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Vittorio the Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, Bk 2)
Vittorio the Vampire - New Tales of the Vampires, Bk 2
Author: Anne Rice
Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures -- a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power. — In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most be...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375401602
ISBN-10: 0375401601
Publication Date: 3/1999
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 181 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Vittorio the Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, Bk 2) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is a different kind of vampire story. It has nothing to do with the vampire chronicles and tells a fascinating story of how a man became a vampire. Easy read.
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ISBN 0345422392 - Some books suffer, or benefit, from the book I read just before. Vittorio seems to be one of those, following Under the Tuscan Sun, one of the most deadly boring books I've read in a while. I dubbed Vittorio "Under the Tuscan Moon" since, ironically, it too is set in Tuscany. Beyond that, I don't think the pair have anything in common.

Vittorio is sixteen in 1450, when his entire family and everyone in his father's castle and the surrounding villages is killed by a groups of demons and he swears he will find a way to avenge their deaths. Ursula is among the demons and is, in fact, the one who spares his life. This is hardly the gift it might seem, as Vittorio sets out to learn more about these creatures. Ursula's developed feelings for the young man and he soon feels the same, a diversion he doesn't really need. Having convinced a pair of angels to assist him in wiping out this nest of vampires (a name he's not familiar with at the time), Vittorio gets his vengeance but finds himself unable to kill the woman who twice saved his life. When she repays his gratitude by turning him into one of them, he begins to live a life he finds loathsome - and it gets worse.

For the second time, I've picked up a Rice novel that doesn't require any knowledge of the rest of her books. This is probably a double-edged sword, because I don't get the feeling that this book represents the best Rice has to offer but, on the other hand, I do like that I can read it without feeling lost.

I did have a hard time buying Vittorio's feelings for Ursula. He knows she was among the group who killed his loved ones, he clearly doesn't value his own life now and is willing to die to avenge those deaths - so why he would feel gratitude that she saved his life is beyond me. Worthy of the short time it takes to read and FAR better than that Tuscan Sun book, Vittorio's story is far more human a tale than you might expect.

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Helpful Score: 2
Anne Rice Classic style
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Another enchanting preternatural tale.
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In this book, Rice breaks away from her tales of Vampire Lestat and company and brings us to a different world of vampires. Lots of nice imagery and history in this book. Interesting story.
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