A daring new departure and 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.
Why should fans read it? After all she turned her back on us?
In 1998 Anne made a very public, and much ballyhooed, return to the Church, it was greeted with bewilderment by her fans and unconfined joy among Christian commentators. David Kuo, a former aide to George Bush and one-time deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, described Rice’s return to the Church as 'a conversion story on the level of Augustine. Anne Rice was a daughter of darkness.’
Vowing to henceforth 'consecrate her work to God and Christ’, she abandoned supernatural fiction, instead turning her energies to writing two volumes on the life of Christ, and an autobiography about her own conversion. But in 2010, in an extraordinary volte-face, Rice posted an announcement to the 550,000 followers on her Facebook page: 'For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.’
She went on, 'I quit. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.’
This Bloggers opinion:
I'll give it a read, even though I was very bitter at her turning her back on fans, and question her money motivations. Also I felt some bitterness at the direction she took some of the characters in previous books. But as the author, it's her right.....stay tuned for a review
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