The Wolves of Midwinter (Wolf Gift Chronicles Series #2)

The Wolves of Midwinter (Wolf Gift Chronicles Series #2)

by Anne Rice
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The Wolves of Midwinter (Wolf Gift Chronicles Series #2) by Anne Rice

The tale of The Wolf Gift continues . . .

In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early Vampire Chronicles fiction”—Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting, and suspense”—Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post), readers were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide.
For Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .

The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with—and drawn to—the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, “ageless ones” who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385349970
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Wolf Gift Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 45,673
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

From the Hardcover edition.


Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:

October 4, 1941

Place of Birth:

Rancho Mirage, California


B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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The Wolves of Midwinter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read vampires or werewolves or shapeshifter. etc. Do not even know what ever made me pick it up. I am now reading it for the second time. Immediately after the first time. Thats how ,not only was it a different rendition ,but it and the gothic home and all the people who lived there were fasinating. Makes it so you wish to be part of it. Going back to get the wolf gift. Wish for more. Am a sr citizen and it encouraged me instead of scaring me. Although kinda do wish it was true and could rid nook readers of these 'children' who write these stupid messages to each other. The ones who pretend they are some type of animal. They take up space. Dont understand why barnes and noble dosn't do something so we are not subjected to them. Have them go 'purr' to facebook. Only then they would be identified which they dont want. They, themselves, know how stupid they sound.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
 I enjoyed The Wolf Gift and one should read it first. This isn’t always the case with Rice’s books, some of which can be read entirely out of order without a tremendous loss of orientation to the reader. I recommend you read The Wolf Gift, both because it establishes relationships and a context that becomes important in The Wolves of Midwinter, but more importantly because there were promises made, it seems to me, in the first book that were not only fulfilled in the second, but Rice’s delivery surpassed her first book’s promises. The Morphenkinder continue to grow in complexity throughout the book, and while more is steadily revealed their mystery consistently deepens. Even familiar characters harbor secrets often surprising and unguessed-at but always somehow rewarding, while new characters surface with suspicious and perhaps malicious motives. Even the servants appointed to assist the “Distinguished Gentlemen” of Nideck Point are more than they appear, curious and strange, yet fascinating despite their seemingly innocuous role.  Anne Rice never disappoints. Her tails draw me in and wrap me in her world. The thought and insight into her characters is impeccable. This is a good read, a few twists and turns that keep it captivating. I greatly recommend this one.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured both of the wolf books. The characters are so real & their life experiences incredible. I am really hoping for another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love the Vampire Chronicles you probably won't like these books. Very religious, very preachy, overwritten,(where was the editor)? Just not good enough for Anne Rice fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 2nd installment is not as fleshed out, nor as engaging, as the first Wolf Chronicles novel. It does, however, offer up some of Rice's most descriptive - and atmospheric - writing in a long time. Her descriptions of winter festivals and rituals, and her sections about ancient, pre-Christian winter celebrations, stand out amidst writing that is, at other times,.disappointing. the novel feels at times as if it was rushed to publication in time for the holiday book selling season. As a fun, sometimes ethereal, holiday read, however, it succeeds, even if it doesn't excel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book ! had to read it all at once, the characters are fascinating and fully believable. After reading it i thought about it for a  couple of days, then i had to read it again,could not get   it out of my mind . Thank you for this gift of the wolf gift . I will definitely await (somewhat impatiently i fear) for the next books in the series 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, great story line.  Different from Rice's typical writing style, but very enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as fast paced as her first "wolf" book. Introduces many characters and provides background for future books in series. Slow in many places and maybe a bit too fantastic. Time will tell as she develops the series. Reminds me of Lestat in many ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked The Wolf gift, but did not love it. So-so. It was so long between release dates I.had to.skim through The Wolf Gift again. She even added "The Story So Far" in the beginning of this book. Anne Rice just did not get it this time. I tried to love it, I really did. I like novels that make me think "what if". These Wolf Gift novels were so Unbelieveable it wasn't any fun. It 's hard to explain. Just not real good. DM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice continues to be a great writer ... great sequel!
AmiBNY More than 1 year ago
I love this second book in this series, really interesting story line. Holds you from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed these two books. They were both good...hope she adds more to the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to olden days res one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all of you pre teen morons...those of us that can read( i would assume you can't) would like to use this site to review books. So, knock it off and let the adults talk. That being said, I am very dissapointed in this entry of the Wolf Series. I enjoyed the first one, the characters were well developtd and i wanted to read more. Unforunate that this book did not deliver. The plot was lame and the writing was awful. Anne Rice has gotten way to religious in her writing. This book will be my last...i loved the vampires and the witches sad that Ms. Rice has let down her long time fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A whole different kind of book from Anne! Myst read, beautifully written with wonderful characters.
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Not very compelling, I normally enjoy her books and the first in this series was good, but this book is lacking a main storyline and is more a couple of short one strewn together .
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dalexb More than 1 year ago
Ann Rice has once again risen to her status as an excellent writer as she once was with the Vampire Chronicles and the Witches of Mayfair. I am looking forward to continuing to read this series, as I did all of her original ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done Ann... And i learned a few new words too LOL Bingaux
ScotlandisLove More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this second in the series. It brought out interesting old world customs. I liked the way she gives a "good" side of the were wolf.
junie1 More than 1 year ago
Anne, i just loved both of them, can't wait for the third. 5 star from me .Go Anne , don't rush but please hurry.