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Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 8)
Blood and Gold - Vampire Chronicles, Bk 8 Author:Anne Rice The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice's spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns. — The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet intimate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-yea... more »r existence.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a "blood god" by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.
We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.
Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told hi slife story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.« less
I absolutely love Marius so this book is possibly my favorite next to 'The Vampire Armand' You get his story and all the pain he's had to go through as the keeper of Akasha and just all the things he's lived. Marius definetaly makes history interesting.
Ah, to be sucked into the world of Marius, and to listen to his tale of woe and suffering, of obsession and loss. I enjoyed every moment of his wanderings through the centuries. I felt pain with him every time he remembered his beloved Pandora and his horrible mistake of leaving her. I fell at the feet of Botticelli every time Marius described the beauty of his paintings. I wished that this story had no ending, for I could have listened to Marius talk for centuries about all he knew and saw. One of the greatest Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles.
This is an excellent addition to the Vampire Chronicles. It expands and explains Marius' view of everything you learn about him in the earlier books. It makes it one of the those hard-to-put-down books. You want to keep reading to find out the next little tidbit of Marius' past that you did not know before. As always Anne Rice is an excellent writer and lets her talents speak for themselves.
Made into an immortal by a band of Druids during the time of Caesar Augustus, Marius, once a Roman senator, spent centuries living an opulently idle life. His primary task throughout the years was to guard the unmoving forms of Akasha and Enkil, the queen and king of the vampires, who caused such a ruckus in Rice's earlier novels. Marius has always been one of the author's more fascinating characters. His florid, foppish recollections of Rome and Venice, run-ins with people like Botticelli, battles with hordes of Satan-worshiping vampires and the never-ending search for his true love, Pandora, make for a satisfying read.