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I hated Akasha. Her ways of twisting everything around and creating delusions out of desperation to make herself seem better, to make things go her way, to make things fit with what she wanted to believe, was taken to an extreme because of what she is, but it was a realistic mindset.
And that was what made her even more awful to read about. Oddly enough, despite hardly having a part in this book, Gabrielle has grown on me. And really, she goes off into the wilderness and keeps to herself, not causing problems with anyone other than those she kills, which I can accept since she needs blood to survive.
I like how human Louis is, and I too would be the one scolding Lestat for being too rebellious. I feel like we could get along. Overall Thoughts: Yes, there were some negatives to this book, mostly that it was slow with a lot of fluff, but I still think it was worth it. I think all three books so far have been worth it because these are some of the most unique and complex characters I have ever read about!
Recommended For: Anyone who likes beautiful yet deadly vampires, descriptive writing, and amazingly complex characters. Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight Sep 02, Matthew Leeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this book and all the interwoven stories and characters. I actually liked Akasha until she kept blabbing on and on about her 'plan' of killing all the men of the world.
I can see why they killed her She should have just went along with them, maybe she would have lived longer. I liked Jesse a lot, her character was really interesting. The Claudia cameo was awesome, and the diary excerpt was cool. Kind of made me want Anne to write a full length Claudia diary.
This book was a rea I really liked this book and all the interwoven stories and characters. This book was a really good addition to the series. I wished Lestat's musical career would have lasted longer.
Louis and Gabrielle being in this book was good also, I never get tired of those characters. They rank up there for me. I also liked Maharet and her twin sister was pretty bad-ass. All she had to do was push Akasha into a glass wall to kill her, the glass chopped her head off. I could write a whole lot more, but yeah. Jan 17, Jess The Bookworm rated it it was amazing. I am completely in love with this series.
I love the way that Anne Rice weaves a tale, her writing is so hypnotic. This book continues from the events of the Vampire Lestat, which gave an introduction to Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, and her back story in ancient Egypt.
This book takes the tale further and explains the supernatural origin of vampires as a species. The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as the I am completely in love with this series.
The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as they tell the story of Akasha and the mystery of the redheaded twins. What a great story, I can't wait to continue with the rest of the books in this series. View 2 comments. Aug 18, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the book in which this phenomenal series reached its considerable peak. This is on my short list for best vampire novels. Locus Award for Best Horror Novel At the end of The Vampire Lestat , Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him.
This book picks up immediately - Lestat narrates what happens in the days that follows. To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young in At the end of The Vampire Lestat , Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him.
To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young interviewer from Interview with the Vampire ; and Jessie, the young niece of a mysterious woman, Maharet, who gets involved in this paranormal agency, the Talamasca.
Through these people, we see the rise of a dream of red-haired twins. Who are the twins and can they stop the destruction Akasha promises to enact - or will they help it? Rice's Vampire Chronicles has been a surprise to me - I thought, based on my impression of other Anita Blake early vampire novels, that I would hate these books. I was ready to give up on trying to get through "Interview", but I gave it one last shot - a shot that gave great payout as I adored that book.
Surprisingly, I found I liked the sequel, "Lestat", just as much, if not more. I guess I shouldn't be surprised to stumble upon one of the books in the series that doesn't float my boat; nothing good lasts forever, right? But I really wanted to love this book. And unfortunately, I didn't. Before I get too much further, I want to set the record straight: I did NOT hate this book. In fact, I rather enjoyed myself at parts - when Lestat was narrating, for example, the new character, Baby Jinx, Lestat's exchange with Akasha over who should rule and the destruction of society as we know it, and the story of the red-haired twins.
Very fascinating stuff. My problem isn't over the content - it's how it was presented. And how it was presented just didn't jive with me. It's not a common thing to find first person done well, but Rice used it adeptly both in "Lestat" and "Interview", and when this book talks from Lestat in first person, it is again, superb. However, to show what is going on from people other than Lestat, Rice pulls out into a third person POV.
It wasn't necessarily bad, it's just that most of the characters whose view we follow aren't particularly interesting or important to the story.
As much as I liked Baby Jinx, for example, her story really didn't do much to further the plot. Same with Daniel, for the most part. And while Jessie does play a role in the story, did we really need to get into the details of her life?
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OK, I'll be upfront: Telling so many stories in the first two sections really hampered the pace. Like I said above, some of their stories are integral; others are dubious. I had trouble switching back and forth between all of them and found myself wondering why we were bothering.
The second half is much, much better. We hear the story of the red-haired twins from one of the twins, Maharet. Her story also includes the origins of vampires and the eponymous "Queen of the Damned", Akasha.
This portion was quite a bit more interesting - unfortunately, I found myself wandering at more than one point. I'm not sure why that is - was I getting bored of the Chronicles? Was I no longer in the mood for a slow, deliberate story? Maharet's story switches with Lestat's POV as Akasha tries to convince him to join her and her new world order. Again, this was pretty interesting stuff - and yet, I found myself getting bored again!!
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Why wasn't I enjoying this as much as "Interview" and "Lestat"?! I don't quite know the answers to these questions; maybe the lack of enjoyment of this book is my fault. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Maybe I need a break from the Chronicles I have read them nearly straight through at this point so I can fully enjoy the mythos and surroundings, which continue to be top-notch. I feel bad I can't pinpoint it and even worse about not enjoying this book after my delight with reading the first two.
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No matter my feelings for this book, I will continue this series. It continues to have promise and be one of the best portrayals of vampires I've read. I'm just going to take a break so I can come back to this excited and interested in Lestat's mischievous schemes. View all 7 comments. May 18, Gary rated it it was amazing. Jul 11, Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it.
Lestat has rocked the vampire world with his music and his book revelations. But his voice has reached far more than he imagined — it has come to the ears of Akasha, the first vampire, the Queen of the Damned. For the first time in millennia, she has woken up And she has plans — plans for Lestat, plans for the world of vampires and plans for all humanity.
It falls for a few ancient vampires to try and stop her as she unleashes carnage to realise her vision of what the world should be. This book is Lestat has rocked the vampire world with his music and his book revelations.
This book is pages long. I cannot even begin to describe the amount of redundancy and repetition there is in this book. Usually when we get a character, the author will describe a bit about them, give some insight into their background and let the rest develop as the story progresses.
Not Anne Rice. In these books we get a character and before they do anything even slightly relevant we have to have their life history.
A large part of the book involves recapping the last book. We have the dreams of the twins that just serve to be ominous foreshadowing — but are repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated over and over. And this is a theme throughout the books, we have multiple sources all thinking about Lestat and his music — but all thinking exactly the same thing about Lestat and his music.
Seriously, people being slaughtered, Askasha raging away and the gang gathers to have 2 solid nights of storytelling. The most long winded, repetitive story telling imaginable. Face the enemy with long winded folktales!
But the rest? What exactly was the point of Khayman? He just kind of sat in a corner and was ineffably sad. But we got pages and pages from his POV. What did Jesse actually do? What was the point of her? What was the relevance of her Great Family?
But she was there, her POV, her chapters worth of backstory was dragged up, we roped in the Talamasca for more pages of pointlessness — because none of it was relevant. None of it added to the overall plot. None of it added to the ending. None of her history or story was really relevant. And Daniel — another character inserted with a painfully long backstory and history with Armand who, like Louis and Gabrielle and Armand and Jesse, ended up being nothing more than a spectator for the — and I use the term loosely — action.
Jones in the 3rd row of the theatre. View all 9 comments. Oct 27, M. Ordinarily, for a book I enjoyed so much, I would give it five stars. The Legend of the Twins was actually my favorite story arc in Queen of the Damned, and the Twins are two of my favorite characters.
Infact, I'd say that this book is my favorite in the entire Vampire Chronicles. But the reason I take away a star is due to the abrupt ending. It is clear that Akasha is deluded in her thinking, and that what she believes is good for mankind is not. But I wonder after years of sleep, she would Ordinarily, for a book I enjoyed so much, I would give it five stars. But I wonder after years of sleep, she would have the wisdom to see a better path, unless these years spent in silence except for exceedingly rare occasions served to warp and twist her mind.
This in itself is an entirely believable character. However, the very ending left me flat. I had to read the last chapter several times to make sure that I hadn't missed anything. I wish that Ms. Rice had put more of Mekare in future books, perhaps learning about modern society and getting used to her new role as Queen. The ending was far too abrupt and not well-thought out for a tale that was incredible. Aug 12, M. Heiser rated it it was amazing. If Ayn Rand had written her capitalist manifesto, "Atlas Shrugged," half this well, we'd have several second-world countries STILL trying to prove that she was a visionary, and that her system could work -- because never doubt that "The Queen of the Damned" is a philosophical screed, and the best of its kind.
For me, this is still the ultimate vampire novel. Anne Rice doesn't just have creepy-crawlies in her stories. She doesn't just animate corpses. She doesn't just give them heartbroken souls a If Ayn Rand had written her capitalist manifesto, "Atlas Shrugged," half this well, we'd have several second-world countries STILL trying to prove that she was a visionary, and that her system could work -- because never doubt that "The Queen of the Damned" is a philosophical screed, and the best of its kind.
She doesn't just give them heartbroken souls and immortal, wealthy flair. She doesn't just have a huge cast of characters, and flip between points of view with seeming ease and grace. Through the prism of vampire magic, we're given a view of the vastness of time and the evolving role of Man in the world. We see through the veil all the way to ancient times, and we meet the representative of all ancient rulers in the person of Akasha, the so-called "Queen of the Damned.
She did it in old Egypt called Kemet in this tale by constantly rationalizing herself as blessed among mortals, all the while doubting that anything supernatural existed that could bestow such a blessing. When, through a misadventure in manipulation of Earth spirits, she becomes the world's first vampire and subsequently makes her husband one as well , she spins the tale of Osiris and Iris to justify her existence as a goddess.
Fast forward to nearly-modern day, and the awakening of Akasha from her centuries-long slumber. After all, she blames the male sex for all the wars and rapes and subjugation in the world, and she takes it upon herself and her overwhelming strength to fix it. Lestat is employed as her death angel, but eventually she is forced to confront the vampires she spared from the fury that began the book.
They try to reason with her, but as they observed, every vampire bears the mark of the time that produced them; she is ancient, and she is bound to ancient instincts and her ancient megalomania. She won't be turned. Fortunately, an old curse rises and she is killed, but the book left its mark. Does mankind deserve a chance to get it all right on its own, or would it indeed be better if a supernatural force of some kind any kind intervened to show us the way?
Would the world be a paradise if governed solely by women? Does violence justify the results? It is for the sake of this book's ability to make me think, and to give me the room to decide for myself, that I love it so much. Yes, Rice offers her own opinion, sprinkled through the tale and especially weighty in the outcome, but that doesn't lessen the underlying message that in the end, we are ALL masters of our own fate and sovereigns over our own reality.
Even if you decide to forfeit your right to decide for yourself, you're the one who turned over the control to another. Sep 24, Shelbielou rated it it was amazing. In this book you go on an adventure with the vampire Lestat, while he is lost in finding the meaning of immortality. He wakes from a year sleep to find the world he knew so much more develop from what it was. He finds a liking to rock music and from it creates the biggest rock band in history.
This created a whole new meaning of Lestats life, and opens doors for the amazing In this book you go on an adventure with the vampire Lestat, while he is lost in finding the meaning of immortality. This created a whole new meaning of Lestats life, and opens doors for the amazing history of it.
The Author used such great detail in this book. The pages are still vivid in my mind. Every thing that you ever wanted to know about the orgin of vampires Anne Rice gives it and much more.
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