The Queen Of The Damned: Number 3 in series (Vampire Chronicles) Paperback – 8 Feb 1990
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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)
* Movie tie-in edition of the third of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A thrilling and complex story - most definitely worth a read. The whole series is, I would highly recommend them.Published 4 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
A vampire novel for adults that questions the meaning of their existence. A fabulous read.Published 11 months ago by Lesley Southworth
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