Reuben Golding has come to Marchent Nideck's house high in the hills of California to write an article about the house and the mysterious history behind it. A terrible event results in Reuben gaining not only possession of this great and beautiful house but also a great and terrible gift. Somehow, he becomes a wolf, intent on tracking down evil doers. Reuben must try to make sense of the changes befalling him, while staying out of the clutches of science and law. Who can Reuben turn to, his father the professor, his mother the doctor or his brother the priest? The house's history promises just as many mysteries as answers. Can Reuben stay alive long enough to master them?
Anne Rice has proved herself queen of the vampires and mistress of witches with her many wonderful books. Her many fans, including myself, were heartbroken when she moved from the paranormal to write about Christianity's early days. With "The Wolf Gift", Anne Rice shows that she is back and just as great bringing a new look to the werewolf genre. The characters grab the reader from page one, the reasoning is plausible, and the back story is lush and intriguing. This book will delight not only Anne Rice's old fans but bring a whole new fan base.
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.