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The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 6) Kindle Edition
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- Book 6 of 13 in The Vampire Chronicles
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"ARMAND'S LIFE UNFOLDS IN RICH, VELVETY PROSE. . . . THIS IS A SUMPTUOUS ADDITION TO THE SERIES."
"ANNE RICE FANS WILL NO DOUBT BE THRILLED. . . . [Armand] until now has played a small role in the Vampire Chronicles. Here he assumes center stage, relating his five hundred years of life to fledgling vampire David Talbot, who plays amanuensis to Armand as he did to Lestat. . . . It's not just the epic plot but Rice's voluptuary worldview that's the main attraction. . . . Elegant narrative has always been her hallmark. . . . Rice is equally effective in showing how Armand eventually loses his religion and becomes 'the vagabond angel child of Satan,' living under the Paris cemeteries and founding the Grand Guignol-ish Theatre des Vampires. In the twentieth century, a rehabilitated Armand regains his faith but falls in love with two children who save his life. By the conclusion of Armand, the pupil has become the mentor."
--The Washington Post
"A FASCINATING AND DAZZLING HISTORICAL TAPESTRY . . . BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, INCREDIBLY ABSORBING."
"LAVISHLY POETIC . . . THE FINAL SCENE IS A STUNNER."
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In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than twenty years ago in the now-classic "Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms.
Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.
As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.
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- File Size : 3713 KB
- Publication Date : October 29, 2002
- Print Length : 532 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 1st Edition (October 29, 2002)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B004SOVAEY
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #98,937 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When Lestat first set eyes on Armand, he saw a face that was "..shining white and perfect, the countenance of a god it seemed, a Cupid out of Caravaggio, seductive yet ethereal, with auburn hair and dark brown eyes.." and a shock came through Lestat which he felt wasn't merely because of Armand's beauty but " the astonishing innocence of his boyish face." There is always a kind of vulnerability about Armand who was rescued from his doomed brothel fate and made a vampire by the powerful Marius when he was barely a teenager. After his accidental stint of heading up an evil coven with Satino, he pleaded to go with Lestat but had to reluctantly accept Lestat's offer to take over The Theatre of the Vampires so he could understand the age he lived in through its literature, music and arts.
We have the first glimpse of their love-hate relationship when Lestat came back defeated and almost destroyed by his fledglings Louis and Claudia. He blamed Lestat for coming back to him only for help and not his companionship. After throwing Lestat out, he went back pleading but Lestat's vicious observation was how "delicious it was, the hatred between us, or so I thought. Such unfamiliar excitement, to have him there to ridicule and despise." To Armand, Lestat is "..not a bad friend to have, and one for whom I would lay down my immortal life, one for whose love and companionship I have ofttimes begged, one whom I find maddening and fascinating and intolerably annoying, one without whom I cannot exist."
In time, Armand has lived his life time with Louis, Daniel and created the luxurious fantasy on earth, the splendid "Night Island" and went to Christ and back. But Armand has always been an abandoned child.
This 6th Vampire Chronicle devotes entirely to Armand and begins with his needs to be around Lestat who now lay motionless on the chapel's marble floor. David Talbot, the scholar vampire manages to persuade Armand to tell his story with him writing it down.
There is no adventure like Armand's adventure which is absolutely absorbing and thrilling all the way through with Armand sharing his intimate thoughts with us. It takes us right from the beginning when Marius made him a vampire and named him "Amadeo" the Beloved of God, to the hitherto unbeknown grotesque details of Claudia's last moments at his blundering hands, to the happy ending of all his love returned, by his Master, Marius, his companion, Louis and his much loved Lestat and most of all by his "children" Sybelle and Benji who love him as no one has ever loved him.