The Wolves of Midwinter  - Anne Rice
The Wolves of Midwinter once again takes place in Northern California, in the mansion at Nideck Point. After his attack in the first novel, Reuben Golding is continuing to learn what it is to be Morphenkinder or Man Wolf with help from his housemates the distinguished gentleman.

Fellow Morphenkinder and previous owner of Nideck Point, Felix Nideck, is excitingly heading the plans for the Midwinter Yuletide rituals that coincide with Christmas.

Meanwhile, Reuban begins to see the ghost of Marchent Nideck, who was murdered by her brothers in the first book, The Wolf Gift. Felix and Reuben are anguished that Marchent has not moved on and enlist the help of the Forest Gentry.

There are other sub-stories that take place, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. I will say that the beginning of the novel is more reflective, and the end of the story is more action packed.

The whole time I read this book, I felt it would be better if it was closer to Christmas. It was still good, but it seemed odd reading a book that is discussing getting ready to celebrate the Yuletide in the middle of summer. Plus, just like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this book contains ghost and contemplation of one’s past. This is the type of book that will make you reflect upon your own life. Anne Rice does not disappoint with her eloquent writing style. The Wolves of Midwinter is a well written, thought-provoking novel.

ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.