The book is told as one retells events that have happened to them in the past. It is a book where true historical facts, are interwoven with the fantasy world that Boyd has created (book is based in the late 1800s). The historical events and view is told from the main character Alexander Devoncroix, werewolf, for he has all the "facts" of what occurred at the time. The other main characters are Tessa, human, who has become part of the werewolf world who is struggling to find her place within it and to understand the werewolf culture; and Elisa Devoncroix, werewolf, who is the leader of the pack, but knows that all may not accept her views for the pack’s future.
This novel is about the power of love, good and bad forms, betrayal, redemption, and finding what one is truly looking for.
This book was very engrossing and you really feel like you are living in the world of the werewolf. Yes there are times when the book is slow, more so at the beginning, but that is because the book is recounting history and to understand the story all the facts are needed. I found I went through every emotion while reading this book and I think that is a trait of a true story teller. The world that Boyd has created is amazing, her great writing skills and use of description make the story that much better.
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who likes paranormal books.
Note: the paperback version of this book is hard to find. The book was written in 1998, so you might be able to find it at the used book store (I was unable to though), I have found a few new and used copies available on the main website, such as Amazon, Chapters and Barns and Noble but you might want to check some used book sites like Biblo.com