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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Knopf Publishing Group (Author)

A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return…From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology-a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.

"What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again…" -from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned ("mesmerizing" -SF Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ("brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive" -New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces-the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw-the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…


While I didn't particularly care for her Mayfair Witches series, and still can't quite wrap my head around her strange dance with the Church, there's no question she is the queen of Gothic fiction, and I'm curious to see if she can recapture the magic of her earliest works. This does sound truly epic, bloody, and not at all sparkly. :)

7 comments:

  1. I heard she had another vampire book coming out. I've only read the first one but it was good.

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  2. Oh, popular pick this week. But not for me, I have never read her.

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  3. OMG. I haven't read an Ann Rice Book in ages. Plus Lestat is one of my all time favorite vampires ever. So I'm definitely looking forward to this.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  4. This is my WoW too. And my next week's WoW was yours last week. Stop reading my mind ;-P

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My WoW

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    1. You know, I tried to stop, but there's just so much great stuff in there! LOL

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  5. I haven't read any of her novels. Right now my TBR pile is too big to add too so I won't be adding her books any time soon.

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  6. Oh nice! Haven't read these books shockingly, but did see this at an earlier WoW today! Hope you enjoy it too!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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