The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice
The Wolf Gift Chronicles

69%

11 Critic Reviews

The dialogue in this book becomes a little stilted now and then, but it's also quite clear overall that since she's put her Jesus novels behind her and taken up this new pagan series, Anne Rice herself seems to have undergone quite a transformation.
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Synopsis

The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues . . .

In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post), readers were spellbound as Rice imagined a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

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 Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other . . . as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers . . .


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About Anne Rice

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Published October 15, 2013 by Anchor. 401 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Aug 06 2013

This complex fantasy world relies on an elaborate substructure of lore and history, and the action slows as points of exposition are repetitiously belabored. Fans will welcome Rice’s return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 26 2013

New conflicts and antagonists are introduced and dealt with in a late rush, and Reuben’s forays as Man Wolf are perfunctory, taking up fewer pages than the party planning. Still...Reuben and Felix are sympathetic protagonists, and the series mythology, suggesting that the fair folk may be evolved human ghosts, is fascinating.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Alan Chese on Oct 17 2013

The dialogue in this book becomes a little stilted now and then, but it's also quite clear overall that since she's put her Jesus novels behind her and taken up this new pagan series, Anne Rice herself seems to have undergone quite a transformation.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Oct 15 2013

I confess that I really enjoyed watching Rice create yet another world of strangeness and transformations along the lines of her greatest achievements,

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Nola Cancel on Oct 14 2013

The immortals may be different in these novels, along with a more modern setting and new locales, but the reasons we get such pleasure from an Anne Rice book are still there and remind us why we keep coming back.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Sep 16 2013

Anne Rice is doing something a little different in “The Wolf Gift” saga and I can understand how it might not appeal to some of her fans. The simple fact is that I like the two books so far and I am happy with the direction in which she is taking the series.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Ray Palen on Oct 17 2013

Even though Rice’s latest gothic horror effort does not possess the bite...as her Vampire Chronicles, it is still a terrific read by a master of her craft. Less blood and guts and more character-driven narrative fuel THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER and make for a great fall release.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand on Oct 28 2013

...there is only a series of setpieces and occasional supernatural intrusions, all too neatly resolved. Everyone gets off the hook, except for slimy pedophiles and drug dealers.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 02 2013

...the beauty of the narrative and the exquisite descriptions make this anything but a mediocre sequel. It is an absolutely luscious glimpse into a very special and unusual family unit, one that makes a reader understand why they call becoming a wolf a gift rather than a curse.

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Pure Textuality

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenna on Feb 03 2014

Technically speaking, Midwinter was spot on – good story flow, excellent character development, the mystery aspect was very well-written, and I love that it was not a duplicate of The Wolf Gift.

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Talk Supe

Above average
on Oct 14 2013

Though The Wolves of Midwinter didn't excite me as much as The Wolf Gift, I still enjoyed the novel. The last hundred pages or so of the book wowed me with its implications that book 3 will is going to be a very interesting journey for Reuben.

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