The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, #1) by Anne RiceThe 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, historic 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 who—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 threaten 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 are others like him who may be watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time and may 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.
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Anne Rice Talks Book 3 of The Wolf Gift Chronicles, Louisiana Wolves, and More
After more than a decade, Anne Rice has returned to rule as the queen of vampire fiction once more. At the time, it was intended to be her final book exploring the adventures of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. All the while, many of those fans kept asking: Will Lestat ever come back? With Prince Lestat 's Oct. So it's a sequel to everything that went before in The Vampire Chronicles , and it's the first big book in terms of scope since Queen of the Damned , because it's the first book that takes up the whole Tribe.
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Anne Rice is probably best know for The Vampire Chronicles series which drew legions of fans into the realm of vampires and demons and things that go bump in the night. Her vampires do not sparkle, nor pretend to be teenagers. They roam the earth killing where they see fit, sometimes the vilest of humans, other times the most innocent. Their stories are tales of vampires as blood-sucking monsters, but they are also tales of what it means to be human. Rice's vampires are creatures of thought and intellect who strive to understand their place in a human world. This is what drew me to her novels, which were the first horror or dark fiction novels I ever willingly read. I read Dracula in high school, but that was only for a grade and I did not enjoy the book at the time.
Read on for a few early details. On Halloween night Ms. Watch the full often hilarious interview below, and look for a review of The Wolves of Midwinter soon. Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed manwolf. The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December.
The novel tells the tale of Reuben Golding, a well to do journalist at the fictional San Francisco Observer who is attacked by and turned into a werewolf. He spends the duration of the story fleeing the authorities, the media, and DNA analysts. The novel is set in Northern California, an area where Rice lived a large portion of her life. Several scenes of the novel take place in the Redwood Forest. Rice explained that The Wolf Gift was not her return to supernatural fiction , stating that the religiously themed novels, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana revolved around mystical events as well.