To me, Anne Rice is one of those authors that create stories that live in your mind so long after you've finished reading that last page. When I'm reading her books, I find myself going back and reading certain passages again and again, like I'm trying to actually absorb the words or something and I can't wait to dive into the next one.
Like so many of us, life tends to get in the way when it comes to reading. Well, thanks to a nasty sinus infection, I managed to squeeze in a few sleepless nights that gave me the opportunity to catch up on my neglected TBR list. I knew right away which book had to be the very first to be savored...The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.
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.
I immediately fell into the world Anne Rice created and got sucked into the story. Her words are poetic, at times almost lyrical, and bring the story to life. I was almost sorry when the cold medicine would kick in and I'd have to take a nap or something.
Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of the whole werewolf thing. I have a few werewolf favorites, but rarely add new novels, but I have to admit that The Wolf Gift just blew me away and I would suggest it to anyone looking for