Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)

ISBN: 0345443683
ISBN 13: 9780345443687
By: Anne Rice

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In this luminous novel, Anne Rice fuses her seductive vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches to give us a world of classic Deep South luxury and ancestral secrets....Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious dining rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as goblin. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, Goblin becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. Desperate, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp - and to the secrets it holds....

Reader's Thoughts


I have been trying to gradually eek out reading the vampire chronicles as Anne Rice is my favourite author and the Vampire Chronicles is where it all began for me so every book closer to the end I get the more mixed my emotions are...And so it was with great consideration I began to read the second to last book, Blackwood Farm.What a great story teller Anne Rice is! I was gripped from the moment I picked the book up and was able to envisage each scene as it developed.An interesting story which conjoins the Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair witches and presents you with three surprises at the end which I will not spoil!!!Now I just have to keep myself away from the last book for a time to prolong the suspense longer!


Trying to squeeze the last possible drop of blood from what has been an extraordinary series of books, Anne Rice comes up with Blackwood Farm. Halfway through the book, I still can't bring myself to care for any of the characters. Big letdown in my not so humble opinion.

Jessica Harker

And the plunge downhill begins in earnest. Lestat is empty; the writing is horrible. Only a waning sense of loyalty to Ms. Rice kept me reading.


I couldn't have hated this book more. UGH. Big pile of poo. It was such a pile of drivel that i can't even being to say why i hated it so much - except, oh, the characters. And the writing. Horrific.


** spoiler alert ** This is another attempt from Anne Rice liven up the old Vampire Chronicles series, by adding another vampire into the mix. Problem is, of course, it didn't really work...Lestat, instead of the defiant and beautiful brat that he was, became a plot device to turn the protagonist into a vampire. Lestat, who hunts serial killers for sport, who kicks everyone's ass, who, if he stayed true to form, wouldn't have even glanced at the protagonist.It's just so sad to see a beloved series turned into such garbage, sigh. And stupid me for still hoping for a miracle, that, well, to use Anne Rice's words, Lestat has returned to her.


I love the first five books of the Vampire Chronicles, my favorite of all time. They didn't seem cliche, hackneyed or recycled.However, I'm wondering if the description above was written by someone paid or high on acid. If anything, this book makes Rice's plot devices and recycled material completely obvious (plot devices are not noticeable in the first books). This book was entertaining and enjoyable at times, but the following about this book bugs me: - stumbling into the house of the past (ghost furniture, etc), like in Lasher- narration done by the main character telling his story to someone, like in the iconic Interview with the Vampire, and several other books from the Vampire Chronicles.- Goblin's simularities to Lasher (gaining strength, increasing learning ability, getting out of the "master's" control, sexuality, etc)- rambling explanations of genealogy and very minor characters that I couldn't care less about- descriptions of the ridiculous wealth of families(e.g., Mayfairs, Blackwoods) that only make me contemptuous instead of endeared- The description of Tarquinn's computer having a black screen with green text; apparently, Quinn still has an antique of a computer from the 80s, yet the other references in the story make it obvious that the novel is set in the present day (and he gets a fricken laptop in the hospital!) - Related to the above, I think Rice may be out of touch with modern technology (referring to a "car phone" and referring to a DVD as a "laser disc")- The dialogue: who actually talks like that?! Also, the dialogue between Quinn and Mona is just nausiating- All characters always using the phrase, "Don't you see?" ... it drives me nuts and I'm getting sick of it

Steve Bowling

The ending moved it up from 3 to 4 stars. Book had a few too many dry patches, but it was a well told story with good characters. easily the spookiest and most graphic of the vampire series. It was good to have Lestat back! A great Ghost story!

Max Ostrovsky

Another book end book by Anne Rice. So, I get it. She likes to write stories about people telling stories. At least this book didn't got down the rabbit hole with people telling stories about other people telling stories about other people telling stories. I think her last one was like that. I can't remember - the formula makes it forgetable. This one, while a book end story, was enjoyable. It was simple and non-convaluted. It tied into the Mayfairs more than the others did. I've only read the first Mayfair book and hated how it ended. Perhaps, I'll have to give those books another shot. This is a story of a boy becoming a man. As is most stories. And then how this boy who becomes a man, becomes a vampire. And as a vampire, again, it basically becomes a story of a boy who becomes a man, only this time, in vampire form. He risks Lestats wrath with a request for help. Seeing Lestate through a new character's eyes was refreshing. This, I imagine, is how Lestate would like to be seen - a folk god-like figure whose word, or even glance, is dead. But wise and compassionate and loving. A true complex character. At the story's core, it is a ghost story, but, oh, it's so much more than that. The ending, while not blown away by what was revealed, was something I didn't expect - suspected maybe, but not expect. And it was satisfying.

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)


You can only say you love someone(or a lot of people in this case)so many times until it just loses meaning. And boy, this Quinn guy seems to "fall in love" so easily that anyone could just wave at him and he would build a shrine for his eternal lurv and lust for it. Seriously, it's sickening. I found his narration very stilted and unsympathetic, and not believable at all to talk like that for a young guy in the modern era; for vampires like Lestat or Armand that have lived for centuries I can get them a pass, but for this rich kid from Louisiana? And for all the people in his life talking like that, even the servants? NOPE, not buying it. Rich kids are often the more uneducated ever because they don't need to learn anything, they just have everything handed to them in a silver platter. Also UGH, FUCKING RICH PEOPLE RUBBING THEIR WEALTH IN MY NOSE!!! The only thing missing there was a money bin where they could dive in (and hopefully break their bones in the process, I don't doubt Quinn would have done it as gullible as he was).I lost interest in this series after book 6 when the stories focused on new characters that weren't in the original "canon" nor had Lestat as a main character (let's be honest, this whole series is all about Lestat) and everytime a new book comes out it's become like an Emmanuelle kind of series where we get to know Lestat new boy toy but with less of him on the other hand. *Sigh* One more book to finish and then let's see what does Anne Rice come up with "Prince Lestat".

Jimmie Baker

I can't believe what I'm reading. To hear that this was the turning point in people's love with Anne Rice fading is horrifying. I found this book extremely detailed and enrapturing. I instantly fell in love with Tarquinn Blackwood and (Goblin). Queenie was endearing as were all of the ghosts, vampires, and characters. I listened to the audiobook by David Pittu and he astounded me by the way he brought the characters to life. If you were upset with your read of this, I recommend listening to talented Mr. Pittu. I really identified with this book as a whole and now I completely treasure it as I do the other chronicles. I didn't fare to read Jesus Christ or Angel Time or even The Wolf Gift... I'm too in love with Lestat and all that encompasses his ever enthralling world. I'm so intrigued Prince Lestat will be out! NEVER GIVE UP ON ANNE RICE!


It's hard to put into words what I feel about this book. It was fun. It was interesting. It certainly wasn't a bad book, I'm just not really sure it was exactly good.There was too much going on, for one thing. You've got a vengeful spirit, a poltergeist/doppleganger, the return of the Mayfair witches, and a fantastically wealthy Louisiana family, with all the dark family secrets and Anne Rice's constant daydreams about renovating houses and showering money on poorer relations. There are vampires, of course, but they show up in about a third of the story, maybe as little as a quarter. It's as if Rice couldn't decide what she wanted the book to be, so she tried to cram everything that fans might have been asking for into one book. Between the family histories, and the fabulous amounts of money, and the wondering about what the main character's spirit companion was all about, and then Quinn having sex with every-damn-body and falling desperately in love with the dying Mona Mayfair OUT OF NOWHERE (not kidding, he proposes to her in a hospital restaurant before he's even been introduced), I didn't know where to turn.And that's a shame, because there's a section towards the end of the book that deals entirely with the vampire characters, and it's really good. Excellent writing, with fascinating characters and beautifully described scenes. There's a section that takes place by candlelight in a grand impossible palace in the middle of a swamp. I got a nice chill from reading that, seeing the marble floors and Roman furniture and high ceilings, and total blackness just outside the room. The Maker vampire was a completely unexpected character with a backstory I enjoyed reading (I've got a new fascination with cameo jewelry now, thank you very much, Rice). But the whole vampire section maybe lasted sixty pages, and then it's back to Quinn and his wealth and his family and how EVERYBODY loves him, except the people who don't, and they're not likable so they don't count. I wish Rice had used a little more focus and maybe written this as three or four different books, rather than making this mess of a plot with one.


I did it wrong, all wrong!This was the first Anne Rice book I read, not long after it came out. But part of the wonder that is Anne Rice, is that you can almost jump in on this series at any point and still be in for a rip-roaring and intense ride!There were some things I didn't quite get until I read the rest, like some of the smaller details, especially regarding Lestat. But after reading the rest of the series, I think this is one of the best. It's fresh and current and brings forht a whole new barrage of questions about the morals of 'immortality' etc etc.The Good BitsCharacterisation - Lestat and Quinn fight for centre stage, but you can't outshine Lestat. Ever. Plot - Such a capturing weave of intrigue and horror and that intense passion this series is known for.Setting - I think by now the 'historical' or 'ancient' vampire has been done to death (pun!!) and it's a releif to be put into a contemporary world.The not-so Good BitsThere is little in the way of criticism I can give for this book. I suppose, if you haven't read any of the series before, there is less excitement surrounding cameos from previous characters.~~~I still love this book, even now. I've read many of the series over and over, and I will continue to do so!5 by 5!^.^

Jerome Parisse

Rice's vampire novels are epics which take us into a world of their own. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The writing is great. Rice is able to paint vivid, colourful pictures in her readers' minds. The setting for Blackwood Farm is Louisiana, and after reading the book, I find I want to go there! Blackwood Farm tells the story of the Blackwood family, from the initial ancestor Manfred Blackwood and his first, beloved wife Virginia Lee, to Tarquin Blackwood (Quinn), the last one in the family, who also happens to be the narrator and the vampire. What I really liked is that there is very little blood drinking. It is in fact a subtle mix of supernatural characters (the vampires, the witches, the spirits and the ghosts) and totally ordinary citizens leading ordinary (or not always so ordinary) lives. You can't help falling in love with the Blackwood family and its unusual fate, and in particular sweet Aunt Queen. The plot is solid and you find you have to turn the pages until all is revealed - and there is a lot to reveal, trust me. I found myself so drawn into the story that I have already purchased the sequel (and last one in the series), Blood Canticle.

Marilyn Barclay

This story didn't engage me. I didn't finish reading it and I rarely to that. I'm probably done reading Ms. Rice.

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