The Wolves of Midwinter

The Wolves of Midwinter

The Wolf Gift Chronicles

Book - 2013
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The tale of The Wolf Gift continues . . .

In Anne Rice's surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers ("I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early Vampire Chronicles fiction"--Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe ; "A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting, and suspense"--Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post ), readers were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide.
For Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .

The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost--tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with--and drawn to--the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, "ageless ones" who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385349963
Branch Call Number: FIC RIC
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 25 cm

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daeb
Feb 11, 2015

Abysmal. If not for the pro-life flag waving and page upon page of detailed (and I do mean detailed) descriptions of the preparations for a huge Yuletide party, this book would be about 100 pages long. The protagonist, Reuben, is a limp dishrag and the females are cartoon characters. Could have used a damn good edit, as well. There are some very clunky passages, mainly when Rice runs out of steam and decides to just write "thingamajig" instead of coming up with something a bit more eloquent, and call it a day. Don't care what happens next.

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Chickiewick
Jan 18, 2015

Very fun wolfish book again. A fun read, lots of mystery. Have fun reading this.

jesking Jan 27, 2014

What happened to my eloquent, decadent, rich favorite writer? This book feels so....casual. There's a paragraph on pg. 272 (of the hard cover) that should have been left out completely and she uses the word "whathaveyou" or "whatnot". Found the "here's where we're at" intro too casual. I'm used to Rice's stories being so rich. Also, the main characters are all perfect (except that they kill), leaving them flat and unbelievable. Also, was there a plot, or is this just a description of characters during the holidays? Normally I'm a huge Rice fan, but this novel is disappointing.

Quimeras Dec 12, 2013

I find the other characters more interesting than our protagonist, Reuben. Perhaps this will change with the next book.

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