Blood and Gold (The Vampire Chronicles #8)

ISBN: 0679454497
ISBN 13: 9780679454496
By: Anne Rice

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The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns. The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a “blood god” by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths. Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.

Reader's Thoughts

Jennifer

** spoiler alert ** I really liked this book. Marius has always been my favorite character in the Vampire Chronicles. Sure, most folks would go with Lestat, and I probably would have a few years ago too, but Marius' story is so large and lush and sad all at once. It was interesting to see his interactions with historical figures such as Botticelli, and to see his views on how civilization changed, from his beginnings in Gaul to 17th century life in Dresden. Thousands of years pass and he is ever the astute observer.The ending of the book was a bit dodgy for me. Thorne (another Child of the Millennia made by Maharet) seeks him out for his life story, and he gives it willingly. And in all this time, Marius' hatred for Santino has never wavered, even though it was Santino with Pandora who freed Marius after Akasha rose to begin her slaughter. So in the end, Maharet proclaims that Marius cannot seek vengeance against Santino, but Thorne does and isn't destroyed? I would have figured she or Mekare would have wiped him out in an instant. No, she takes his eyes and binds him forever in chains made from her hair. Why? Why does he want this?Other than that, it was a great read. Two thumbs up :)

Ulissae Efp

*possibili spoiler, anche se leggeri*Come le precedenti "biografie" della saga, questo è un libro per appassionati. La struttura dei libri è la stessa: apertura con un personaggio nuovo, che spinge uno dei "famosi" a raccontare la sua storia, e che non ha poi gran senso con il 99% del libro; un finale che si ricollega alla saga, ma che solitamente lascia a bocca aperta e con un'enorme domanda in testa "ma che cazz..." e uno stile che immediatamente identifica l'autrice.Sono rimasta stupita dal diverso modo in cui il rapporto Marius/Armand(Amadeo) sia stato trattato in questo libro, rispetto a come era stato descritto nel racconto di Armand. Qui sembra che l'unico pensiero fisso di Marius sia Pandora (non che la cosa mi spiaccia, visto che adoro quella vampira!), e che il rapporto con Armand sia totalmente spirituale o comunque incentrato molto sul concetto padre/figlio - tanto che il caro Marius passa ben oltre a quei racconti un po' più spinti a cui ci aveva abituato Armand.A differenza di Armand, però, la storia di Marius sembra svelare un personaggio completamente diverso rispetto a quello che era emerso dai precedenti libri - o per lo meno è questa la sensazione che io ho avuto.Mi rendo conto che a un pubblico italiano, che sin dalle elementari viene bombardato di informazioni sull'antica Roma e sul Rinascimento, le lunghe digressioni storiche possano sembrare oltre che un po' inutili (insomma, lo so cosa è la plebe!) anche generici, ma l'autrice si rivolge a un vasto numero di lettori che probabilmente hanno avuto un'educazione a questo tipo di storia molto meno dettagliata e quindi queste spiegazioni risultano necessarie per creare un minimo di background.Il libro è consigliatissimo per chi è appassionato della saga, ma se già i primi tre libri non vi hanno entusiasmato... bhe, non fa per voi. Sicuramente è meno brillante di The Vampire Lestat (che è sicuramente la biografia meglio riuscita), ma il personaggio di Marius merita cinque stelle a mio parere, nonostante le due note negative:1. Anche qui non si capisce come mai Pandora sia diventata così... "passiva", insomma, come mai sia cambiata così tanto.2. Il finale. Spero che nel prossimo libro si chiarisca qualcosa, perché tutto quello che ho capito è che Thorne ha ucciso Santino (e qui inseriamo un immenso CHE COSA?!) e che i suoi occhi ora li sta usando Maharet. Nonostante questo, però, mi è sembrato che i due, creatura e creatrice, ora siano felici e contenti (anche se lui cieco e incatenato), ma potrei sbagliare ò_______ò

Kirk

** spoiler alert ** Crap. I will never understand why Anne Rice, with all her years of writing experience, still has no idea how to drive a plot. This is essentially how this book works, and it holds true for most of her books:Character #1: Hi, I'm terribly interesting.Character #2: Wow, you're terribly interesting. Tell me your life story. Character #1: Okay. Let me tell you about how I met Character #3.Character #3: Hi, I'm terribly interesting.Character #1: Wow, you're terribly interesting. Tell me your life story.Character #3. Okay. Let me tell you how I met Character #4...These vampires have all these super powers and live for hundreds of years, and I swear all they do is sit around and have terribly interesting chats. I have been suckered by Anne Rice, and by fans of Anne Rice who recommend each book as "really, better than the rest of them," for the last time. Goodbye, Anne Rice.

Samara

The cover of this book really caught my attention since it pictures a slightly gay looking angel wrapped in a ribbon. Blood and Gold is the first of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles I have read and it’s not a let down. The style of the writing is romantic and detailed, or as my English teacher described it “curly q baroque” type writing. I’ll admit it’s not a short read at all and I took my time pondering the texture and words of the book. Marius the main character is complex and struggles with the positive and negative aspects of being a vampire in the Roman ages through the present. The thing I really like is that we don’t meet Marius until almost two chapters in. After which by certain circumstances another character meets Marius and asks for his life story. The settings pop out from the pages and into your head. Anne Rice swallows you up into ancient times. Marius is a sort of ladies man but then again he is a vampire. He has many love interests in the book both male and female but his main flame is Pandora the woman he seeks all his life after fighting with her centuries ago. This is not THE Pandora that pops open the box, she's just a curious and drop dead gorgeous vampire. As Marius tells his life story he reveals the origins of the blood drinkers aka vampires. Basically he spends his life protecting the sleeping statues of the Blessed Mother Akasha and her mate Enkil. For Marius the chosen one he worships the immovable statues at their cold stone feet (literally). The plot story in the sense of romance is very similar to Twilight. Boy meets girl, girl meets boy they spend a couple decades infatuated with each other then BOOM one little argument and they are separated for centuries only to repeat the cycle once again. Anyway the book is very well written and Rice is not shy when it comes to writing erotic scenes (although she isn't vulgar) some scenes made me blush. Overall it deals with a man-sure he's supernatural with the power of a god (or three) but nevertheless he is struggling to find his place in the very human world and finding love. At the end of the day isn’t that's what we're all looking for...minus the blood sucking desire and immortal flesh.

Wally

** spoiler alert ** As usual in her books, it would help if she would have a good editor to check it. There are several mistakes, or inconsistencies. Her ideas are as for most of her books really good, but always the more you read the more you feel it could have been done better. I have to say, for this one is really the case. It started quite good, but then there are so many parts that are truly hard to believe. Sure its fantasy and vampires, but still. Plus she gets some historical facts a bit wrong. The more I read the more disappointed I got.Many characters are hard to believe at many times during the book. - Marius claims its hard to be lonely, far away from anyone else, because he has to keep Those who must be kept as a secret, nevertheless he reveals the "secret" to every second character he meets. He also claims to love desperately everyone, even if he just met them. He loves Pandora more than anyone else, but spends much more time describing Venice and Armand, even though before this book there is another one dedicated entirely to Armand's life. - Bianca, was such a "cold blooded murderer" poisoning people all the time, but once she is a vampire, she cries everyday for no good reason. But she is strong enough to leave him, as soon as she sees he is willing to leave him for Pandora. - The part when they are living in Venice is just not believable. A guy that only arrives home by night,while he shares a home with tons of people, all his pupils. She should have looked for some explanation, like having a house somewhere else and this house just to teach his pupils for instance. But somehow, from all the people living there, no one ever wonders why he only appears at night. But even worse, this you could still kind of forgive. But suddenly one pupil gets sick, he treats him, he gets better and from now on, instead of living with the pupils, he also only appears at night...just not believable. - Maharet when she is imposing her will on Marius about Santino. But she cries like a baby when Santino explodes. What kind of leader is that?? Hard to believe she and her sister killed Akasha. - They spend decades in the alps, but the guy he met in Venice is still alive, just kind of old...again, its like she didnt check what she wrote. - She gets facts wrong, just as an example: To say that they visited the close by cities of Geneva and Prague. I am sorry but one should at least check a map before making such statements. - Some historical facts are also hard to believe for the years she claims things happen. Like wide distribution of books in 1400, or people freely traveling from Venice to England and back, I would rather thing it was not simple at that time.And this are just some examples, leaving out the grammatical mistakes.

Synergy

I've read all the books beginning from the Vampire Lestat which is my favorite of the lot so far. But anyway, having read them, I kind of knew what to expect from this one but seriously, I think it's getting worse..The ending felt like, "oh yeah I forgot, I got to connect the story back to the present so lemme stretch the story a bit here, add a confounding element there and... voila! That's it. Thanks for taking time to read!" I mean come on... this was Marius... Marius. One of the more impeccable vampires to come to life in literature and what did I get really? Unlike others, I don't mind so much about vampires going retrospect about their lives (I liked the Vampire Armand's tale) but something was not so right about this one.. it felt like Marius' character was being stretched too far just a bit.I would have loved to have kept my image of Marius just the way he was. This book just tainted it a bit for me? Maybe it was trying to do just that but why? I could have understood why if there was a purpose but personally, I think that the story wasn't coherent enough to deliver something for the reader. I really did like the first few books. Most especially the Vampire Lestat which just.. blew me away and and just pushes me to continue on with the other books cause I'm hoping, really hoping that the elements present there would reappear again.

Carrie Slager

If not for Pandora, Blood and Gold would be my favourite novel by Anne Rice. The story of Marius, a logical Roman man, kidnapped and turned into a vampire against his will. But what stands out for me is the amazing amount of detail Anne Rice puts into her historical fiction. The splendor of ancient Rome, the horror of the Black Death, the energy and creativity surrounding the Italian Renaissance…all of the settings come alive and you feel like you’re really there along with Marius.Marius himself is a very complex character. His traditional Roman upbringing and his naturally logical personality clash very well with Pandora’s free spirit and dreamy personality and it makes for a very interesting relationship. However, since Pandora mostly focused on their relationship, Anne Rice doesn’t spend nearly as much time on it. Instead, she focuses on the relationship between Marius and Armand, his student and the courtesan Bianca in Renaissance Italy. Blood and Gold certainly fills in a lot of the questions I had from reading The Vampire Armand. If nothing else, it paints Marius in a more sympathetic light!Blood and Gold isn’t for everyone. If you get annoyed by long, detailed descriptions of historical events and daily life, you won’t enjoy Blood and Gold. But for someone like me, who loves it when a writer showcases their knowledge of the era, Blood and Gold is perfect.I give this book 5/5 stars.

Delicious Strawberry

I was glad to pick up the tale of Marius. After reading about him in The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, along with Pandora, I was thrilled to read the back of this book with the synopsis. Of course, I had to buy it right away. I took it home and read it with eagerness. Ms. Rice's work is solid here and the story is very good, but while many parts are interesting to read, nearly half of it was repetition, and I wished that the Twins had been featured in this book more, especially Mekare. One thing I enjoyed was the appearance of Bianca. I absolutely loved that part, I think it was my favorite.The ending left something to be desired. Not that it was a bad one per se, but it just... felt kind of rushed to me, quickly slapped together. I was happy to see the Twins, but their appearance was woefully brief and Ms. Rice could have focused more on that instead of repetition of what we already knew about Marius.I'm just sad that the world of the vampires wasn't truly explored more after this, because there had been so much potential for exploring the vampire world, and it ended with this book.

Max Ostrovsky

Another book-end story by Rice and no surprises. I'm determined to finish the series, but it is getting tedious. While this book seemed to have an easier prose than most of the Chronicle books (Body Thief aside), the lack of plot or tension or drama or really anything going on kept this book from a higher rating. That said, and despite all that said, it was a page turner. Rice's prose in this volume is engaging and forward driven. While not much is actually going on, I was interested in what nothing was going to happen next. Ultimately, it was a character piece (a long one) about how Marius learned how anger affects him and why he must keep his anger in check. Too many characters and themes are brought up in this volume that aren't resolved. Since I know there are a couple more to the Chronicles, I hope for some resolution. Without giving away the ending, the resolution of this book was lacking and while it should have been satisfying, it was missing the emotional build up that the book had many opportunities of developing, but never did.

Angrymog

Marius de Romanus is definitely one of the best characters of the Vampire Chronicles and, along with Louis, is my favorite. With that said, I was anxious to read this book, which details the life of this Child of the Millenia. However, the trip that I had anticipated was not what I got in the end. Contradictions between this book and The Vampire Armand are some of the things that annoy me the most, especially since both stories are deeply intertwined. Bianca as a character has no appeal to me, Thorne has no real purpose for being in the story outside of being Marius' confidant and (view spoiler)[ killing Santino for him, which spoils the entire tension that Rice built between them through the entire book (hide spoiler)].The ending is disappointing and so abrupt that I can't help but feel it's incomplete. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Lisa

A melancholy walk through ancient history in the company of Marius, the two thousand year old vampire known and loved by both Lestat and Armand.The history again is the main draw for me in this instalment (and what I felt was largely missing from Merrick), as we get to see the rise and fall of great civilizations as well as their cultures and art through the eyes of the more intellectual and learned of Rice's vampires.There were moments when I felt like we were revisiting old themes a little too much - scenes revolving around Marius' passions for painting and Amadeo lingered over long at times, thanks to having already seen quite a lot of them in The Vampire Armand - and although ancient and wise Marius could be quite infuriating at times due to his propensity to throw hissy fits and stomp off taking Those Who Must Be Kept with him like a kid going home with his football when the game doesn't go his way. I also didn't really care about Thorne for the ending to have much of an impact on me and, in fact, had kind of forgotten that he was 'listening' to Marius.All in all though, mostly my gripes come from missing Lestat, and this suffers only slightly from comparison.

Orphic {Ally}

Shall I say Marius de Romanus is my new favorite vampire, in all of his oozing sensuality? Why, yes.Reading this book made me excited to reread The Vampire Chronicles. I have to admit, I actually found myself falling in love with Marius, or at least developing a crush on him, towards the end of the book. Oh, how I would gladly pin a poster of this Ancient Roman Blood Drinker to my wall if ever they made one of him. Besides, Anne Rice's perpetual glorifying sensuality found so prominently in almost all of her books and "luxurious, sumptuous, and the finest material of everything (of course, what else am I to expect when reading an Anne Rice novel?), there is also a very simplified history lesson. By this I mean, a very watered-down version through the eyes of a centuries-old Blood Drinker, of the rise and fall of Rome, the creation of Constantinople, the subsequent Dark Ages, and the Renaissance. This has been, by far that I can remember, one of my most favorite books of the Vampire Chronicles series.

Cydalima

Ahora leí el que Rice considera su libro favorito pues narra la vida de Marius, quien para ella es su personaje más querido de Crónicas Vampíricas, según dice ella en su web. Como siempre, mi comentario está cegado por el amor que tengo por los libros de Anne, así que no hay mucha objetividad aquí. Marius es un personaje interesante. Mucho. Su historia a través de los siglos me pareció muy entretenida y, lo confieso sin vergüenza alguna, lo que más ansiaba era leer su vida con Amadeo (Armand) en la Venecia del Renacimiento. Leer su punto de vista, pues, porque los hechos ya los conocía pues son narrados por Armand en su libro "autobiográfico". Si al leer Armand dije que él era mi segundo personaje favorito de Crónicas Vampíricas, el tercero es Marius. El amor que narra tener por Armand... Amadeo en ese entonces, es tan intenso, que me emocionaba de sólo leer cuando Marius pensaba en Armand como aquel al que amaba demasiado y por sobre todos. Armand fue demasiado importante para él; el único discípulo suyo al que se tomó el tiempo de educar para lo que sería su vida vampírica. Marius es un personaje muy humano, aunque no es un romántico con deseos de suicidio como Louis. Marius está enamorado de los mortales, de su compañía, de sus logros y sus avances, sobre todo en el arte. Marius es un apasionado del arte y las cosas hermosas. Siente con mucha intensidad debido a tanto contacto con el mundo mortal, con la calidez de los corazones humanos, y demuestra esa forma tan intensa de sentir al hablar de aquellos de los que se enamoró, los inmortales Akasha, Pandora, Avicus, Zenobia, Armand, Bianca y Lestat, algunos de ellos hijos suyos y amantes en su momento; y el mortal Boticelli. Un libro que me gustó mucho; tiene sus detalles, pero los dejo pasar.

Chelsea chan

This book is the most enriching when it comes to being lost in the vampire chronicles world. It is great for anyone that hasn't read the whole series because it explains everything about the supernatural world according to Anne Rice, unlike the previous books before this. it was a bit boring in some parts, but in all it was worth it and i enjoyed this book.

Brianna

The first Anne Rice book I read was The Mummy or Ramses the Damned. I was in the 8th grade. I loved it, and tried to read Interview with the Vampire but never finished it.Almost five years later, I was in Sestriere, Italy, a small mountain town outside of Torino, near the French and Swiss borders. I was there for almost a week, and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life. I could spend hundreds of words describing it all, but I'm getting off track. It was the end of my European jaunt with Nana, and I had exhausted the last of my cache of books on the train from Milan to Torino. I raided Nana's, and the only applealing option was the newest Anne Rice paperback, Blood and Gold.I curled up in my bed with my new book, not exactly looking forward to it, but knowing it was better than nothing. But once I started, I couldn't stop, and finished it sometime around 4 am the next morning. I can't explain how I could suddenly be completely sucked in to this world, but when I got home, I raided my friend's collection of Vampire Chronicle books. I've read them all, except Interview. That confuses many people, but I just can't get into it. All four main characters - Louis, Lestat, Claudia and Daniel - appear in other books, I'm familiar with the plot points, and don't think it's necessary. I just really don't think it's a very good book. I much prefer the characters' appearances in the other books.I've loved many of the other selections in the series, but none quite as much as I love Blood and Gold. For me, it's the true last contribution to the Vampire Chronicles, even though two or three more books were published. (Those stories were Mayfair Witches crossovers, and I did not enjoy them very much.) It's Marius' story, and he and Armand are by far my favorite of the characters (followed closely by Lestat, who also plays a big role in Marius' story). Marius is very close to being the oldest vampire of the group, so his maturity and authority are to be expected. However, his immaturity and childishness are surprising elements, and those unforeseen qualities are some the reasons he is so interesting to read about. I've read it three times so far, and if I could give it another star, I would.

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