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The Wolf Gift

(The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  24,322 ratings  ·  2,929 reviews
The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer. . . an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write ab
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf
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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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Bethany Seabolt
Feb 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: won-t-finish
[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.
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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
At the end of this book my first thoughts 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
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Hard to believe this book is from the same author who gave us the genius of Lestat and Memnoch. THE WOLF GIFT is not Anne Rice at her best.
Christine Edison
Feb 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Qwill / The Qwillery
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

so much of this story I loved. almost but not quite a perfect novel in my eyes
Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
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
Ashley Garst
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: supernatural
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Con cada libro que pasa le pierdo más la fe a Anne Rice. Y lo lamento. Sus libros anteriores realmente me gustaban, pero últimamente está... perdiendo el rumbo.

Basta de vampiros, le ha tocado el turno a los lobos.
Hacía mucho que no leía una novela que empezara directamente describiendo al protagonista. Sigo sin saber si lo hizo así para evocar un estilo más clásico... o a falta de un inicio mejor. Dejémoslo ahí.
Reuben es un periodista de 23 años, rico, atractivo, que maneja un Porsche, que pa
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En cuanto escuché que Anne planeaba contar una historia de hombres lobo me emocioné y no fue para menos.
Desde las primeras páginas tiene ese toque muy característico que me hizo recordar a las crónicas vampírcas, con personajes sufridos, con una belleza impresionante y en esa atmósfera repleta de oscuridad y misticismo, elementos que me hicieron recordar los viejos tiempos en lo que descubrí sus libros por primera vez.
Podría dividir el libro en dos partes, la primera fue un regreso al pasado que
Darth 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.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first few discs of this 14 discs tale was engaging as the main character was drawn into his "illness". But then, it became like a lot of other "man-wolf" tales with introspections that didn't really lead anywhere and lots of sexual details. I expected those things in a Rice story but the main story lost its drive so by disc 9 I shelved this one.

The narrator, Ron McLarty, had a good grasp on the voices with the exception of the deep werewolf voices. Something was off there at times.

Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Brent Weeks
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I expect better from Anne Rice, and give this book fewer stars than I would if it were written by a lesser writer. Ms Rice has turned her towering talents in many directions over the course of her career, but I thought in this turn her purpose undermined her storytelling. At times the writing is so fluid and the technical aspects so smooth that you have to stand back and admire it. In my case, I literally took notes. But then... the disappointment. The story loses momentum, and it becomes appare ...more
Lori Cox
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was a little concerned when I first bought this book and then read some of the reviews of it on here. People were really ripping into it! Well...I hate to say it.....but they weren't entirely wrong about this book.
Okay, Before I go on any further, I want to say that I love Anne Rice. I think she's a great storyteller. and her other books that I read were awesome! I mean Interview With the Vampire and her other vampire books were great! I had wanted to read a werewolf novel for a long time and
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