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 Chronicles 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 conjured up 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 takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores 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 promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .
The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost-tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with-and drawn to-the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, "ageless ones" who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .
From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Anne Rice's Wolf Gift Chronicles-Vintage Anne Rice. . . . This time, with werewolves.- --The Wall Street Journal -A lot of fun.... Rice creates yet another world . . . along the lines of her greatest achievements.- --Alan Cheuse, NPR -[Rice's] books are scary and mysterious and mystical, filled with thrills and danger, frightening fun, and ardent passion.- --R. L. Stine -Still sharp of tooth.- --The Daily News Journal (Tennessee) -A terrific read by a master of her craft.- --Bookreporter -Anne Rice is back with the bad guys.- --Library Journal -Ranks with [Rice's] best. . . . Feisty and terrific fun.- --The Dallas Morning News -Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators.- --Kirkus Reviews -Includes plenty of forest spirits, a restless ghost, and a grand mansion that almost feels like a character too.- --The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) -Intoxicating.- --USA Today -Rice spares no detail in her lush imagining of dual holidays. One is the Christmas celebrations in the town where the werewolves live . . . and the other is a deep forest ritual.- --Lexington Herald-Ledger
Series: Wolf Gift Chronicles
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 17th June 2014
Publisher: Anchor Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.6 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34