Anne Rice is back with a vengeance. I am so glad that she brought about a new twist to the werewolf mythology. I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait for the next.
She does to werewolves what she did for vampires in her vampire chronicles. I am totally in love with this book and I hope that it is the beginning of a whole new series of books.
We meet Reuben who is a reporter for the San Francisco Observer. He is on his way to meet Marchant Nideck to do a story on her house on the cliff. She wants to sell her inherited house of her great uncle Felix Nideck. That sounds simple, right? That couldn't be farther from the truth. While there, Reuben gets bitten by an animal, a big dog or wolf. It kills Marchant but leaves him alive. By leaving him alive the creature bestowed the wolf gift upon him. Reuben has to learn to harness his new gifts to become a man wolf that helps people and destroys evil, wherever he finds it.
The Wolf Gift is not your typical werewolf story, which makes it even better. Just forget what you've read or thought of werewolves, this brings a new light to the mythology of the werewolf. This looks like the beginning of many Anne Rice werewolf chronicles.
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.