Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 10)
Blood Canticle - Vampire Chronicles, Bk 10 Author:Anne Rice Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair, who's come to the farm to die and is brought into the realm of the undead; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to forever torment Lestat for what he has done to Mona; Ro... more »wan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and witch, who finds herself dangerously drawn to the all-powerful Lestat; her husband, Michael Curry, hero of the Mayfair Chronicles, who seeks Lestat's help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000-year-old Taltos who has taken Mona?s child; and Patsy, the country-western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood. Delightfully, at the book's centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil. He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy's ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.« less
I've been reading Anne Rice for 12 years, and am a HUGE fan. I love all of her work.....That being said~ I am sorely dissapointed this is the last in the series. Of course because I adore them, but also because this just isn't worthy of being the very last. It is a good book, don't get me wrong, but not quite up to par with the others in the series. I also loved Mona Mayfair in the Mayfair series, and even still in 'Blackwood farm' (Now THAT should've been the last!!!!) but in this book, she drives me NUTS! So NOT like the Mona I 'knew' in the past,lol. Anyways, if you're a fan this is a must read, but to anyone looking to start reading Anne Rice.....DO NOT MAKE THIS THE FIRST BOOK YOU READ IN THE SERIES! lol. You won't like it as much unless you're already in love with Anne and her wonderful characters =)
Janet reviewed Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 10) on
Helpful Score: 2
Fiery, fierce, and erotic, Blood Canticle marks the triumphant culmination of Anne Rices bestselling Vampire Chronicles, as Lestat tells his astounding tale of the pleasures and tortures that lie between deaths shadow and immortality. . . .
Surrounded by its brooding swampscape, Blackwood Farm is alive with the comings and goings of the bewitched and the bewitching. Among them is the ageless vampire Lestat, vainglorious enough to believe that he can become a saint, weak enough to fall impossibly in love.
Gripped by his unspeakable desire for the mortal Rowan Mayfair and taking the not so innocent, new-to-the-blood Mona Mayfair under his wing, Lestat braves the wrath of paterfamilias Julien Mayfair and ventures to a private island off the coast of Haiti. There, Saint Lestat will get his chance to slay his dragon. For Mona and the Mayfairs share an explosive, secret blood bond to another deathless species: a five-thousand-year-old race of Taltos, strangers held in the throes of evil itself.
This is a typical Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles book, written from Lestat's point of view, and is a continuation of Blackwood Farm. Lestat chronicles events surrounding his new charge, Quinn Blackwood, and Quinn's love Mona, who they bring over, and their adventures into the Mayfair secrets (known from the Taltos), excellent read, can't wait to read another!
I haven't read Anne Rice since high school so when I saw this at a book sale, I picked it up. Reading this, I was wondering why I liked her so much back then. Although she has creative ideas, I felt like the writing just wasn't very sophisticated, for lack of a better description. I feel like she tries too hard to be hip and cool with the language and it just doesn't work. Lestat is quite conceited, what every great vampire should be, I guess, and she does this wonderfully. I also liked that the Mayfair witches and Taltos come together with the Vampires. Reading this, I was wondering if it was one of the last books, and it turns out it is the last book in the Vampire Chronicles. Knowing this now, the ending was quite a let down. I guess I was expecting more.