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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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The Wolf Gift
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The Wolf Gift
July 20th, 2014
Anne Rice is amazing in her ability to create a world and tradition around unreal societies! She did it with the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches. She has done it again with The Wolf Gift. I am looking forward to book two!
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The Wolf gift
July 4th, 2014
Captivating, but like most of Anne Rice's books, I find that it is very sentimental and lacking in humor. But still beautifully written. I do like the new twist on the wearwolfs, that they are not mindless beasts and that the change seems to feel so damn good :)
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Second time around.
June 14th, 2014
Read it again to refresh before Wolves of Midwinter. It's Anne Rice so 'nuff said.
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The Wolf Gift
May 27th, 2014
Is the best wolf novel I read ever! This is another reason to become a fan of Ms. Rice!
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Anne Rice enchants....
March 31st, 2014
An amazing story with wonderful new characters from the glorious imagination of Anne Rice!
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Can't wait for the next edition!
January 6th, 2014
Brilliant as only Anne Rice can deliver
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Good Book
October 15th, 2013
What Anne Rice does in this book is the same thing she did with her vampire novels but only with the werewolf genre! A fascinating tale!
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Great read
September 10th, 2013
Maybe not the best of Rice's work, but a definite entertainer.
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