I picked this up at the library book sale because of the enthusiatic endorsement of Anne Rice, who happens to the suthor's sister.
Decadent Rome in the Dark Ages is mired in crumbling grandeur. Into which comes Regeane, a beautiful young woman, bethroned to a mountain lord as a political move. While she inherited her royal bloodline from her mother, from her murdered father she received the genes of werewolf.
While trying to escape the abuse of her uncle, she meets Antonius, a wise and gentle soul trapped within a body grotesquely disfigured by disease; Lucilla, the courtesan of the Pope himself; and Elfgifa, a Saxon captive whom Regeane rescued from slavery. Regeane must fight for her life, her freedom, to live as she is, woman and wolf, partaking of both yet infinitely more than either.
This book certainly doesn't feel like an Anne Rice book. The writing style, with fragmented sentences, gets some taking used to, and ocassionally the woman/wolf narrative feels muddled. I also feel that the character Lucilla should not be so full of emotional outbursts and hysteria, for who she is. However, once into the story, I find it interesting enough to continue.