Review of The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
I have been a longtime fan of Anne Rice, her heartbreakingly beautiful vampire novels forever changed how people viewed the undead and continue to be some of the greatest books ever written. So of course, when I discovered that she was coming out with a werewolf book I was beyond ecstatic for a new tale and a new perspective on our beloved wolves. The moment The Wolf Gift hit bookstore shelves I rushed for my own copy – and I was not disappointed.
The Wolf Gift tells the tale of Reuben, a young man who is bitten by a mysterious beast and is quickly transformed into one himself. We follow Reuben as he is caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, as he learns everything that comes with what he considers “the wolf gift.”
The Wolf Gift is a flawlessly written werewolf novel, Anne’s writing is as poetic and awe-inspiring as always. Every scene can be visualized perfectly, every emotion expressed clearly, you can’t help but get lost in this magnetic tale. Anne has the ability to make the most horrific topics seem darkly beautiful. She captures the depth and significance of every twisted moment in a way that isn’t crude or tasteless, but real and moving. Even the brutal and gory death scenes were not raunchy or gratuitous, they were powerful scenes with an actual purpose. Many werewolf novels and films feature mindless monsters that go on completely random and pointless killing sprees, but while Reuben does kill, it is most certainly not a mindless act. Every death played a role in the moral debate that takes place in this book, every death added to the story.
There were many things about The Wolf Gift that I found impressive, but one of the best was that Anne made werewolves her own instead of going the cliché route. Her werewolves are realistically powerful, they are not controlled by the full moon, they retain their human thoughts and emotions while in wolf form, their change from human to werewolf is not excruciating but rather beautiful and orgasmic, and most importantly, Anne’s werewolves can sense evil. That ability is the basis of this story. Reuben’s power to sense evil and his desire to destroy it is the heart of The Wolf Gift. The arguments on what evil really is are highly fascinating and thought-provoking. Though honestly, it must be exhausting in Anne Rice’s head, with so many complex questions spinning round and round. But at the same time, those tough questions, the ones that do make you stop and think, are a rare treat in books today. So I applaud Anne for challenging her readers.
Overall, I absolutely adored The Wolf Gift. It was a powerful and rich werewolf tale like none other. I highly suggest it, I guarantee it’s not like any werewolf book you have read before.
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.
One of the writers for werewolves.com, as well as vampires.com.