As mentioned in my review of Anne Rice’s previous ‘Wolf Gift’ novel, I chanced upon this werewolf series while researching festive themed novels for the Christmas season. Despite my dislike of its predecessor, and mostly because this is the book which I initially intended to read in the first place, I persevered with the series and read ‘The Wolves of Midwinter’, which is Anne Rice’s gothic Christmas novel and follow-up to ‘The Wolf Gift’.
The story continues on directly from The Wolf Gift, and follows Reuben Golding and the pack of ‘Morphenkinder’ that has taken up residence inside the large, antiquated, coastal house known as Nideck Point.
With Yule, or Christmas to you and me, fast approaching, the Morphenkinder are preparing all kinds of fabulous and entertaining events to celebrate the ancient Pagan festival of Midwinter.
Having found The Wolf Gift to be a rather dull, drab and monotonous novel, with very little plot of real significance, it was with a lot of reluctance that I decided to give the sequel a chance to impress.
As it happens I was right to be pessimistic of The Wolves of Midwinter. Its numerous characters are still lifeless and flat, the tone still dull and monotonous in nature, and with even less substance to back up the narrative.
The entire novel is really a detailed description of old winter festivals, and a play-by-play account of all the intricate preparations that are made to create the extravagant parties and celebrations that mark the period of Midwinter, a special time in the lives of the werewolves.
The Wolves of Midwinter is a very long-winded novel, which could have been thinned down by the removal of numerous repetitive dialogue and descriptions which only served to bring down the overall tone of the book. Instead it stretches out in an almost meaningless narrative, far beyond the realms of necessity. As a result I would rate The Wolves of Midwinter at 1 out of 5 stars.
The Wolf Gift Chronicles: Book 1 – The Wolf Gift