Book Review: The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

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

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14 thoughts on “Book Review: The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

  1. Anne Rice does have a gift, doesn’t she? Like a lot of us, I could not wait for her next book in the Vampire series to be published. With this book, it sounds like she’s done it again. Yay!

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  2. My only trial of Rice so far resulted in a verdict that my disbelief had remained hopelessly unsuspended – and I suspend it very easily for Pratchett and the like. Perhaps I should give one another chance.

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  3. The Anne Rice books are popular. I think I may have read one of her books several years ago, but I can’t remember which one. Your description of her writing style and your enjoyment of reading her writing entices me to read it. I will purchase a copy for one of my sons, then borrow it after to read it myself!

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  4. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this one. I’ve read some of her books and I do enjoy her style. Not sure if I’ve read any werewolf stories but I’ll look for this one.

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