Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)

ISBN: 0676975976
ISBN 13: 9780676975970
By: Anne Rice

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Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off — and tells the story of Lestat’s quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair, who’s come to the farm to die and is brought into the realm of the undead; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to forever torment Lestat for what he has done to Mona; Rowan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and witch, who finds herself dangerously drawn to the all-powerful Lestat; her husband, Michael Curry, hero of the Mayfair Chronicles, who seeks Lestat’s help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000-year-old Taltos who has taken Mona’s child; and Patsy, the country-western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood. Delightfully, at the book’s centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil. He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy’s ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.A story of love and loyalty, of the search for passion and promise, Blood Canticle is Anne Rice at her finest.

Reader's Thoughts

Jessica Harker

Easily one of the single most awful books I've read. The writing was excruciating, the story ridiculous. This made me want to flee into the arms of Anne's earlier work, fold myself into the lush, lyrical writing of novels past, and dismiss this book and the one preceding it as cruel jokes; as nightmares; as phantoms I'd never need to acknowledge ever again. I'm very passionate about the fact that the end of this series is dead to me. I'd just as soon pretend trees had never been felled to print this trash.This is not Anne Rice.

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.

Michelle Bacon

What can I say about this book? Very little that is promising, that's for sure. I love Anne Rice's work and the Mayfair Witches are the best in my opinion. This was to be the last of the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches too. Personally, I think she should NEVER have converged the two stories to begin with. Both are great stories. I don't think Anne can let go of Lestat because she continues to write about him even after taking breaks and trying to find her Catholic roots. Now we understand that Prince Lestat will be coming out in October. I'm going to be positive about this and believe that Anne has found her voice again in Lestat and can bring him back the way we loved him back in "the day". I also am hopeful that the Mayfairs are not in this book. My fingers are crossed.This book brings Lestat to the dying Mona Mayfair where he gives her the Dark Gift. Rowan Mayfair is desperate to find her child, Morrigan the Taltos. Rowan wants to find out why they become 'walking babies' and wants to do tests at her clinic. The book is not your standard Anne Rice novel with the rich flow of words, but instead is choppy and disconnected. Lots of one word sentences and littered with extra characters that leave you wondering what their role is. I think this should have been more of the continuation of the Witch Chronicles rather than vampires. Here's to hoping Prince Lestat will be a more promising tale.

Sisi WhoWouldLikeToKnow?

Honestly, never in a million years had I ever imagined giving any of these books a 1 out of 5. But Blood Canticle is like Anne Rice woke up one day, smelled the roses, opened the balcony doors to be greeted by the shouts of her adoring fans, and then proceeded to perch on the railing and shit on all of them. I'm talking diarreah, buddy. Lestat is a pussy. No seriously, if you have one of those Edward vs. Lestat arguments, hide this and never use it in your arsenal. I've warned you. Second...hell, I can't even remember. I don't think I ever got past page 100. Maybe, maybe, I reached 150. This coming from a fan.One day, I will return and give a more coherent review other than "I'm bitter, this is a mockery of my favorite vampires". It won't be soon.

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

Rachel C

To call this book part of the "Vampire Chronicles" is a misnomer. From the get-go this book was not about vampires or the Vampire Lestat, which was what I expected given that Lestat was the narrator. It was sort of about his two new fledgling vampires, Quinn Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. However, I say "sort-of" because it mainly focused on spirits/ghosts, the Mayfair witches/mortals, and an alien species - The Taltos. There were entirely too many characters, both mortal and otherwise, to make an interesting story. Rice attempts to force a tangent about Lestat's love for mortal Rowan Mayfair down your throat at the very end of the book to cover up for the fact that she hasn't written about Lestat much at all. What a disappointment. I had to force myself to finish reading this book.Now I admit that I have been reading the Chronicles out of numerical sequence, but I certainly won't bother reading Blackwood Farm, this book's prequel. It appears to be more of the same. I much prefer the true blooded vampire-only Rice books.

Jeff

Spoiler Alert! I've read two books since I finished Blood Canticle, and I still find myself thinking about how disappointed I am by this book. I was so excited to see how this beloved and epic tale of The Vampire Chronicles would end. Despite having had to consciously try hard to get used to Blackwood Farm, I was sure Rice would write a book that would make this whole set end in a satisfying way. But no, I was dead wrong. It almost feels like a kick in the junk after reading the previous nine books. I'm so miffed that its hard to write an eloquent review of this crap. So I won't, because obviously Rice didn't go that mile with this book, and I treat a writer how they treat me as a reader. Lestat has turned into a whiny little sissy who speaks in short, choppy sentences like an ADD sufferer describing a Michael Bay movie after nine beers - but only in chunks - the rest of the time, he speaks like he used to, for some reason. Several Chronicle-wide plot points and character-important decisions have apparently been forgotten or very vaguely excused away - like that whole War With The Freaking Talamasca thing we've been hearing about since Merrick, and the Bianca thing, and Louis ever actually hearing from the REAL Claudia again. I don't even want to remember anymore of the things Rice left us high and dry on. One thing that got me - and probably most of you - hooked on Rice, was her beautiful and elegant writing style. Well, you'll find about two pages of that in here. Instead of developing characters with depth and who you can relate to, she gives us one-dimensional personalities on a worse scale than the Disney Channel. One of the failures of this book that makes it so overwhelmingly insulting to me is that I haven't read the Mayfair stuff yet, and was thinking about it, until I saw the Mayfair characters in here to be vague and one-dimensional. Now it would be really hard to care about them in their own story, so I'll probably never read that. Now, I understand that Rice went through a lot of hard things that anyone reading this review would probably already know about, and that she is an emotional writer in the first place, which is a good thing as far as her process is concerned (I think she uses it very well, usually). But I think she could have either powered through and given her writing greater attention, or taken a break. I'm sure that her publisher and fans would've been okay with her taking time to work things through - it would've been a lot better than being handed something which, if I didn't know better, would of seem to be a bootleg copy that a bad fan fiction author would've tried to sell us, like a Rollecks watch or a Sohnee TV out of the back of an old rusty Chevy van somewhere near my neighborhood's most luxurious illegal dumping site. Thank you, Anne Rice, for being like so many drummers and ex-girlfriends, by making me love everything you do - right up until you take a gigantic shit all over my hopes and dreams and probably my couch, too. If you need me, I'll be chillin' with Bradbury, King, and Wells.

Ali

Okay, I DID read this one. I know I did. I just can't for the life of me remember what it was about. Although knowing later Anne Rice, I am sure it contained a mixture of everything she could think of to create shock value, said mixture thrown against the wall, and Anne Rice just hoping that something would stick. I am just picturing her thought process while writing this: "Hmmm...now I have done vampires and witches together, and I have done vampires, witches, and ghosts together, where can I go from here? Wait...what if I created a novel with vampires, witches, ghosts, AND taltos? And they're all sleeping together! It can't lose!" The truth is, yes it can, Anne. And what is sad is that your fans will still keep reading your books praying for a miracle that will never come. I am really glad that this is the end of this series. She really needs to just start over and see if she can redeem herself with a completely different series that doesn't have every supernatural creature and the kitchen sink in it.

Viola

che delusione -triste, tristissima delusione.

Danielle

Do not read this book if you are very attached to the Mayfair Trilogy as it was. This book alters the direction of the trilogy completely, and you might not like where it goes -- I know I didn't. Overall, the story is interesting enough to finish the book, and if you've been hungry for the continuation of the story, you won't be able to stop yourself. There are, however, some awful AWFUL paragraphs when Lestat is speaking to the reader that made me sad that Anne Rice decided to include Mona, Rowan and Michael in this mess. I am not sure if my dislike of this book is the fault of how bad the writing seems (especially when held up against The Witching Hour) or because of how beloved the characters are to me, but either way, this book was a disappointment. Shame on you, Anne, Michael Curry deserved better!

Troy Blackford

The peak of Anne Rice's breakdown - this is basically an excuse for long-atheist characters to pound their fists about religion, to ruminate on how the former, late Pope is doing, and generally a way to pretend that whatever random assortment of stuff she was thinking about/interested in during the few months she spent writing this made a story if all compressed together.Famous for her getting on Amazon and blasting people who gave it a bad review.

Georgia Beyers

What can I say? I just love Ann Rice. Every now and again there's a little piece of her writing that turns my stomach and it makes me seriously wonder how her sick little mind works….but I still can't get enough of her books. This is another of the vampire chronicles in which Lestat is the main character again. What I loved most about this book is that Ann Rice entwined my favourite Vampire Lestat and my favourite Mayfair witches into one book. It was a really great read which has now led me on a quest to find 'Taltos' the next book in the lives of the Mayfair witches, which I am quite sure vampire Lestat will have a starring role in :-)

Melissa Cavanaugh

** spoiler alert ** What a disappointing conclusion to the Vampire Chronicles and the tales of the Mayfair witches and the Taltos. It reads as though it were written by someone who had skimmed the Cliffs Notes of the previous books. The writing is terrible, the characters behave in bizarre and inconsistent ways, the text is full of errors, and the plot is full of holes. What happened to David Talbot and Louis, last ensconced in Lestat's flat on the Rue Royale? What happened to the Talamasca's declaration of enmity against the vampires? How likely is it that Dolly Jean knows not only about the "Walking Babies" but the "Blood Children"? What is that bizarre obsession with Saint Juan Diego? And are we really supposed to believe that the Taltos ended up on a Caribbean island overrun by drug lords? I should have known this one would be terrible when it began with a tirade, via Lestat, about the fact that no one liked Memnoch the Devil and pointed out that that book had outsold all of the other chronicles.

Cyndy Aleo

I swear, it isn't intentional. My recent reading of the Beauty trilogy coincidentally led up to picking up Blood Canticle on the bargain rack. I'm a long-time fan of The Vampire Chronicles as well as her tales of the Mayfair Witches, and my lust for this book, the one in which the two series merge, moved it to the top of my reading list.Oh, the horror.::: The Plot :::For those of you who are unfamiliar with Anne Rice's novels, there are two major series: one about vampires starring the Vampire Lestat, and the other about a family of witches. The Vampire Lestat has always been the star of the Vampire Chronicles, creating new vampires, finding the original two vampires, losing his vampire body to a mortal, and journeying to Heaven and Hell.The Mayfair Witches stories involve a rather inbred family of Louisiana witches, who, when certain family members meet, create what is known as the Taltos, a child who unfolds to a full adult upon its birth, knowing its name and the full history of the Taltos, also leaving its human mother unable to bear more children.In Blood Canticle, the story begins with Lestat "saving" the dying Mayfair witch Mona, the most recent bearer of a Taltos. Mona has been dying in a hospital for two years. Of course, before we even get to the plot itself, we are subjected to an over-colloquialized raving from Lestat (who narrates the Chronicles) about his desire to be a saint. And visit the Pope. And be worshipped.Once Mona is made a vampire, we meet Rowan Mayfair, the de facto head of the Mayfair witches and Mayfair Medical, a huge sprawling complex of medical services and research. Rowan bore her own Taltos, a child possessed by the spirit who haunted the Mayfair House, Lasher. For over 100 pages, the reader is held at bay to hear the story of Rowan and Mona and the Taltos, which any devoted reader of the Mayfair Witches stories already knows.Of course, Lestat falls in love with the human Rowan, and in the course of helping Mona and Rowan find out what happened to the remaining Taltos (Mona's daughter Morrigan and the centuries-old "purebred" Taltos Ash who Rowan met in the Mayfair stories), he rids Mona's cousin Quinn's farm of Quinn's mother's ghost (Quinn killed her in the previous Chronicle, Blackwood Farm), contacts Maharet, know the "ruler" of the Vampires, kills druglords and finds out the fate of the Taltos.::: There's Nothing Good Here (Why I Hated It) :::The only good thing about this book is that it is supposed to be the last Vampire Chronicle. I mean that. This is the first book that Rice wrote after the death of her husband, the poet Stan Rice (to whom she dedicates this book) and sorry, Stan, but she dedicated one horrendous book to you.Rice can never seem to find Lestat's voice in the course of this novel, and he goes back and forth from sounding like a ranting raving teenager to the cultured and demanding Lestat we know from Interview with the Vampire, to some crazy hormones-raging young adult. At points, Lestat, who has always been enamored with new things, acts like he's about to join the Society for Creative Anachronism and ignore all new technology by refusing to learn how to email.Rice also can't seem to find the character of Mona anywhere in this book. The Mona we met in the Mayfair books was a child genius. She was sexually precocious, but at the same time, almost a small adult. In Blood Canticle, Mona is a vacuous slut, flitting about almost willy-nilly, crying at the drop of a hat, baiting Lestat, and wearing odd slutty clothes that belonged to Quinn's Aunt Queen. The Mona Mayfair that Mayfair Witches fans knew and loved is gone.Worst of all is Rice's plot construction. The first half of the book drags on endlessly, making you wonder if the book is even going to have a conclusion or just end ambiguously, leaving the reader to find the fate of the Taltos in some forthcoming book. But much like an old rickety roller coaster, the climb is much longer than the descent. The plot contrivances that Rice uses to get Mona, Quinn, and Lestat to where they will find the fate of the Taltos are numerous, unbelievable, and far too convenient, and for good measure, Rice tosses in a gratuitous sex scene. I actually laughed out loud at the conclusion of this book.::: Why You Should Thank Me :::I wanted to quit reading this book by the end of Chapter 1. Really. I kept reading it only to find out how Rice would merge the series and so I could write this review. It has NEVER taken me a week to read a book this short, but I could only read it in small doses; sometimes a page or two were all I could manage in one sitting.I'm not sure if Rice has lost her touch or I've simply outgrown her, but my disappointment in this book is crushing. As a long-time Rice fan, I have to say this book is best suited to use as toilet paper. This review previously published at Epinions: http://www.epinions.com/review/Blood_...

Carl Alves

In the Blood Canticle, Anne Rice decided to take all of her characters: vampires from the Vampire Chronicles, witches from the Mayfair Witches and Taltos, and throw them all together and see what happens. The end result is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but often times messy. The new Lestat, using new yet not quite updated language, narrates the novel. It brings in Rowan Mayfair, who he has a thing for, and Mona Mayfair, who he recently made into a vampire. They congregate in Blackwood Farms and after a very long-winded and tedious narrative, wind up in Haiti, where the Taltos were at.As with many of Anne Rice’s later works, this novel is entirely too long with entirely too much fluff and useless information. Sometimes I get the impression that Anne Rice writes in order to impress herself with the beauty of her prose, which doesn’t exactly make for great reading. The novel isn’t all bad. Lestat is an enjoyable character and there was some decent action in this novel. It doesn’t stack up to her early Vampire Chronicle novels, but isn’t as bad as some of her recent work.Carl Alves – author of Blood Street

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