Master writer Anne Rice returns to the supernatural realm with her newest release, The Wolf Gift. Reuben Golding was a nice, normal young man who loved to write and was working as a journalist for the San Francisco Observer. While on assignment one day in Mendocino County, California, Reuben stumbles upon the house of his dreams. It’s for sale, and after spending the day with the owner of the estate, Reuben has made up his mind to buy it. That night, he wakes to the sound of screaming and finds himself face-to-face with the dead body of the woman of the house, her murderous brothers, and a creature he has only heard of in fairy tales – a giant man wolf. For reasons unknown to him, the man wolf does not kill him but leaves him bitten and wounded on the kitchen floor of the home. Reuben is taken to the hospital, where his recovery is unusually fast and he experiences some unnatural changes. Reuben had been infected by the man wolf and is now a creature of the night himself. He must face the challenges, moral ramifications, and danger that comes with accepting the Wolf Gift. How will he become accustomed to his new strength, the enhanced senses, and the unrelenting voices of the helpless calling to him in the night for vengeance?
The Wolf Gift is eloquently written with a wonderful mix of the supernatural and scientific possibilities. The characters are all very well-rounded. They show a full range of emotion, dilemmas, and vulnerability. Reuben is endearing and his struggles and general outlook on life make it impossible for the reader to not root for him. With beautiful and entrancing descriptions of Nideck Point and the surrounding landscape, Rice lures readers into Reuben’s world and will not let them go. Along with her wonderful storytelling, Rice raises deeper questions of God, morals, ethics, and responsibility within the novel, as well as bringing new theories and suggestions regarding werewolf lore to the table. The Wolf Gift is a must-read for fans of Anne Rice, as well as fans of werewolf fiction. Readers and fans alike will not be disappointed with the fresh voice that one of the greatest literary figures of our time brings to the genre of werewolf fiction.