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The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 13, 1989
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Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.
If you felt that the previous books in the series weren't gory and erotic enough, this one should quench your thirst (though it may cause you to omit organ meats from your diet). It also boasts God's plenty of absorbing lore that enriches the tale that went before, including the back-story of the boy in Interview with the Vampire and the ancient fellowship of the Talamasca, which snoops on paranormal phenomena. Mostly, the book spins the complex yarn of Akasha's eerie, brooding brood and her nemeses, the terrifying sisters Maharet and Mekare. In one sense, Queen of the Damned is the ultimate multigenerational saga. --Tim Appelo
From Publishers Weekly
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I wasn't too sure I'd like Queen of the Damned as much as the previous book when I first started reading it, because instead of being narrated by Lestat himself, we are told the story from the perspective of several other characters, most of whom were already familiar to us. However, after a few minutes I got into the narrative and found that it didn't bother me at all that we were viewing the events from other people's points of view – in fact I found it refreshing to see the world through the eyes of the others for a change.
It does seem that Ms Rice is more comfortable writing history than contemporary passages, because there were several places when you could almost see her squirming with modern terminology and dialogue, whereas when she is recounting events from history, she is totally comfortable and manages to bring those eras and places to life as well as anyone. The wealth of detail and atmosphere she manages to convey are breathtaking and they make it wonderfully real. The detail might perhaps be too much for some readers, but wheel it on. I love it.
We are told the story of the twins, and how Akasha came into existence and they are totally believable.Read more ›
The book begins a week or two before Lestat's legendary rock concert and the ensuing mayhem that erupted outside the auditorium on that night. We follow the paths of other vampires in the days prior to this, including Armand and Daniel, the young man from Interview With the Vampire. We also learn that the immolation of vampires that Lestat, Louis, and Gabrielle saw that night had actually begun several days earlier, as a number of covens were destroyed by Akasha, the newly awakened Queen of the Damned. After the story of her awakening is told, the book takes on a somewhat mystical air. Almost all vampires are dreaming of two red-headed young women preparing to feast upon their dead mother, only to be taken prisoner by soldiers while their village is destroyed around them.Read more ›
It is here that we come face to face with the origins of the vampires, with thousands of years of mystery and blood. We see our intrepid anti-hero, Lestat, both enraptured by and at odds with the most powerful vampiress yet.
The tale takes us from fright to horror, from tense moment to moving scene, with great skill, pacing, and thoughtful narrative! What is the world of humans to become when a goddess walks among us? When this goddess feeds upon us? Who or what will save us? And on whose side is Lestat? You may say both, and you may be right. Reading the turmoil of Lestat's situation is fascinating. Having humanity's only hopes revealed is just as fascinating. This book will help you understand just what the vampire is.
Buy this book. Or get it in one of the Vampire Chronicles hardcover collections! Now! Akasha is coming!
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These books pull me right in. This novel is everything you could want in an origin story. Top notch fiction.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book...if you haven't seen the movie I would advise you not to cause the movie doesn't do the book justice. The book is great read and the flow is awesome.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I thought that The Queen of the Damned was an interesting read. I really enjoyed the suspense that Anne Rice was able to keep all the way through the novel, and the series as a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christy
Absolutely my favorite of The Vampire Chronicles. I highly recommend reading the previous two books prior to reading this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cady
My favorite of any book of Anne Rice's, and I've read nearly all of them more than once. I have hope that one day they'll remake the movie and do it justice, or make it a mini... Read morePublished 2 months ago by janna
Ordered this specifically because it did not feature the cover from the awful film adaptation. Guess what I actually received...Published 3 months ago by Matthew H. Eddy
Most authors paint images in your mind with words. Anne paints emotions into your heart. Wonderful read. Poetic. Hard to put down.Published 3 months ago by Mitch
I did find the beginning of the book to be very slow, going back and forth between the different perspectives. But! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer