by Anne Rice

Published by Anchor Books

A review by John Irvin


“You killed somebody,’ he said. ‘Are you going to think about that? Stop thinking about scents, and sensations, and leaping over rooftops, and jumping some twelve feet in the air. Stop it. You killed somebody.” –Reuben

            On a quest as a young reporter, Reuben Golding has no idea what lays ahead of him when he arrives at a hidden mansion on a bluff just above the Pacific Ocean. He is seduced by the owner’s female charms. But the sweet and beautiful night they share is ripped apart by blood and viciousness.

            Reuben is attacked by a beast of the night. He can’t see what it is. But he is bitten.

            This nerve-shocking, heart-rending night will start Reuben down a path of transformation no one saw coming. Yanked into an enigmatic new realm, his mind an heart are flooded by a myriad of questions.

            What is the wolf gift? Is it good or evil? Is he a furry saviour or a rabid demon? Is he alone or are there others?

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            When I took this book off the shelf at one of my favourite bookstores, I had no idea what world I was entering. You might say I was seduced like Reuben, not by Marchent—the owner of the secluded estate—but by the story itself.

            The way Anne Rice describes things just takes my breath away. I see everything so vividly, I can smell the trees around the mansion, sense the age of the mansion itself, feel the sensations of Reuben’s transformations.

            His quest to discover his true meaning and purpose in life while at the same time trying to help everybody, protect his city, hit home with me.

            Of my collections of the “werewolf genre,” I must say this book is at the top of my favourites list.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE WOLF GIFT.

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