The Wolf Gift

The Wolf Gift

Large Print - 2012
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A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles ("unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable"-- The Washington Post ), Lives of the Mayfair Witches ("Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature"-- San Francisco Chronicle ), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim ("remarkable"--Associated Press). A whole new world--modern, sleek, high-tech--and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night--shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked--bitten--by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as "the Man Wolf" by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching--guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2012
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780307990761
0307990761
Characteristics: 641 p

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Kat88
May 21, 2015

This book was alright, but not nearly as good as Rice's previous books. It feels a little bit forced, like she wasn't as into writing it as her vampire novels.

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Amber L Moreno
Apr 24, 2015

It's definitely missing the zing of the Vampire Chronicles/Lives of the Mayfair Witches, but is still worth reading. Team Jacob will definitely be into it, and the scenery of the California redwoods is enough to rival the brush that so dreamily painted New Orleans years ago.

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Neurophysics8
Mar 22, 2015

Great read!

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Chickiewick
Jan 18, 2015

I loved this book. A very fun read, lots of sex with wolves!!! Really nice educated wolves. Very fun.

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MissEavis
May 05, 2014

Classic and therefore awesome Anne Rice, this lady knows how to write a rich story. My favorite is still the Mayfair trilogy but this was great too. Although I think a near legend like Rice deserves a little better editing, found small grammatical mistakes like his where he should be or visa versa :-)

Quimeras Mar 27, 2013

“The Wolf Gift” left too many questions unanswered and to be quite frank, I did not care much for the plot or the characters. I believe that every book of a series (Rice will be releasing a sequel later this year) must be a complete work in itself for it to be worthwhile to the reader. This one simply did not meet that criterion.

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PaganPride
Oct 04, 2012

I have loved everything Anne Rice has ever written...except this. I could barely get through it.

laurars Aug 31, 2012

I read Interview With A Vampire years ago, and loved it. Anne Rice has such a great knack for description, and in this one manages to blend it with great pacing too. I read the whole thing in four days; I couldn't put it down.

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nelll
May 21, 2012

this is a really good book. It's about time the creature does some good - a fast read - lots of good humor in it too.

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BookFan63
Apr 11, 2012

I love Lots of Anne Rice books. But this book did not hold my interest. I would not recommend this book.

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