August 2, 2010
I try and keep my book pages up to date with review links as i come across them. However, since Wolf’s Cross has been out less than a week, I’ve gotten more ink electrons devoted to it recently than my other stuff, even aside from the self-promotional Big Idea I mentioned last post. So here’s what people have been saying around the interwebs:
In Swann’s first book in this series, Wolfbreed, we were introduced to a young girl who had grown up treated like a monster, but who found a way to reconcile who she was with who she could be. In this second book, set a hundred years later in 14th century Poland, it’s the exact opposite set up. Maria grew up human, unaware of who she was or what she could become. Upon learning of her heritage, she has to reconcile the monster she sees herself becoming to the human she wants to remain.
I enjoyed Wolf’s Cross more than its predecessor. I found myself empathizing more with Maria’s problems than I had with Lilly’s. Maria’s problems, though similar to Lilly’s (just from the opposite spectrum), felt more developed. Whereas Lilly struggled with the notion of being a human, Maria struggled with being herself; for Maria it was a question of whether she could retain herself while lost in the power of being the wolf. [More...]
Books that are in medieval time settings haven’t been my thing; for me the 14th century generally conjures up images of the Plague, dank, miserable castles, and men and women who are happy to remain unwashed for as long as possible. That being the case, it took me quite a while to pick up Wolf’s Cross, but I’m glad I finally managed it. [More...]
Werewolves and Teutonic Knights make for an interesting combination in Wolf’s Cross, S.A. Swann’s commendable follow-up to Wolfbreed. In the 14th Century, a band of Holy Men are hunting a monster, a demon who walks like man and beast when their trail leads them to a small Polish village. The P.O.V. character on the Church’s side is a young man named Joseph, who is just an initiate and not a full member of the order. In the village, we are introduced to Maria, a young girl living with her sick father, stepbrother and stepmother as she is tasked with helping the wounded Knights upon their arrival. Sparks fly between Joseph and Maria immediately, but their stations in life prevent them from acting on their impulses. [More...]