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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 inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year 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 his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Oct 9, 2001
ISBN: 9780375414213
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Plot: There's nothing new to see here. The entire plot has been told three times before, in The Vampire Lestat by Marius and Armand, in Pandora by Pandora, and in The Vampire Armand by Armand. There are a few new chapters, but overall it's a retelling of what is already known. Crappy ending. Crappy beginning, too. Characters: Marius is character-assassinated very thoroughly and is now a megalomanic, arrogant workaholic rather than the wise father figure he used to be. Side characters are generally painted as selfish idiots who interfere with his duties; characterization reiles on how they have been written before, then proceeds to deconstruct them into unrecognizability. The book's great problem is Thorne, the one who gets the story told to and who has the attention span and brain of a hummingbird. Style: The book is described to death. Description covers over anything that might be interesting, and when description doesn't do, Marius navel-gazing takes over. He misses the fall of the Roman empire by being too preoccupied with himself, completely misses the Middle Ages by being even more introspective. Renaissance gets glossed over because his painting supplies are more fun, and all other historic periods are simply ignored altogether, with an attempt to cover up this lack by description of small things and more re-telling of what happened in previous books.Plus: Hard to think of anything. Some interesting scenes that flesh out already known situations. Minus: The book is completely overwritten. Character assassination that qualifies as mass murder. Nothing new, just retelling. Summary: This is where the Vampire Chronicles lost their last redeeming values. For hardcore fans only.read more
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As Marius was always one of my favorite characters, I particularly enjoyed this book. Beautifully written and expressive, this is a must read for lovers of the vampire chronicles. Appropriate for high school and beyond.read more
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Here is a longer read than her last few vampire books, but Anne brings in a LOT of history and art history, which was very pleasing to read. This is the story of Marius, which includes what he went through with Pandora, Those Who Must Be Kept, and Armand.read more
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Plot: There's nothing new to see here. The entire plot has been told three times before, in The Vampire Lestat by Marius and Armand, in Pandora by Pandora, and in The Vampire Armand by Armand. There are a few new chapters, but overall it's a retelling of what is already known. Crappy ending. Crappy beginning, too. Characters: Marius is character-assassinated very thoroughly and is now a megalomanic, arrogant workaholic rather than the wise father figure he used to be. Side characters are generally painted as selfish idiots who interfere with his duties; characterization reiles on how they have been written before, then proceeds to deconstruct them into unrecognizability. The book's great problem is Thorne, the one who gets the story told to and who has the attention span and brain of a hummingbird. Style: The book is described to death. Description covers over anything that might be interesting, and when description doesn't do, Marius navel-gazing takes over. He misses the fall of the Roman empire by being too preoccupied with himself, completely misses the Middle Ages by being even more introspective. Renaissance gets glossed over because his painting supplies are more fun, and all other historic periods are simply ignored altogether, with an attempt to cover up this lack by description of small things and more re-telling of what happened in previous books.Plus: Hard to think of anything. Some interesting scenes that flesh out already known situations. Minus: The book is completely overwritten. Character assassination that qualifies as mass murder. Nothing new, just retelling. Summary: This is where the Vampire Chronicles lost their last redeeming values. For hardcore fans only.
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As Marius was always one of my favorite characters, I particularly enjoyed this book. Beautifully written and expressive, this is a must read for lovers of the vampire chronicles. Appropriate for high school and beyond.
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Here is a longer read than her last few vampire books, but Anne brings in a LOT of history and art history, which was very pleasing to read. This is the story of Marius, which includes what he went through with Pandora, Those Who Must Be Kept, and Armand.
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This book is the last really great Vampire Chronicle. After this book they go down hill fast. This one was brilliant though.
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Rice returns to the Vampire Chronicles with elan. The character Thorne hooked me, and I wish there were more of him.
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I had felt for a while that Anne Rice's novels were declining in quality and enjoyment, but this novel was the one where I decided to stop reading anything by Rice. It's Marius' story, but the problem is that it's been told through the eyes of so many people that a lot of the stuff he has to add isn't particularly interesting. I was addicted for years to Rice's novels, but sorry, I'm now filing for divorce.
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