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


It has been a long long time since I read any of Anne Rice's vampire books and I certainly use to have a soft spot for them, willing to overlook problems with them. However this time I find the writing painfully over indulgent in an attempt to make the writing feel intense and then the story jumps along, never stopping for a moment to allow us to take anything in. It boom-boom-booms along, and then the story just stops and we jump centuries in sentences. It feels to me a little that if the story slowed down or took a few detours, it would have engaged me a lot more. Instead Pandora feels like a constant victim of circumstances, who gets swept along all the way, despite being highly intelligence, resourceful and determined.


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.


He de admitir que en 'Pandora' me he encontrado lo que me esperaba, es decir, la historia de la vampira Pandora, de cómo llegó a convertirse en bebedora de sangre y a vivir más de dos mil años, pero contada de una manera algo insulsa y con poco brío. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Pandora, que la está escribiendo para ser leída por el vampiro neófito David Talbot. Gran parte de la historia transcurre en la Antigua Roma y se trata más de novela histórica, donde se habla de las costumbres y la cultura de la época, que una historia de vampiros. Esto no significa que sea una trama aburrida, es interesante, pero no es la Anne Rice que me gusta, la que desvela las aventuras y desventuras del vampiro Lestat.

Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia

Reseñado en mi blog Nanny BooksTenía entendido que la saga Nuevas historias de vampiros era posterior a la saga principal de la autora, Crónicas vampíricas, pero resulta que no es así. ¡Atención! Esto es muy importante para todos los que estén siguiendo libro por libro de Rice (como yo). El orden ideal para leer estos tomos sería así:° Crónicas Vampíricas #5: Memnoch el diablo- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #1: Pandora° Crónicas Vampíricas #6: Armand el vampiro- Nuevas Historias de Vampiros #2: Vittorio el vampiro° Crónicas Vampíricas #7: Merrick y demás tomos.¿Se ha entendido? Eso espero, jajaja. Además de las sagas de vampiros, también se debería intercalar la lectura con la saga Las brujas de Mayfair, pero esto sería a partir del séptimo tomo de las Crónicas. Y ya es un terreno más opcional.Como siempre ocurre conmigo, he leído la saga en mal orden. Se suponía que no debía leer Armand el vampiro hasta que terminara con Pandora, pero lo hice totalmente al revés... Bueno, de todas formas no es que el personaje del vampiro con rostro de angelito me guste mucho, como ya saben...La historia de esta novela, inicio de una saga paralela a las Crónicas que la autora abandonó prontamente, comienza justo al final de Memnoch el diablo y nos encontramos con un peculiar David Talbot que busca recolectar las historias de los vampiros antiguos. No avanza para nada en el hilo argumental de las Crónicas, por lo tanto es un spin off en toda regla.Es algo extraño y resulta muy increíble que el inglés David vaya a conocer a los vampiros ancianos, que son más fuertes y antiguos (por algo se llaman Los Hijos del Milenio) que todos los demás, debido a que, en primera instancia, es super peligroso; en segunda instancia, él es una creación de Lestat, y no todo el mundo quiero a nuestro héroe; en tercero, ¿para qué?, ¡está loco!. Si logramos superar nuestro escepticismo al respecto, resulta grandiosa la historia que se nos contará:Pandora es una protagonista excepcional, una mujer que de humana ya era fuerte y controvertida... de vampira promete muchos dolores de cabeza, para nuestro querido Marius especialmente. Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Rice nos concede a una narrador femenino. Sin embargo, como suele suceder con todos sus personajes, termina siendo un tanto ambiguo.La novela, narrada en primera persona a estilo de diario, pronto nos sorprenderá con sus descripciones históricas y paisajistas realmente documentadas hasta el dedillo. Y esto se los puedo confirmar, Rice se esmeró muchísimo con su trabajo de investigación.Lo romántico se mezcla con lo histórico, con lo sobrenatural y con el thriller. Oh, sí, aquí hay de todo, incluso se hace lugar para hablar de religión (una vez más). Veremos el lado masculino de Marius, ¡lo veremos incluso humano! Sabremos de los enredos amatorios de Pandora, tanto como vampira como humana. Y en medio de todo eso, tendremos un par de detalles acerca de nuestra antigua reina caída, Akasha.El libro es realmente corto, al menos para lo que nos ha acostumbrado Rice. No llega a las trescientas páginas, y la mayoría del contenido es acerca de la vida humana de Pandora. Y ahí se encuentra el fallo único que tiene: deja varias cosas inconclusas y otras tantas las apura.En fin, me ha gustado, pero no es lo mejor que he leído de Rice. Es de rápida lectura, más breve que otros tomos, igual de interesante. Se los recomiendo solo a aquellos que vienen siguiendo la saga.


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.


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?

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.


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.

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.

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.

Austin James

Let me start off by saying, I love the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (I'm reading them in the order they were published). And I have to say Pandora was different than the others - not in a bad way (I quite liked the book). And it was more than just the lack of Lestat in the story (although he is discussed) or the fact that it's set during Ancient Rome (which was well researched, as always, by Anne Rice), No... this story is different because it's Pandora's story, and she's not like a character we've encountered before.I generally don't like the female characters Anne Rice creates as much as the men (they don't seem to have that same pizazz or edge), but Pandora changed this for me. She has that fire (that edge) and her story doesn't disappoint.I didn't find the story to be as soul searching as the others... but it still dives into new territory. For one thing, Pandora is mortal most of the story (that's what really makes this story different)... and it makes this book different from the others (deserving of the title "New Tales").One last thing about the book... is the writing. I thought the writing style in this book was the best of what I've read so far... It's not as overwritten as her other books - and the result is this book is easier to read, easier to understand, and less repetitive than her earlier books.I give the book 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed every bit of the book (I read it in one day) - I still think "The Vampire Lestat" is the best book in the series, but this one holds up well too.- Austin James (

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.

Anna Pappas

I don't know whether or not I loved this book. There were parts that promised brilliancy, but it would miss the mark within a few more sentences. And Pandora?At times she was reasonable, others, mad. It didn't seem believable (I cannot believe I just typed that considering I'm reviewing vampire fiction.) It all seemed so rushed. One minute she was worshipping at the Temple of Isis, the next she was beating the walls of her house again, it got pretty hard to follow her mood swings.Towards the end, when she and Marius were arguing OVER AND OVER AGAIN about his being "too reasonable", well from then on until the end, the book simply wasn't enjoyable. Not to mention she was very contradictory, being with that asian vampire when all this time she wanted to be a free woman. It was too back and forth for me. Pandora did not seem like she knew herself at all.The only saving grace of this book, was all the mysticism, and talk of ancient cities. Other than that, it was just a woman on a bipolar rampage.

I am Cat。

I've been reading all the Vampire Chronicles and New Tales of the Vampires in order, which means I took a break from the main series to read this one. It has Rice's flawless style which I love so much. But if comparing to the Vampire Chronicles, it's really totally quite different. Whereas the other novels tell the stories as they are happening, the New Tales of the Vampires is told in a sort of "diary" format or retelling of their past up to the present. (However, having started The Vampire Armand, the next in the Vampire Chronicles, it's written that way too.)Personally, Pandora is my favorite vampire so far. She's such an eloquent, classy, and intelligent woman who doesn't buy into all the gender roles and does as she pleases. She's quick to outwit anyone but isn't boastful about it nor does she consider it to be fun and games—it's just her nature. Therefore, I truly recommend this to anyone that loves Rice's vampires and wants a more personal, first hand account into one of their lives.

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.

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