Anne Rice, kjent for mange som kvinnen bak en lang serie vampyrromaner,skuffet mange av sine tilhengere da hun for noen år siden fortalte at hun ikke ville skrive flere bøker med vampyrer i hovedrollene. Årsaken var at hun hadde funnet tilbake til sin katolske tro.
I årene som fulgte konsentrerte Rice seg om livet til Jesus i flere romaner. To bøker er hittil utgitt og en skal komme etter hvert. Hun har også skrevet om engler i serien Songs of the Seraphim. Mange av tilhengerne til Rice fryktet at hun aldri ville skrive en roman lik dem hun skrev i sin tidligere karriere, men de behøvde ikke engste seg. Til neste år kan vi lese en ny roman signert Rice med et overnaturlig vesen i hovedrollen, nemlig varulven.
I The Wolf Gift, som lanseres 14 februar, er det denne handlingen vi kan glede oss til:
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.
Her kan du høre Rice selv fortelle om romanen: