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Blood and Gold [Hardcover]

Anne Rice
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Book Description

16 Oct 2001
In the best Anne Rice tradition, the great Vampire Marius returns to tell us the mesmerizing story of his life through the ages, from the time of Caesar Augustus to the present.

The Vampire Marius, child of the Millenea, has lived two thousand years. He tells his story to Thorne, a lone vampire who was a Viking in a mortal life tells of his birth into the Senatorial Class at the time of Caesar Augustus, and how he was transformed into a “dark god” by Druids in the forests of Gaul; how he created the Vampire Armand and became guardian of Akasha and Enkil, the Queen and the King of Vampires, who hold within themselves the secret core of the life of the undead – “destroy them and you destroy all vampires.” He relates how he became the voice of reason among the vampires, and how he created Pandora, the vampire he still grieves for…

We see Marius as a mortal boy in the teeming streets of second-century Rome, and in young manhood in the time of Constantine and his battle to save Rome from the Visigoths. We follow him through the Dark Ages and the Black Death, and through another thousand years to Venice and to Florence, where he seeks out the great Botticelli and becomes a painter, working in a glorious palazzo – a blood drinker in the thick of a rich and brilliant mortal life.

Worlds within worlds unfold – historic, fantastic, cultural, vampiric, from the London of Henry VIII to 17th-century Paris and Weimar – as the novel moves to its splendid finale in an Aegean kingdom ruled by the great vampire: the magician Marius.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; First Edition edition (16 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676974384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676974386
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,257 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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With Blood and Gold, Anne Rice is firing on all cylinders again, producing the kind of heady mix that distinguishes her best work: a bizarre mélange of gothic horror, overripe romanticism and a genuinely poetic vision that is very much her own. This latest vampire novel boasts all the Rice specialities, notably a moody, patrician vampire protagonist.

Marius, from a noble family (and a distinguished scholar), is one of the oldest of all vampires, his origins lost in the mist of ancient Rome, in the time of the Emperor Augustus. But all of his encounters over the centuries have not prepared him for his meeting in the present day with a sinister being of snow and ice. The northern vampire Thorne is seeking Maharet, his "maker", a centuries-old Egyptian vampire queen whose unbreakable hold over him rests in chains made of her red hair. As the Visigoths looted and pillaged, Marius looked on; he strode the decadence of the Roman empire, still seeking his lost love Pandora, but was later beguiled by Renaissance beauty Bianca, and the boy Amadeo. Rice, as usual, intertwines her diverse and complex narratives, keeping a massive cast of characters always alive for the reader. But the emphasis here is on the brilliantly created Marius, in thrall to Pandora and his alter ego Mael. As Rice conjures him, Marius may be the most distinctive protagonist in all her fiction. Throughout the seven volumes of the Vampire Chronicles, and most notably in such recent books as Memnoch the Devil and Merrick, Rice showed that she would never be content to repeat herself. Blood and Gold is further evidence of her willingness to tackle new areas in her colossal vampiric mythos.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Erotic and disturbing, Anne Rice is still the best modern Gothic novelist" (The Face)

"Rice's writing is wonderfully imaginative and as creepily splendid as a hot-house orchid" (Sunday Times)

"Rice has produced a novel that is erotic and sensuous" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 5 Jun 2010
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback
curled up in my bed with my new book, not exactly looking forward to it, but knowing it was better than nothing. But once I started, I couldn't stop, and finished it sometime around 4 am the next morning. I can't explain how I could suddenly be completely sucked in to this world, but when I got home, I raided my friend's collection of Vampire Chronicle books.
I've read them all, except Interview. That confuses many people, but I just can't get into it. All four main characters - Louis, Lestat, Claudia and Daniel - appear in other books, I'm familiar with the plot points, and don't think it's necessary. I just really don't think it's a very good book. I much prefer the characters' appearances in the other books.
I've loved many of the other selections in the series, but none quite as much as I love Blood and Gold. For me, it's the true last contribution to the Vampire Chronicles, even though two or three more books were published. (Those stories were Mayfair Witches crossovers, and I did enjoy them very much.) It's Marius' story, and he and Armand are by far my favorite of the characters (followed closely by Lestat, who also plays a big role in Marius' story). Marius is very close to being the oldest vampire of the group, so his maturity and authority are to be expected. However, his immaturity and childishness are surprising elements, and those unforeseen qualities are some the reasons he is so interesting to read about. I've read it three times so far, and if I could give it another star, I would
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a disappointment 31 Dec 2002
Format:Paperback
I bought this as a treat to read on holiday. I enjoyed the book, in that it passed the time, but it seemed to me to lack 'zip' and pace, and much of the prose was, frankly, overly flabby and plodding. (How many times in one book can you use the device of repeating an introductory clause with a slightly different ending three times over ?) Also, there was vey little in the way of new plot introduced here - rather, there was a re-warming of much that was known from other parts of the chronicles. The dialogue seemed unconvincing at times too ... sorry, to be so negative, as I have thrilled to Rice's prose in the past, but the sparkle seems to have worn a bit thin here.
Still, if you've read the other books in the chronicles seies you'll probably want to read this - if you haven't, might I suggest that you start elsewhere ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And another book that made me entertained 1 Mar 2013
By Deira
Format:Paperback
All I can say that I really loved this book. I finally knew all story of Marius and Bianca. I knew so much of characters I knew just names.

I remember scene with Zenobia that made me cry. It was so beautiful. And Bianca who saved Marius. And poor Armand. But mostly I paid attention on Marius and Pandora. They remind me of myself and girl I dated. She was real Pandora, and I was like Marius- begged her to stay with me, looked for her...butwe still broke up.

I could understand and Bianca's jealousy. Bianca is really femnine and knows that no man can betray her. Well, Marius looks "good-evil". He can be very gently and loving, but also very evil and cruel. So I don't know I like him or not. But probably I do. I was very sad when he lost his all books and paintings. I can imagine his pain.

In any case all book was very interesting, I enjoyed it very much. Now when I finished it, I have many thoughts in my head and I think "What I could do if I was one or other character?". I think now what I could understand and what I could judge. The end of book was quite...strange. I was a little bit shocked and didn't expect such ending. (Maybe because I forgot to ask my friends who read this book more details, I asked my all friends who read every book of VC to tell me every single detail before I start reading). And I'm very sad about Santino's death.... I think Marius had to forgive him, because Santino helped him after all to repay for Armand. But how I can judge Marius of this revenge Thorne did for him, when I, myself, cannot forgive my enemies?

In summary I think this book is very good to understand such emotions like anger, revenge, love, hate, solitude... I would never forget this book. It is locked in my heart forever. I bow for all Anne Rice works, because none of her books still didn't disappoint me. I loved all of them.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice at her best 29 Mar 2005
By Mr. C. J. Thorpe VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is perhaps her best story of all.
I bought it because I am captivated by all her Vampire Chronicles.
I did not expect it to be anywhere near her best because I realised it would cover old ground explored in her earlier books.
But she covered it so well. She made what was ground covered before new ground from Marius's perspective. Rather than him being a supporting character he was the main character and you got to see his true feelings on what occurred.
The book is a tragedy in many ways and brings out many emotions in the reader. It is spell binding. It is a love story and it is a action book. It makes you fall in love with the characters and the places they go.
She has always been an expert at bringing out the emotions in her readers and she does to with great skill in this novel, the scene where he meets Pandora again after so many centuries but must let her go is heartbreaking.
I started off loving Marius as a character in her earlier books, then as she wrote more books coming to dislike him, but reading this has made me once again come to admire and respect and have empathy for this character. He shall now always be one of my favourites of all her characters.
If you have not read any of her other Vampire novels then this is a good one to start with.
As long as she writes books like this I will be a fan and eagerly buy her work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Marius
Ready it so often but still love it more each time! Marius is my favourite vampire from the chronicles. Love him and his story
Published 12 months ago by Jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT START - DUFF ENDING
I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE STORY OF THE WISE AND CEREBRAL MARIUS AND THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS DID NOT LET ME DOWN,ANNE RICE AT HER BEST, HOWEVER AS THE BOOK PROGRESSED IT... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by COOPETTE
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a retelling!
Having read all of the Vampire Chronicles up to and Including Blood and Gold, I can say this is one of the best, along with The Vampire Lestat. Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite me Marius. Pleeeeeease?
I am an absolute Vampire Chronicles nut! I've read 'em all.

This one is up there with my favourites. I was so excited when my hands fell on this book in the shop. Read more
Published on 9 July 2010 by Tohru
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read
I generally enjoyed it, particularly the parts on what Marius and some others are doing now and the introduction of new vampires, in present and in the past. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by C. Kemp
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking and incomplete; an unsatisfying read
I'd been looking forward to getting stuck into this one; I'd been an avid fan of the first four books, but hadn't seen anything in the following books to attract my attention until... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by Arkady Rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Good as a new perspective on old events, bad as a story in its own...
This book happened to be the first book of the vampire chronicles that i ever read (and have since read the others), so my rating reflects mainly on its ability as a story in its... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2009 by Dionysus Rising
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Marius
Blood and Gold is the story of the Vampire Marius of Rome. It is the eight book of Ms Rice in the Vampire Chronicles. I found this book to be an easy read. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by M. A. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally another good Vampire Chronicle
I am a huge fan of Anne Rice's first three Vampire novels, "Interview", "Lestat" and "the Queen of the Damned", but became increasingly frustrated by the books she's published... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2007 by Pieter Dams
3.0 out of 5 stars for voice rather than actual story
it was a mishmash of stories. sometimes related, most times haphazard. but Anne's bespelling descriptive powers redeem her. also her empathetic marius is absoultely enchanting. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2007 by sultanna sahar
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