Thank goodness she's back! I was a big fan of the vampire chronicles and The Witching Hours trilogy is one of my favourite series ever. A great twist on the werewolf stories of old! Sequel please!!
I'm sorry to admit that I atempted to read this book 3 different times, and failed every time. Sad, because I really wanted to like this book. I liked the premise and hoped for a good read.
First, I think the writing style drags. This is third book by A.Rice I read and all three without exception failed on the story telling. Something about it makes it impersonal, and the characters, vere unrealistic and ...well I just did not care for any of them. Case in point H. Here is 24years old but has the character and habits of a 60year old man from the early 1900.
And then there is the absolute certanaty of existence of the G. Figure being stuffed down my throat every few paragraphs. I read plenty of SciFy novels with rather strong religious undercurrent, and loved them. Here it is heavy handled and forced on the reader to a point one wants to perpetualy roll eyes at the celling.
The last comment is about the volume. For a 500+ pg book not much hapends here. Most of the time it's just talking, talking, scene descriptions and disposal (grousome) of rapists and other riffraff. Other than that nothing. Ending is straight forward visible from pg 2 and offers no twists. Maybe because this is just book 1 and so there is no ending. At the end (I skipped A LOT OF PAGES to get there at all) I was left with; "Meh, I'm glad that's over" and offered the book for swap to some other unfortunate sole.
First let me say I love Anne Rice and have read most of her books. This newer book with a werewolf theme (called man wolf by Rice) has a fresh new voice to it in my opinion, quite different from the Vampire Chronicles, but is still rich with detail and depth of characters and plot. I liked this better than most of the werewolf stories I have read or seen dramatized; lots of action/mystery in this book with deeply fleshed out characters. Can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series and then to await the debut of the third slated for later 2014.