Saturday, 14 December 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Wolf Gift Chronicles 2: The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice

Release Date: 07/11/13
Publisher:  Vintage


It is the beginning of December and it is cold and grey outside. In the stately flickering hearths of the grand mansion of Nideck Point, oak fires are burning. The Morphenkinder are busy getting ready for the ancient pagan feast of midwinter. Everyone is invited, including some of their own who do not wish them well...

Reuben Golding, the newest of the Morphenkinder, is struggling with his new existence as a Man Wolf, struggling to learn to control his desires and bloodthirsty urges. His pure, luminous girlfriend Laura seems all set to join him in this new way of life, but Reuben is not at all certain he will love her if she becomes as he is. Beyond the mansion, the forest echoes with howling winds, which carry with them tales of a strange nether world, and of spirits - centuries old - who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers.

As preparations for the feast gather pace, destiny continues to hound Reuben, not least in the form of a strange, tormented ghost who appears at the window, unable to speak. But he is not alone: before the festivities are over, choices must be made - choices which will decide the fate of the Morphenkinder for ever.


OK I was looking forward to this novel as it’s the second part in a new series, so I was more than a little unhappy with the way things seemed to be cranked out based on what I had come to expect.

Firstly with the original novel in the series, The Wolf Gift, the writing was easily accessable for all readers, completely different from the way that her Vampires came across in their novels. That was a great thing, yet here, she seemed to have gone back to that style that not only felt like it stunted the storytelling but also seemed a huge departure from the whole meme of the Werewolves.

Add to this some character modifications that were not only annoying but didn’t work that well within, alongside a pace that seemed to drag, all round left me feeling not only flat but cheated as well as leaving me wondering what the author had planned as there wasn’t any growth for the world/characters leaving this more of a filler extended novella rather than a real full blown novel. A great disappointment and as such I’d advise if you want to read this borrow from your library.

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