Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires #1)

ISBN: 0345422384
ISBN 13: 9780345422385
By: Anne Rice

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Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.

Reader's Thoughts


• Oct. 22, 2006: This is really an outstanding story overall. There were very few things that took away from it, and even those didn’t bother me that much. Yeah, Pandora is another rich vampire from an aristocratic family. Yeah, Anne Rice said differently when she first mentioned Pandora. Again, that still didn’t take away from the story. This book also reinforced my belief that Anne Rice is really at her best when she is writing historical fiction. The way she brought ancient Rome to life was fascinating. The way she made things seem so normal, yet so interesting was outstanding. I look forward to reading more.

Karen Tatiana

3.5 StarsThis is my second book by Anne Rice, Vittorio The Vampire being the first, so I can't talk about what's normal in her books. Now, with the clarification out of our way, I've to say I loved the story of Pandora's human years, the fact that she lived in ancient Rome made everything much more interesting (I don't know how well researched was that part, but it was good nonetheless) and it was good that her human years took 3/4 of the book, because I didn't enjoy the vampire part of her story.I didn't get their suffering (Pandora y Marius')for the Queen and King, nor why did Marius protect them if he didn't want to do it. He was kind of crazy. Maybe I'll understand better after reading the Vampire Chronicles, who knows.

Carrie Slager

Pandora is part of Anne Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires (although they’re not that new anymore) and there is virtually no difference in writing quality or style from her more popular The Vampire Chronicles. What is different, though, is that we finally see the stories of formerly minor characters who aren’t really connected to Lestat. Lestat, although he is a very interesting character, does get annoying after a couple of books, so a book from the point of view of Pandora was perfect for me.Pandora is a woman during Pax Romana, or the golden age of Rome during the later years of Augustus. Anne Rice paints a picture of a strong-willed woman very much in control of her own life and doted on by a loving father who is far from the average pater familias. She is a free spirit, a dreamer and when she falls in love with Marius, the logical, cold Roman man, it makes for an interesting relationship. The dynamics are definitely not that of a traditional one!As with all of her novels, Anne Rice has done the research and paints a believable picture of ancient Rome in its glory and during its fall. From the reign of terror of Sejanus to the murderous paranoia and sadism of Tiberius all the way to the spread and eventual acceptance of Christianity, Anne Rice takes readers on an amazing introspective adventure. Pandora is actually my favourite book about Anne Rice’s vampires not just because I love Roman history, but because Pandora herself is one amazing three dimensional character.I give this book 4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads rating purposes.


Pandora wanted to set the record straight about Lestat's version of what Marius said about her. She does so, but not much more was revealed to us about her thousand-year life than the beginning and her transformation into a vampire. She wandered Europe for centuries, but chooses to spend 400 pages on the first 35 years of her life. It was still interesting to read about, but I was hoping for more than a rehash of things we pretty much already knew.


Wow! I love reading stories about vampires and Anne Rice has it going on! I've had this book sitting on my bookcase back home since 8th grade and for some reason I never read it! Well luckily for me, I found this gem the other weekend while I was visiting my parents and am so happy that I finally read it. In short, this book is about a 2,000 year old vampire named Lydia (aka Pandora) who lived during the height of the Roman Empire (15 B.C.) She is approached by a young vampire named David in the streets of Paris to write down her mortal days leading up to her immortal change. Pandora is reluctant to disclose her past life with this stranger but his charms talk her into complying. This novel read as she is writing her story for David. Pandora is a strong female lead character who is not only smart and witty, but years before her time in the areas of women's rights and feminism. She approaches religion with such curiosity yet skepticism that I find myself trying to absorb her words straight from the page (or screen he he). I honestly can't wait to read more of her works on vampires!


It's been a looong time since I've read any of the books in this series, and I didn't remember 'Pandora' even though it was on the bookshelf. No bells of recognition went off in my head while reading, but I didn't find the story that memorable either. I think Pandora is the first female vampire that Rice has given a starring role to (with the somewhat exception of the child-vampire Claudia), and it seemed that Rice was wandering in unfamiliar territory with her. Pandora was not nearly as enigmatic, glamorous, or interesting a character as her male predecessors, but more of a bratty, whiny, spoiled, often childish figure. She may have been intended to come across in a more positive light than that (meaning, I don't think Anne Rice meant for her to be annoying), but if so I failed to see it. I was also unimpressed with the role of Marius in this book. He was basically a frustrated baby-sitter to Pandora, which was almost as irritating as Pandora herself. As usual, Rice presented the tale against a historic backdrop, this one being Rome and Antioch during the reign of Caesar Augustus. The manner in which this history was laid out was kind of droll and unexciting. I didn't absolutely detest this book (it was quick-paced and ran in a similar vein as the rest), however I don't think that it would make the most positive impression or be a great starting point for someone who's new to this series. Any of the others would outshine 'Pandora'. One last thing that left with me with some minor confusion is that this book is labeled as being 'Book 1' in the 'New Tales of the Vampires'. I didn't quite see (or remember) why this book signaled a new starting point as far as the vampire series went. It referenced many of the old characters and didn't appear to veer off into any new directions. So I'm left wondering, at what point did the "old tales" end and the "new tales" begin?

Elizabetha Souvré

Como he señalado hay ciertas cosas de Anne Rice como escritora que me disgustan mucho, pero no los aburriré repitiéndolas nuevamente.Aun cuando encuentro alguna de sus obras predecibles , agotadas dentro de su temática, hechas en "serie", es decir, de un mismo molde sin variaciones seguiré leyendo...^^..¡¡¡es que adoro los vampiros!!!.No puedo evitarlo desde que leí hace siglos, "Dracula". Y ,para que estamos con cosas, ella tiene toda una mitología y construcción "teórica" acerca de estos seres sobrenaturales, lo cual es loable ( y de la cual Stephanie Meryer carece..o para ser magnánima, "posee escasamente"...creo que estoy siendo MUYYYYYYYY MAGNÁNIMA ¬¬)Como ya he mencionado mi regalón es Marius, así que cuando vi "PANDORA" en la librería, me la llevé automáticamente...claro que tardé en terminarla por la maldita tesis >_ esto es un dato Freak ), y quien, para esa época en que ella tiene 35 años, ya ha sido trasformado en vampiro.Las horribles pesadilla que Akasha (la madre de todos los vampiros) le envía telepáticamente, producirán su conversión final en un ser de la noche y en la compañera del solitario Marius quien guarda un pesado secreto.Es el guardián de la "Madre y el Padre" (Akasha y Enkil ), a quienes trajo de Egipto y custodia reverentemente, aunque a veces con rabia y desesperación...Volviendo a Lydia, es en Antioquía donde cambia su nombre por el de"Pandora," lo cual ,para ser franca , me disgusta bastante.Lo encuentro rimbombante y poco "elegante",de mal gusto para este (a ratos) fascinante personaje.La historia es escrita por la propia Pandora para David Talbot,antiguo lider de la Talasmasca, quien puede ver espíritus , ha cambiado su anciano cuerpo por uno más joven (eso queda para el otra reseña), acaba de convertir en vampiro recientemente...Realmente el personaje de Pandora es el de una mujer admirable, (al menos para mi , que gusto de las heroinas fuertes y orgullosas) es enérgica, culta, independiente, resuelta, libre pensadora y apasionada...algo muy alejado de la idea que se tenía en aquellos tiempos del papel que debía desempeñar en el mundo una verdadera "Domina Romana",..pero en fin, las licencias históricas me cuadran cuando los personajes son interesantes ( y también si recuerdo todas las tropelías de las emperatrices y CIA.). El problema es que con el correr de la hojas , el personaje tan atrayente en un comienzo , se hacen un poco repetitivo y predecible, tanto en su personalidad como sus acciones...Especial mención debo hacer de Flavius, el culto esclavo griego con una prótesis de marfil en una de sus piernas , a quien Pandora compra en Antioquía y quien le sirve fielmente hasta que ella, antes de que el esclavo muera , lo convierte e vampiro, en ausencia de Marius y por ende en contra de su voluntad. Flavius, es un personaje interesante y estoy curiosa por saber si es desarrollado en otra obra de Rice.Marius como siempre encantador ,con toques de melancolía a pesar de su racionalidad...realmente un personaje para amar...^^Me pareció inteligente la mención del culto de la diosa Isis y su "mezcla" en la mente de Pandora con la de la bebedora de sangre Akasha... mmm...inteligente y cautivante...(otro dato Freak --> las imagenes de Isis y su Hijo Horus , fueron el molde para las de la Virgen Mría y el niño Jesús, es como clara su diferencia con Akasha si tenemos en cuenta este dato ...)Las páginas que más disfrute fueron las post-conversion de Pandora en vampiro.Me parecieron las muy entretenidas, menos la poco creíble mención de un fantasma que se le aparece a Pandora al final del relato.Eso me descuadró el libro, fue innecesario , poco ocurrente , "irreal" incluso para ese mundo mítico y no encajó para nada ne la trama.Fue un lastimoso agregado.Al terminar el libro, dejamos a Pandora partiendo a Nueva Orleans en Busca de Lastat quien ha caido en una especie de trance luego de conocer el cielo y el infierno...¿que sucederá?No es una gran se equipara a la Gran "Entrevista con el Vampiro",la cual he devorado por lo menos siete veces y que idolatro (¡¡¡AMO A LOUIS!!!!)...pero se las recomiendo para pasar un rato en compañía, de como la llama MI QUERIDA AMIGA HELLEN "nuestros amigos vampiros"^^Yo, por mi parte, espero que me guste más "Armand, el Vampiro" , "quien" me espera en mi anaquel hace dos meses...^^...muahahahah!!Escrito el 23 de julio 2009


This was the first Anne Rice book that I read. If Pandora is the first book that you have read by this author, and you are considering making this you first and last Anne Rice book, than I have some advice for you. Don't. I almost gave up on Anne Rice after this but I'm glad that I continued on and read The Vampire Chronicles! Pandora is not horrible but it is not incredible and far from Rice's best work.

Monica Ong

This book was a light and a nice read. The main character, Pandora, has such an interesting personality. She has a quick wit and talks like a philosophical man. I love how she's such an adventurero and how she's so strong-willed. Also, she's quite opinionated - explains why the usual debates between Marius and Pandora happen. Haha!Needless to say, I've been wondering who Pandora was after reading The Vampire Lestat. She seemed like such an interesting character since she's the companion of Marius! Marius!!!! It's nice how the book had a lot of history in it and stimulating conversations and uh.. massacre. The only thing that I found a bit off was the fact that the parting of Pandora and Marius was squeezed into one chapter or maybe even half a chapter. I've always thought that that was a very important part of the whole series, so I was hoping for a longer explanation. And yeah, whatever happened to Flavius? All in all, it's a nice book that I might read again. Oh, Anne Rice, every single time I read one of your books some of my questions are answered, but more mysteries arise. Damn it.

David Mcangus

I haven't read Anne Rice for almost a decade. We parted unfavourably after my third attempt to read Armand, and I haven't returned since. Pandora reminded of why I both loved her earlier works and why I found Armand impenetrable.The negatives, unfortunately, dominate the first three quarters of the novel. Much as I remember Armand, Pandora spends significant chunks of time locked in her own head. As a fan of first person narrative, this should represent a positive. But the way this is incorporated during the first 150 pages, is drastically different to the earlier Vampire Chronicles. Instead of using the device to gain access to the protagonist's reactions to characters or situations. The narrative seems more like riding a rail car, taking in the sights and sounds of the world but remaining disconnected. When interaction does occur, I simply found both the dialogue and internal monologue, more often than not, irritating. Around page 105 Pandora says: "This was very rude and irreverent, but I was in a full state of alarm"For the majority of the book this seems to be her character. Exclamation marks are used gratuitously and consequently everything appears overly dramatised. I suspect this was all done to best imitate translation from the romantic languages and show how Pandora has changed over the centuries. But, personally, I was more interested in learning of Pandora throughout her life, not just the early off shoot where her brash impulsivity seemed alien to what I remember of her character. The positive aspects of the story and the author's writing, appear once she has received the Dark Gift. At this point the story turns back to the vampire's mythology and this reminded me why Anne Rice's version of vampire lore remains my favourite. It was particularly interesting to witness the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity through Pandora's eyes. These sections highlight Anne Rice's ability to integrate historical events into a fictional word and I was impressed at her understanding of how and why Christianity took over as it did. It just seems a waste that we spent so much time one minute part of history when there was the potential of a sweeping narrative and intense character study. An opportunity that is unique to character who has lived for 2000 years. 2.5 stars Ultimately disappointing, but I do still feel the desire to spend further time in this mythology. Hopefully an increase to my age will allow me to enjoy Armand (the next book) in the way I always hoped I would.

Charlotte Phillips

Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors, however I found this book to be a bit if a disappointment as there didnt seem to be a lot of depth nor detail within it to keep me interested and I soon became bored. I found myself skimming over pages rather than wanting to read into them and my feeling on this, is that the book lost imagination, creativity and adventure. Other books by Anne Rice have had a lot more mystery and care placed ionto them and this is why they are usually more engaging and inviting, making me want to read. However this one seemed to be very very mild in comparrisson to her other novels. One thing that does annoy me about Anne Rice's novels is the way that she advertises her other novels within the book, such as lasher and the vampire lestat. its almost as if she is using her novels as a cheaper form of advetising rather than letting her style of writing attract her readers in.I just felt that with this book there was a lot of focus on her life before she came a vampire and when she did become a vampire it seemed to be not so important at all. I would have liked to have known about the complications she came across as she got adjusted with her life, but instead it merely skimmed over those and I was quick to find myself at the end wondering what the point of the novel even was. I will try not to let this novel put me off reading others written by anne rice, but this probably one of the most boring books that I have read in a while. I just feel that there was a lot of room for improvement and potential here. Perhaps it was a book that was quickly written merely for the sake of it, as it does feel rushed and not very much cared about.I am trying to find some positive things about this book but I am unavble to find any. In so many ways I was waiting for the book to actually end so that I could move onto the next one. hopefully one of her other books will restore my faith in her writing.


Beautiful description and depictions of Ancient Rome and the Mediterreanean. Bonus: Most excellent love story between Marius and Pandora. Some of Rice's finest work! On a side note, while it's considered Book 1 of the New Tales, I don't really consider this one as separate from the Vampire Chronicles, like I would with Vittorio.


Pandora is just another vampire tale written by Anne Rice. Pandora, who real name was Lydia, is a pretty charming woman. She is on a café and founds his friend David. He gives Pandora a kind of diary where she is free to write about anything she wants to. She decides to write about her life since almost the very beginning. Since the very beginning this novel traps you with the much detail and description the author uses, and really submerges you into the story. Since always she have had many problems like an impossible love, a threaten over her family, and the reason she was born a woman in a time where women didn’t had that much freedom and rights. This problem of her being a woman caused her to seduce men in order to get what she wanted.Many other characters of other books of Anne Rice appeared in this novel. I’d read one last year and that help me understand better Pandora and her way of being. Many book reports that I read before reading my novel assumed that Pandora is kind of a heroine. I don’t agree with those reports. I think she is a brave woman, with many qualities but just that and no more. I love how Anne is able to create a vivid image at the moment you are reading. Also, she puts real facts that in some form made the story real even though vampires are fictitious. “Pandora” was just too amazing since the very beginning and just better and better as I read.


Pandora is the first of the two New Tales of the Vampires, the second being Vittorio. We've met Pandora in the Vampire Chronicles as one of the ancients, and alas, this is her story.Pandora is a patrician from ancient Rome during the time of Augustus. Her father is a Senator, and she is well educated and literate. Rice brings her laudable talent of recreating distant times and places to bear on this wonderful addition to her vampire catalogue. Pre-Christian Rome operated under an entirely different value system then what came after. Whether one is Christian or not, the Western paradigm is rooted in Christian values, and we rarely realize how these color our lens. Rice is really able do delve into and analyze some of these disparities in Pandora, and I must admit she does quite an admirable job of this. An ancient Roman protagonist that rides the ages up to the modern day allows for an epic contrast and commentary that is rare in a work of fiction. One does not have to read all the Vampire chronicles to enjoy and grasp Pandora, as she can be thought of as a type of Prequel to them. However, I would suggest beginning with Interview and following them chronologically. If you enjoy reading, it is rare to have a quality series that spans 12 books. Savor them.


My favorite Anne Rice books are probably "Children of the Damned", and "The Vampire Lestat". And yet I keep pulling down this one to re-read. It's a little dry sometimes (Pandora and Marius argue on and ON about the meaning of their lives and Pandora's attmpts to worship creatures that Marius can only see as a burden), but there's a lovely, antique feel to this book. Pandora is probably the strongest and most likable female character that Anne Rice has created, and yes, I'm going to stand by that statement. Gabrielle's a cold schemer, I lost ALL respect for Rowan at the end of "The Witching Hour", and every other female falls somewhere along the line between pretty victim and aloof goddess. Pandora is likeable, clever and strong-willed, (with the self-knowledge that "clever and strong-willed" for a woman in Roman times generally meant "unbelievably annoying" to everyone else). She charges blithly into danger more than once, but come on, she lost her entire family, has been dragged across the world, and she's being sent endless visions of drinking blood. "Headstrong and careless" is arguably better than "catatonic and drooling".Even better, we get to see more of the history of Marius, who is probably my favorite male character that Rice has created.

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