The Vampire Armand, where to begin? Firstly, Annes writing was as always impeccable and carrying you alongside the main character throughout the story. I was glad to be back in the world of her vampires. However, call me biased, but Armand left something to be desired in me. Throughout most of the story I found him to be almost like a brat. Keep in mind I just finished reading Blood and gold, Mariuss story, and fell utterly in love with him. So anyone who did not think the complete best of Marius was a brat in my eyes. Armand wasnt so terrible at the end, I wont spoil the story, but he seemed to have almost redeemed himself in my eyes. All in all, it was nice to hear his story, I did enjoy myself, I just did not finish the book with a longing to carry Armand with me. I would recommend reading just to hear his tale.
In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand-eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than 20 years ago in the now-classic Interview With the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificient storyteller and creator of magical realms.
Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood-a ruined city under Mongol dominion-and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificient palazzo in the Venice of the Renaisance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.
As the novel races to it's climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.