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Return to Book Page. Preview — Blood Canticle by Anne Rice. Lestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Both demon and angel, he is drawn to kill but tempted by goodness as he moves among the pantheon of Anne Rice's unforgettable characters.
Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on others and finds herself dangerously drawn to Lestat; Patsy, c Lestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair.
Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on others and finds herself dangerously drawn to Lestat; Patsy, country and western singer, who was killed by Quinn Blackwood and dumped in a swamp; Ash Templeton, a 5, year old Taltos whose genes live on in the Mayfairs. Now, Lestat fights to save Patsy's ghost from the dark realms of the Earthbound, to uncover the mystery of the Taltos and to decide the fate of Rowan Mayfair.
Both of Anne Rice's irresistible realms - the worlds of Blackwood Farm and the Mayfair Witches - collide as Lestat struggles between his lust for blood and the quest for life, between gratification and redemption. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 4th by Arrow first published More Details Original Title.
The Vampire Chronicles Lestat de Lioncourt. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Canticle , please sign up. Been reading everyone's review's on this book, and I actually liked them more than the book!
So glad that I'm not the only one who thought there was something off about this book. And Blackwood farm as well!? I've just finished Merrick and I don't know if I can jump into this one, without reading Blood and Gold and Blackwood farm first?
Also, I haven't read any Mayfair novels, should I do that first?? See 2 questions about Blood Canticle…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 05, Sisi Emm rated it did not like it. Honestly, never in a million years had I ever imagined giving any of these books a 1 out of 5. But Blood Canticle is like Anne Rice woke up one day, smelled the roses, opened the balcony doors to be greeted by the shouts of her adoring fans, and then proceeded to perch on the railing and shit on all of them.
I'm talking diarreah, buddy. Lestat is a pussy. No seriously, if you have one of those Edward vs. Lestat arguments, hide this and never use it in your arsenal. I've warned you. I don't think I ever got past page Maybe, maybe , I reached This coming from a fan. One day, I will return and give a more coherent review other than "I'm bitter, this is a mockery of my favorite vampires". It won't be soon. View 1 comment.
May 20, Cyndy Aleo rated it did not like it Shelves: vampires , popular-fiction. I swear, it isn't intentional. My recent reading of the Beauty trilogy coincidentally led up to picking up Blood Canticle on the bargain rack.
I'm a long-time fan of The Vampire Chronicles as well as her tales of the Mayfair Witches, and my lust for this book, the one in which the two series merge, moved it to the top of my reading list. Oh, the horror. The Vampire Lestat has always been the star of the Vampire Chronicles, creating new vampires, finding the original two vampires, losing his vampire body to a mortal, and journeying to Heaven and Hell.
The Mayfair Witches stories involve a rather inbred family of Louisiana witches, who, when certain family members meet, create what is known as the Taltos, a child who unfolds to a full adult upon its birth, knowing its name and the full history of the Taltos, also leaving its human mother unable to bear more children. In Blood Canticle, the story begins with Lestat "saving" the dying Mayfair witch Mona, the most recent bearer of a Taltos.
Mona has been dying in a hospital for two years. Of course, before we even get to the plot itself, we are subjected to an over-colloquialized raving from Lestat who narrates the Chronicles about his desire to be a saint. And visit the Pope. And be worshipped. Once Mona is made a vampire, we meet Rowan Mayfair, the de facto head of the Mayfair witches and Mayfair Medical, a huge sprawling complex of medical services and research.
Rowan bore her own Taltos, a child possessed by the spirit who haunted the Mayfair House, Lasher. For over pages, the reader is held at bay to hear the story of Rowan and Mona and the Taltos, which any devoted reader of the Mayfair Witches stories already knows. Of course, Lestat falls in love with the human Rowan, and in the course of helping Mona and Rowan find out what happened to the remaining Taltos Mona's daughter Morrigan and the centuries-old "purebred" Taltos Ash who Rowan met in the Mayfair stories , he rids Mona's cousin Quinn's farm of Quinn's mother's ghost Quinn killed her in the previous Chronicle, Blackwood Farm , contacts Maharet, know the "ruler" of the Vampires, kills druglords and finds out the fate of the Taltos.
I mean that. This is the first book that Rice wrote after the death of her husband, the poet Stan Rice to whom she dedicates this book and sorry, Stan, but she dedicated one horrendous book to you. Rice can never seem to find Lestat's voice in the course of this novel, and he goes back and forth from sounding like a ranting raving teenager to the cultured and demanding Lestat we know from Interview with the Vampire, to some crazy hormones-raging young adult.
At points, Lestat, who has always been enamored with new things, acts like he's about to join the Society for Creative Anachronism and ignore all new technology by refusing to learn how to email. Rice also can't seem to find the character of Mona anywhere in this book. The Mona we met in the Mayfair books was a child genius. She was sexually precocious, but at the same time, almost a small adult.
In Blood Canticle, Mona is a vacuous slut, flitting about almost willy-nilly, crying at the drop of a hat, baiting Lestat, and wearing odd slutty clothes that belonged to Quinn's Aunt Queen. The Mona Mayfair that Mayfair Witches fans knew and loved is gone. Worst of all is Rice's plot construction. The first half of the book drags on endlessly, making you wonder if the book is even going to have a conclusion or just end ambiguously, leaving the reader to find the fate of the Taltos in some forthcoming book.
But much like an old rickety roller coaster, the climb is much longer than the descent. The plot contrivances that Rice uses to get Mona, Quinn, and Lestat to where they will find the fate of the Taltos are numerous, unbelievable, and far too convenient, and for good measure, Rice tosses in a gratuitous sex scene.
I actually laughed out loud at the conclusion of this book. I kept reading it only to find out how Rice would merge the series and so I could write this review. It has NEVER taken me a week to read a book this short, but I could only read it in small doses; sometimes a page or two were all I could manage in one sitting. I'm not sure if Rice has lost her touch or I've simply outgrown her, but my disappointment in this book is crushing. As a long-time Rice fan, I have to say this book is best suited to use as toilet paper.
As much of a die hard Anne Rice fan as I claim to be, I have yet to finish this book. Supposedly it's the last she'll ever write in her vampire series. I got about halfway through and wanted to throw the book across the room. It's like a different person is writing.. Lestat saying the word 'dude' was pretty much the last straw. I'll come back to this book eventually, and I'll hopefully be less bitter the nex As much of a die hard Anne Rice fan as I claim to be, I have yet to finish this book.
I'll come back to this book eventually, and I'll hopefully be less bitter the next time I give it a try. This book just felt like a kick in the face for anyone who has loved her vampire series. View all 7 comments.
Blood Canticle in a novel by Anne Rice in which she combines the new characters from her novel Blackwood Farm with those from her previous novels in The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy. The protagonist is a young Mayfair witch named Mona. At the beginning of the novel, Mona is wasting away, victim to a mysterious disease brought on by the birth of her daughter, a so-called Walking Baby. In what she believes to be her dying hour, Mona - highly romantic in nature - buys quantities of rose and takes them to the house of her lover, Tarquin "Quinn" Blackwood , who is a vampire and a dear companion to Lestat. She lays the roses on his bed, intending for Lestat to make her a vampire. He does this largely to satisfy Quinn, who could never again hear the thoughts of Mona if he were to do it himself.
BLOOD CANTICLE: The Vampire Chronicles
Lestat, the vampire narrator of Anne Rice's most recent book, "Blood Canticle," begins the novel with a harangue against its readers. Rice that some readers, to put it mildly, did not like. Many people did not care much for "Blood Canticle" Knopf either, as Ms. Rice found to her mounting horror when she began scrolling through dozens of virulently negative reviews of the book on Amazon. Wrote another reviewer, "I have read almost every one of Anne Rice's novels, and I have to say this is the worst one.
The People Have Spoken, and Rice Takes Offense
Look Inside. Oct 28, Minutes Buy. Aug 14, Minutes Buy. Surrounded by its brooding swampscape, Blackwood Farm is alive with the comings and goings of the bewitched and the bewitching.