Just about a week ago we got our first look at the cover art for author Anne Rice’s upcoming return to the supernatural genre, The Wolf Gift, and now her publisher has provided the book’s full synopsis, which we must say just has us even more anxious for February of next year!
A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles (“unrelentingly erotic… unforgettable”), the Lives of the Mayfair Witches (“Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature”), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim (“remarkable”). A whole new world — modern, sleek, high-tech, and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history — the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and re-invented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create it.
The time is the present.
The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer… an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency… a chance encounter between two unlikely people… an idyllic night — shattered by horrific unimaginable violence… the young man inexplicably attacked — bitten — by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness… a violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who — what — he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence). As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there are others like him who may be watching — guardian creatures who have existed throughout time and may possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge; and throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations and the fraught, exhilarating journey still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.
Look for The Wolf Gift on bookstore shelves and in all online outlets on February 14, 2012.
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