THE VAMPIRE WORLD IS IN CRISIS . . .
Old vampires, roused from deep slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn their kin in cities across the globe, from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to San Francisco. Left with little time to spare, a host of familiar characters including Louis de Pointe du Lac, Armand, and even the vampire Lestat, must embark on a journey to discover who—or what—is driving this mysterious being.
Compared to the poorly received Blood Canticle (2003), Rice's newest Vampire Chronicles installment is triumphant. The Voice, a mysterious power, is compelling older vampires worldwide to annihilate the more newly made. Not since the massacre committed by Akasha, the original Queen of the Damned, have so many vampires been killed in one of Rice's novels. The narrative is often nonlinear; in many chapters the elders reveal their backstories before heeding a young vampire's frantic pleas for them to convene in Manhattan to uncover the Voice's agenda and stop it. All wait for Lestat to lead them, but he remains reluctant until the last minute. Rice fills the dense story with plenty of deliciously gory mythology, but many of the info-dumps are bone-dry. Lestat's journey from brat to prince fits his personality, but his attitude irritates even during the book's fascinating climax.
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I love Anne Rice. I am very surprised that she wrote about Lestat again. OOOhhhh, I can’t wait.
Mediocre at best
Was excited that Rice was coming back to Lestat's story. Even though she swore she'd never go there again since she re-found her Catholicism.... That worked well.. Anyway, imo the book wasn't up to her usual storytelling. Wait till the price drops a couple dollars before jumping in..
The Return of Lestat at Last!
I'm crazy about this book. Being a full time college student, it is very difficult to read as much as I'd like; however, upon the release of Prince Lestat, my curiosity took hold. My intention was to read the sample just to see what I thought of it. To my sudden surprise, I realized I had been reading for several hours and the sample simply wasn't enough. I was so deeply involved with the story that I just couldn't put it down.