Rebecca Blackhurst was born in Essex in 1972 but grew up in Bahrain and southern Spain. Possessing an incurable wanderlust, she travelled the globe for years before settling back in the UK to complete a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and PhD in Astrobiology.
Growing up on a diet of science fiction and fantasy, Rebecca scribbled down stories and ideas for years but only after moving to New Zealand, for a change of lifestyle, was she able to get her teeth into writing.
Rebecca published her first book, "The Wolves of Solomon," in 2010, an historical fantasy novel based on the fall of the Knights Templar. The sequel "Wolf" followed in 2011. Driven by her characters, she is currently working on a prequel in the series, "Blood and Brethren."
Having a passion for wolves, Rebecca has two German shepherds and can often be heard howling into the night with her pack.
on Oct. 24, 2014 :
This is a brilliant amalgamation of historical fact, a ton of fiction, werewolves, revenge, conspiracy and good ol' action adventure very much in the theme of Three Musketeers and similar stories. Blackhurst combines the traditional stories that surround the Templar Knights with a good dose of werewolf lore and the usual romance, damsel in distress and saving world order that such historical tales require in a fairly seamless and fast paced story. We find ourselves following a number of the characters as they set out to save themselves and others, protect the Templar Order or to wreak havoc across the known world and destroy the Order getting revenge on their enemnies in the process. Each of the characters is well founded and develops over the course of the story, including interesting bits of back story and previous encounters. The only issue really is with some of the writing as there is a good amount of additional unnecessary wordage used which makes the book more cumbersome than it needs to be. But as the story is such a good one it doesn't suffer too much because of this. I did have some issue with how Catherine was portrayed as she couldn't seem to decide between being the damsel in distress or being a hard ass (personally she should've stuck with the latter, she obviously has the balls to do it so do it!), but this is very much a personal preference. Overall a pretty damn good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
GREAT story. Well done RL Blackhurst. Loved the in-depth descriptions and the way the characters and story drew me in with a clear picture of what was going on. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)