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The Wolves of Midwinter : The Wolf Gift Chronicles

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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 . . . 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 . . .

Specifications

Series Title
The Wolf Gift Chronicles
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
400
Author
Anne Rice
ISBN-13
9780385349963
Publication Date
October, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.55 x 6.60 x 1.45 Inches
ISBN-10
0385349963

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The Wolves of Mid-Wint...

The Wolves of Mid-Winter continues the tale of Reuben Golding, Man Wolf. Again set mostly in the luxurious Northern Californian Nideck estate, Reuben and his mentors, the 'Distinguished Gentlemen', prepare for mid-winter festivities under the eager leadership of Felix Nideck. The Morphenkinder family grows, various characters are developed along with some of the history and tradition of the werewolves and several villains end up satisfying the lupine hunger. An absorbing and satisfying novel.

The Wolves of Midwinte...

The Wolves of Midwinter once again takes place in Northern California, in the mansion at Nideck Point. After his attack in the first novel, Reuben Golding is continuing to learn what it is to be Morphenkinder or Man Wolf with help from his housemates the distinguished gentleman. Fellow Morphenkinder and previous owner of Nideck Point, Felix Nideck, is excitingly heading the plans for the Midwinter Yuletide rituals that coincide with Christmas. Meanwhile, Reuban begins to see the ghost of Marchent Nideck, who was murdered by her brothers in the first book, The Wolf Gift. Felix and Reuben are anguished that Marchent has not moved on and enlist the help of the Forest Gentry. There are other sub-stories that take place, but I don't want to reveal any spoilers. I will say that the beginning of the novel is more reflective, and the end of the story is more action packed. The whole time I read this book, I felt it would be better if it was closer to Christmas. It was still good, but it seemed odd reading a book that is discussing getting ready to celebrate the Yuletide in the middle of summer. Plus, just like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol this book contains ghost and contemplation of one's past. This is the type of book that will make you reflect upon your own life. Anne Rice does not disappoint with her eloquent writing style. The Wolves of Midwinter is a well written, thought-provoking novel. ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I cant say that I enj...

I can't say that I enjoyed this series as much as I did Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I don't enjoy the characters as much. it is an interesting story however and while I don't invest in the characters, they are well written. If there's another book that finishes this series into a trilogy I'm sure I will read it.

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