf and Night of the Wolf, The Wolf King can stand on its own as an engaging romp into the overlapping days of paganism and Christianity. Although The Wolf King is set in the time of Charlemagne, and main figures of the era such as Lombard King Desederius and Pope Hadrian appear, it should not be classed as a solid historical novel. The title, too, is somewhat of a misnomer since it’s hard to say to whom or what it refers.

However, the cast of leader Maeniel, his wife Regeane, the gloriously diverse members of the werewolf pack, and their human friends in alliance with Charlemagne against their enemies is fast paced, imaginative and just plain fun. The human war for supremacy has events of torture, murder and executions that are actually more grisly and horrifying than the supernatural battles. The extreme brutality of Charlemagne and his people, and the nonexistent ethics of King Desederius, sometimes make the reader wonder why the werewolves are considered monsters.

Ms. Borchardt’s talent is such that she left many cliffhangers in the lives of her werewolves and events, but the quick, absorbing reading leaves her fans avidly awaiting the next installment of her supernatural series.