Bram Stoker Award nominee 1988.
In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire... in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat. In The Queen of the Damned,
Anne Rice continues her extraordinary "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of
mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the
oldest and most powerful forces of the night are unleashed on an
Three brilliantly colored narrative threads intertwine as the story unfolds:
– The rock star known as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by millions of spellbound fans, prepares for a concert in San Francisco. Among the audience – pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration – are hundreds of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a "greedy fiend risking the secret prosperity of all his kind just to be loved and seen by mortals," fiends themselves who hate Lestat's power and who are determined to destroy him...
– The sleep of certain men and women – vampires and mortals scattered around the world – is haunted by a vivid, mysterious dream: of twins with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes who suffer an unspeakable tragedy. It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly reveals its meaning to the dreamers as they make their way toward each other – some to be destroyed on the journey, some to face an even more terrifying fate at journey's end...
– Akasha – Queen of the Damned, mother of all vampires, rises after a 6,000 year sleep and puts into motion a heinous plan to "save" mankind from itself and make "all myths of the world real" by elevating herself and her chosen son/lover to the level of the gods: "I am the fulfillment and I shall from this moment be the cause"...
These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back 6,000 years to its beginnings. As the stories of the "first brood" of blood drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires have left their mark.
Vampires are created – mortals succumbing to the sensation of "being enptied, of being devoured, of being nothing." Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed – the rituals of ancient creatures prowling the modern world. And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead – and perhaps of the living, all the living – will be decided.
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles in 1994, and Queen of the Damned in 2002.
Born in New Orleans, Rice spent much of her early life there before moving to Texas, and later to San Francisco. She was raised in an observant Roman Catholic family, but became an atheist as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of Interview with the ... (more)
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee (2007-10-23)
The Queen of the Damned is a good horror and dark fantasy book, but unfortunately it isn't as good as the previous books. The story is interesting, erotic and beautifully written, but in my opinion it could've been a bit better. If you've read the previous books, you'll probably like this book.