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In this stunning, terrifying new novel from the phenomenally successful Anne Rice, Lestat, her vampire hero, makes a Faustian pact with Memnoch, the fallen angel and devil. When the novel opens, Lestat is being stalked through the squalor and opulence of New Orleans, sensing for the first time what it must be like to be one of his own victims. The dramatic plot hurtles through space and time from the New Orleans underworld in the 1990s to the first century AD, the Fourth Crusade, and an apocalyptic denouement in hell. Lestat brings back the shroud imprinted with the face of Christ, and is saved from damnation only by will of Dora, the saintly nun whose blood he desires but whom he could not bring himself to harm. Blind in one eye, and weak, he returns to earth and the present as a captive of his own kind and Dora's charge, uncertain whether he will ever be able to kill again. . . .

"A modern Paradise Lost" (Washington Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By anick on 12 March 2017

    book arrived in time and OK except that the cover was stucked with a white label which made a mess as I tried to take it off...shame as it doesn't look good anymore, I know it is second hand but it was uneccessary mess!

  • By Claire on 16 August 2017

    I like the series, but didn't manage to finish this one. It's very dense. I decided to stop part way and go on the the next one.

  • By Mme Donna Barclay on 31 March 2017

    Great idea for a book, the devil/Christ relationship, but found it a bit spooky!! Enjoyed it , though don't want to read another one.

  • By JG on 5 May 2017

    I've read almost all of the Vampire Chronicles and this is by far the worst, the only one I've nearly stopped reading. Most of the book is dialogue, with Lestat and Memnoch going for a walk discussing the story of creation forming the lions share of the book. I'd recommend skipping this part of the series.

  • By JFD on 21 May 2009

    I have not read anything previously by Anne Rice and did not realize that this was the last of the Vampire Chronicles when I started reading. I found the book frustratingly slow to begin with, possibly because I did not know the characters, their background and previous history. Nevertheless, I warmed to Lestat straight away and found myself increasingly engaged by him as the narrator of the story. The introduction of Memnoch himself takes the book into a new dimension with a wonderfully imaginative description of creation, with God using evolution as his method for developing the world and his angels as observers. Memnoch, as the most critical of these observers, due to his unwillingness to allow suffering, becomes the fallen angel and is tasked with managing those souls who have not yet ascended to heaven, creating from the evolutionary Sheol the vision of hell as we are familiar with it today. In to this is woven the story of God's descent to earth as Man and His suffering as observed by Lestat, resulting in Lestat's recovery of genuine evidence in the shape of Veronica's veil. Meanwhile, Memnoch takes Lestat through time to witness the horror that men have done to each other in the name of God as he attempts to recruit Lestat as his assistant in managing hell. Personally, I think the book is a triumph of storytelling, whatever your views on the historical development of the world, and a just reward for a bold attempt to describe heaven and hell and place historical events into a bigger picture while using characters already developed through the author's own previous writing.

  • By The Philosopher on 31 August 2010

    When it comes to novels, I tend not to read into the reviews of others too much as, after all, it's a matter of taste an opinion. Nonetheless, I intend to share my review regardless! In this case, the reviews seem (to me) to be right in that this is a "weaker" novel than they previous chronicles. I myself, believe that "The Tale of The Body Thief" is weaker than the first three as well. This book, although focusing on Lestat, lacks the focus on him that the others have had. Yes this novel is theological and somewhat philosophical. I don't mind that however (being a Philosophy graduate) and I found Rice's take on creation and the "war" between God and the Devil very interesting.What is present in this novel, is Rice's brilliant, sensual and captivating writing.I am currently reading "The Vampire Armand" and again it seems that Anne Rice has yet to rediscover the brilliance of the first three chronicles. However, that being said, this is not a bad novel at all. Trying to match the (in my opinion) brilliance of the earlier chronicles was never going to be easy. Rice delivers a well written story from the eyes of our favourite anti hero Lestat, and although it is slightly less successful than her early chronicles, if you are like me and found yourself captivated from page one of "Interview with the Vampire", you will want to read this regardless of anyone elses opinions. Anne Rice won me over completely, particularly with "The Vampire Lestat", and I intend to continue reading her work until the end of (and past) the Vampire Chronicles.


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