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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (21 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099460173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099460176
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Anne Rice's best selling Blackwood Farm and the recent film of Queen of the Damned have resulted in a resurgence of interest in Lestat, her all-powerful vampire creation. Rice has populated this latest instalment with a rich mix of well-conceived characters including Rowan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and true witch who finds herself dangerously drawn to Lestat, and Patsy Mayfair, a murdered country and western singer returning from the afterlife to avenge her own murder. At the heart of the novel is the enigmatic vampire himself, no longer the epitome of evil, but continuing the transformation begun in Memnoch the Devil from evil to goodness, battling between his own desires for gratification and his emerging desire for redemption. Assured and plot driven, this is bound to please Rice's readers and perform as well as previous Lestat adventures. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The 10th novel in Anne Rice's internationally bestselling Vampire Chronicles is an erotic tale of immortal love --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
First off, can I just say that I adored the Vampire Chronicles up until Blackwood Farm came out. Even the smaller, minor-character-focused books were good in their own way. I loved Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, even Memnoch the Devil... But not this one.
Why?
* The plot. While there is some semblance of a plot in this novel, it's not really good enough to warrant a novel being written about it. Lestat is back, he has new vampire minions (who happen to be huge brats, and not in the way that Lestat was once called a brat by Marius), and the Mayfair family have brought their Taltos problems into the Vampire Chronicles. So what?
* The characters. Quinn was bearable. I read Blackwood Farm and didn't hate it completely, even though the Mayfairs were a part of it. And I even thought Mona was okay in the Mayfair series. But in this...Quinn and Mona turn into spoilt children. Mona becomes a shrieking, crying, spoilt brat, and Quinn will do anything she says. Not only that, but Lestat is virtually unrecognisable. He's turned to religion (much like Anne Rice herself) and wants to be a saint. He wants to be good. This is not Lestat. I loved Lestat as a character because of the arrogance, the good at being bad, the underneath-it-all I'm a good guy kind of thing, you know? Lestat wasn't perfect. He was a vampire, but we learnt to love him and sympathise with him. Now he wants to be human again. He wants to be a saint.
* The closure. I ask here: what closure? This is not closure. Not only does it make a mockery of all the previous vampire chronicles, but it makes a mockery of the Mayfair Trilogy as well. Tying two of your beloved series together to make a quick ending for them both is not a good idea.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Anne Rice has written some stinkers in her time -- "Memnoch the Devil," "Servant of the Bones" and "Violin" amongst them. But for sheer disappointment, it would be hard for her to top "Blood Canticle," the not-so-grand finale of her classic Vampire Chronicles series. It wraps up both the Vampire and Witch series not with a bang, but with a slow squeaky whimper.

The book actually starts with Lestat's fantasy about being a saint. Yes, Lestat now fantasizes about being like Saint Juan Diego and chatting with the Pope. This comes out of nowhere, and is merely an opportunity for Rice to tell us that we're all stupid shallow ingrates for not liking "Memnoch the Devil."

Then we switch off to where "Blackwood Farm" ended. The dying Mona Mayfair has come to Blackwood Farm to expire, but Lestat decides to make her into a vampire because.... well, otherwise Quinn will be sad. But while she's transforming, Rowan Mayfair arrives to pick up her young cousin and Lestat has to keep her from finding out what he's done. Also, Rowan and Lestat fall in love. Seriously.

Lestat takes the two younger vampires under his wing, and shows the newly powerful Mona how to maneuver the world as a vampire. But her new life also revives Mona's interest in her old one -- specifically in the Taltos child she bore some years before, which triggered the disease that almost killed her. So the trio sets out to find out if the Taltos are still around.

I'll be frank: "Blood Canticle" reads like fanfiction. Lestat falling in True Love with Rowan Mayfair? Lestat playing vampire dad to teen vampire lovers? Lestat's obsession with sainthood? Lestat having a midlife crisis (judging from his slang)? A thriller-like expedition to find the Taltos?
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By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've always enjoyed reading Anne Rice's books. I've never expected literary genius, but what I have wanted - and usually got - is a good storyline, fun characterisation, and some dark, sexy New Orleans atmosphere. However, in recent years Rice's books have been something of a disappointment, and this is no exception.
The characterisation of Lestat is truly bizarre. I mean, really, really bizarre. At times it was hard to read because I was thinking "this is just not Lestat!" He uses cheesy slang and was quite irritating, whilst the Lestat from earlier novels is cocky and occasionally obnoxious, but not annoying. I really think that Rice has lost touch with this character, and it would have been better for her to have had a different narrator altogether. In addition, I've never really understood why Rice presents Rowan Mayfair to be so interesting. Yes, she's a cold genius... But that's about it. I think we're meant to believe her to have lots of inner turmoil, but it isn't presented convincingly.
However, it gets more than 1 star because it does have some good points. It was nice to see the Taltos back again, as I enjoyed the Lasher novels, and the plot is fairly tight. Michael Mayfair as usual wins my sympathy, and Mona is more likeable now she's a vampire.
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Format: Paperback
I love love the vampire chronicals i wanna get that clear before i start,
but i have to say this is by far the worst thing I've read in a LONG time.
i read the bad reviews and thought i would give it a shot anyway (who cares what other people think eh?)
from start to finish nothing really happens, it follows a very linear plot with characters who have changed so dramatically since the last installments that it feels like we are reading somthing from a new author.
the love affair between Rowan and Lestat is SO forced that i was wincing in pain all the way through reading it.
Also as far as an ending is concerned as this is that "last" chronicle i was expecting somthing final, definative not an abrupt unconclusive ending that leaves more questions than it ever answered.
I'm just so disapointed that an author i respect soooo much and who's work continues to bring me many hours of happiness could write something that is below her own standards of perfection.
All i can say is i hope that Anne is inspired to write a further chronicle to redeem this unsatisfactory effort
(sooooo sorry for not posting a nice review.)
kevin
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