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The Queen Of The Damned: Number 3 in series (Vampire Chronicles) Paperback – 8 Feb 1990

4.5 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (8 Feb. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708860729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708860724
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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* Movie tie-in edition of the third of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I only watched Interview with a vampire because I find Brad Pitt & Tom Curise very lovely, but I was amazed by the depth of Lestat, Louis & Claudia. I went out and bought the book striaght away, and now I've read all up to Blood and Gold, but The Queen Of The Damned is by far the best. What really does it for me is how well formed the characters are. I feel as if Lestat is now a close friend of mine, the plot is also amazing taking the reader from one extreme to another. This book a long with the others are by far the best books I've ever read, and I've read a lot! I wouldn't advise you to buy THIS book, I'd advise you to by the box set containing the first four. Even if you think that fairy tales about vampires aren't for you still give it a read because it deals a whole range of interesting and exciting issues. I am waiting desperatly for the follow up to Blood & Gold, as I am dying to know where my sweet Lestat will take me next.
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