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Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim 2) [Hardcover]

Anne Rice
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4 Nov 2010 Songs of the Seraphim 2

Anne Rice's extraordinary new novel summons up for us the world of fifteenth-century Rome: of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo X, second son of a Medici, holding forth on the papal throne . . . a city of domes and rooftop gardens and rising towers. And into this time, into this century, Toby O'Dare, former government assassin is summoned, by the angel Malchiah, to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth about a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit -- a diabolical dybbuk. In the fullness of the high Italian Renaissance, Toby is plunged into this rich age as a lutenist sent to charm and calm this troublesome spiri... He soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and counter-plots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him.

As Toby once again embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, he is reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark, fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a deeper and richer vision of love.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701178159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701178154
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,873 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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"Ghosts and angels aside, "Of Love and Evil" transcends the metaphysical thriller label through its grounding in historical fact...[Toby's] sense of wonder proves infectious for the reader as well...[Rice] not only explores a battle against evil, but asks what it means to be evil and who gets to define it. Above all, "Of Love and Evil "is simply good entertainment."
"--"Carmela Ciuraru, "The Boston Globe
"Rice tells a good story, nicely balancing the profound and the profane."
"--"Judith Chettle, " Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Rice knows how to tell a story, and this one's a lot of fun. . . Rice's knock-your-socks-off cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that this series has wings."
--"People "magazine (31/2 stars out of 4)
"Rice is remarkable in her ability to breathe life into another place, another time."
--"The Associated Press"
"Present, as always, is the author's ability to craft dreamlike prose to lull readers into believing every he --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anne Rice's magnificent Songs of the Seraphim continues with her lyrical and haunting new novel of angels and assassins set in dark and dangerous worlds -- in our time and the fifteenth century's high Italian Renaissance.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think 5 Feb 2011
I was keen to read this sequel as I was hooked on Song of the Seraph, the first story. It was as good as the first and now I await the next with great anticipation. It is a good complex story and gives food for thought about religeous beliefs. On one hand,even if you don't believe in God it is a good story. If you do believe, it helps to reinforce or challenge that belief. It is extremely well written and gives you backgrounds to the characters as well as the sights and smells of the places you are taken too, whilst not loosing sight of the storyline. You become engrossed from the first page and when it's finished you want more. I loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly light and short 10 Nov 2010
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Second volume of a series that might be long. It is a short turning point novel because here the main hero Toby O'Dare starts with re-finding his family, his abandoned girl friend and his son.

Then he goes on a mission in Rome to save a Jewish doctor and his patient from the claws of the brother of this patient.

We discover the deep mistreatment of Jews in Italy under Girolamo Savonarola in Florence particularly but also in Rome at the beginning of the 16th century.

The story is simple. It reveals the anti-Jewish practices of the Catholics at the time. But that's not after all the main spring of this novel. It is a turning point because at the end he cleans up his past as a hit man but he is followed by a young man who has a very personal and direct question to ask him. And that is his dilemma because he has just confessed and promised never to be a hit man at all or even kill anyone under any circumstances and here is a the son of one victim.

The novel then is waiting for the next volume, and this one being kind of small, maybe an extension would have been a good thing. We'll have to wait. But the novel is also a turning point because the last part seems to be a development that was not planned at the beginning, or there is a mistake in the writing. When Toby writes, and we assume he is the writer because he tells us so and the novel is in the first person: "Instead I typed a brief and concise account of all that had happened to me since my last "report." "I wrote down not only the story of my adventure in Rome, but also the story of my meeting with Liona and Toby, and what had taken place." (p.158)

We wonder then who wrote what we have just read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if you got given a second chance? 10 Feb 2013
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Anne Rice gently moves the reader from her usually supernatural prose into the domain of Questions about Life. She does this in the most fascinating and enthralling way. It keeps you hooked until the very end, while at the same time, should the reader make that choice shows you that there is a second chance for all of us out there. Excellent blend of fascinating fiction with a message.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but the sparkle h as gone...... 22 April 2014
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Just not the same depth of characters or intriguing plots any more. Quit e sad as Anne Rice is superb do not judge her on these newer,less gripping, novels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love and Evil 14 Oct 2013
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I was expecting the usual originality which is the trade mark of Anne Rice books, but she decided to go along with a very easy story plot., In which you figure out what the characters are going to do straight a\way. Even you 'know' who the 'troubled ghost' is from the very beginning of the book. The 4 starts review that other readers gave to the book is underserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great new series from Anne 29 May 2013
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Having read Angel Time and enjoyed it, purchasing Of Love and Evil was the obvious next step. Another short and sweet chapter in Toby's life, we see his relationship with his ex rekindle and that with his son begin to bloom. His second mission is as short and simple as the first but never-the-less a good read. I would say that again this is Anne Rice simmered down a bit but still very enjoyable,
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4.0 out of 5 stars For fans 9 April 2013
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.. of Anne and her beautifully written tales of the mysterios and other-worldly realms
I liked cause i like her writing in genereal, although not as good as the Vamoire Chronicles, a good read anyhow .)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy book to read 8 April 2013
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I love Ann Rice, although the book is not as good as the vampire chronichles I love the way she writes and loves her characters.
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