This is book number 2 in the The Wolf Gift Chronicles series.
It is winter at Nideck Point. Oak fires burn in the stately flickering hearths, and the community organizes its annual celebration of music and pageantry. But for Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift, this promises to be a season like no other. He’s preparing to honor an ancient Midwinter festival with his fellow Morphenkinder—a secret gathering that takes place deep within the verdant recesses of the surrounding forests.
However, Reuben is soon distracted by a ghost. Tormented, imploring, and unable to speak, it haunts the halls of the great mansion, drawing him toward a strange netherworld of new spirits, or “ageless ones.” And as the swirl of Nideck’s preparations reaches a fever pitch, they reveal their own dark magical powers.
Praise for Anne Rice's Wolf Gift Chronicles
“Vintage Anne Rice. . . . This time, with werewolves.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A lot of fun…. Rice creates yet another world . . . along the lines of her greatest achievements.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR
“[Rice’s] books are scary and mysterious and mystical, filled with thrills and danger, frightening fun, and ardent passion.” —R. L. Stine
“Still sharp of tooth.” —The Daily News Journal (Tennessee)
“A terrific read by a master of her craft.” —Bookreporter
“Anne Rice is back with the bad guys.” —Library Journal
“Ranks with [Rice’s] best. . . . Feisty and terrific fun.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Fans will welcome Rice’s return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Includes plenty of forest spirits, a restless ghost, and a grand mansion that almost feels like a character too.” —The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“Intoxicating.” —USA Today
“Rice spares no detail in her lush imagining of dual holidays. One is the Christmas celebrations in the town where the werewolves live . . . and the other is a deep forest ritual.” —Lexington Herald-Ledger