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Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles 10 [Paperback]

Anne Rice
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4 Mar 2010 Vampire Chronicles 10

The 10th novel in Anne Rice's internationally bestselling Vampire Chronicles is an erotic tale of immortal love

The dazzling vampire Lestat was once the epitome of evil. But now he struggles with his immortality, yearning for a more saintly path. His chance comes when he rescues a witch from death by turning her into a vampire. But the repercussions are swift as the powerful Mayfair family rally to punish Lestat for creating a killer from one of their flock.

Yet in the midst of this schism comes a passionate love affair as Lestat becomes dangerously drawn to Rowan Mayfair, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a true witch. However, the fates are cruel and in an intense finale he must decide on the destiny of his beloved.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099548186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099548188
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,962 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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"The chronicles are hard to put down because they are like old friends" (Times Literary Supplement)

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The 10th novel in Anne Rice's internationally bestselling Vampire Chronicles is an erotic tale of immortal love

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If anything, it's not even worth one star... 3 Jun 2009
By Alivet
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.
* 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific (but not in the way intended!) 12 Dec 2004
By A Customer
I had read many bad reviews of Blood Canticle, but being a huge Ann Rice fan decided to buy the paperback as I thought it surely couldn't be as bad as that!
How wrong I was! This book is basically unreadable. The returning characters are behaving in un-character like ways, the plot (if there is one) is turgid and the style of writing just annoyed me. For lovers of the Vampire Chronicles, to hear Lestat say phrases like 'Yo!' and 'Cool!' just sends shivers down the spine.
This book has the feel that it has been ghost written as all of Ann Rice's usual magic is missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 20 Dec 2004
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When does the plot kick in? 23 Jan 2005
I've read plenty of review for this book and they've all told me that it's awful. But nether the less I decided to read it despite so that I could make up my mind.
Sadly all the reviews were rite.
This story lacks a plot. I read the thing in 2 nights waiting for the plot to kick in and then the book ended.
It's an appalling mockery of the former glory reached with Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.
Like one of the other reviewers says - AVOID! Avoid like the plague.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody bad Canticle 21 Feb 2012
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My God he's back again!
If I could ever fall in love with a Vampire it would Lestat. Lestat's time at the Blackwood Farm continue along with the Mayfair tie in. Read more
Published 17 days ago by miss K. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars As always
As always amazing lestat story. Anne is the best vampire writer in history love you Anne and love you lestat-we all want the dark trick
Published 7 months ago by Kayleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This is a fabulous book. Just as you would expect from Anne Rice. I didn't want to put it down. Lestat was his brilliant self. Would recommend to all readers.
Published 7 months ago by Michelle.
5.0 out of 5 stars The serie is over
So here I finished last book of Vampire Chronicles.
First pages made me laugh how childish Lestat acts, but what I can judge? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deira
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have stopped at Blackwood Farm.
Anne Rice is a favourite of mine. She has that rare gift as a fiction writer that enables her to real you in, disgust you, draw tears, laughter... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. A. J. Quaeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is the concluding book in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, and if you are a fan of her books you wont be disappointed. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Kay
1.0 out of 5 stars I Miss the Old Lestat...
I am a fan of the original 'Interview' and 'The Vampire Lestat', which followed it. But - oh dear - Anne Rice has spent the subsequent decades since her moment of invention slowly... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by CalUKGR
4.0 out of 5 stars Rice puts so much of herself into her novels
I've read this twice now. Contrary to popular opinion, I think it is very good. No, it's not her best work, but I love both the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches, so this... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Rebecca
1.0 out of 5 stars There are no words.
Seriously, no words at all to describe how incredibly awful this book is.

I have read all the Vampire Chronicles and I will agree with most that the first three are the... Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by miaowface
3.0 out of 5 stars the end but not as it should have been
Anne Rice could have made this book the best of all her work. Instead she has given us this lame ending to an otherwise very enjoyable set of works. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2009 by munnsbooks
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