The Wolves of Midwinter

The Wolves of Midwinter

The Wolf Gift Chronicles

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"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..."--Publisher website.
ISBN: 9780385349970
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Paranormal fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
California, Northern -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Magic -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Werewolves -- Fiction.

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daeb
Feb 11, 2015

Abysmal. If not for the pro-life flag waving and page upon page of detailed (and I do mean detailed) descriptions of the preparations for a huge Yuletide party, this book would be about 100 pages long. The protagonist, Reuben, is a limp dishrag and the females are cartoon characters. Could have used a damn good edit, as well. There are some very clunky passages, mainly when Rice runs out of steam and decides to just write "thingamajig" instead of coming up with something a bit more eloquent, and call it a day. Don't care what happens next.

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Chickiewick
Jan 18, 2015

Very fun wolfish book again. A fun read, lots of mystery. Have fun reading this.

jesking Jan 27, 2014

What happened to my eloquent, decadent, rich favorite writer? This book feels so....casual. There's a paragraph on pg. 272 (of the hard cover) that should have been left out completely and she uses the word "whathaveyou" or "whatnot". Found the "here's where we're at" intro too casual. I'm used to Rice's stories being so rich. Also, the main characters are all perfect (except that they kill), leaving them flat and unbelievable. Also, was there a plot, or is this just a description of characters during the holidays? Normally I'm a huge Rice fan, but this novel is disappointing.

Quimeras Dec 12, 2013

I find the other characters more interesting than our protagonist, Reuben. Perhaps this will change with the next book.

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