Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Welcome back, Lestat!

To say that this book is highly anticipated would be a massive understatement because most readers had given up on the idea that someday, if the planets aligned and the Gods showed favor on the world of tiny humans, there might be another book. We had to content ourselves with rereading our favorites from the Vampire Chronicles over and over, and that was okay because it was like visiting old friends. Well, today was a wonderful day for fans of the paranormal and I swear that if you listened closely you could even hear the joyous sound of angels singing as people from around the world finally were able to open that very first page to begin this new journey with our beloved Prince Lestat. 

Tell me, do you devour a new book like a delicious piece of rich chocolate cake or savor it like a decadent truffle melting in your mouth? Me, I'm not known for patience and have stayed up many a late night trying to read a really good book. I wish you all happy reading! ~Anna

The Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in over a decade – marking the return of one of the most popular vampires of all time: Lestat de Lioncourt.

Anne Rice transformed the vampire genre, paving the way for the current vampire craze that has swept both the entertainment and publishing industries. Rice’s first book in The Vampire Chronicles series, Interview with the Vampire, was published almost 40 years ago and made into the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise and Brat Pitt, with a screenplay by Rice.

About the book:

The vampire world is in crisis – their kind has been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolations, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world. Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why? 

There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight? 

Anne Rice’s epic, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious new novel brings together all the worlds and beings of the legendary Vampire Chronicles, from present-day New York and Ancient Egypt to fourth-century Carthage and Renaissance Venice; from Louis de Pointe du Lac; Armand the eternally young; Mekare and Maharet; to Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia. It also introduces many other seductive supernatural creatures, and heralds significant new blood. 

Here's what the critics are saying:

‘Rice’s writing is wonderfully imaginative and as creepily splendid as a hot-house orchid’ 
Sunday Times 

‘Anne Rice has a rich, dark, romantic imagination capable of glorious flights of splendid invention’ 
Mail on Sunday 

‘Nothing less than a magician’ 
New York Times Book Review 

‘Rice knows what her readers want - scene after scene of magic and conjuring, with a liberal sprinkling of horror and eroticism’ 

‘Her work has echoes of the freewheeling, fast-talking style of the eighteenth-century novel ... lush, baroque prose and fantastical plots ... Rice keeps her nerve and her triumphant sense of poise’ Observer 

About the Author 
Anne Rice is the author of more than thirty internationally bestselling books including the 'Mayfair Witches' sequence, 'The Songs of the Seraphim' and, most recently, 'The Wolf Gift Chronicles'. The phenomenon that became 'The Vampire Chronicles' started with Interview with the Vampire in 1976, later made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and culminated with Blood Canticle in 2003. 

Prince Lestat is the first new Vampire Chronicle novel in over a decade. Anne Rice lives in California. 

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