REVIEW by Jena: The Wolves of Midwinter (Wolf Gift Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice – RELEASED TODAY! (@AnneRiceAuthor)

The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues . . .

In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post), readers were spellbound as Rice imagined a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other . . . as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers . . .

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INTERVIEW by Jena: Anne Rice, Author of The Wolf Gift and the Vampire Chronicles (@AnneRiceAuthor)

Wow. I am still in an utter state of awe to even be posting this right now…. For years, as long as I can remember really, I have been completely enamored with a series of books. This series is solely responsible for my deep affection for vampire fiction. It’s also probably most responsible for my harsh view on what is and what isn’t “good” vampire fiction. From the very first moment I met Lestat and Louis in Interview With a Vampire, I was in love. Since that day, they are the vampires that all other vampires strive to live up to in my eyes. The author spun a tale like nothing anyone had ever seen before. One of romance and monstrosity. One of extreme love and loss. Now she’s shifting her gaze from one creature of the night to another, bringing us the dreamy-eyed Rueben and The Wolf Gift. As a reader, I couldn’t possibly be a bigger fangirl. As a writer, she is IT – my hero. Ladies and gentlemen, Anne Rice.

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RANDOMS by Jena: Look at Me! I’m a Rice-skateer Again!

Ok, I don’t normally do this but I feel like I need to make this public announcement so… 

(drags out soapbox and climbs aboard with chin held high)

ANNE RICE IS NOT A BLACK HAT. 

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She’s not the bad guy in the book blogger story.  Her fans tend to be a little rabid but she’s not a bad guy.

Now I will explain….

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RANDOMS: The Forest Through the Eyes of Morphenkinder…

I was checking out Anne Rice’s Facebook page as I usually do every few days and I spotted a great post by one of the regulars on there.  She goes by Granny Goodwitch and I dont think that she could possibly have captured this any better.  She posted the following picture with this caption:

…..The Forest through the eyes of Morphenkinder….

This is a reference to Anne Rice’s new book The Wolf Gift.  In my review (click here to read), I had stated that one of the things that I loved about The Wolf Gift was the way the main character Reuben sees the world.  This picture definitely captures that feeling.  :)