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Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Anne Rice
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6 Nov 2003
Lestat is back, saviour and demon, moving through the worlds of Blackwood Farm and the Mayfair family. He finds himself enslaved by love and loyalty amidst all of the characters who dwell in the two worlds of vampires and witches.

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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st edition (6 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701173556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701173555
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,112 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.

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An erotic tale of a monster in love from Anne Rice, the mistress of the immortal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 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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10 of 10 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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars argh! 8 Aug 2007
By Kevin C
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.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 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 6 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 15 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 19 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Anne Rice for publishing this rubbish
I can't belive this trash was actually printed under Anne Rice's name... there is no way this was actually written by her. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by Mrs. A
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