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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “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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