After her brief return to her Catholic faith, and her foray into the life of Christ, assassins, and angles, Anne Rice has returned to the supernatural writings that her fans have been craving. Her latest novel 'The Wolf Gift' takes on the world of werewolves. As a fan of Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and her tales of the Mayfair Witches, I was looking forward to being able to emerse myself into a supernatural world that only Rice could create. However, I quickly realized that I would not be getting the same satisfaction while reading Rice's latest novel.
'The Wolf Gift' takes place along the coast of the Northern California and centers around Reuben, a young reporter for the San Fransisco Observer. While working on a story about a grand mansion high above the Pacific, he is attacked and bitten by an unseen assalant. Shortly after the attack, the horrific, yet seductive transformation into the 'Man Wolf' begins. Unlike the werewolves of the past, Rice's 'Man Wolf' walks upright and becomes a vigilante, using his new super hearing to track down wrong-doers and take them out. During his outings in wolf form, he comes across a women in a secluded cabin and starts a relationship with her.
I would love to go into further detail about what else happens and how Reuben continues to handle his new 'gift', but I was unable to finish this 416 page pile of, how can I put this nicely, crap. I don't know if it is her advance years or if she is just not ready to admit that she is no longer the writer she once was. This latest book lacks a strong protagonist, is void of any real conflict, has no antagonist to move the storyline forward, and gets bogged down with creation theory and lycanthropy mythology. I consider myself a book aficionada so for me to not finish a book is outlandish. In fact, I think that this might possibly be the first book that I have failed to finish. Whether you are an Anne Rice fan or not, I highly recommend skipping her latest work.