Published: September 1986
Series: Book two of The Vampire Chronicles
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
In Anne Rice’s second novel in the best selling Vampire Chronicles Series we get to hear Lestat’s story. How he battled a pack of wolves terrorizing his village. How he met Nicholas and they escaped together to London, Lestat to become an actor and Nicki a famous violinist. Lestat is chosen by the vampire thief Magnus to receive his Dark gift. For a while Lestat keeps to himself staying away from friends and family. When he hears that his mother is dying the only way to save her is to turn her into a Vampire. They run into a vampire clan lead by Armand. He tells Lestat how he was made by Marius. Lestat begins a search for Marius. Once he finds him Marius shows Lestat Those Who Must Be Kept. we then get to the events of and after An Interview with a Vampire. After a long slumber Lestat awakes in modern times and devises a plan to awaken Those That Must Be Kept.
My first trip into the world of Anne Rice’s vampires began a little over 20 years ago. I was a big fan then and still am. Every vampire mythos needs it’s set rules. Can they see their reflection? Do they need to be invited in? How are they affected by crosses? All that good stuff. Anne Rice modernized vampires. Making them cool while still being something to fear. Lestat is her crown jewel. I loved this novel when I read it about 20 years ago. This is my third time reading it and I found it to be slow and tedious at times. I started getting tired of Lestat lamenting about good and evil and his mistake with Nicki and then again with Armand complaining about vampire life. I guess where you are in life can effect your outlook on certain books. It did get good once Lestat found Marius. Marius had an interesting story. After that the action really picks up. I’ll see how the third book The Queen of the Damned goes.
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