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 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 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 may be others like him who are watching - guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who 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.
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Auteur(s) : Lea67 le 24/06/2012
In the wolf-man's mind...
You like Anne Rice novels? You like werewolf stories? You'll enjoy this book if you've answered yes to both questions. The whole narration is written from Ruben the wolf-man's point of view. He starts as a reporter who moves in an old manor and gets bitten. After that it's all about his feelings, his fears, his acceptance of the wolf gift, his efforts to get control over it, his battle to recognize the good from the evil, his search for explanations in the past. Naturally enough, our hero is also involved in a love story. The werewolves described have some traditional aspects of the beast but some more original ones too, less common than the full moon shapeshifting at least.
The plot moves rather slowly, psychological and philosophical aspects are ubiquitous to the detriment of action (however some scenes are creepy and suspenseful). Now all I hope is that the author writes some other books to make it a series, a sequel or a novel from one of the other wolf characters point of view. Finally a must add the narrator was very pleasant to listen too even if it made sound Ruben an old guy.