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The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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What makes this novel special is the changes the author rings on the werewolf theme... This allows Rice to spin both a convincing thriller and an inquisition on the nature of good and evil - a recurring theme in her work - as Reuben avoids his pursuers and considers the creature he has become. Superb. Guardian The Wolf Gift is vintage Anne Rice - a lushly written, gothic... metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves. The Wall Street Journal 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. The Boston Globe Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn. Booklist [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! Library Journal

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""The Wolf Gift" is vintage Anne Rice--a lushly written, gothic...metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves."
--Alexandra Alter, "The Wall Street Journal "
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"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"
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"[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)"
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"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"
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"[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 could famou

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307595110
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTSZ70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Rice is the author of internationally bestselling books including 'The Vampire Chronicles' (from Interview with the Vampire to Blood Canticle), her 'Mayfair Witches' sequence, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A metaphor for what lies within us all! 4 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
Baring in mind that so many Amazon reviews have been written already for this compelling novel, I'm not going to set out the plot or summarize the story again, but assume that anyone reading this is already familiar with that much. Rather, these words will (I hope) provide a few new extra ponderings to add to the many dozens of imaginative and thought provoking points already made.

Let me begin by asserting that, to me, The Wolf Gift is a Yin Yang of a book - a book of deep contrasts, of immense dark and light and the interplay between them. Yet it's not dark and light in the usual sense of creating a good/bad division between hero and enemy. In this book the primary focus of the dark and light polarities exist within a single character. And, more than that, the book in fact encourages the reader to get in touch with the self-same dark and light polarity within themselves.

But more on that in a moment. First let me say this; for me The Wolf Gift was a real page turner. Excuse the pun but, from the moment I opened it metaphorical jaws I was bitten... and once bitten, then dragged helplessly into an adventure that never let me go until the very end. Rarely does a book hold me captive the way this did. It was an utterly compelling read and not simply because of the typical Anne Rice style (which, I have to say, was in top form) but because of the underlying metaphor and psychology. So, let's return to that theme of darkness, light and the human condition.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm 14 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
The reviews over on Amazon.com would have you believe that this is a 'return to form' for Anne Rice and that it is 5* addition to her work. Well, not quite.

To be sure we are back in familiar Rice territory and her skills at characterisation and world building are intact. For the first two thirds or so the plot cracks along and her recent attempts at a more economical prose style pay dividends for the most part. The problem for me was the later third or so of the novel.

I will not give away any spoilers but suffice to say that there is a substantial element of exposition masquerading as dialogue which in earlier times she would have written as a substantial historical flashback or possibly developed as a novel in its own right to good effect. Moreover this comes after a dramatic climax in the plot. This would be fine if it gradually built to a second and final climactic resolution but it doesn't. I find this strange because it is clear from her earlier work that Rice has an excellent grasp of how to structure a novel.

Conclusion? If you are a fan of Anne Rice then you will likely enjoy this. I read it quite quickly and I enjoyed it sufficiently to tip this review from a 3 to a 4* but the structural problems with the last third mean that, imho, it is not on a par with the earlier novels which made her name and it follows that it is not a 5*
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Anne Rice 9 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
Many reviews have said that they found this book disapponting as it was not like the vampire books. I dont know what they expected, but having read all the vampire and witch books i cant see what they were talking about.

For me the familiarity of Annes writing took me back to when I first read the vampire series, the writing felt familiar and comfortable, and drew me into the story as inevitably as I expected.

This is a wonderful story full of twist and turns, and yes, for readers of supernatural fictions, some of it was predictable, but not at all in the way expected. (Predictable without being predictable). Now i know that doesn't make much sense to those who haven't read this book, but I cant really expand on it without giving away a fairly important plot point. However, the way in which Anne expands upon legend and develops the charachters through it, interweaving love, trust, friendship and even faith makes this an enthralling read.

People have complained about the final 3rd of the book saying it was rushed. To me it didn't feel that way, instead it was filled with teasers, and the beginnings of other tales (much in the way of the vampire chronicles), enough for any reader to expect a number of sequels. For me I always feel a bit sad when I reach the end of a good book and often wait a day before I read the last chapter, just to delay the inevitable end, but with this there was so much going on, i didn't have to wait, because I know the stories not done, there are more to come.(Please Anne !)

Anne has a way of making you fall a little bit in love with the characters, of making you feel like you know them. Its what makes her writing so great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I've ever read 23 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
If I could give this no stars I would. Without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever read. I used to like Anne Rice - loved the Vampire Chronicles, liked "Mayfair Witches" but this was TERRIBLE. Utterly, relentlessly, without redeeming features terrible. I've read better werewolf fan fiction! This reads like something by a twelve year old. I LIKE purple prose but this was just silly. The characters are one dimensional at best, the scenes of bloodshed are boringly repetitive and linguistically impoverished and the attempt to "Modernise" werewolf mythology laughable. The dialogue is appalling, not a single line that strikes true. I have nothing good to say about this book. This is not just the worst Anne Rice but one of the worst books I have ever read; I don't give up on books but I am struggling to finish it Do yourself a favour and DON'T read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne is always a winner!
You will not be disappointed with Anne Rice's latest offering! Her writing style is so much more sophisticated than other writers of the supernatural genre.
Published 22 days ago by The Whole Truth
4.0 out of 5 stars good
What can I say.. I've always been a huge fan of Anne Rice and i love the way she writes.
This book is bit different from what i expected but i'm thrilled by the story, now I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paula Pinto
3.0 out of 5 stars The wolf gift horse and mouth. Bad dog!...Drop it!
The sublime existential journey of Interview, drew me head long and happily into the chronicles where I was not disappointed (apart from the endless Catholic diatribe/angst that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie R Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as earlier works
Starts off well enough... however soon becomes a page turner rather than an engrossing story like her Vampire and Mayfair Witches. Not enough back story.
Published 1 month ago by M. Gribby
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, fast paced and intriguing
A lovely book that kept me engaged until the final page. A welcome twist away from vampires but loosing none of the magical description of earlier work.
Published 2 months ago by J. Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class
Anne Rice's entry into the "Morphenkind" domain is exciting and exhilarating. I can't wait for more books in this series.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the read
Haven't finished yet but really enjoying the read. If you liked her vampire chronicals or the mummy then you'll like this.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special but still good fun
I love Anne Rice and her works of fiction, however this one seemed to lack the sparkle of her previous works.
Published 2 months ago by A Dewar-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
a very enjoyable book but i may be biased as i am a big Anne Rice fan anyway i love her style of writting, the book intriged me and kept me reading, i will be buying the next one .
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Maria A. Gostick
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars here
one of the worst books I have read in a long time. Self indulgent and cliched. The best thing I can say about it is that the house is described well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by arancini
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