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Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chroniclesby Anne Rice
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Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off — and tells the story of Lestats quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.
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, whos 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; Rowan 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 Lestats help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000-year-old Taltos who has taken Monas child; and Patsy, the country-western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood. Delightfully, at the books 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 Patsys ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.
A story of love and loyalty, of the search for passion and promise, Blood Canticle is Anne Rice at her finest.
"Writing as if her blood-inked quill were afire, Rice seems truly possessed by her Brat Prince of darkness as she races through the story....[E]ither a befitting end or a new beginning for the Queen of the Vampires." Publishers Weekly
"Rice in short form after the lengthy Blackwood Farm....Blood Canticle is as gaily slipshod, gushy, and first-draftish as Merrick." Kirkus Reviews
"Rice's strengths as a writer [include] her knack for colourful characters, her loving attention to historical detail, her imaginative explorations of myth and mysticism." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Though a lot of elements from Rice's previous novels play into this one, new readers won't be lost and old ones will enjoy how the different threads come together." Kristine Huntley, Booklist
"In [Blackwood Farm], Quinn Blackwood's unique voice narrated; unfortunately, in this sequel it is a boorish Lestat who tells the tale....This is not one of Rice's better efforts, but her loyal fans will no doubt request copies." Library Journal
Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off — and tells the story of Lestat's quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.
About the Author
Anne Rice is the author of twenty-five books. She lives in New Orleans.
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