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The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  15,542 ratings  ·  2,345 reviews
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—an...more
Paperback, Large Print, 656 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Random House Large Print (first published 2012)
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Dan Schwent
A young reporter narrowly escapes being mauled by a man wolf and soon finds himself changing into a man wolf by the light of the moon. He begins taking the law into his own hands and soon has a horde of police and scientists looking for him, as well as others of his kind...

Ever run into an old flame and try to rekindle the spark? For years, I was a devout Anne Rice fan, wolfing down the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches books with reckless abandon. After a few years of that, I started s...more
Blythe
Apr 05, 2012 Blythe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't end up wanting to strangle Reuben
Originally, I gave The Wolf Gift four stars, because I did like its story, and it was fun to read (despite a few boring parts and many infodumps), but there's a reason I'm giving The Wolf Gift three stars, which I will explain later on in this review.

Pros of The Wolf Gift

1: First off, I loved the descriptions of the Nideck house! They really painted an image in my head of this big, elegant house overlooking the sea.

2: Marin County was one of the main settings in The Wolf Gift! I loved seeing n...more
Jela
Before I begin this review I have to mention a few things. I have read several reviews both here on Goodreads and on Amazon and I have to say people don't get it. They don't get this book, they read drivel like 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight and believe that those books are good examples of supernatural and/or erotic literature. They are not. For every person that is grossed out by "icky" Morphenkind/Human sexual relations or turned off on the whole novel because they main character starts out by...more
Adrienne
So, the Wolf Gift.

What can I say? It could only have been written by Anne Rice. I’m actually stumped as to how someone who hasn’t read any of Anne Rice’s books before would feel about this novel.

I get the feeling that the world of Anne Rice’s books and the actual world have grown farther and farther apart as the years go by. No one dresses the way they do in her books. No one speaks the way they do in her books. Certainly she had no concept of age – The hero, Reuben already has his Masters at 23...more
Bethany Seabolt
[Stopped reading for good]: I don't stop reading a book very often, but I hated the writing, especially the inconsistency of the narrator's tone. Hated. I didn't expect to dislike it so much.
S.A.
Here’s a little history. I read Anne Rice when I was a teenager back in 1976. Yep, I was sixteen.

When I was twenty-five, Anne blew my mind with “The Vampire Lestat”. Hail the Brat Prince. Damn, I still think Lestat is one of the best characters ever and yes, he has influenced my writing. In fact, I raced through the novel again to prime myself for “The Wolf Gift.”

To backtrack, I thought the Mayfair Witches series was amazing. I still don’t understand how HBO hasn’t crafted a killer series from...more
Jade
At the end of this book my first thoughts were....now to begin an amazing series of chronicles, and I hope that this is Rice's intention. In my eyes not as good as her greats like Cry to Heaven, The Feast of All Saints or the earlier Vampire Chronicles, but definitely back to her original style. And I weep with relief!!! Gone is that evil demon who replaced Anne in Christian clothing for so long, replaced once again with the witty, intelligent woman who encompasses her tales around the great arg...more
Beth
Wow. Just wow. I had no idea Anne Rice had fallen so far. I used to really like her. Scratch that, I *loved* the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches. I stopped reading her after Blackwood Farm, and when she was in her God-phase, I disowned her completely. So, when I learned she was "back", and with a supernatural-themed book to boot, I was so excited. Yeah, not so fast.

This book was terrible. Simply terrible. I dragged through reading it for weeks, just because I felt I owed it to her fro...more
Qwill / The Qwillery
My thoughts:

I've been a fan of Anne Rice's writing since I read Interview with the Vampire, which is not to say that I've liked everything she's written. So it was with great curiosity and a bit of hope that I began to read The Wolf Gift. I was not disappointed.

The Wolf Gift struck me as a gentle story in many ways. I know - werewolves and gentle don't necessarily go together. Yes, there is some violence, but mostly this book is an exploration of what it is to become a werewolf, of good versus e...more
Christine Edison
I love werewolf stories, incluidng The Pack by Jason Starr, Bitten by Kelly Armstrong, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series, even the were creatures in the Sookie Stackhouse books. I liked Interview With A Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. I've sampled from some of Anne Rice's other series as well because I keep hoping one of them will grab me the way those first two books did. So far no luck.

I was really disappointed with the way The Wolf Gift was written. The information dumps near the beginning brough...more
James
Just started it, but so far it feels as if it were a talented amateur doing her best imitation of Anne Rice's style.

***

A week later and I'm done.

Has my early impression of the book changed, now that I'm done? Unfortunately, no.

It's sad to say, but this novel is but a pale shadow of what Anne Rice used to deliver when creating one of her supernatural tales. If you are a Rice fan, or a werewolf fan then by all means, give this novel a spin, you may enjoy it more than I did. If it's your first tas...more
Traci
To my knowledge this is only my second one star rating of a book I finished...yeah, it's that bad. Years ago Anne Rice was one of my favorite writers. Her prose was so rich, so picturesque. Or maybe it's false memory. I don't know. One of us has changed.

The Wolf Gift starts off as a rather typical modern day wolf man story but then quickly becomes Spiderman. Yes. I kid you not. A reporter gets bit by a mutated animal hereby giving him super powers. Powers he uses to fit evil and rescue the innoc...more
gashley
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Yodamom
Anne Rice is one of my all time favorite authors. I consider her to be the godmomther of paranormal writing. I have devoured her past paranormal books and waiting anxiously for her to get back into this gene. When I saw she had written a Werewolf book I was jumping with joy. It had been a long time since I had enjoyed her work. I've been reading urban fantasy novels with quick pacing and dramatic events almost constantly. I jumped into this novel expecting the Pow of the current writers in this...more
Annmarie
I read an advance reader's copy of this on the plane, courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley. It was sort of disappointing, but it did keep me fairly engrossed. It starts off beautifully, with a journalist, a poetic and handsome young man named Reuben, meeting an older woman at her gorgeous spooky old mansion in the isolated redwoods of Northern California, inherited from an exotic uncle who mysteriously disappeared. Bites, wolfishness, philosophical and religious ponderings, and the more inter...more
Amanda
Reuben Golding is a talented new journalist who feels as if he is floundering around with no direction in his family of wealthy, talented people. That all changes when he's bitten in a mysterious attack while writing about an old house on the seacoast. He shortly discovers that the bite has turned him into a man wolf--like a werewolf, but with the ability to change every night. Oh, and also he has an insatiable desire to devour those who smell like evil. His quest for answers about his new situa...more
Liv
Dec 14, 2012 Liv rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: couldn-t-finish, junk
Sometimes I’d enjoy a book simply for its clever and action-packed storyline. Sometimes I’d enjoy a book because of its ingenious and fascinating characters. Sometimes I’d enjoy a book due to its philosophical offerings and thought-provoking details. Often it’d be a combination of all of these things.

Unfortunately, The Wolf Gift was none of the above.

It was rather disappointing, because believe it or not, this was my first ever Anne Rice book. I knew about her popular Vampire Chronicles series b...more
Aaron
Anne Rice seems to have finally gotten back on her stride. She took a break for a while from writing paranormal novels to create a few works tied to a certain portion of the life of Jesus and a pair of novels connected with the guardian angel of an assassin. Thankfully, she has returned to the style of book that she has always excelled at. She does so with a whole new paranormal creature ... at least for her.

Readers quickly get to know Reuben, a young man living in Southern California who seems...more
Al
I expected more, much more, when Anne Rice tackled the werewolf genre. It was strangely unrewarding to find that, according to Ms. Rice, werewolves are not only able to control their changes, distinguish between right and wrong, but in fact are genetically programed to attack only irredeemably evil human beings. What fun is that? And it turns out that there's no anguish to being a werewolf; actually, it's the next thing to heaven. As Ms. Rice envisions the curse, I mean, the Gift, who wouldn't...more
Amy
I couldn't even finish this book, which is rare for me. I never got into it and hated the main character. I found very little I liked about him. The prose is forced, none of the characters are developed, and the entire story was constrained. I got the impression Rice felt obligated to write a new book and pounded it out just to get it out of the way.

The story went from dull to completely ridiculous. I've read almost all of Anne Rice's books, so I had high hopes for this. She has completely lost...more
J.
I gotta say that this one seemed like a departure for Rice. Instead of an out and out werewolf tale, she kinda mingles it with a superhero origin story. A rare, more modern novel from the author, The Wolf Gift is a much faster read than other books she has previously released.

Also, there's a werewolf selfie at one point.
Lori Cox
I fell in love with Anne Rice’s Vampire books over 20 years ago. We parted ways when she was heavy into her religion thing, so I was curious what this book would bring to the table. Reuben is a 23 year old guy who is beautiful, wealthy, intelligent, drives a Porsche and has a fabulous job as a reporter at a newspaper. All just a little too much to be able to relate to. Reuben’s troubles start when he interviews a wealthy woman in a beautiful, remote mansion. After sleeping with her (of course),...more
Tracy
What a tremendous disappointment it is to read my first Anne Rice novel. The first 200 pages were stilted and lifeless without depth of character. It lacked passion. It became mildly interesting during the 2nd half of the book, but it was bogged down by philosophical meanderings ad nauseaum that were too poetic to be considered entertaining or enriching. If only more time had been given to plot and character development and less on the authors ethereal wanderings. In the end, it was if I was sit...more
Di
It's a 2.5 to be fair.
It's all about Reuben, anyone else is just a caricature of what a developed character in a novel should be. Our main character Reuben: he is 23, he is obviously intelligent and mature for his age, and a reporter for the San Francisco Observer, he has a masters in English Literature and yet he whines about how he hasn't accomplished anything in his life (really?) and he seems annoyed that people notice too much how pretty he is. First World, white rich guy problems. Nothing...more
Celici
A meal worthy of eating! The appetizer was simple, a little redundant even, and not at all what I expected from such a famous chef, but once I bit into the main course, I couldn't stop eating until the meal was finished! The dessert wasn't as mouth watering as the entree, especially when I began to feel I should have said grace before it, but it hit the spot nonetheless and I was able to walk away with a full belly.
Mitzi
I read a lot of reviews before reading this book, and some after I finished it, so I know of all the differing opinions out there and I can see both sides of them. While I didn't think this was one of Anne's best books, I did like it.

I liked how she re-shaped the werewolf myth and origins - the change coming on when the man wants it, rather than at the full moon, the change being orgasmic rather than painful, the man retaining his consciousness while in wolf form, his ability to smell and dispat...more
Rebecca
I have been having such a hard time with this review. I actually finished The Wolf Gift days ago and have been struggling with how I feel about it. This is Anne Rice. Anne Rice. The woman introduced me to vampires. Honestly who would I be without her? But I digress…Lets talk The Wolf Gift.

Reuben Golding is an early twenties upper class reporter. Reuben is the golden boy in his family, ten years younger than his priest brother, very handsome, he has been going from one thing to the next in life w...more
Sjancourtz
I would have rated this book four stars if it hadn't been for the simply awful last chapter. This was an entertaining read up until the end, when Ann Rice suddenly had to go all Ann Rice on us readers. It takes place in San Francisco and northwards, so the location is nifty. The plot is interesting and has some degree of mystery--what the hell is going on here? But then, once everything is pretty much over and resolved (at least for THIS book, who knows about sequels)--she gets all wandering and...more
Ronda  Tutt
A New Breed "Morphenkinder" is in town!

What a fascinating story paranormal lovers will eat up! I loved how the author totally emerges the reader into the story with her visionary words. I literally felt like I was watching a movie or even better I was right there with the characters experiencing everything.

From beginning to the end I was memorized with the mysterious Wolf Gift - Chrism and swept away with how this new breed Morphenkinder evolved and thrilled with their powers of being able to re...more
Jason Huffman-black
4.5 stars

This book started very slow, and if I hadn't known what Anne Rice was capable of, I might have put it down. But I didn't. And then the action started. Not just the action but those amazing characters that Anne Rice does better than anyone, and the history! God, I love history. And I ended the book a very happy boy. I am now ready for individual stories like you did with the vampires. :)
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near...more
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