Query Saturday: GARWAF
Dear (Insert Name Here),
How is a man supposed to be a man when he’s trapped in the body of a wolf? And what is the woman who loves him supposed to do about this rather awkward situation?
GARWAF (Old French for "werewolf") is a fantasy complete at 90,000 words which blends elements of Beauty and the Beast with Marie de France’s medieval lais "Bisclavret."
Lady Isabeau has been packed off to the royal court to snare herself a rich husband so she can pay her father’s gaming debts. Bored by the petty intrigues of the nobility, her loneliness and frustration are eased when the king puts her in charge of the care and comfort of his new pet wolf. Isabeau quickly realizes the beast is more than he seems, for this “wolf” was once Gabriel, the king’s favorite knight. Resolving to do all in her power to restore him, Isabeau is sorely tested as the trials of court and confrontations with those who betrayed Gabriel lead him to stray ever further from his already dwindling humanity. Trapped in his wolf form by his unfaithful wife when she learned his secret, Gabriel struggles to return to the ways of his old life at court while fighting his wolfish urges to maim and kill.
Gradually, rumors of an uncannily intelligent and mild-mannered wolf at the royal court reach the ears of Gabriel’s wife, Alison, and her unscrupulous new husband, Reynard. The circumstances of the wolf’s capture and his subsequent integration into court life lead Alison to suspect that the king’s pet "Garwaf" is none other than her first husband Gabriel in his wolfish aspect. Though her second marriage to Reynard has been far from happy, Alison knows she will need Reynard to quietly dispose of the king’s new pet. Gabriel, after all, is the one creature that could, should he ever return to his human self, strip them of everything they have schemed so hard to gain.
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