Darkest Desire: The Wolf's Own Tale

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Wolf has a problem: his desire to eat children makes him an outcast among his peers. When he encounters the Brothers Grimm in the forest, they offer him a cure. Are they sincere, or skilled manipulators? Wolf decides to take a chance. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Fairy tales
  • Words: 34,610
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465996725
About Anthony Schmitz

Anthony Schmitz is a boat builder who lives in St. Paul, MN. His previous novels are Darkest Desire: The Wolf's Own Tale (Ecco) and Lost Souls (Random House/Available Press).

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Jessica Bronder reviewed on July 3, 2012

Wolf is an outcast amount his kind. He desires the flesh of people, especially children. He feels wrong about his desires but, like any addict, can’t stop himself. It doesn’t help that Devil keeps encouraging him.

One night he stumbles on the Brothers Grimm in the forest. He is drawn to their story about wolves but is discovered when he voices his disapproval over the treatment of wolves. When asked about his darkest desire, he admits his passion for children and how he wishes to not have that craving. The Brother’s Grimm offers to cure him.

This is a good twist to the standard fairytales. We see the story through Wolf’s eyes and realize that he is more of an addict than evil creature. That doesn’t make him any better of a creature or justify what he does. I liked the Brother’s Grimm. They are portrayed in a manner that I think would be closer to home in real life. It makes you think about the real truths behind the stories.

I liked this story. I think if you like twisted fairytales you would really be drawn to this book. I am definitely going to be getting Anthony Schmitz’s other stories.

I received this book for free from the Library Thing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Kathy Hillamn reviewed on March 2, 2012

Darkest Desires: The Wolf's Own Tale is the story of a Wolf who loves children and his enccounter with the Brothers Grimm. During the time spent with the Brothers Grimm the Wolf confesses to having an unnatrual desire of eating children, to this the Brothers Grimm convince the Wolf that they can cure him. I really enjoyed reading this book and getting a different idea on who the Brothers Grimm could actually be. The characters are well written and very believable in their thoughts and actions. I enjoyed learning the Wolf's perspective on how the fairy tales were possibly conceived.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Hannah Hummel reviewed on Oct. 26, 2011

I loved this book because it had a very interesting plot.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
Ray2 reviewed on Oct. 6, 2011

After reading this story, I didn’t know if I’d rather kill the wolf or give him a safe place to hide. The author was good at making me like a character one moment and despise him the next. Schmitz painted the Grimm Brothers as dysfunctional scientists/con artists who stop at nothing to get their story and the wolf as psychologically ill and looking for help. I had to sympathize with the wolf even as I hated him.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
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