A daring new departure from the inspired creator of "The Vampire Chronicles "("unrelentingly erotic. . . unforgettable."), the "Lives of the Mayfair Witches "("Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature"), and the angels of "The Songs of the Seraphim" ("remarkable."). 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, re-imagined and re-invented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create it.
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, 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.
About the Author
Anne Rice is the author of many internationally bestselling books, most recently The Road to Egypt, the first volume in her life of Christ the Lord. She came to international fame for ‘The Vampire Chronicles’, which include Interview with the Vampire (filmed by Neil Jordan, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt), The Tale Of The Body Thief and the latest volume Blood Canticle. The musical Lestat, with music by Elton John, opened on Broadway in April 2006. Her other fiction includes the shorter vampire novels, Pandora and Vittorio the Vampire, as well as The Witching Hour, Lasher, The Mummy, The Feast Of All Saints and Cry To Heaven (soon to be a major film). She was born in New Orleans, where she lived for many years, and now lives in Palm Springs, California. Anne Rice has sold over 100 million copies of her books to date.
""The Wolf Gift" is vintage Anne Rice--a lushly written, gothic...metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves."
--Alexandra Alter, "The Wall Street Journal "
"Anne Rice has done it again. In her latest novel, "The Wolf Gift," the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting 'were-wolf' lore and in the end succeeds magnificently."
--Nola Cancel, "Examiner"
"[Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" and "The Lives of the Mayfair Witches" series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author's distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!"
--Bette Lee Fox, "Library Journal (starred)"
"I want to howl at the moon over this...I devoured these pages...[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice's style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction."
--Alan Cheuse, "The Boston Globe"
"Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn"
--Kristine Huntley, "Booklist"
"[A]n energetic gambol, feisty and terrific fun. . . . [A] fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with her best. . . . "Wolf Gift" is irresistible."
--Joy Tipping, "The Dallas Morning News"
"[I]n Rice's hands, "The Wolf Gift "evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller. . . ."
--Liz Colville, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Anne Rice combines a vast literary gift with a shameless love of sex, beauty and pop culture. Her artistic vision is part Bela Lugosi, part Andy Warhol, part Christina the Astonishing, the medieval holy woman who cou
Number Of Pages: 403
Published: 14th February 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.368 x 15.494 x 4.064
Weight (kg): 0.703