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The promise
Boyd, Donna.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Avon Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
340 pages ; 25 cm
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Hannah Braselton North has abandoned civilization to spend her life in isolation among the wild and beautiful animals of the Alaskan wilderness. And a book she now holds fills her with wonder and trepidation. The supposed "memoirs" of one Matise Devoncroix, it is a story of strange desires and forbidden love-the tale of a magnificent hidden race of werewolves and a tortured, doomed relationship written with a firm and powerful hand. Hannah knows it must be fiction, this aching and earnest account of Devoncroix and his lovely, enigmatic Brianna-his lover, his heart, his passion. But the sad, reclusive scientist is haunted by the mystery that surrounds Devoncroix's astonishing revelations-and the journal's connection to a noble, damaged creature she is trying to nurse back to health: a male wolf Hannah pulled from the same airplane wreckage in which she discovered the diary.

But the deeper she delves into Devoncroix's story-and the stronger her recovering "patient" becomes-the more Hannah realizes that what she is reading is no mere invention but the truth. In the story of the fiery romance of Matise and Brianna, the world's true rulers have been revealed to her: fierce, strong, beautiful, and sensual werewolves who have long dominated civilization in secret. And the burned and bloody wolf she brought into her small cabin is one of them. No common beast of the northern woods, Nicholas Devoncroix is a proud pack leader and a living relation of the tragic Matise. And as Nicholas's broken body mends, his awesome powers of attraction strengthen as well-magnetism Hannah will find herself powerless to resist. But returning also are his memories and his rage-and a lust for vengeance that could very well put the future of humanity in dire peril.

Donna Boyd has created a stunning world of decadence, sensuality, and matchless beauty, where an unsuspecting human race must confront the likelihood of it's own destruction. Enter this realm where passion and bl

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The full moon glows as Boyd follows The Passion with a second chronicle about the Devoncroix pack, chieftains of a hidden race of werewolves secretly responsible for nearly every advancement in human civilization. Bereaved Hannah North has come to the remote Alaskan wilderness to mourn the death of her husband when she rescues a mortally injured male wolf from a helicopter crash. A hardbound book that she finds in the wreckage, which turn out to be the memoirs of Matise Devoncroix, reveals to Hannah that the stunning creature she has saved is Nicholas, heir to the recently assassinated Alexander Devoncroix, leader of all the werewolves. Nicholas, however, bitterly opposes Alexander's dream of peaceable werewolf-human coexistence. Hannah's efforts to save Nicholas, presently trapped in wolf form, counterpoint Matise's eerily hypnotic account of his own loving and vengeful relationship with Brianna, a powerful young female werewolf unable to change from human to lupine form. Matise's book also includes his reflections on the mingled history of werewolves and the humans they originally kept as beasts of burden, a symbiosis marred by the human proclivity for violence and treachery. Boyd's elegant, aristocratic werewolves are more convincing than her brutish humans, and her constant shifts between Hannah's narrative and Matise's memoirs can be creaky, but she makes the esoteric werewolf culture consistently and appealingly exotic, witty and sexy. Redolent with heightened olfactory imagery, this heady exploration of interspecies contact and uneasy accommodation should open the door to a whole litter of sequels. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In the wilds of Alaska, wildlife photographer Hannah North discovers a wounded wolf at the site of a downed helicopter. She also finds a diary that tells a fantastic and utterly believable story of creatures with the power to shift between human and wolf form. With the same sensual prose that she brought to The Passion, Boyd delivers another top-notch story chronicling the sensuous lives and passions of the race of werewolves. Recommended for fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.