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Wolf's Cross ❰Reading❯ ➶ Wolf's Cross Author S.A. Swann – Polishdarling.co.uk S A Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed Like its predecessor, Wolf s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries a S A Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed Like its predecessor, Wolf s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries and break taboos to tell an unforgettable story of romance and adventure that will forever change how you think about werewolves Maria lives a simple life in a small Polish village, working for the lord of the nearby fortress Motherless since birth, Maria has been raised by her father and stepmother Around her neck she wears as she has always worn a silver crucifix, to protect her from the devil Or so her father tells herBut when a contingent of badly mauled Teutonic knights, including a handsome and gravely wounded young man named Josef, ask for succor at the fortress, Maria s quiet and comfortable world shatters For the knights are Wolfj gers, an order dedicated to the extermination of werewolves, and Maria, unknowingly, is one of the creatures they hunt Only the crucifix about her neck prevents her body from changing into a lethal killing machineWhen Maria meets Darien, a wolfbreed bent on exacting a terrible revenge on humans, she will learn the truth about herself, and find her loyalties and her heart torn in two.


10 thoughts on “Wolf's Cross

  1. Dillon Dillon says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Great book until the ending, i hated the ending First book was much much better The storyline seemed incomplete to have Darien die, i would rather have seem Josef die, or in the least Darien escape The story led me to like Darien I found myself relating to himand , then it spat on his character as someone vile, which made this book contradict itself thoroughly and made it confusing whether or not i should think of Darien as a bad guy or simply angry tormented soul who needed to fin Great book until the ending, i hated the ending First book was much much better The storyline seemed incomplete to have Darien die, i would rather have seem Josef die, or in the least Darien escape The story led me to like Darien I found myself relating to himand , then it spat on his character as someone vile, which made this book contradict itself thoroughly and made it confusing whether or not i should think of Darien as a bad guy or simply angry tormented soul who needed to find someone something he could hope and live for, and his only hope ends up killing him off That is an terrible ending for me I would have rather seen Darien kill Maria in fact for her arrogance of her own kinds way, and her unwillingness to even attempt to understand Dariens troubles as the last of his kind This made me despise Maria as arrogant and selfish temptress h backstabbed her own kind I understood her loyalty was with her family, but she didnt even attempt to help save Darien SO what do you expect to happen when you ignore someones feelings, especially a werewolf the size of a truck First book was 10 times better than this for a powerful storyline and an excellent ending, honestly the best book i have ever read Wolfbreed but this ending just ruined the whole book for me


  2. Jeannie Mancini Jeannie Mancini says:

    Darien is half human, half wolf He is a mix breed werewolf capable of morphing into either being at will As a child he witnessed his whole family, his clan of Wolfbreeds burned to death when a band of Polish Teutonic Knights called the Wolfjagers specifically armed for hunting his kind, herded and locked his people into a church and lit a match to mass murder them all From that day on he vowed to ignore his human half and to slaughter as many people as he could His wolf persona is angry, cru Darien is half human, half wolf He is a mix breed werewolf capable of morphing into either being at will As a child he witnessed his whole family, his clan of Wolfbreeds burned to death when a band of Polish Teutonic Knights called the Wolfjagers specifically armed for hunting his kind, herded and locked his people into a church and lit a match to mass murder them all From that day on he vowed to ignore his human half and to slaughter as many people as he could His wolf persona is angry, cruel, and vicious he becomes a relentless killing machine.Josef is a novice monk in training, new to arrive to the Wolfjager Order Putting the horrors of his past behind him, memories of the Plague that took his family and wife away from him, he chooses a life of solitude to extinguish his pain Josef is unaware of what the Order hunts, until one day their band is attacked in the forest by a fierce predator who slashes and kills many of their men Josef himself is critically wounded and is rushed to a nearby German village with the other injured knights to seek urgent medical attention Maria is a servant at the German fortress who aids the plight of the Teutonic Knights She is given the task of caring for Josef, to heal his wounds and calm his fevered mind As the two begin to acquaint, Josef doubts his monastic vows and is smitten with the raven haired beauty tending to his soul and injuries But Maria has a deep secret that even she is unaware of that prevents her heart from opening to Josef s love Given a silver cross as an infant by her father to always protect her from harm, she soon discovers that without that cross around her neck, she too becomes a creature unbound and can walk the forest on all fours to prey on the living as a fur covered Wolfbreed This creative mix of werewolf horror and paranormal romance is quite clever showing the author s talent for ingenuity to pen a werewolf novel with an unusual twist Set in Poland in the mid 14th century, Swann s historical tale conjures up atmosphere of both horror and romance that is quite engaging Well developed characters, an alternative time period not overly used in fiction, and a plot quite different than the average wolf stories out there, Wolf s Cross was an entertaining read that I really enjoyed and can highly recommend


  3. Melanie Melanie says:

    Normally I don t do this sort of thing Meaning that I don t usually read the second volume of a series before the first I didn t know this was the second till after I finished it and searched it up on here I really enjoyed the read though the beginning and middle were may favorite, but the ending though really left me dissatisfied I don t really like love triangles for unless in my mind one of em is a clear and better match for the heroine In here though it just seemed wrong like the aut Normally I don t do this sort of thing Meaning that I don t usually read the second volume of a series before the first I didn t know this was the second till after I finished it and searched it up on here I really enjoyed the read though the beginning and middle were may favorite, but the ending though really left me dissatisfied I don t really like love triangles for unless in my mind one of em is a clear and better match for the heroine In here though it just seemed wrong like the author was in a rush to wrap everything in a nice neat bow at the end Even though I didn t like the way Darien thought Maria as his position, that was just the way he was raised I felt like with a little bittime he could have changed and grow to love her the way should wanted and deserved to be treated Plus even if the way he treated her was how he was raised wouldn t he do just about anything ie change his ways to make want to stay with him And although Josef and Maria did have their moments together in the beginning where he was unconscious and his lips brushed his cheek, that was beyond uber cute the interaction was limited to only caring for each tending to each others wounds other and telling each other there life stories, although not intensional felt really insta love to me To me there interaction didn t justify them ending up together And I hate reading a book so far through to have it end up like that I did enjoy reading the book, but the ending really ruined the book for me It really tainted what this book could of been but now could never be


  4. S.J. Bell S.J. Bell says:

    Wolfbreed was an underrated gem, a blend of historical fantasy and paranormal romance that gave a stark and authentic portrayal of life in the middle ages and the dark side of human nature It s a tough act to follow, so author S.A Swann doesn t try Instead, he takes the setting and crafts a different story, with new characters and a completely different tone Results are good While Wolf s Cross does not pack the brutal impact of its predecessor, it is just as good as a story, and in its own Wolfbreed was an underrated gem, a blend of historical fantasy and paranormal romance that gave a stark and authentic portrayal of life in the middle ages and the dark side of human nature It s a tough act to follow, so author S.A Swann doesn t try Instead, he takes the setting and crafts a different story, with new characters and a completely different tone Results are good While Wolf s Cross does not pack the brutal impact of its predecessor, it is just as good as a story, and in its own way quite a bit deeper.Read the full review at Lupines and Lunatics


  5. Karla Gautreaux Karla Gautreaux says:

    Definitely not as good as the first one.


  6. Barbie Barbie says:

    In my opinion, not as good as the first book.


  7. Kathryn(sage) Kathryn(sage) says:

    When I read this I was expecting well not this I kept drifting in and out of this book and unable to hold my interest, not even just tugging on it I skipped to the end halfway through and was unsurprised and unimpressed with the ending The writing wasn t the best and the main characters were are vanilla as you could get Good for putting yourself to sleep or wasting time and I do mean wasting.


  8. Mei Mei says:

    Argh I don t like werewolves almost as much as I don t like vampires, sadly This wasn t appalling however and I did manage to finish it in the end.


  9. Kim Kim says:

    Book wasn t bad, but just not as intriguing as I hoped for And I really hated one of the characters.


  10. Thistle Thistle says:

    I was surprised to see thatlists this book as a romance book Though, now that I can see the cover There s no way in the world I would have considered this romance as I read it Yes, there s a relationship in it, and yes there s a love triangle, but that s only part of the plot.Set in 14th century Poland Middle Ages Europe , the story followed three POVs The first was a werewolf As a very young boy, his whole village and family all werewolves were violently killed by werewolf hu I was surprised to see thatlists this book as a romance book Though, now that I can see the cover There s no way in the world I would have considered this romance as I read it Yes, there s a relationship in it, and yes there s a love triangle, but that s only part of the plot.Set in 14th century Poland Middle Ages Europe , the story followed three POVs The first was a werewolf As a very young boy, his whole village and family all werewolves were violently killed by werewolf hunters, and with nothing else left, he dedicated his life to revenge against humans.The second was a young man, an initiate to an order of monks The order worked for the church, tracking and killing demons werewolves They were the ones who murdered the werewolf boy s family village.The third was a young woman with a secret BET YOU CAN T GUESS WHAT THAT SECRET IS I really enjoyed the plot The werewolf s reason for killing humans was completely believable, and yet sad because he was fueling the whole werewolves are demons and so we re right to kill them all thing The young woman s secret made complete sense All the characters behaved believably and realistically.And I mentioned a love triangle, which would usually be a bad sign for a book In this case, it completely worked I actually liked it I spent most of the book trying to figure out how in the world it could resolve A young woman with a SECRET, in love with both a werewolf and a werewolf hunter.The only downside to the book was how that love triangle and the book s whole ending was settled For some reason, the werewolf went from a reasonable, believable character to an OH HO HO YOU RE MINE SO NOW I SHALL RAPE YOU BECAUSE IT S MY RIGHT BECAUSE YOU RE MINE character He went from loving her and wanting to show her the world to OH YAY NOW I SHALL RAPE YOU Though I have to say, this is the first time I ve ever read a wolf human woman attempted rape scene before Scanning Goodreads reviews, they seem to agree with me that that ending made no sense and was generally disliked Anyway, ending aside, I really, really liked this book Some of the names were insane, but mostly they were kept for minor characters Rycerz Telek Rydz herbu Bojcza Wojewoda Boleslaw The names included a character I ve never encountered before, a lower case L with a slash though it Hm, Google tells me it s a Polish character or The three main characters hadnormal names the werewolf was Darien, the woman Maria, and the young monk Josef , so it was really perfect The main characters were easy to follow, no distraction with wild names, but all other characters havingperiod Polish names kept the feeling of the world realistic.I wasthan halfway through the book when I discovered this was actually the second book in the series That being said, it 100% worked as a stand alone book Though one funny bit, I read a part and said to myself That s a great plot hook I bet it s foreshadowing for the next book but it was actually something from the previous book


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10 thoughts on “Wolf's Cross

  1. Dillon Dillon says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Great book until the ending, i hated the ending First book was much much better The storyline seemed incomplete to have Darien die, i would rather have seem Josef die, or in the least Darien escape The story led me to like Darien I found myself relating to himand , then it spat on his character as someone vile, which made this book contradict itself thoroughly and made it confusing whether or not i should think of Darien as a bad guy or simply angry tormented soul who needed to fin Great book until the ending, i hated the ending First book was much much better The storyline seemed incomplete to have Darien die, i would rather have seem Josef die, or in the least Darien escape The story led me to like Darien I found myself relating to himand , then it spat on his character as someone vile, which made this book contradict itself thoroughly and made it confusing whether or not i should think of Darien as a bad guy or simply angry tormented soul who needed to find someone something he could hope and live for, and his only hope ends up killing him off That is an terrible ending for me I would have rather seen Darien kill Maria in fact for her arrogance of her own kinds way, and her unwillingness to even attempt to understand Dariens troubles as the last of his kind This made me despise Maria as arrogant and selfish temptress h backstabbed her own kind I understood her loyalty was with her family, but she didnt even attempt to help save Darien SO what do you expect to happen when you ignore someones feelings, especially a werewolf the size of a truck First book was 10 times better than this for a powerful storyline and an excellent ending, honestly the best book i have ever read Wolfbreed but this ending just ruined the whole book for me


  2. Jeannie Mancini Jeannie Mancini says:

    Darien is half human, half wolf He is a mix breed werewolf capable of morphing into either being at will As a child he witnessed his whole family, his clan of Wolfbreeds burned to death when a band of Polish Teutonic Knights called the Wolfjagers specifically armed for hunting his kind, herded and locked his people into a church and lit a match to mass murder them all From that day on he vowed to ignore his human half and to slaughter as many people as he could His wolf persona is angry, cru Darien is half human, half wolf He is a mix breed werewolf capable of morphing into either being at will As a child he witnessed his whole family, his clan of Wolfbreeds burned to death when a band of Polish Teutonic Knights called the Wolfjagers specifically armed for hunting his kind, herded and locked his people into a church and lit a match to mass murder them all From that day on he vowed to ignore his human half and to slaughter as many people as he could His wolf persona is angry, cruel, and vicious he becomes a relentless killing machine.Josef is a novice monk in training, new to arrive to the Wolfjager Order Putting the horrors of his past behind him, memories of the Plague that took his family and wife away from him, he chooses a life of solitude to extinguish his pain Josef is unaware of what the Order hunts, until one day their band is attacked in the forest by a fierce predator who slashes and kills many of their men Josef himself is critically wounded and is rushed to a nearby German village with the other injured knights to seek urgent medical attention Maria is a servant at the German fortress who aids the plight of the Teutonic Knights She is given the task of caring for Josef, to heal his wounds and calm his fevered mind As the two begin to acquaint, Josef doubts his monastic vows and is smitten with the raven haired beauty tending to his soul and injuries But Maria has a deep secret that even she is unaware of that prevents her heart from opening to Josef s love Given a silver cross as an infant by her father to always protect her from harm, she soon discovers that without that cross around her neck, she too becomes a creature unbound and can walk the forest on all fours to prey on the living as a fur covered Wolfbreed This creative mix of werewolf horror and paranormal romance is quite clever showing the author s talent for ingenuity to pen a werewolf novel with an unusual twist Set in Poland in the mid 14th century, Swann s historical tale conjures up atmosphere of both horror and romance that is quite engaging Well developed characters, an alternative time period not overly used in fiction, and a plot quite different than the average wolf stories out there, Wolf s Cross was an entertaining read that I really enjoyed and can highly recommend


  3. Melanie Melanie says:

    Normally I don t do this sort of thing Meaning that I don t usually read the second volume of a series before the first I didn t know this was the second till after I finished it and searched it up on here I really enjoyed the read though the beginning and middle were may favorite, but the ending though really left me dissatisfied I don t really like love triangles for unless in my mind one of em is a clear and better match for the heroine In here though it just seemed wrong like the aut Normally I don t do this sort of thing Meaning that I don t usually read the second volume of a series before the first I didn t know this was the second till after I finished it and searched it up on here I really enjoyed the read though the beginning and middle were may favorite, but the ending though really left me dissatisfied I don t really like love triangles for unless in my mind one of em is a clear and better match for the heroine In here though it just seemed wrong like the author was in a rush to wrap everything in a nice neat bow at the end Even though I didn t like the way Darien thought Maria as his position, that was just the way he was raised I felt like with a little bittime he could have changed and grow to love her the way should wanted and deserved to be treated Plus even if the way he treated her was how he was raised wouldn t he do just about anything ie change his ways to make want to stay with him And although Josef and Maria did have their moments together in the beginning where he was unconscious and his lips brushed his cheek, that was beyond uber cute the interaction was limited to only caring for each tending to each others wounds other and telling each other there life stories, although not intensional felt really insta love to me To me there interaction didn t justify them ending up together And I hate reading a book so far through to have it end up like that I did enjoy reading the book, but the ending really ruined the book for me It really tainted what this book could of been but now could never be


  4. S.J. Bell S.J. Bell says:

    Wolfbreed was an underrated gem, a blend of historical fantasy and paranormal romance that gave a stark and authentic portrayal of life in the middle ages and the dark side of human nature It s a tough act to follow, so author S.A Swann doesn t try Instead, he takes the setting and crafts a different story, with new characters and a completely different tone Results are good While Wolf s Cross does not pack the brutal impact of its predecessor, it is just as good as a story, and in its own Wolfbreed was an underrated gem, a blend of historical fantasy and paranormal romance that gave a stark and authentic portrayal of life in the middle ages and the dark side of human nature It s a tough act to follow, so author S.A Swann doesn t try Instead, he takes the setting and crafts a different story, with new characters and a completely different tone Results are good While Wolf s Cross does not pack the brutal impact of its predecessor, it is just as good as a story, and in its own way quite a bit deeper.Read the full review at Lupines and Lunatics


  5. Karla Gautreaux Karla Gautreaux says:

    Definitely not as good as the first one.


  6. Barbie Barbie says:

    In my opinion, not as good as the first book.


  7. Kathryn(sage) Kathryn(sage) says:

    When I read this I was expecting well not this I kept drifting in and out of this book and unable to hold my interest, not even just tugging on it I skipped to the end halfway through and was unsurprised and unimpressed with the ending The writing wasn t the best and the main characters were are vanilla as you could get Good for putting yourself to sleep or wasting time and I do mean wasting.


  8. Mei Mei says:

    Argh I don t like werewolves almost as much as I don t like vampires, sadly This wasn t appalling however and I did manage to finish it in the end.


  9. Kim Kim says:

    Book wasn t bad, but just not as intriguing as I hoped for And I really hated one of the characters.


  10. Thistle Thistle says:

    I was surprised to see thatlists this book as a romance book Though, now that I can see the cover There s no way in the world I would have considered this romance as I read it Yes, there s a relationship in it, and yes there s a love triangle, but that s only part of the plot.Set in 14th century Poland Middle Ages Europe , the story followed three POVs The first was a werewolf As a very young boy, his whole village and family all werewolves were violently killed by werewolf hu I was surprised to see thatlists this book as a romance book Though, now that I can see the cover There s no way in the world I would have considered this romance as I read it Yes, there s a relationship in it, and yes there s a love triangle, but that s only part of the plot.Set in 14th century Poland Middle Ages Europe , the story followed three POVs The first was a werewolf As a very young boy, his whole village and family all werewolves were violently killed by werewolf hunters, and with nothing else left, he dedicated his life to revenge against humans.The second was a young man, an initiate to an order of monks The order worked for the church, tracking and killing demons werewolves They were the ones who murdered the werewolf boy s family village.The third was a young woman with a secret BET YOU CAN T GUESS WHAT THAT SECRET IS I really enjoyed the plot The werewolf s reason for killing humans was completely believable, and yet sad because he was fueling the whole werewolves are demons and so we re right to kill them all thing The young woman s secret made complete sense All the characters behaved believably and realistically.And I mentioned a love triangle, which would usually be a bad sign for a book In this case, it completely worked I actually liked it I spent most of the book trying to figure out how in the world it could resolve A young woman with a SECRET, in love with both a werewolf and a werewolf hunter.The only downside to the book was how that love triangle and the book s whole ending was settled For some reason, the werewolf went from a reasonable, believable character to an OH HO HO YOU RE MINE SO NOW I SHALL RAPE YOU BECAUSE IT S MY RIGHT BECAUSE YOU RE MINE character He went from loving her and wanting to show her the world to OH YAY NOW I SHALL RAPE YOU Though I have to say, this is the first time I ve ever read a wolf human woman attempted rape scene before Scanning Goodreads reviews, they seem to agree with me that that ending made no sense and was generally disliked Anyway, ending aside, I really, really liked this book Some of the names were insane, but mostly they were kept for minor characters Rycerz Telek Rydz herbu Bojcza Wojewoda Boleslaw The names included a character I ve never encountered before, a lower case L with a slash though it Hm, Google tells me it s a Polish character or The three main characters hadnormal names the werewolf was Darien, the woman Maria, and the young monk Josef , so it was really perfect The main characters were easy to follow, no distraction with wild names, but all other characters havingperiod Polish names kept the feeling of the world realistic.I wasthan halfway through the book when I discovered this was actually the second book in the series That being said, it 100% worked as a stand alone book Though one funny bit, I read a part and said to myself That s a great plot hook I bet it s foreshadowing for the next book but it was actually something from the previous book


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