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.
The unique thing about this novel is that it is not connected in the slightest way to the other vampire novels by Anne Rice.
This beautiful piece of work is historical and fascinating.It never fails to keep you turning pages...It is a must read whether you are a fan or not...It would leave you amazed...
In the twentieth century, from his castle in the northern part of Tuscany, Vittorio writes the tragic tale of his life.
Anne Rice rocks. What more need be said? While the normal cast of characters is no where to be seen, Vittorio is easy to fall in love with, and the introduction of angels as actual characters throughout the entire book was an interesting twist.
same as the book on Pnadora this would be #5 in the nw vampire chronicles, this one turns out a lot better than Pandora's book. I loke Vittorio's spitit this Vampire still has his soul so he has his angels to help him out...and now you have to read the book
This is a good book, but you have to forget everything you know about Rice's previous book's. She goes completely out of her own realm, here. If you are a die-hard Lestat-only fan, this is not the book for you. If you enjoy all of her work, then it's well-worth the read.
This is a great novel!!! What I have learned is that by the love a person can be saved and by the love that very same person can be doomed and brought into the world of shadows and blood, Living forever and remembering the sins is the greatest burden because there is no coming back. Vittorio's rage to revenge brought him into the hands of those who kill and destroy for a living. Imagine being in love with someone who saved only one life, yous. WHAT WOULD YOU DO??? Would you continue to hate or never stop loving? Vittorio made his firm choice. An interesting solution to a problem that was percieved by Vittorio himself as his new life.
Vittorio is a vampire of the golden Italian age. Educated in Florence, trained in the 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 beautiful of his supernatural enemies. Enchanted by his love for the mysterious Ursula he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war, and political intrigue.
Tired of the same old vampires? Check out Anne Rice's new race of undead bloodsuckers, independent of the Lestat series. Her alterna-vamp books began with Pandora, but the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, Vittorio, is truly a new beginning--a more controlled story and probably the best of her last half-dozen books.
Rice has called Vittorio her vampire version of Romeo and Juliet. The hunky Vittorio is sweet 16 and "incalculably rich" in 15th-century Italy, the epoch of the Medicis and Vittorio's favorite painter, madly passionate Filippo Lippi. Florence is to Vittorio what New Orleans is to Interview with the Vampire.
One night, Vittorio's family is butchered by vampires. The gorgeous Ursula spares Vittorio to make him her reluctant undying sweetheart. Ursula's ravishings of Vittorio recall the erotica Rice wrote under her own name and the pen names Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure.
Vittorio flees to the creepy town of Santa Maddalana, which has made a pact to sacrifice its young to Lord Florian's vampire horde. Vittorio is bent on revenge as he invades the eerie Court of the Ruby Grail (i.e. blood), as angry with the child-sacrificing humans as he is with Florian's fang gangsters. Torn between lust, murderous rage, and vampire thirst, Vittorio is one interestingly troubled soul.
Rice urges readers to enter Vittorio's world by reading the sources she embroiders, Fra Filippo Lippi and Public Life in Renaissance Florence, and to get a feel for the scary communion Vittorio sees in the Court of the Ruby Grail by listening to All Souls' Vespers. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book was wonderful. Anne Rice gives a wonderful image of life in Italy under the Medici. It's by far my favorite book by Anne Rice and my second favorite book about vampires, the first being Dracula. This book has comforted me for many hours. It's the perfect book to curl up with after a long day.