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Blackwood Farm (Vampire Chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Rice
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

31 Oct 2003 Vampire Chronicles
In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches -- to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.


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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443687
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of internationally bestselling books including 'The Vampire Chronicles' (from Interview with the Vampire to Blood Canticle), her 'Mayfair Witches' sequence, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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"Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice's best book in years" (Miami Herald) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Publication to coincide with new Vampire Chronicle BLOOD CANTICLE in hardback. (2002-10-18) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lestat, If you find this letter in your house in the Rue Royale, and I do sincerely think you will find it-you'll know at once that I've broken your rules. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book! 13 Dec 2002
Format:Hardcover
Blackwood Farm is another uniquly writtten feature in The Vampire Cronicles.
As a big fan of Anne Rice and her works, I was unsure at first that her latest book may start to repeat the others - but I was pleasently surprised.
Blackwood Farm is a faboulously told story, which kept me on the edge of my seat, eager to read more.
I was sucked into the amazing world of Tarquin Blackwood and his spirit friend, Goblin, and the many trials they face together as they grow - and how Goblin becomes more powerful and frightening.
This book is a must for all fans of the Vampire Chronicles!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another A.R classic 10 May 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i've been waiting to read Blackwood Farm for months, and have finally done so and in the process not been dissapointed.
i read the book in a matter of days, about Quinn's life and his connection to Goblin his 'twin ghost'. Though i was disappointed in learning that Lestat was in the background, it still had the creativity of the other anne rice books and definately worth the read. The ending was surprising but made the book worthwhile and i can't wait for the supposed last book of the chronicles 'blood canticle'.
I definately recommend it to any anne rice fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest 8 Jan 2003
By Pip
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a refreshing change to see Lestat back in action, albeit in the background. Blackwood Farm revolves around the character of Quinn, an impulsive young lord full of life and exploration yet secrelty haunted. Sound familiar? Quinn is basically Lestat's younger brother which is why the majority of you out there will probably love this book.
Personally I feel that this book is certainly more enchanting than Rice's most recent titles yet I do feel that there is something missing.
Unfortunately there's only so much story you can tell around a vampire, it drinks blood, it learns, it makes mistakes and it pines for a life it's lost. Rice has explorered all of the above and I feel that she's exhausted her bank of inspiration. I'm sincerely looking forward to a refreshing tale from her, perhaps she should bring back the beloved Lestat as a central character...
Blackwood Farm yearns to be a Vampire Chronicle and it succeeds where Vittorio and even Merrick failed. It's passionate, it's haunting and it's alluring and no doubt those of you who will be reading it will enjoy it. I certainly did.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Anne Rice fan! 12 Nov 2002
Format:Hardcover
Being a huge Anne Rice fan it did not surprise me that this aws yet another of her marvellous works that I could not put down, hence I managed to finish Blackwood Farm faster than I would have liked. Blackwood farm is the next installment in Anne Rices intriguing vampire chronicles and tells the story of the young Tarquin Blackwood who to all ordinary people appears less than ordinary, who else has an imaginary friend called Goblin, a spirit who plays and learns as he does? As the story unfolds Goblin grows into more than an imaginary friend and soon becomes more terrifying and must be stopped before the world in which quinn lives is threatened. Quinn is soon taken into the enthralling world of Lestat and his vampiric ways and Goblin also wants to be in on his new life. This story is the legacy of another fantastic family who Anne Rice has created and cleverly intermingled with her legendary Mayfair Witches. When you read this you will be captivated from beginning to end and believe me the end will leave you on the edge and eagerly awaiting her next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Matthew
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book from the start, with the return of our hero Lestat (who has regained his famous sense of humour) for a tale of evil and dark family secrets. Anne has joined her Vampire Chronicles with the successful Mayfair witches trilogy to give a new breed of vampire and more depth into her compelling world. Read this book and you will not be diisapointed. Except maybe that you have to wait for the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackwood Farm - Anne Rice 8 July 2004
Format:Paperback
This book had me gripped from the first page. It was a greatcambination of the Vampire chronicles and the Mayfair Witches, both of which I love. The character of Quinn conjures images of a young sensative and fairly scared young man. the love between Mona and Quinn makes you wnat them to be together.
It is a great book and brings the two sets of books together well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay... 15 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book was much more of a struggle to get through than all of the others put together. I struggled at the start the most - the long and complicated conversation between Lestat and Stirling was utterly forced and totally unrealistic. When it got to Quinn telling his life story there were ups and downs in the writing - "be my chocolate candy, I'm real unsure of my masculinity" being a real low. The two things I hated most about this book were firstly the seemingly limitless amount of money almost every character possessed - why does it matter? and the utter trash that consisted Mona and Quinn's romance. I went through the entire subplot thinking 'teen romance' and at no point was that belief even weakly tested. Other than that - the Goblin plot was sublime in all respects, I loved the intricate and well-developed family and friends, and Sugar Devil Island's mysteries were beautiful and exciting to read and wonder about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good... 26 May 2004
By J. Pols
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed Blackwood farm, it doesn't live up to Anne Rice's earlier vampire chronicles, but I think its a hard target to meet and with this book she manages not only to create a intriging and new character but also has written lestat back into it, and shared with this the introduction of Mona Mayfair - who personally I think was the best character in it - who becomes a vampire it really is a great book packed with love, vampires, suspense, expectations and assumptions, ghosts and alot of death. It is a great improvement from her books Blood and Gold, Vittorio annd otehr of her newer (ish) books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackwood Farm
The plot of this book is very good, a very imaginative vampire fiction. I would recommend it to anyone that has followed Anne Rice Vampires Chronicles .
Published 4 days ago by Dill
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok I'm done with Anne Rice
Quote from Jasmine, "once you go black, you never go back". Classic Rice, wonderfully evocative, sensual and subtle work from the master. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MR S foran
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical book
I don't know... book is written marvelous, all adventures, story of Quinn, action, not one boring sentence...but I simply didn't like how Quinn's life turn on. And Lestat's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Deira
5.0 out of 5 stars blackwood farm
Love anne rice and most vampires tales! Did not dissappoint but then none have so far! More please asap! X
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SO FAR
I have read all the Vampire Chronicles in the order they have come out (except reading Lestat first as i thought because i have seen Interview - the film that would be sufficient -... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by mrskvetoslavac
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what started my addiction to Rice...
Oddly enough, this was the first Anne Rice book I read. Which is an odd place to start since it is almost the last one Lestat and Co. appear in.

That said, I loved it. Read more
Published on 10 July 2010 by Tohru
5.0 out of 5 stars a page turner
Here Anne introduces another loveable vampire, this one so darn likeable! Quinn Blackwood! And oh Aunt Queen and Goblin and the ominous Petronia! EEEEE! A hermaphrodite Vampire? Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Please complete these beautiful chronicles for yourself and don't let...
This is a review for Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle as i think they must be treated as one.

This book along with the Blood Canticle is fantastic and part of the most... Read more
Published on 28 July 2008 by Ms. L. Pitchford
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly done
I don't know why, but it always takes me ages to get through Anne Rice's books BUT I thoroughly enjoy reading them. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2008 by Nicola
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of classic Rice, with a few blunders.
Blackwood Farm, although written with Rice's typical enchanting vernacular is not quite up to par with her earlier works. Read more
Published on 6 May 2007 by JRGuitargeek
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