As with all Anne Rice novels you expect a certain quality about the story and it was there, though that was about all you got. The story begins with good intentions, the majority of the story is written about Vittorio before he was given the dark gift. It may sound bad, but it was quite refreshing for Rice to create a story away from all the vampires in the other stories, hence when Lestat mentions about the presents of others in Queen of the Damned we finally find out one of these, though the door is still open for more.
I, and most other readers would agree, that this is by no means Rice's best work, yet, a good story nonetheless. A worthwhile read for any that are interested in vampires, even if no other stories from the chronicles have been read as no prior knowledge is required to fully understand and appreciaite the story. A Good Read, but by no means the best!