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

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.

Sara Ewen

One of the things I've always liked about Anne Rice, her books always have a lot of detail. She delves into each character's personality and creates a vivid scene for the story. This book is 626 pages in paperback. The crux of the story is in the first quarter and last quarter, of the book. I think the story could have been well done without the half in the middle. This story is still a good one, but I think there is a lot she could have left out this time. The detail was almost too much. There's a lot of conversation and scene changes that could have been deleted without affecting the storyline. I would have liked to have seen her do more with the main character and his doppelganger and get rid of everything else. There is no inkling as to who the doppelganger is until the last few chapters of the book. I think this part of the story could have been more fully developed. I've always liked Anne Rice but I think more time could have been spent on developing the relationship between the main characters and less on other things . For me, the story ended a bit abruptly; the whole story wrapped up in less than a hundred pages whose content seemed to have little to do with the rest of the story.


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.


Refreshingly, a new story set almost entirely in the recent past, a new (well, slightly related) family with paranormal secrets to explore, and a new lovable vampire hero. Tarquin Blackwood seeks out Lestat to tell his story and ask for help in banishing his lifelong companion, the spirit Goblin. Tarquin's narrative meanders with Rice's usual rapt attention to the details of architecture, clothing, and decor, which stretches the book to more than six hundred pages. Truthfully, my hand hurt from holding the book, but that's because I really couldn't put it down. I was fascinated, and really pleased, particularly since I just read Blood and Gold and Pandora which were basically the same story for the third and fourth time, from a slightly different perspective with slightly more detail. I am excited to finish out this series by reading Blood Canticle next.


I am normally a big fan of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. There, I said it. But this one was terrible. You know, staid plot, boring writing, and real awkward sexual encounters with ghosts. But if you like that sort of thing, go for it.

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)

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!

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.

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!


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!


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


A 3.5, mixing The Vampire Chronicles with The Mayfair Witches, though this book definitely feels more like one from the latter series due to Quinn Blackwood's environs, large dysfunctional family, and spirit companion. Goblin, the spirit whom he has gone to Lestat for help with, feels very Lasher-like at times even though his origins and being turn out to be very different.Anyone who's read anything of this series will know what to expect from the writing which once again conjures up an atmosphere of sensual opulence, although as Quinn is a contemporary character we miss out on the sense of history that permeates most of the other entries, and given the amount of build-up that came with the narration of Quinn's life it seemed as though the climax was a little rushed. Quinn failed to charm me as Lestat had, and I did find his precociousness, melodrama and habit of falling instantly and perfectly in love with everyone and everything a little tiresome at times, particularly when it came to Mona (yes, we know that she rocks, but rein it in a bit lad!) That being said, this is still a decent entry in the series and, regardless of what my star rating may suggest, leagues ahead of Twilight and it's ilk.

Wendie Collins

I felt that this book had a few great stories in it but all in all, I have to admit to missing Lestat! Having no idea what has happened to him since his dance with the devil, I am starting to have withdraws! Lestat is my crack! On the other hand, the story of Quinn and Goblin is rather entertaining. Having read the story of the Mayfair's, I enjoyed their incorporation into the vampire clan. Although this began with Merrick, Mona is a perfect match for the new brood. To be honest, I thought the character Petronia was stupid. Sorry Anne, I adore you, but a hermaphrodite? Really? I was hoping for maybe Bianca!! Of course I am and will always be a die hard Anne Rice fan and love everything that she has written. I am happy to learn as I dive into Blood Canticle that the story of Quinn continues...

Amber Tresca

I tried to read this book twice. Eventually I gave up! Probably the only book I started reading and never finished.

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