I make no secret of the fact I fell in love with several of Anne Rice’s vampires. I cried when she announced there would be no more additions to the vampire chronicles. I have read her subsequent works and although they were excellently written they just did not grab me as much as Lestat and Louis.
With The Wolf Gift Rice once more takes us on an exhilarating exploration through humanity and the supernatural. Her main character Rueben charms and seduces the reader as he comes to terms with his new life. When he agrees to write a piece on the Nideck property he has no idea it will lead to a new life not of his own choosing. We watch as events unfold with bated breath as he struggles to come to adjust to his new gift. He struggles with what it means to be human and beast and the consquences of the actions he is compelled to make. In his brother Jim he has not only a confidente but a sparring partner to questions of morality and beliefs. His mother the doctor believes in science above all else and her determination to discover exactly what is happening to her baby boy almost leads to disaster. In Laura he finds a damaged soul who is still capable of loving him as both human and beast.
I hope that the way this book ends signals that there will be more. There is the scope for not only a sequel but a series to rival both her Mayfair Witch series and The Vampire Chronicles. The teaser of allowing a glimpse of the history of these creatures is tantalising, given Rice’s proven ability to bring the past to life with her vivid descriptions and complex characters and leaves you in no doubt there is so much more to know.
I really don’t want to say too much more if you love the supernatural it is a must read. On her Facebook page Anne Rice posed the question ‘ Would you sleep with the wolf man as Laura does?’ Before reading this I would have said no now I say hell yeah!