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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Mar. 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0751533602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751533606
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,609,612 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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By filtering staple mythic conventions through her own gothic sensibility, Anne Rice is able to create an entertaining legend of her own (New York TIMES)

The text pulses with menace, mystery and violence, and with sensuality verging on erotica (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

Imaginative . . . intelligently written . . . This is popular fiction of the highest order (USA TODAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* Movie tie-in edition of the third of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2006
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Anne Rice revamped vampire fiction in "Interview with the Vampire," the first volume of her bestselling Vampire Chronicles. But the highest point of the entire series was "Queen of the Damned," an epic vampire story full of sensuality, terror, and a haunting picture of greed and power's effect.
Not only are vampires everywhere having odd dreams, but they are getting peeved about Lestat's music videos, which reveal secrets about vampire history. Some even plan to kill him. But those same music videos wake Akasha, the mother of all vampires, who kills her sleeping husband and casts Marius into an icy prison.
Then she goes on a rampage, setting vampires on fire and finally escaping with the Brat Prince himself. The vampire cast thus far gather together, hoping to defeat the malignant Akasha; elsewhere, Lestat begins to think the same when he finds that Akasha is a mad megalomaniac. But Akasha cannot be destroyed without killing every vampire on earth...
Out of her entire bibliography, Anne Rice wrote only one epic story -- one that spans the world, time, and three novels' worth of characters (Armand, Gabrielle, Marius, Louis...). Lots of fictional memoirs, but no more epics. Perhaps she should write more, because this book remains not only her finest novel, but a stirring, creepy read on its own.
Rice's lush prose is well-suited to many characters, whether they're rogue Talamasca or biker vampires. She skips effortlessly from ancient Egypt to a hard-rock concert, with the same level of skill. And most importantly, she creates a stunning explanation for why the vampires exist, wrapped up in ancient Egyptian imperialism and malevolent spirits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2000
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The Queen of the Damned should ideally be read after the first two volumes of the vampire chronicles. In my opinion this book is the best of the series. Anne Rice takes a number of different plot threads and weaves them together leading to an exciting and memorable climax. Everyone who reads this book finds a character they can relate to as Rice makes her characters more realistic by having fears and faults just like the rest of us. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially to history fans and those interested in ancient Egypt. Go read it now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 1999
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When I first started reading Anne Rice, I did it because of the movie "Interview with the vampire". It was in 1994. Since then I have read all the vampire books and I still read them whenever a new one comes out. My favourite book of these is- no doubt- this one. Here we meet a wide range of persons- immortal as well as mortal, and the web of history, intriques and desires of the vampires are revealed during almost 600 pages. (One of the best parts is the one with Armand and Daniel). All the time secrets and mystries are becoming more and more complexe and wonderfull. My advise is this: Give up your consious self and surrender to the wonderfull Ms. Rice's universe!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2003
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The Queen of the Damned is strikingly different in both form and substance from the first two books of The Vampire Chronicles. Several new characters are introduced, a number of truly old vampires we have only heard of up until now become part of the action, and the story is woven together into a mosaic much more wide in scope from what has come before. This is essentially Lestat's book, but he is not really the focus of the tale; while he narrates his own role in events, much of the book is written in the third person. This, plus the addition of so many new characters and the truly elaborate scope that is covered, makes this novel much less cohesive than the first-person narratives of the first two books. The action is spread out over six thousand years from one end of the world to the other, with a lot of mythology and pondering taking the place of the thrilling, energetic action of the earlier novels.
The book begins a week or two before Lestat's legendary rock concert and the ensuing mayhem that erupted outside the auditorium on that night. We follow the paths of other vampires in the days prior to this, including Armand and Daniel, the young man from Interview With the Vampire. We also learn that the immolation of vampires that Lestat, Louis, and Gabrielle saw that night had actually begun several days earlier, as a number of covens were destroyed by Akasha, the newly awakened Queen of the Damned. After the story of her awakening is told, the book takes on a somewhat mystical air. Almost all vampires are dreaming of two red-headed young women preparing to feast upon their dead mother, only to be taken prisoner by soldiers while their village is destroyed around them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1999
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I started reading Interview with the vampire about a year ago. I had of course seen the film and enjoyed the story but had never read the book. From the moment I started reading I could not get enough, from the vampire lestat, the body thief and memnoch the devil they all created wonderous pictures so vivid and real I felt that I was part of the story. However by far the most powerful in the vampire chronicles has to be "The Queen of the Damned". Akasha has awoken and stolen Lestat away in a bid to create her utopia, where women rule. The electricity between Lestat and Akasha is incredible, sensual and at times erotic. We watch as Lestat learns to harness his power, but at the same time he slowly comes to realise what he truly is and for the first time he accepts it. Amazing clear and vivid narratives and sensual expressions take you into a realm where evil is love and darkness is eternal. This is simply one of the most spellbinding, mysterious and captivating books I have ever read.
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