This book is the best Anne Rice book. After reading this story, none of her others have come close, and in truth I have given up on them.
This is an amazing tale, the characters are great, and I have read this book at least twice in the last few years. Each time, I can barely put it down when I have started it. The only drawback is that it concludes with a promise of a sequel, and the path is left wide open for this. I read on an Anne Rice website that no sequel will be written until after the book has been turned into a film and released, which is a huge disappointment if true.
The story is beautifully written and crafted, and the only uncomfortable moment in the entire story is when one of the female characters invites Ramses to 'Batter down her virgin door'. It is a cringeworthy moment for those who don't buy in to the level of fluffy romance needed to accept that line as something an adult woman would say, but the rest of the book is wonderful. If you have a long train or plane journey coming up anytime soon, this is an excellent book to take with you, the time will pass so quickly.