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When you think of the vampire in modern fiction the first word that aprings to mind is 'Twilight'. The story of a vampire infatuated by a human whose blood sings to him, wanting to be devoured by him in sexual overtones that cannot be reconciled due to the author's religion. Vampires who sparkle. Vampires who can go out during the day. Vampires who save people.
This makes me laugh.
A proper vampire stays out of the sun, and lusts after the blood of humans, desperately seeking and searching those who match or better their abilities. This is the real vampire, this is the vampire of Anne Rice.
The Queen of the Damned looks at the beginning of the vampires, the Queen Akasha, an Egyptian pharoah who was consumed by a devilish spirit and changed into a blooddrinker. The book follows Lestat, Louis and Jesse in the main, following their stories and their connections to Akasha.
The book is richly written, describing in detail the time of Akasha and before her change, and also the legend of the red-haired twins - who are the only ones capable of stopping this vile beast. The book also focuses on David, the writer of 'Interwith With a Vampire', and his connections to the vampire world.
The book describes them as deeply sexual yet sensual beings, all with the ability to change life around them into that of the Undead.
I am trying not ot give too muh away, as the book's depth can really only be seen when red. This book has gripped me from start to finish, intertwining the stories of the vampires and the mortals around them.
Queen of the Damned in the the third book in the vampire chronicles and follows on from Interview with the Vampire and the Vampire Lestat. Queen of the Damned is my favourite book. I rarely read books more than once but have read this book a couple of times.
First of all the plot is great, although probably difficult to follow if you haven't read the the first two books, particularly the Vampire Lestat. The book is about Akasha, the first of the vampires and her plot to bring about world peace with Lestat as her consort. That sounds like a good and noble plan until you realise that her plan involves either killing or imprisoning all the men in the world. It's up to the vampires who she hasn't yet murdered (mostly because they are too strong for her to kill) to stop her.
I thought the plot was really original and unique and that Anne Rice executed it perfectly. I loved that we got to meet some of the older vampires who were surrounded by mystery in the other books. In this book you really get to know a lot more about the vampire world and the history of the vampires. If you haven't read the other books this might not be so good but because it's built up over three books it makes you feel really excited.
The plot is quite complicated but it just draws you in so well that you don't really notice. It's not difficult to follow even though it does jump from one person to another quite frequently so that you're never just following one person's story.
The book also gets you thinking a lot about ethics and world issue's like violence and poverty so although this book is fantasy it relates very well to the real world and highlights a lot of real life issues.
I couldn't put this book down. It's a real page turner and very exciting. I would recommend it to everyone.
Queen of the Damned was the third book written by Anne Rice in her popular vampire series 'the Vampire Chronicles'. It's been made into a film just like 'Interview with the Vampire' has but I must confess I haven't actually seen it. So please appreciate I can't comment on whether or not there's any likeness between the book and the film as I usually do in case you've seen it but not read the book.
This book tells the story of how Anne Rice's vampires really began. I have to say here that you need to have read either 'The Vampire Lestat' or 'Interview with the Vampire' before you read this book else I really don't think it'll mean anything much to you. Lestat and Louis are back in this book and with them are several familiar characters along with dozens of new ones.
I found the logic behind how Anne Rice claims her vampires first began absolutely fascinating. Of course it's not scientifically accurate - there's no such thing as vampires after all! But it's brilliant the way she's written this logical scientific theory to support her creation and totally believable even! I found this a hugely interesting book for that small part alone.
Beyond the evolution theories there are also loads of brilliant little twists and turns as the characters battle with themselves and those around them. To take us through the story we have a whole new cast of young vampires leading the way though they're unfortunately cast aside as the real stars step forward to take over once the story is established. It needed to be done in order to focus on wrapping up the story but I must admit I felt ever so slightly bad for a few of them.
I love the music element in this as well and the way in which Anne Rice has made Lestat appear more human than she did in the previous books. Who'd have thought a vampire would crave fame for starters?! It makes this book not only stimulating and well written but also fun, entertaining and highly readable. I'm usually much more enthusiastic about "stories" than I am about "novels" and this book seems to be a perfect cross between the two.
So for that reason I think this is one of those books that can be enjoyed by a huge variety of people. Five stars from me.
Publisher: Time Warner
Over the last couple of years, I have read several of Anne Rice's books, all of which have been within the vampire cronicles. There is no way that anyone could back off reading more of them once started. Following the life and experiences of Lestat and Marius and all the others. However once started the one book that has to be read is The Queen of the Dammed. All the books relate to this one and Akasha and the need to find out what happens and how, impells you to read this.
Anne Rice in this book brings all our favourite characters into this book. Granted her love of Lestat does mean that he again is the main character - not a problem in my opinion- but Marius holds a pivotal role and as it was his story I read first he is my favourite. Her writing is still at her best for this book, and you can feel the problems and pain of all the characters as the story progresses, and even now and again you can wish for Akasha to succeed, but only now and again. The divide between the good characters and the bad one, and the confused is very blatant, but quite frankly all this does is create a massive hole for Lestat to fill.
Moving onto the film. normally if I've ever watched the film I will not read the book, but in this situation I had to. The film just misses out so much, and even changes the end, and misses out on loads of characters. Granted to make this book into a film would probably take way loads more money than was spent, but more importantly, to me the film shouldn't be stand alone. There is no way to show the depth of character Anne Rice has created in all her creations, not in just one film, and especially not in one that is only one and half hours long. I never expected much from the film, it was bargin bin prices, and it was ok, but it shouldn't be allowed to carry the name The Queen of the Dammed or Anne Rices' name. It just doesn't compare.
To summaries buy and read this book, but don't let it be your first in the vampire chronicles. You don't need to read them in the correct order, it does help, but its not vital, but you will get so much more from the stories if you read about Marius, Lestat, Armand and Louis.
The tyrannical reign of Akasha is dawning over the morn. Anne Rice's queen of the dammed is a brilliantly carved novel based of the dark mind of Anne Rice. Her thoughts clearly echo through the pages and a gripping sensation will envelope the reader. Queen Of The Dammed follows the vampire chronicles, which have brought so much fame to author Anne Rice. Renown for her dark, fiery language and style of literature, she integrates classics and skills from her previous novels to form a spectacular, thrilling and captivating novel. In saying this, Queen Of The Dammed is not solely an individual novel but instead integrates aspects and events from previous stories. Anne Rice's antagonist the vampire Lestat often recounts and recalls on previous events during his adventures in The Vampire Lestat novel. For these reasons I strongly recommend that the reader at least browse over these past novels to understand Lestat's persona and his inner thoughts. Queen Of The Dammed is a story of self-exploration like no other. It integrates fear, demise and the quest of knowledge into a beautifully woven length of literature, complete with the token Anne Rice style of literature. The brilliant aspect of Anne Rice in this novel is within the climax. It is not just simply a sudden burst of action or a climax without origin instead it is one filled with mystery and awe, it leaves the reader questioning, but not finding answers. Anne Rice does this by skilfully not just narrating the events of the vampire clan as they search for their origins and history but rather makes Queen Of The Dammed a collection and incisive review of various accounts from other vampires to normal folk, unfortunate enough to stumble across their kind. At the conclusion of The Vampire Lestat, Lestat and his companions are shocked by the fires and deaths of hundreds of blood drinking vampires at their concert in San Francisco. The desire to prevent this reoccurrenc
e brings together the darkest of characters, as they endeavour to unravelled the woven mystery of their past. With great skill and ingenuity Anne Rice has somehow managed to integrate a story of vampire history, culture and religion into one explosive tale. Anne Rice leaves no stone of the vampire legend unturned in this detailed and exciting account of vampire heritage. It is unfair and unjust to simply conclude that Queen Of The Dammed is a story for sci-fi lovers or loyal Anne Rice enthusiasts. I fit into neither of these categories and found the book still to be explosive and well integrated simply because of its structure and quest for exploration. There are no vague accounts in Queen Of The Dammed. Queen Of The Dammed unfortunately is not a novel which you can read more than once unfortunately, Anne Rice wants you to feel the anticipation and urges of the vampires, with the knowledge of the stories conclusion you will find it difficult to relive this passion but the world of Anne Rice is mysterious, where blood leaks from the necks of human prey and eyes glint with the smile of the devil, how can one resist the calling of the Queen Of The Dammed.
I’m not sure what my fascination is with Anne Rice. Before reading Interview with the Vampire, the only other horror novels I’d read were Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’ve never even read a page of a Stephen King novel! Shocked? Well, I am. I have an innate desire for horror of this kind: realism and humility. Not the bad monster-type that relies heavily on a ‘science fantasy’ imagination, but Anne Rice’s type that interlinks with society, religion and that the vampires of Rice’s novels live with us. Chilling concept: that vampires exist? No, no. That isn’t what I mean. Rice’s vampires have personalities, they differ: they suffer, they ‘live’, they philosophise, they’re kind, they’re greedy: they epitomise, what it is to be human, both good and bad. And never is this more obvious than in The Queen of the Damned. The vampires of Rice’s world personify, and are even morally superior to the human world. The novel is the third part of the Vampire Chronicles that Rice has written, and follows on from The Vampire Lestat, where Lestat has become a modern day icon, through being a rock star and publishing his autobiography which reveals the secrets of vampires. Of course, the human population doesn’t catch onto the fact that all of it is true and that Lestat’s identity is not fiction. Akasha, the Egyptian queen and mother of all vampires, has been awakened from her 6,000 year sleep by Lestat’s outspoken behaviour, and has designs on her own infamy: Akasha, wishes to be goddess to the world and to eliminate all vampires and humans who get in her way. What ensues is an unlikely collaboration between the remaining vampires to stop Akasha; the reunion of Marius, Armand, Louis and Lestat and the First Brood vampires; a dream that haunts the vampire world and its
human sympathisers that needs explanation; and an understanding of the fine line between good and evil. This really is a triumphant novel which brings together all myths and personalities from the previous two novels in the series. Rice, has an uncanny imagination which doesn’t breach the rules of reality. For example, the explanation given of how and why vampires were created is believable even in a fictional novel. This is in essence, how Rice grips the reader in her writing. Although, the subject matter is for most of us, truly unbelievable, it is difficult for the reader to dismiss what is being written purely as fantasy. It is the relation between what cannot be believed and fact that Rice plays upon within her writing. In Akasha’s plan to be accepted as being a deity she tries to justify her actions to the remaining vampires. “...there will be universal peace if the male population is limited to one per one hundred women. All forms of random violence will very simply come to an end. The reign of peace will be something the world has never known.” Despite the evilness of her plan of destruction, Rice presents Akasha’s motives not simply as random acts of violence but an ‘ideal’ that is almost sweet to swallow. It is this philosophical tone that continues throughout the narrative and causes the consciences of the vampires to be studied, and that of our own human world. Previously Rice’s style has been ‘autobiographical’ in style told by her vampire authors. The Queen of the Damned however is a collection of witness accounts and first person narratives, which really integrates the thoughts of all those involved within the plot. After all this is the truth of the vampire world! Rice really shouldn’t be confined to the horror fraternity. What the Vampire Chronicles, and in particular The Queen of the Damned is concerned with is how human nature transcends through
the ages and that fiction can disguise the truths of what is wrong with humanity and our world.
In Anne Rice's third vampire novel, the questions first posed in "Interview" are finally tackled. How did vampires come to be? Is there any point or meaning to their existence? This is not one of the stronger books because it does depend heavily on the others for context, and in many ways it is a aprt two for "The Vampire Lestat." Lestat's rock band have been releasing songs about Akasha and Enkil, the oldest vampires, about vampirehood and suggesting to the mortal populus that they shoudl rise up. For reasons that might be connected with this, vampires everywhere deide Lestat is something of a threat to them, and Akasha rises from her long sleep to re enter the world. Everything seems to be focusing on Lestat again and he's not at all upset by this, at least, not at first. In a second strand of plot, we have a family that dates back to ancient Egypt, the latest of whom is a psychic redhead called Jesse, who is a member of the Talamasca (a group of psychics and investigators who also feature in the Mayfair witches books.) There are two redeheaded twins who are looking for each other, and their story unfolds to reveal some fascinating things about who the vampires really are. The Queen of the Damned, Akasha, makes off with Lestat and sets her own plans in order, and the rest you will have to read for yourself. There are plenty of familiar faces in this book - Lestat, Louis, Armand, Daniel (the interviewer, who has picked up with Armand.) Marius as well, We also get to meet Pandora, who later on gets a whole book to herself, and David Talbot, a very important figure in the Talamasca, who is heavly involved with later tales. By answering the question "Where do vampires come from?" Anne Rice is left with the bigger question "What does it all mean?" soemthing she can never really hope to answer, although book five, "Memnoch the Devil", does pick up where this one l
eaves off, in terms of issues. "The Queen of the Damned" is a very action orrientated text - there's a great deal of plot and a lot more going on than you get in most of Rice's books. It can be soemthing of a system shock. I've read it a couple of times now and always find that, due to the pace of the story, I can't put the book down and end up spending a day reading it rather than rationing it carefully over a week or so. If you are reading the vampire books, it pays to read them in order - especially the first five, because the plots do follow on from each other, and they make far more sense if you read the whole thing. I wouldn't recomend reading them back to back, its a bit hard on the sanity.
The book worm returns, after reading the third of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, The Queen of the Damned. Before reading it, I knew that some people didn’t find it as good as the first two, but I neither liked it any less or any better than the first two. It was a part of the saga, so it had to be read. Anne Rice still manages to keep that magical atmosphere throughout her books, and if anyone thinks that these are gruesome horror novels, then think again. They are stories about Vampires. Yes, they have to drink blood in order to survive, but it goes beyond that. They are not just dark ghouls that prey on the living, in fact, they have friends who are still human, and they wouldn’t dream of taking their life. Queen of the Damned carries on from where The Vampire Lestat left off. Lestat is the lead singer of a rock group, and there is a concert planned. His songs and book (The Vampire Lestat), have been selling well, and he has a following of many mortals, believing him to human. As the Vampires are telepathic (the older ones can read minds from far away), some decide that Lestat is going too far, and they decide to put an end to him at the concert. At the same time, many are receiving a strange dream about 2 red haired twins. They wonder what it all means. As the concert draws near, we are told the stories of other vampires, and how they make their way to this concert. THOSE WHO MUST BE KEPT These are the Mother and Father vampires of them all. These are the 2 very first ever vampires. We are told the story of how they came to be, which is in itself very interesting. There has to be a beginning for everything, doesn’t there? Their names are Akasha and Enkil, and they ruled the lands of Egypt long before the great pyramids. They are so powerful, that they do not need to drink blood anymore, and if they were to be destroyed, then all vampires would be destroyed. They are the tel
epathic link. That is why they are known as Those Who Must Be Kept, and they have been kept, up until this time, by Marius. So we find out what happens when they are aware of Lestat’s concert. THE TWINS They are 2 red haired witches of a neighbouring land to Egypt. Not bad witches, but young women that can see and talk to spirits. At this time, most of the other vampires are having visions of these 2 women being abused. One has had her eyes removed, and the other has had her tongue cut out. Then they are placed inside 2 stone sarcophicus’s. Nobody knows what to make of these images that they are seeing, but they know it means great danger to them all, including Lestat. The names of the twins are Maharet and Mekare. We find out the whole story about these, and also what the images mean to the others. KHAYMAN Khayman is an ancient vampire. He is of the first brood. In other words, he is a vampire directly descended from Akasha. He starts his trek to America very bewildered and very black skinned. He is also having these visions and knows that he is drawn to this concert because of some danger. He has had a long vampire sleep, and is finding it hard to remember his past. As he drinks blood to gain his strength, his skin colour gradually comes back to normal. MARIUS The vampire that was made when he was 40 years old. A white haired male, who is very well educated, and lover of paintings and beautiful things. He has been a vampire since the Roman times. He has been protecting Those Who Must Be Kept for centuries, but now one of them, Akasha is awake again. She does not destroy him, but imprisons him beneath the ice. He sends out his telepathic cry for help to others, so they can come and release him. PANDORA Marius was once in love with Pandora, and made her a vampire. She hears his pleas for release, so she and another vampire make their way to him, guided by hi
s telepathic thoughts. DANIEL & ARMAND Remember Daniel? The ‘boy’ who interviewed Louis in Interview with a Vampire? Well, after his book was published, he went to the last known address that Louis had mentioned where Lestat was. He wanted Louis to turn him into a vampire didn’t he? But Louis refused, so that’s why he was looking for Lestat. When he arrived, there was no Lestat. After a while, he saw a figure. It was Armand. Remember him? The leader of The Theatre of Vampires? They speak, and after a while they become great friends, travelling the world together. Armand has never made a mortal into a vampire, and vowed that he never would, but Daniel keeps trying to persuade him. “I would rather die than do that to you” Armand would tell him. What Armand does do however, is take small amounts of blood from Daniel and then allows Daniel to drink small amounts from him. As I have mentioned in previous opinions, vampires have no sexual contact, they show love by drinking each others blood. They make their way to the concert, as Armand has been having these visions too. Something happens on the plane which I am not going to reveal, and I thought it was just great. JESSE Jesse is a blood descendent of Maharet. She does not know that her ‘Aunt’ is a vampire. Maharet has always looked after Jesse, sending her to good schools and supplying her money for travels throughout the world. Jesse has also inherited the ability to see and talk to spirits, as her ‘Aunt’ did all those centuries ago, and is approached by a secret agency in London, called the Talamasca, to work for them. Because of her psychic ability, she too is receiving these visions of the 2 red haired women, and makes her way to the concert as well. THE TALAMASCA Although the book doesn’t talk too much of these, they do appear in future books. They are an organisation that watches
the supernatural, gets rid of unfriendly spirits, and general work in that field. It is headed by an elderly gent by the name of David Talbot. They have heard and read the previous books, and believe that vampires are real. They do not however, want to destroy them, but merely to observe them. They protect many wonderful and ancient things in their dark vaults. Other characters that are spoken about in this book are Gabrielle, Lestat’s mother, Louis, and 3 other vampires; Mael, Eric and Santino. Obviously I am not going to reveal the ending. What happens at the concert? What happens after? Who are the twins and why are they receiving these images? Does Marius leave his icy tomb? Do they survive? All these questions will be answered for you in the book. It really is a gripping book, that I could not put down. But then, I couldn’t put the first 2 down either. I have just been to W.H Smiths and purchased the fourth chronicle, Tale of the Body Thief. This is all about Lestat again, who has now become a dark rogue to me, but a loveable one all the same. A damn good read! (573 pages)
Third in Anne Rice's glorious vampire chronicles and the story is still going strong. Familiar vampires such as the sensitive Louis, hyperanimated Lestat and ancient Marius are joined by a whole clan of the undead. The mythology from The Vampire Lestat is developed into a genesis story from biblical times, a tragedy of magic and ambition that explains the supernatural biology of the vampires in the chronicles. Lestat's irresponsible flamboyance has woken these legends from the ancient world, and so the dark family of the undead is shaken and remade. New characters appear, their personalities shown in the same intimate detail that brought Lestat and Louis to life. The plot, of an old insane vampire's plans for the modern world, is perhaps less compelling than the books before. But it is a splendid device to bring in new faces, to enrich the world of vampires. While this book can be read on its own, without knowing the stories that surround it, it is perhaps best as part of the continuing series. Attractive and characterful vampires are portrayed in intimate detail, their past stories serving to illustrate dramatic and exciting times and places in history.