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The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles #2)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  3,857 ratings  ·  618 reviews
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 chronicle fiction” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned l
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Hardcover, 388 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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kate
This book... I made myself read it, because I read The wolf gift, and there are very few series that I will stop in the middle of. This may join the elite group that I give up on, along with the 50 shades atrocities.

For some reason, when I read books, I like them to include some narrative tension, which was almost entirely absent in this book. It felt like someone was playing the Sims, and had been given the cheat code that gives you as much money as you want. You're able to build a house that'
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J.
2.5 stars

Ain’t no party like a werewolf party ‘cuz a werewolf party is odd.
Like, really odd.


And that’s about half this book: the older Morphenkinder (such a dumb name for werewolves, Anne Rice. Seriously) are all way into doing up the house right for the Christmas party. And they’ve invited the whole town! Why? Eh, I don’t really have an answer for why they are so interested in it, just that they are. Okay? I didn’t write this book, what do you want from me?


The thing is that I really enjoyed the
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Joseph Duncan
About midways through Anne Rice's newest novel, the protagonist Rueben Golding, while contemplating a Christmas display, prays to the Christ child, "Please show me how to be good. Please, no matter what I am, show me how to be good."

That simple prayer might be the main theme of the entire novel, if not most of the author's works. The aching desire to be good in the face of adversity and Otherness.

Her most famous literary creation, the vampire Lestat, also shared this longing to be good-- as, I b
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Kevin
I remember reading and being enthralled by Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles every time a new one came out and decided it was time to read another of her novels. She's made her name by writing scary horror stories and I thought The Wolves of Midwinter would be as enjoyable as her earlier work. Unfortunately I was wrong. While there were some gory scenes of the Man Wolves devouring their kills, all to often, this novel read like a silly romance novel. It seemed like on every other page some one (huma ...more
Zack
Well I think I am officially done with Ms. Rice. Well everything except for her witches, who still amaze me today.

This book lacks plot, we get the plot of the Yuletide, and the Ghost but both of these storylines are finished way before the end of the book, and then after which the book just changes direction all together.

Secondly the characters, I remember reading a review that stated someone's distaste in how Reuben is in 'awe' of everything, and so amazed by the beauty of Nideck Point. And t
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Tara
I think Anne has hit her stride again...
Yodamom
I am heartbroken that I can't finish this, I made it to 55% and I am quitting. I have found myself using any excuse not to listen to this audiobook. I have even preferred working extra hours to this. Time has come to cut my losses and accept that this is not working for me. Why ? I really enjoyed the first book, I was thrilled to get book 2. What happened ?
My dislikes-
1) Rueben, the self absorbed, overly self analyzing, love everything and everyone man. He talked, and talked and talked about ev
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Btg Hall
Anne Rice is the author of The Wolves of Midwinter and is also the author of over 30 published books, including favorites ‘Interview with the Vampire’, ‘The Vampire Lestat’ and ‘The Wolf Gift’.

Anne Rice has been writing paranormal and thrilling horror stories since her first published book (Interview with the Vampire) in 1976. Rice’s work has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and some of her works have even been adapted to the big and small screen.

Rice’s writing style is descriptive in ev
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Joel Margolese
This book is perfect. Well, its characters are.

This book is a long introspective conversation between immortal beings (we find there are more such beings than the wolves from Book 1). Everyone is perfect. Everyone's manners and understanding of each others errors and weaknesses is, perfect. Everyone's hair and clothes are, perfect. Everyone's recall of obscure philosophers is, perfect. I'm sure you get the idea, perfectly.

With Anne Rice it's always been hard to separate the author's religious v
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Otunba Tope
Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore 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 Christmas promises to be like no other ...more
Kristie Hope
I enjoyed The Wolf Gift enough to give this a shot, but have to admit I was extremely disappointed. A large portion of the book (over half) is devoted solely to the description of decorating and making ready for a midwinter festival. The rest of the book is mostly devoted to Reuben's various internal conflicts and the very little action that does occur in the book doesn't arrive until the very end. To me the book still reads more like one of Anne's religious novels then her days as the Queen of ...more
S.A.
I do not come here to write a gentle, cheerful review, although I certainly read those adjectives waaaay too many times in this book.

I don’t plan to be savage, either. Over all I’m sad that an author whom long ago I thought could write no wrong could honestly think this book is a finished work.

I read the “The Wolf Gift” thinking ooo, Rice returns to horror. Boy, I was wrong. That book was such a mishmash of religion and werewolves that I had to dump a one star on it.

Still, I hoped “The Wolf Gif
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Kat Lebo
I've long listed Anne Rice as among my favorite writers, with "The Witching Hour" and "The Mummy" being two of my all time favorite books. Some of her later writings hadn't really connected with me, so I was very glad to see her return to the gothic/paranormal vein with "The Wolf Gift." This book, "The Wolves of Midwinter," picks up where the first in The Wolf Gift Chronicles series left off.

In the first book, Reuben Goldberg, met the ravishing Marchant Nideck, the owner of the grand mansion at
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Lisa
In case you didn't realize it, Anne Rice has re-found god and become a born again Catholic, if you didn't know that you would soon realize this when reading this novel. I'm starting to believe that Ann Rice found god and forgot how to write a good story. This story has absolutely no plot. It is extremely disjointed and when you think a story might be unfolding, nope sorry. I'm not even sure what the gist of the story was, there was no character development, every character started out being perf ...more
Sherry
Long have I loved Anne Rice's world of Lestat and his minions. I missed her when she left to write religious books and was eager to have her return at long last to the world of supernatural creatures. The first book Wolf Gift, was creepy and mysterious and deliciously enticing. So I was really looking forward to this sequel.

Here we are once again in Rueben's new world, a world of men who have become werewolves, given this "gift" by the Chrism, the bite. We get to know Rueben's mentors/companions
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Joshua
I won't spoil anything for you here. It's all unveiled masterfully in the novel's own good time.

The Wolves of Midwinter is as sumptuous, as chilling, as engaging, as tender, as terrifying a book as you could hope to find in a hundred years. I enjoyed The Wolf Gift and one should read it first. This isn’t always the case with Rice’s books, some of which can be read entirely out of order without a tremendous loss of orientation to the reader. I recommend you read The Wolf Gift, both because it est
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Adal
My real score would be 2.5 and I believe this is the lowest score I've ever given to an Anne Rice novel. I have always enjoyed her work and I did enjoy The Wolf Gift. In her first venture into the Morphenkind, she took us to unexplored places and everything seemed new and exciting. A whole lot of potential of what this new world would bring us, perhaps like she once did with the vampires.
However, instead of going deeper into the world of the wolfs, she brought a group of new characters that were
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Ann
As the wolves get ready to celebrate MIDWINTER, Christmas to others, they decorate and continue to restore the mansion and the town of Nideck. You meet all the characters of book one and are introduced to some new ones. Laura makes her decision about becoming a wolf, Phil becomes a constant visitor and the forest guardians help keep the pack safe. A wonderful continuation of the Wolf Gift, can't wait for a third .
Diane Lynch
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 Marchen
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Pure Textuality
Ugh!!! I fell in love with Reuben when I read The Wolf Gift, and I think I just fell all over again. Not in a swoony way. Nothing like that. I just love his view of the world.

Ok, The Wolves of Midwinter was MUCH different than I anticipated. As with any Anne Rice novel, it still has that warm romantic feel, even more so due to the timing of the story (I will explain that more below), but I didn’t feel that Midwinter was as focused on action as The Wolf Gift was. That being said, this was not a
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Gregory
There are spoilers, don't read if you haven't read the book yet.

There have always been religious undertones in Rice's books as far back as Interview With a Vampire. During her Vampire/Mayfair Witches books it wasn't too over the top(including Memnoch the Devil) and I found the stories enjoyable enough to read multiple times. Then she went on some kind of religious kick and I stopped reading her books for years.

Last year she came out with The Wolf Gift. I remember thinking, "Werewolves... about
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Alisha
I haven't been big on writing reviews lately, but when I finished this book earlier today, I knew I needed to write a review.

Anne Rice never fails to deliver. Ever. I've been a fan of hers for a number of years and enjoyed everything I've ever read of hers, from the Vampire Chronicles to her Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. The Wolf Gift was a wonderful new addition to her work, and the Wolves of Midwinter doesn't fail to follow up that excellent work perfectly.

The best thing about Anne Rice's writing i
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mel
when I first picked up the first in this Wolf gift chronicles I was skeptical. Why? Anne Rice had left writing this way for other interests in her writing process. I wasn't sure if she could live up to her past work now.

I am the first to admit I was wrong. The Wolf gift was amazing. i couldn't put it down didn't even go to bed until I had it completely read. The Wolf had the stylistic writing similar to The Vampire LeStat with the Aura of The witching hour series. Eery and creepy makes a great b
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Ron
Anne Rice has written something seductive, tragic and touching.

"There is no normal life. There is only life."

Quotes:

where apparently he could “do nothing,” and “become nothing” and live on his looks and the “flattery of all these new friends of yours.”

This was something he loved, that they did not make small talk, that they could go hours without talking, that they talked without talking, but what were they saying to one another, without words, just now?

there isn’t a man alive who doesn’t feel p
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
I have to admit that I had adifficult timr getting





I have to admit that I had a difficult time getting into the story - I think that I found Reuben almost too naive or gentle to be real.. I know he is trying to find himself and adjust to the tremendous changes the "gift" has made in his personal life, but he just seemed to be "too" gentle. But it did become a book I couldn't put down.

I also enjoyed The Wolf Gift and one should read it first. In this book, the Morphenkinder continue to grow in c
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Judy
Anne Rice has gone from vampires, to Jesus, and now to werewolves, or Man Wolves. In her sequel to The Wolf Gift, she continues the story at Nideck Point at Christmas time. Reuben, Stuart, Laura, Felix and the rest of the 'distingushed gentlemen ' Morphenkinder are preparing for a huge Yuletide celebration at the mansion and in town also. However, the arrival of new Morphenkinder put a twist onto the celebration. There is also a reveal about the Forest Gentry and other new developments in Reuben ...more
Mandy
I would like to give it more stars because it is written by my beloved Anne Rice but I wouldn't be giving an honest review. Yes, it is typical Anne with a mix of sex, mystery and what is an attempt to be suspense but it falls way short. More often than not, I was bored. Her setting descriptions, while beautiful and colorful, take up a majority of the book and get very dry at times. Her characters, it seems, are lycan versions of her vampire characters, using similar names and some with nearly id ...more
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Braine's Talk Supe review

Now I have to be honest and say that compared to The Wolf Gift, I found THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER to have a slow start. More than halfway into reading and I'm still trying to figure out what the main conflict of the novel is. There's ghost haunting, family drama and bits and pieces of possible conflict strewn here and there but nothing that has a tight and continuous tension that will pose itself as the main one. With how things ended at The Wolf Gift, I was expecting that
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Traditions are seldom lies; traditions reflect people's deepest beliefs and customs. They have their own truth, don't they, by their very nature?"

Every time I read one of Anne Rice's books I just want to cry with happiness. Her books are to me, like a physical tangible piece of pure joy. This is the second book in the Wolf Gift Chronicles and I loved it just as much, if not more than the first. In this installment Reuben, Stuart, and the Distinguished Gentlemen are preparing Nideck Point the th
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Ronald Tobin
n THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER, Anne Rice continues the tale that started with THE WOLF GIFT. Reuben and Stuart continue to learn what it means to be Morphenkinder. Reuben is surprised to learn in some incidents that the line between good and evil is not always so carefully drawn. Most interestingly we are introduced to new forms of immortal beings, the Forest Gentry and the servants of the Distinguished Gentlemen. We also get acquainted with several other Morphenkinder and learn more about the vario ...more
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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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