Devoted fans of Anne Rice, iconic author of over 30 novels including “The Vampire Chronicles”, “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and, most recently, “The Wolf Gift, have officially begun their personal and online countdowns to its sequel, “The Wolves of Mid-Winter”, due out this October.
According to Mrs. Rice, “This book focuses a lot on the family, supernatural and natural, of my hero Reuben Golding as he moves more deeply into a rewarding but alienating world as a Man Wolf. Reuben continues to be the focus of the series — how he handles his new powers, how he deals with the new revelations visited on him almost every day.”
For those who have not read “The Wolf Gift”, the novel introduces the character of Reuben Golding, the “Golden Boy” newspaper reporter, son of “well-to-do” parents and brother of a priest, as his life is suddenly and irrevocably changed in the span of a few moments.
During the course of the story, the reader bears witness to Reuben’s stunning transformation into a “man-wolf” and the physical and emotional changes that this brings.
The reader is also introduced to a cast of interesting and mysterious “morphenkinder” who also share Reuben’s curse or, perhaps, gift.
The author has also posted on her widely popular Facebook page that the new novel will take place during the Christmas season and introduce new supernatural characters, whose origins are yet unknown.
With her return to the supernatural/gothic genre and the creation of new immortals for her fans to fall in love with, Anne Rice has, once again, taken a subject, “were-wolves”, that most would associate with an unbridled animalistic nature and imbued him with feelings, emotions and a conscience that rips at his intellect, as he rips apart human flesh.
And, according to millions of Anne Rice fans across the world actively counting the days until “The Wolves of Mid-Winter” is released on October 15, 2013; the anticipation of a new Anne Rice book has always been part of the fun.
Anyone visiting her Facebook page will eventually notice the numerous pictures of wolves in different shapes, forms and mediums, as well as, constant reminders that “the countdown continues”.
It is a testament to the author’s genuine relationship with her “People of the Page” and their devotion to her work, which has always drawn her fans to her Facebook page and incites this type of excitement.
Anne Rice has said, for an author the last few months before the publication of a novel are the worst. I’m pretty sure, her millions of fans would agree.
For my complete review of “The Wolf Gift”, please visit: usedview.com/review/a-review-of-the-wolf-gift-by-anne-rice.
And, for a special treat for readers of the Anne Rice Examiner page, here is a sample chapter from “The Wolves of Mid-Winter”. Enjoy.
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