The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

53%

28 Critic Reviews

The Wolf Gift, Rice attempts to bring the same vitality to a new monster, but the book features little bark, and no bite.
-AV Club

Synopsis

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.

This edition features an excerpt from Anne Rice's latest novel The Wolves of Mid-Winter.
 

About Anne Rice

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Anchor. 418 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Wolf Gift
All: 28 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 15

Kirkus

Below average
Jan 23 2012

Despite some of the creakiness of the machinery, Rice finds new permutations in an old tale.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 20 2012

Rice's classic concerns regarding good and evil and shifting views of reality play out wonderfully in what will surely please fans and newcomers alike.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Alex Good on Feb 18 2012

A delightfully bad book, but make no mistake: it is bad. Very bad. Indeed there were times reading it when I thought it must deserve consideration as the worst novel ever written..The closest thing one can imagine to a comic book without pictures

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Alex Good on Feb 18 2012

a delightfully bad book, but make no mistake: it is bad. Very, very bad. Indeed there were times reading it when I thought it must deserve consideration as the worst novel ever written.

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Washington Times

Below average
Reviewed by Corinna Lothar on Apr 27 2012

“The Wolf Gift,” combines lust for blood... Christian theology, European fairytales and American comics in a truly absurd plot.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Aidan Johnson on Feb 19 2012

It is wit-filled, languid and vibrant, brainy and snarling. It will leave open-minded readers howling for more.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Nick Owchar on Mar 01 2012

Rice does finally hit her unique, imaginative stride very late, but it will be a long wait for readers. For some, in fact, it will be much too long to wait.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Zach Handlen on Feb 15 2012

The Wolf Gift, Rice attempts to bring the same vitality to a new monster, but the book features little bark, and no bite.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin Nance on Feb 15 2012

the book bogs down in aimless plotting, sluggish pace and a tendency to philosophize when it ought to be building suspense.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Colville on Feb 26 2012

In Rice's hands, "The Wolf Gift" evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller by its second half.

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Dallas News

Below average
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on Feb 24 2012

Wolf Gift gets bogged down in its final third by lengthy discourses into origin theory and lycanthrope mythology.

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Pajiba

Excellent

Anne Rice created a wholly readable and enjoyable new book that will likely be a series of books... she is still a captivating storyteller, capable of maturity and spinning a great yarn.

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Denver Post

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand on Mar 04 2012

Rice seems to have forgotten that readers don't want werewolves with good taste; they want werewolves who think humans taste good.

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Look At OKC

Below average
Reviewed by John Harrington on Apr 22 2012

near the middle of the book it seems to bog down a little as she becomes more esoteric and questioning about philosophical topics.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Feb 23 2012

The plot in which all this unfolds is magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice’s style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicole Wakelin on Feb 12 2012

If you are a fan of Anne Rice’s earlier work and have been longing for more of her wonderfully detailed supernatural stories, then pick up a copy of The Wolf Gift... and immerse yourself in a delicious new world.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Feb 25 2012

Anne Rice offers readers the gift of literature... Rice's writing reminds us of the power of prose as a special effect, that words can transform not just the thoughts and lives of characters, but those of readers as well.

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Lit Reactor

Below average
Reviewed by Meredith Borders on Feb 15 2012

the pacing is unexpected and somewhat disconcerting.

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State Journal-Register

Excellent
Reviewed by Isaac Morris on Apr 13 2012

I have not been able to put down. It would appear that her fascination with God-made-man... has given her even greater depth in an analysis of Man-made-beast

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 07 2012

lush and vivid descriptions, pulse-pounding pacing, and intricate cast of characters. Fans everywhere will welcome the Queen of Goth’s refreshingly frank take on yet another well-known monster.

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by April on Mar 27 2012

I don’t think The Wolf Gift is your average paranormal fantasy, there’s a definite depth. I consider it paranormal literature.

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Girls in the Stacks

Below average
Reviewed by Nancy

Good enough story but not as gripping as I’d hoped... Just a little too out of touch for me.

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

Good
Reviewed by Mandy B on Feb 02 2012

I was blown away by The Wolf Gift. It is one of the best horror novels I have read in ages, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who is a fan of the genre.

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Bibliosaurustext

Below average
Reviewed by Audrey on Feb 23 2012

I was gravely disappointed in this book and struggled to finish it. The ending is anti-climatic, so even that let me down.

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Opinions of a Wolf Blog

Below average
Feb 18 2012

this was an incredibly irritating and frustrating read that I disliked so much I’m not even going to do my usual of passing on my reviewer’s copy... This one is going in the recycling bin.

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Ron Reads

Good
Reviewed by Ronald on Mar 05 2012

a remarkable return to form. And for longtime Anne Rice fans such as myself, that is certainly a welcome development.

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NYX Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Celine Nyx on Feb 22 2012

In my humble book-lover's opinion, this isn't Ms Rice's best work so far.

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My Four Bucks Blog

Good
Reviewed by Tracey on Mar 20 2012

What I like most... is the sense of history she invokes...and the way in which they endure over the centuries and the history they witness... the novel finished at the most thrilling and exciting part... and I was desperate to learn more and continue reading.

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