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Unlike a stereotypical raving werewolf, the hero Thal is a much more complex character. He distinguishes himself as a werewolf because he can control his transformations. He shifts into his beast self at will with his enchanted wolf fur. The description of the novel states:
“Thal is wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting but still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.”
The story revolves around the werewolf Thal and his hunt for the men who tortured and executed his witch mother. Most of the action takes place in 1561 Prague.
When Falbe wrote her paranormal romance she crafted the setting of Renaissance Europe as a complementary backdrop for Thal’s werewolf power. He is in a society strained by transformations in religion, technology, and politics. His struggle to understand both the man and the beast within himself is mirrored by society’s deep conflict with its changing systems.
Sixteenth century Europe was a time of terrible turmoil. The Roman Catholic Church was losing control of much of the Holy Roman Empire as the Protestant Reformation rejected Roman authority. The print revolution spread political dissent and supported advances in technology and commerce. The growing economy led to new wealthy elites who waged war for political power.
When Falbe who hails from Mount Pleasant, Michigan studied history at Central Michigan University in the early 1990s, she learned how the witch hunting tied in with the strife of that time. Purging witches was part of the violent social cleansing performed by both Catholics and Protestants. The vicious torture and killing were aimed mostly at women and acted as a means for secular and religious authorities to intimidate people into obedience.
“The horrible concept of people being burned alive in town squares always stuck with me, and I wanted to write a novel to explore this evil,” Falbe said.
This fertile historical ground allowed Falbe to craft an exciting adventure that included Gypsies, mercenaries, monks, magistrates, nobles, and musicians.
The Apple iBooks store for ebooks is accessed through iTunes in 51 countries. Falbe’s previous novels have received good ratings from her readers in the United States and Great Britain, and she has enjoyed sales from various countries, including France, Australia, and Canada. All of her titles at iBooks can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/
Falbe currently lives in Battle Creek and has been publishing her novels since 2006. She began writing in 1997 and has produced two fantasy series The Rys Chronicles and Rys Rising. She is also the author of three nonfiction works. As a graduate with a degree in journalism from California State University, Chico she has dedicated herself to writing and is part of the growing ranks of independent authors who have gained audiences thanks to worldwide distribution of ebooks.