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Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Anne Rice (Tekijä)

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In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be. The tale spills from Lestat's heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch--and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of. As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine . . .… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles)
Kirjailijat:Anne Rice (Tekijä)
Info:Knopf (2018), 272 pages
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This is a big nothing of a book. While the last couple books were weird and tone-deaf as hell, a lot more happened.

The first 25% of the book is largely a vague and repetitive retelling of the previous few books. For someone who has read the series, this is a waste of time. For those who are jumping in at book 13 for some obtuse reason, these summaries are so vague and disorganized that they would be of no help.

Lestat is made prince of the vampires for reasons that aren't well-explained. Despite being prince, he has no actual authority or input - he's easily coerced into doing whatever the current petitioner wants him to do, and in the rare cases when he does object to something, he's roundly ignored and the others do whatever the hell they want anyway. He also seems to have only two settings: loving everything and everyone, or feeling absolutely nothing. It just doesn't feel like Lestat anymore - for Gods' sake, he was a rebel! And now he's enforcing a monarchy.

The lush descriptions from previous books rarely raise their head in this one, but when they do, its the same description of the same types of fashion over and over. There are only so many ways one can describe velvet, lace, and brocade. The Gothic tone of the earlier books is largely gone - there are a few haunting descriptions of torture/violence that are effective in the middle of the book, but for the most part it reads closer to wish-fulfillment fanfiction. The character's voices are largely interchangeable (and some, like Pandora, lose all their earlier characterization), and with a cast that continues to grow unabated, what is intended as a rich tapestry of individuals becomes more of a muddled, shifting crowd.

The story is terribly paced, starting just before the middle of the book and ending about 2/3s of the way through. Before that we just have endless rehashing and circular conversations lifted nearly verbatim from the previous book. After that we have...endless rehashing of the events that just occurred, and circular conversations lifted from the previous books.

Anne retcons her own mythos a bit by stating vampires can have their abilities totally blocked by iron (and, by extension, steel). This didn't feel well-thought-out and seemed more like a desperate attempt to make the one (entirely predictable) twist work. Part of me wonders if it will even be in the next book. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat by Anne Rice **The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga--part adventure, part suspense--of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.**

In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be.
The tale spills from Lestat's heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch--and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of.
As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine . . .

The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga--part
adventure, part suspense--of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood
Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world
and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for
the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing,
seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy
the entire vampire netherworld.


In this spellbinding novel,
Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly,
intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the
formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire
world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all
the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be.
The
tale spills from Lestat's heart, as he speaks first of his new
existence as reigning monarch--and then of his fierce battle of wits and
words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia,
reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient
vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon
spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and
threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of.
As the tale unfolds,
Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle
in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush
Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine;
from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the
18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress
Catherine . . .

( )
  buffygurl | Mar 8, 2019 |
I've read all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and I generally love them. They are the only fiction book series I read. This was not written to her usual standards in my opinion. I believe this was probably the weakest book in the series.

Lots of things felt very forced, lots of action, but no story. Characters were mentioned being in the scene but they had no purpose being there. Several times they go back to redescribe things that happened in other novels, but yet doesn't remind you of who certain characters are who might have played roles but were not even explained who they were. Just basically "Hey there is so-and-so."

Additionally, there are at least two references where she seemingly changes the rules of what happens when one is given the Dark Gift. Barbara (new character brought in) goes from gray to black haired. Another character, one of the First Brood if I remember correctly, shows up clean-shaven and with his hair clipped in Lestat's crypt and references that that was how he looked when he was turned which implies that is not how he *usually* looks thousands of years later. Did something change? Is this a First Brood thing?

Everywhere else in the series, the references are basically how you look at death is how you look for all time which is one of the reasons that vampires were careful about who they brought over generally and would often prepare them. If your hair is long, that is how it is. If you cut your hair, it grows back very quickly (overnight in the books, immediately in the movie), but won't exceed what it was when you were turned. Think of how Marius was prepared prior to being given to the old god. His nails and hair was all lightly trimmed.

And other things were new additions, such as stuff about wrapping a vampire in iron stops telepathic abilities. What?

They also bring new people in for some huge build up but it just falls flat. It makes you wonder why.

I think some known characters were acting off. I can't place why Marius felt off, but he did. Armand doesn't seem to be the little angel and seems to be complaining even more than usual, hard to imagine him as a leader back in the day. I've never felt Pandora to be the type to be abused in any way. Gabrielle acts more elegant than her tomboyish self. Lestat is pretty typical Lestat though.

I am so confused as to why this book was written as it seems to be very hasty. Please Anne, if you are reading this, please take this back to the drawing board or have a beta reader read it as it confused this long time fan! ( )
  melsmarsh | Dec 29, 2018 |
This is my first Anne Rice novel (yes, I know I'm reading them out of order) and I likely should have started with the first book in the Vampire Chronicles, since this one contains numerous references to previous events and characters, making it a little harder for me to decipher. I will say that I liked the character of Lestat and he alone makes me want to pursue more of this series. However, I get a little tired of the politics of the vampires' court and their philosophizing. Never thought I'd say this, but I do wish the vampires had been a little more bloodthirsty (it's more interesting to read about). Overall, I highly recommend waiting to dig into this blood until you've read a few of the previous books (unlike me). ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 21, 2018 |
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In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be. The tale spills from Lestat's heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch--and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of. As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine . . .

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