I have been a fan of horror monsters since Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price. With each werewolf and vampire book that I read I like to see the authors interpretation of each. Anne Rice is the reigning queen of vampires without a doubt. While I find her werewolf the most believable, I don't find them the most terrifying. I read the book every chance I got and looked forward to reading or listening to it (I had both the kindle and audiobook), it was hard to put down. I liked the ending and the explanation of how the gift/curse began. That being said, I did not feel compelled to continue the story with book two. I am going to wait for the synopsis and reviews of the third book before committing to the rest of this series.
Since it's been years since I've read any of Rice's work maybe I'm just not used to how long-winded and overly descriptive it can be. I felt like the story itself had very little movement. It may have just not been my kind of book.
I loved it! Its a werewolf story with a twist. Well written and the main character is just downright lovable. In contrast, the villains are the most evil and sadistic characters that you could read about. Justly deserving their very violent and brutal ends. My favorite part is when in his wolf state, he comes across the woman who is to be his mate. very unique. She's a bit of a "Know it all" later in the book; but she eventually grows on you. The other women in his life - mother - girlfriend are so strong and opinionated, that their insufferable. But, the main character is so well written that you love the story despite them. The narrator is perfect for Reuben a.k.a. (The man wolf). Prepare yourself for some deep philosophical discussions among the characters. Great read!!
This is another great story by Rice. I love her characters and this new take on the legends of werewolves. Somehow, she makes things like supernatural creatures seem plausible, like they're lurking out there hidden from human view. Vampires, spirits, mummies, and now werewolves.
The only issue I have with Rice is that some of her newest writing is so descriptive that it outstrips the story. It can take her 4 paragraphs to say something that would take most writers one. If you don't like slow moving novels, this isn't for you, but her writing is mellifluous and macabre. She has always made me feel as if I'm in a Victorian horror tale that is both beautiful and deadly at the same time.
If you love Rice the way I do, this is another book to add to your collection.
Yes. Because I adore the attention to detail in each character, namely Reuben with his inner transformation that transcends the physical one.
The comprehensive depth of the characters, their turmoils and triumphs.
All the scenes in which the man-wolves used their strength to bring justice to the malicious and freedom to the oppressed.
Those moments involving cuneiform tablets and the mystery and imagination they evoked as a doorway to an ancient history where wisdom is not lost.
The morphenkind are heroes with incredible depth, forged through countless years of struggle, both carried in memory and past on to the newest members of their kind.