Novel Information (Taken from GoodReads)
Country: United States
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Narration: Third Person
I picked up this book for two reasons. 1. Anne Rice is a well known, well respected author. 2. I was/am sick of vampire stories, so werewolves seemed like a nice change of pace.
Overall, it was a decent book, there was just too much thrown into it for my liking, and too many conveniences for the main character, Reuben. I’m also not a huge fan of long drawn out descriptions, and although it did print a beautiful picture, and showcased the Gothic style of writing, I thought some of it could have been cut out.
Now, what I mean by “too much thrown in” is that Rice tackles the topics of transformation and what it means to become someone else, good versus evil, praising vigilantes, and of course, the basics of trying to discover what it means to be a werewolf, and how it happened, and how it affects your relationships with your family and loved ones.
There was so much that she was trying to address, that many topics were either quickly and conveniently resolved, or not addressed at all. I also state all of this with the knowledge that this is not a stand alone book. However, topics such as what the change means to him as a person, is only glossed over; it was thought of enough times by Reuben that it becomes seemingly important, but is never fully addressed.
As for the lore and history, and how it all works. It’s conveniently explained to him by not one werewolf, but essentially a pack.
Which brings me to my next point of how easily everything happens for Reuban.
HERE BE SPOILERS! (scroll down until you see END OF SPOILERS)
Reuban gets attacked by a werewolf in a house. Inherits the house where all the information about werewolves exists. This inheritance is given to him, for free, by the now deceased owner, who left it to him after meeting him for the first time the previous day.
He falls in love with a woman who sees him as a werewolf and instead of being scared, comes up to him and sleeps with him in wolf form. No talking, no nothing, just “Hey look, the man wolf. I’m going to let him sleep with me”. Then of course, she falls madly in love with him after just that one special night. *head desk*
Oh and his current girlfriend… err.. fiance… don’t remember. She’s okay with Reuben dumping her after giving her the silent treatment, then she hooks up with his best friend who has always been in love with her (though she never noticed him). It’s okay though, they all stay friends. *sigh*
Werewolf who built the house he know lives in, finally comes out of hiding after decades, just to teach him how to live. Oh, and to kill some scientists that he’s been hunting. Scientists that have been in hiding for decades, who decide to reveal themselves just because of Reuban.
Oh and his family, only one of which knows who he is, ignores his cold demeanor, all the help he’s been refusing and still loves him. So, in spite of everything, he gets the change, the girl, and his family.
END OF SPOILERS!
So as I had mentioned previously, many conveniences, with no consequences to Reuben for any of his actions. This ruined the book for me, and to be honest, there was a large part when I was 90% done, that I honestly didn’t care if I ever finished the book.
The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one, was because many of the concepts were interesting. Personally, I think if Anne had settled to focus on two specific topics, and thrown in some conflict, it would have made for a much better and spectacular book.
I do want to note, that I found her writing style eloquent and the conversations between the characters to flow and be natural. Her world is fascinating, and the ideas that she has about werewolves and especially their DNA are intriguing and fresh.
Overall, I would have to say that if you are a lover of Anne Rice, then this book would be a great read. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it.