The Wolf Gift: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - Fiction - 403 pages
33 Reviews
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.
 

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Review: The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Gift Chronicles (The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I picked up this book for two reasons. 1. Anne Rice is a well known, well respected author. 2. I was/am sick of vampire stories, so werewolves seemed like a nice change of pace. Overall, it was a ... Read full review

Review: The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Gift Chronicles (The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Judy Yarborough - Goodreads

I honestly did not expect to appreciate this book, but I hoped to and was glad to be persuaded. After trying to be open minded and reading part of Interview with a Vampire, I was frustrated and really ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
33
Section 3
38
Section 4
41
Section 5
62
Section 6
78
Section 7
87
Section 8
101
Section 22
204
Section 23
214
Section 24
223
Section 25
236
Section 26
239
Section 27
243
Section 28
261
Section 29
277

Section 9
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Section 10
131
Section 11
138
Section 12
145
Section 13
148
Section 14
159
Section 15
167
Section 16
170
Section 17
176
Section 18
180
Section 19
184
Section 20
191
Section 21
196
Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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About the author (2012)

Anne Riceis the author of thirty-one books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.
 
www.annerice.com

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