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

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.

Kathryn

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.

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...

Meirav Rath

Anne Rice writes sex *gasp* who'd believe it. There once was a boy with a perfect family who has a spirit haunting him everywhere, but he becomes a vampire so everything's OK in the giant rich house the boy lives in, his trips to Europe, and his wonderful family. Crap Rice.

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.

Sarah

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!^.^

Alex

** 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.

Grampybone

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.

Jane

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!

Ali

This book...(sigh)...I have to say broke Anne Rice's spell over me. Before this book I found all of her normal plot devices (strange bedfellows, supernatural creatures, really long flashbacks, narcissism) beguiling and entertaining. But usually she chooses one or two of these things and shapes a really awesome story around it. In Blackwood Farm she just decided to take everything she had EVER written about, mix it up together, and then multiply it by 1000. I mean, really?! Vampires, witches, AND ghosts? And they are all sleeping together? Oh, I turned the pages quickly enough. But when I finished, I looked at the book (and myself) in disgust and asked one question: Did I really just read that? This book made me feel used.

Dawn

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.

Katie

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.

Amber Tresca

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

Strangerealms

** spoiler alert ** I read solely Anne Rice's vampire books, and then when it came to read this book, I decided to give a shot to the Mayfair Witches serie so I could understand the book. I read the first book and found it more like "Everything you ever wanted to know about the Mayfair family and more". While I thought the first part, the historical part, was quite interesting, I found the rest extremely dull, especially Rowan. So since I didn't want to read the other two books I read their resume on the internet, which I was happy about because the books sound crap, or I should say, extremely disappointing. There is a french expression that says "all this for this?", in other words to do all this intricate work to get crap result, that is how I feel about the Mayfair serie.So in this book I like the main character Quinn, Lestat, and the whole story, except all the additions of the Mayfair Witches, like Rowan. And that is the same thing for the next book Blood Canticle.Merrick is in the other hand really good even if she's a Mayfair Witch.

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.

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