When it comes to novels, I tend not to read into the reviews of others too much as, after all, it's a matter of taste an opinion. Nonetheless, I intend to share my review regardless! In this case, the reviews seem (to me) to be right in that this is a "weaker" novel than they previous chronicles. I myself, believe that "The Tale of The Body Thief" is weaker than the first three as well. This book, although focusing on Lestat, lacks the focus on him that the others have had. Yes this novel is theological and somewhat philosophical. I don't mind that however (being a Philosophy graduate) and I found Rice's take on creation and the "war" between God and the Devil very interesting.
What is present in this novel, is Rice's brilliant, sensual and captivating writing.
I am currently reading "The Vampire Armand" and again it seems that Anne Rice has yet to rediscover the brilliance of the first three chronicles. However, that being said, this is not a bad novel at all. Trying to match the (in my opinion) brilliance of the earlier chronicles was never going to be easy. Rice delivers a well written story from the eyes of our favourite anti hero Lestat, and although it is slightly less successful than her early chronicles, if you are like me and found yourself captivated from page one of "Interview with the Vampire", you will want to read this regardless of anyone elses opinions. Anne Rice won me over completely, particularly with "The Vampire Lestat", and I intend to continue reading her work until the end of (and past) the Vampire Chronicles.