Review: The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

The Wolf Gift by Anne RiceThe 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 family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

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Review: Rise of The Wolf by Curtis Jobling

When the air is clear, sixteen-year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him.

And when a vicious beast invades his home, his flesh tears, his fingers become claws and Drew transforms . . .

Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him- and master the animal within?

Review

Lycanthropy, lack of wizards, a touch of necromancy (yes, zombies!), and Therianthropism (think of the Ancient Egyptian Deities and this is a subject that fascinates me, especially Clinical Lycanthropy), what more could you want in a fantasy? Apparently wanting more isn’t for me because this is my type of fantasy. No relying on fantastical fantasy wizards, elves, dwarves, magical weapons to decide fates, rings to rule them all, or horrible fantasy clichés, this is one of those fantasies I enjoy reading and will go on that part of my shelf where I put what I deem the pleasant and enjoyable fantasy. The fantasy I will remember because it’s not the same as the usual recycled and tired old story. Continue reading