I remember the first time I read a work written by Anne Rice: I was captivated by the way she portrayed the vampire. She made him seem human and less of a monster as portrayed in so many stories. In her latest tale, The Wolf Gift, she captivated me once again with the story of a young man who is bitten by a werewolf.
We read the story of how Reuben, a young reporter from a family of means, is changed into one of these creatures of mythology. We read of his slow transformation into something that medical science believes does not exist. We read of his experiences, his fears, his joys, and his mistakes. Rice’s story is one that is complete: one that encompasses all the emotions and uncertainty that one newborn to the life of a werewolf experiences.
This was a novel I could not set aside. How I wished that I could curl up on the couch all day and immerse myself in her world. The writing is fast-paced; the emotions described true. The werewolf portrayed by Rice is not the one found in popular teen fiction. Instead it is one that is more believable. It is one that almost makes one wonder if there is a werewolf living in our community. This is a novel I would recommend; especially if you enjoy fantasy fiction.
Do you enjoy reading stories about werewolves?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012