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

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.

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.

dragonhelmuk

£7 on Kindle - The first Anne Rice story I have read, this is an excellent book. Unlike some of the other reviewers I found the early part of the tale; which dealt with the fully formed characters of the millennium vampires moving through my Ancient World; much more interesting than the second half. That's probably good for me because I'm sure their stories are told elsewhere. I'll have to remember how powerful Marius is though I think. It doesn't take long until everyone he meets seems to worship him. The story of how he abandoned Armond is entirely unbelievable though.The book is not very quoteable, which is odd, and makes the writing mistakes stick out in my highlightings more. Three quotes though:"Blood drinkers all over the world - gods, creatures of the night, lamias, whatever they called themselves - had suffered agony, some obliterated by terrible flames, others merely darkened and left with meager (sic, french spelling) pain. The very oldest suffered little, the youngest were ashes'"'We sent word far and wide,' he said. 'At last an answer came from Britain. A god survived there, a god who was most ancient and most strong.' - Mael describing Avicus."These were scrolls I had taken from the old temple in Alexandria on the very night I took the Mother and Father from Egypt. These were scrolls which told the old tale of how an evil spirit had entered into the blood of Akasha and Enkil, and how a race of blood drinkers had come about."

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.

Rachel

My first step into the Vampire Chronicles... Blood and Gold also happens to be my favorite--pregnant with history, rich storytelling, and lovable murderers this book puts Anne Rice's other vampire books to shame. P.S.- It is kind of smutty, if you aren't into that kind of thing, then I would shy away from pre-epiphany Anne Rice. P.P.S.- I read this book in high school, so take this review with a grain of sea salt.

Titus Hjelm

Not the worst (see 'Memnoch' for that) but certainly the most boring of all the Chronicles so far. I pretty much gave up on the series after 'Queen', but since I bought the whole lot, I'm wading through it still. However, it took me this long to realise that the problem with Rice's writing is that there is no beginning, middle and end. Funnily enough, real life biographies have more sense of a dramatic arch than this book, for example. The 'exotic' settings have become old hat pretty much since the second book and even if Marius is Rice's most developed character as some here claim--although I'm not sure--his predicament is also pretty much a rehash of whatever the other characters in the series have gone through in their respective tales. Also, the secondary characters in this book become real mainly through the fact that the knowledgeable reader connects them with earlier books in the series. Not worth the 570 pages. And don't these vampires ever shut up?

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.

Andrew Wilson

**“RICE WRITES WITH HER USUAL EROTIC AND HISTORICALLY EVOCATIVE FLAIR.” –*People* ** Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . . ### Amazon.com Review Time heals all wounds, unless, of course, you're a vampire. Cuts may heal, burns vanish, limbs reattach, but for the "blood god," the wounds of the heart sometimes stay open and raw for centuries. So it is for Marius, Anne Rice's oft-mentioned and beloved scholar. We've heard parts of his tale in past volumes of the Vampire Chronicles, but never so completely and never from his own lips. In *Blood and Gold*, Rice mostly (but not entirely) avoids the danger of treading worn ground as she fills out the life and character of Marius the Lonely, the Disenchanted, the Heartsick--a 2,000-year-old vampire "with all the conviction of a mortal man." Plucked from his beloved Rome in the prime of his life and forced into solitude as keeper of the vampire queen and king, Marius has never forgiven the injustice of his mortal death. Thousands of years later, he still seethes over his losses. Immortality for Marius is both a blessing and a curse--he bears "witness to all splendid and beautiful things human," yet is unable to engage in relationships for fear of revealing his burden. New readers to the Chronicles may wish for a more fleshed-out, less introspective hero, but Rice's legions of devoted fans will recognize *Blood and Gold* for what it is: a love song to Marius the Wanderer, whose story reveals the complexities and limitations of eternal existence. *--Daphne Durham* ### From School Library Journal What we've all been waiting for: the 2000-year history of Marius, mentor to the Vampire Lestat. At 750,000 copies, the first printing measures up to Marius's long reign. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Doriane

** spoiler alert ** All I can say that I really loved this book. I finally knew all story of Marius and Bianca. I knew so much of characters I knew just names. I remember scene with Zenobia that made me cry. It was so beautiful. And Bianca who saved Marius. And poor Armand. But mostly I paid attention on Marius and Pandora. They remind me of myself and girl I dated. She was real Pandora, and I was like Marius- begged her to stay with me, looked for her...butwe still broke up. I could understand and Bianca's jealousy. Bianca is really femnine and knows that no man can betray her. Well, Marius looks "good-evil". He can be very gently and loving, but also very evil and cruel. So I don't know I like him or not. But probably I do. I was very sad when he lost his all books and paintings. I can imagine his pain. In any case all book was very interesting, I enjoyed it very much. Now when I finished it, I have many thoughts in my head and I think "What I could do if I was one or other character?". I think now what I could understand and what I could judge. The end of book was quite...strange. I was a little bit shocked and didn't expect such ending. (Maybe because I forgot to ask my friends who read this book more details, I asked my all friends who read every book of VC to tell me every single detail before I start reading). And I'm very sad about Santino's death.... I think Marius had to forgive him, because Santino helped him after all to repay for Armand. But how I can judge Marius of this revenge Thorne did for him, when I, myself, cannot forgive my enemies? In summary I think this book is very good to understand such emotions like anger, revenge, love, hate, solitude... I would never forget this book. It is locked in my heart forever. I bow for all Anne Rice works, because none of her books still didn't disappoint me. I loved all of them.

Patrick Atchison

The only book that I have ever been able to read cover to cover multiple times!

Kathryn

** spoiler alert ** Okay, this one is MUCH better than the previous book. Flawed in some places, yes, but I think if I'd started reading this one ten years ago instead of "Merrick" then I might not have given up on the series so fast.Having the story told from Marius's point of view is a big reason for the improvement; in my opinion he's just a more interesting character than David. I enjoyed having him fill in the gaps of his centuries-long life, especially those huge segments between leaving Pandora and setting up his glorious life in Venice, and then between the loss of Armand and finding Pandora again.Speaking of Armand and Pandora (that relationship is one of the flaws, but I'll get to that in a second), Marius makes some infuriating mistakes in his life. I was utterly stunned to find out that Marius KNEW where Armand was after being kidnapped by the coven of Satanic vampires and left him there. I can understand being horrified that Armand had been turned so easily, but he had to have known that the coven tortured him to make this happen. After reading "The Vampire Armand" I thought it would be nice to have a reconciliation between those two, but not any more. How utterly heartless. And abandoning Pandora was another boneheaded move, one which he regrets almost as soon as he does it. And then he proceeds to make even MORE stupid decisions and companionships to try to ease his broken heart. If the relationship between Pandora and Marius isn't one of your favorites then strap in, because three-quarters of the book is Marius going on and ON about how Pandora is the love of his life, and how his obsession with painting goes hand-in-hand with her image creeping into all of his paintings, and how much better everything would be if he could find her again. I love the story of Marius's life in Rome and Venice, but I just couldn't buy that he would be THAT fixated on Pandora, especially since his search for her was hardly even mentioned in all the previous books. It was almost satisfying to see his passionate moping lead to him stupidly losing any chance he had at two previous relationships (three, including Armand), and end up entirely on his own. Again.Great book in spite of it all. Any time Anne wants to write more books set in Venice, I'm all for it.

Bookworms

Now, however, I am quite honest really quite for years a loyal fan of Anne Rice and her vampire chronicles, so slowly I would like to spend on her new books no more money. They are not simply worth it any more. High song of the book was very disappointing. If one knows only the vampire chronicles as well as me, it is not to be kept in this book often so quite simply with her witch things the overview. There so many ne names and characters.To the history can be only said: Boringly and a vampire’s chronicle not solemnly. It seems as if Anne Rice has tried with striving and need to have a book to kreeiren without really idea. This whole book reads so shallowly, this is not simply her style. No tension, nothing. Just a trivial history which one could find in every novel of a not known author. Nevertheless, so this is better!Pity a pity. I hope Mrs. Rice that a new book considers itself to put on the market if she has no really good idea for it.

Jane

I'm quite surprised at how mixed the reviews are here as I thought this was yet another winner from Anne Rice! Blood and Gold follows the history of Marius and his long and troubled existence as he travels and strives to keep his secret of 'Those Who Must be Kept' and forges relationships to keep him sane and to stave off his loneliness; from the peculiar bond with Mael and Avicus to the love and devotion of Amadeo and Bianca. For someone so strong Marius does a lot of running to save his secrets and he never loses sight of what he has lost... the beautiful Pandora. Marius watches the rise and fall of human and vampiric civilisations and falls head first into artwork for his shrine to 'TWMbK' and to his mortal love. This novel nurtures the already well established character of Marius whilst upkeeping previous vampire chronicles in its wake and pleasingly adding the Talamasca for yet more interesting interaction with the supernatural. Marius' relationships between Amadeo, Bianca and Pandora are possibly the most intriguing with how he seemingly wishes to be the father figure to Amadeo and Bianca, stern yet loving whereas with Pandora a frenzy in which he must possess her overwhelms whatever love he may feel for her.Personally I would advise this book. I agree that as with most Anne Rice books there does not feel like there is a beginning, middle and an end but as it is essentially a biography of a fictional character I feel it is presented wonderfully as always. The patterns of the vampire chronicles are the same but the characters themselves and their stories are not. This book is worthy of audience in its own right and I suggest you try it if you haven't already!

Sean

For avid readers of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the character of Marius, the ancient Roman, is one of the most fascinating and colorful--and one of the least well known. We first meet Marius in "The Vampire Lestat", when he answers Lestat's call and explains the story of the vampiric origins to Lestat and shows him Akasha and Enkil, the ancient Egyptian parents of all of the vampires. He also appears briefly in "Queen of the Damned", which tells the story of the vampires' origins. But until now, we only knew pieces of Marius' story--of how he became a vampire in an ancient Druidic grove and came to be the keeper of Those Who Must Be Kept."Blood and Gold" fills in the gaps of the story of Marius--how he became a vampire at the hands of the druids of the grove, and then proceeded to Egypt to become the keeper of the two ancient parents, Akasha and Enkil. It does a nice job of not re-hashing ground that has already been covered in earlier books, but filling in the gaps of the story. We learn of Marius' time living in ancient Byzantium and his relationship with two other ancient vampires--Mael and Avicus. The story then moves to Venice in the time of the Renaissance, where Marius becomes a painter and runs an artistic studio for young boys. We also learn of Armand's origins as a vampire in Venice with Marius.I suspect that this book, like many of Rice's books, is one that will be eagerly consumed by avid Anne Rice fans and received with only mild fanfare by others. Because I fall into the first category, it's hard for me to be too objective about the book, but I did find it an excellent story. Anyone at all interested in Western history will enjoy the canvas that Rice paints of Ancient Rome, Byzantium and Renaissance Italy.

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