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Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn , a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now classic Interview with the Vampire in , a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary Vampire Chronicles in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the oldest and most powerful forces of the night are unleashed on an unsuspecting worldThree brilliantly colored narrative threads intertwine as the story unfolds The rock star known as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by millions of spellbound fans, prepares for a concert in San Francisco Among the audience pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration are hundreds of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a greedy fiend risking the secret prosperity of all his kind just to be loved and seen by mortals, fiends themselves who hate Lestat s power and who are determined to destroy him The sleep of certain men and women vampires and mortals scattered around the world is haunted by a vivid, mysterious dream of twins with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes who suffer an unspeakable tragedy It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly reveals its meaning to the dreamers as they make their way toward each other some to be destroyed on the journey, some to face an even terrifying fate at journey s end Akasha Queen of the Damned, mother of all vampires, rises after a , year sleep and puts into motion a heinous plan to save mankind from itself and make all myths of the world real by elevating herself and her chosen son lover to the level of the gods I am the fulfillment and I shall from this moment be the cause These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back , years to its beginnings As the stories of the first brood of blood drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires have left their mark Vampires are created mortals succumbing to the sensation of being enptied, of being devoured, of being nothing Vampires are destroyed Dark rituals are performed the rituals of ancient creatures prowling the modern world And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead and perhaps of the living, all the living will be decided From the Hardcover edition 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 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 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 Of all of the vampire chronicles this is by far my favorite If you have seen the movie and were not impressed It s ok because neither was I The movie is nothing like the book in any way The book goes into detail and answers a lot questions Goes into detail of the family tree and tells you how Akasha and Enkil became to be I love every single part of this book and it really was a page turner for me I love everything from the twins, to Armand and Daniel Everything All of these characters Of all of the vampire chronicles this is by far my favorite If you have seen the movie and were not impressed It s ok because neither was I The movie is nothing like the book in any way The book goes into detail and answers a lot questions Goes into detail of the family tree and tells you how Akasha and Enkil became to be I love every single part of this book and it really was a page turner for me I love everything from the twins, to Armand and Daniel Everything All of these characters are so beautifully put together I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about vampires This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anythingby Rice Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history particularly Egypt where certain stories took place I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anythingby Rice Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history particularly Egypt where certain stories took place I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into play And Louis fan that I am, I was disappointed to see so little of the character I had bonded with in the first book.Not a book I would care to ever read again I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work As far as The Vampire Chronicles is concerned I think Ms Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after th I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work As far as The Vampire Chronicles is concerned I think Ms Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after the fifth volume Memnoch the Devil.Most readers of The Vampire Chronicles agree that the first three books of the series are the best I would go as far as to say that these are the best vampire fiction I have ever read Bram Stoker has nothing on Anne Rice as far as literary talent is concerned Stephenie Meyer does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath.OK, enough useless preamble I reread The Queen of the Damned as part of my Halloween horror binge I have long neglected the horror genre in favor of sci fi, fantasy and even mainstream fiction It never occurred to me to reread the first twoVampire Chronicles books Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat because I still remember the stories very well even decades after reading them the Tom Cruise movie adaptation is evenfresh in my memory The Queen of the Damned however, is only remembered in term of broad plot outline, and I the denouement totally escaped me I think this is because there is so much in this book It isepic is scale andcomplex in structure and characterization Akasha Art by by Klodia007In the previous book The Vampire Lestat Lestat, the rebellious star of the Chronicles has become a rock star with hit albums I think he made some kind of hair metal with weird lyrics His vampiric brand of metal mayhem has the unfortunate effect of waking up Akasha the original vampire, with megalomaniac tendencies Soon she is dispatching young or crappy vampires left and right with her mental powers and human males in general are on her s hit list Who can stop the most powerful vampire ever I won t spoil it for you, but it is probably not whoever it is you are thinking of.There are long flashback chapters where the narrative is set in ancient Egyptian time where the human queen Akasha is turned into the first vampire almost by accident This part of the tale involves good and evil spirits, cannibalism and curses, it really is quite riveting The sections set in the modern world is almost as exciting, Anne Rice s world building and vampire mythos is some of the most vivid fantastical creation ever I particularly like the Talamasca, the secret society for investigation of the paranormal where Fox Mulder would feel right at home.Anne Rice s prose always go down well with me, I particularly like her description of the elation and shame of vampire feedingWhen they drank the blood they felt ecstasy Never had they known such pleasure, not in their beds, not at the banquet table, not when drunk with beer or wine That was the source of the shame It hadn t been the killing it had been the monstrous feeding It had been the pleasureAkasha by Deathstars69 Her descriptions of characters are always quite vividHer skin was white and hard and opaque as it had always been Her cheek shone like pearl as she smiled, her dark eyes moist and enlivened as the flesh puckered ever so slightly around them They positively glistered with vitalityThe Queen of the Damned is definitely worth rereading if you have read it ages ago like I have, of course if you have not read it before it is evenof an imperative though I would recommend reading the previous two books in the chronicles first This should not be much of a hardship as they are seriously gripping reads That said if you were to read it as a standalone I think it would still be quite understandable.A great read from first page to last Notes Fans of Twilight may find this interesting The 2002 movie adaptation is indeed a mess, but Aaliyah actually did a good job, and she died soon after the movie s release, poor girl Aaliyah as Akasha