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The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Gift Chronicles (1) Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“Vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic … metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.” —The Wall Street Journal
“I want to howl at the moon over this. . . . Rice’s style [is] as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe
“A fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with [Rice’s] best…. Feisty and terrific fun.” —Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News
“Intoxicating.” —USA Today
“A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense, brightened by enticing hints of a secret history.” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post
“One part Beauty and the Beast love story, one part meditation on morality and immortality, and one part superman tale…. Rice deepens and gives nuance to classic werewolf lore.” —The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“An entertaining tale of good vs. evil.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Rice’s classic concerns regarding good and evil and shifting views of reality play out wonderfully in what will surely please fans and newcomers alike.” —Publishers Weekly
“The strange history of the Nideck family will jump off the page and enter the readers’ nightmares as Rice has found a new gothic saga to sink her teeth into.” —Bookreporter
“The queen of gothic lit, the maestro of the monstrous and the diva of the devious . . . has returned to her roots.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The best Rice has written since … Interview with the Vampire. . . . Brilliant. . . .Wit-filled, languid and vibrant, brainy and snarling.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Highly entertaining.” —The Washington Times
“Written with compelling modernity . . . The Wolf Gift is a strong—and welcome—return to the monster mythology that made Anne Rice famous.” —Shelf Awareness
From the Author
Writing this book was a pure joy. It was a return for me to gothic motifs --- the old dark house, a mysterious death, the promise of family secrets, and the supernatural monster as hero -- that I had used in the Vampire Chronicles, and the Tales of the Mayfair Witches. And once again, I felt compelled to create an origin story and a cosmology --- this time for my protagonist, Reuben Golding, who finds himself periodically turning into the werewolf of legend. Only unlike the doomed werewolves of so many popular films, Reuben retains full awareness during the transformation and a keen enjoyment of his immense wolfen powers. He never becomes a four footed animal, but remains a deeply conflicted, fierce but compassionate beast-man, hungry for power, and for answers as to the mystery of what he has become. Though similar in many ways to my vampires novels, Reuben's story is almost entirely contemporary. And for the first time in my writing career I explored the haunted atmosphere of California's cold, mist shrouded redwood forests, and the romance of the windswept northern California coast. I lived in northern California for over thirty years, and it was a great pleasure to get back to it, to have my hero dining in San Francisco's North Beach, or meeting his lady love in the quaint town of Mill Valley for breakfast, or driving his sports car north on Highway 101 as he pushes deeper into a grim but at times glorious adventure. ------ I've been asked: will this be a series? I don't know. I held nothing back in the writing of The Wolf Gift, but the characters are alive in my imagination, as vividly as any I've ever created, and I see the grand house of Nideck Point looming against a leaden sky, beckoning me just as it beckoned my hero, Reuben. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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If you are looking for full moon transformations, mindless killing, and the cliche werewolf story - you won't find it in this book. I don't think it is a book about werewolves as much as it is a story about a man transforming and seeing the world in a different perspective. Yes the Wolf Gift changes him, but to me the book was a story of choices, learning, and understanding. Of course I am sure everyone who reads it gets something unique out of it. I was enthralled by how the Wolf Gift made the main character seek out innocent people who are being harmed, how he questioned whether or not he was good or evil. You fear for his safety, you want him to get the answers he is seeking. Half-way into the book I wanted "The Wolf Gift" myself! :) I can't remember another werewolf story or movie making me feel that way.
By chapter 39 when answers starting coming, I was smiling at the history of mankind. I really enjoyed this book. I love that is not a typical werewolf story. I enjoyed all of the characters and I am looking forward to the next chronicle.
I consider myself an Anne Rice fan, though I have not read all of her books. I stopped the Vampire Chronicles in the middle of Memnoch the Devil. It was clear she was having a religious epiphany and I did not want my beloved characters forces into it with her. I read the Lives of the Mayfair witches through most of Taltos. I picked up Pandora, Merrick and Blood and Gold and longed to find out what happened when the characters met in the crossovers books. I have yet to go back and find them. So, I chose the Wolf Gift to begin my new journey with Anne.
I am glad I did. While it is true that Anne's writing has changed over the years, I don't think that this change detracts from her ability to tell a great story. I am not going to go into a recap of the story here; you can find that information on a book jacket or in any number of the other reviews on this site.
What I can say is that she has drawn us into the world of the Morphenkind by introducing us to Reuben Golding. A young man, who is obviously living in the wrong time, he is wise beyond his years and drawn into the mystery of Nideck Point, a large property that carries with it many secrets.
Now, as someone who has not grown up privileged, like Reuben, I still found it easy to relate to him. He is intrigued by mythology and literature and by the world that came before him. It was easy to see how someone could lose themselves in a mysterious house, even before the tragedy that befalls him, which ultimately changes his life forever.
I am a lover of mythology, especially supernatural mythology and have done my own academic research on werewolf mythology. I found it refreshing that she turned this genre on its head, by not including many of the recently created tropes associated with werewolf folklore. There was no lunar cycle, no silver bullet. Anne is known for her impeccable research into a topic before writing and you can tell she did it here.
The only con I found in reading this novel was that there is some echo of her vampire mythology hiding in these pages. How can there not be. You have immortal creatures, who must kill as a means of survival. There is the struggle between good and evil...as always.
I, for one, cannot wait until October 2013, when the sequel is released. I want to know more about the Morphenkind and their adventures throughout history.
popped out "like oh saw that comming 6 billion years ago" or "wow that was lame" or "did i just fall asleep 3 times reading that one
The story keeps churning out interest, excitement, satisfaction, forget 50 whatever. i've bought 7 books since reading this one trying to
find one of simular quality, and etc but i guess i should only just check out Ann Rice's other works instead XD.
my GF got me to read the book, i haven't read a book in 15 years. i could barely get through the first few chapters to give other books a
chance since reading this book it was just that goooood! One i left in the trunk of my car to get mangled with time (incase some terible
tragedy strikes that leaves me stranded with a very very dead car in the middle of nowhere and i gata kill 6 hours before a towtruck gets
there. the rest i'm trying to avoid just throwing out.
Simply put this book left me with an unsatiable appetite for a sequal to this one that i simply cannot express with my simpleton
vocabulary. the charaters & story were larger than life and its PROPERLY DESERVES A MOVIE more than 'an interview with a vampire'. To
which i'm bowled over by my blindness for having never read one of her books before but only seeing the movie.
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