Title: Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)
Author: Anne Rice
Published Date: October 28th 2014
Genre: Paranormal / Horror
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…
And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…
I have been a fan of Anne Rice’s work for over 25 years since first picking up Interview with the Vampire at my local library. To say I was excited at the prospect of a new vampire chronicle after over 10 years would be an understatement and I wasn’t disappointed.
Written in very much the same style as the later chronicles the story flows and engulfs you, filling you in on those missing 1o years, and making you once again feel a part of the Brat Prince’s world.
Vampires old and new grace these pages with new problems and old dilemmas but none will ever steal my heart the way that Lestat has. The fashions, the language, the descriptions, all to me were exactly what I was looking for. Fair warning though this is not what I would call a “stand alone” chronicle. There is a lot of history that the reader is expected to know and understand. Some explanations are given but none that would replace reading the original books.
As the last page was turned I had but one thought …. please let there be more soon!
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