The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)

ISBN: 0676971490
ISBN 13: 9780676971491
By: Anne Rice

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We go with him across the centuries to The Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Istanbul, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great Vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire and devil worship to 19th-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.

Reader's Thoughts

E.p.

Let's start with the good. I really enjoyed the anthropology of the Byzantine empire contrasted to the modern human situation. One again, Rice has a gift for lush description and a blending of history into a modern story. She does serve a constant reminder that despite all of the castles and glamour of past history, the majority of us in the human condition have never been so healthy and fairly treated. Society is evolving to make a more perfect system. Yes, it's slow progress, but, nevertheless it is progress and nostalgia is often a false memory.The bad: historically Rice did a wonderful job of being loyal to the language of the time, as is the case when she writes for Lestat. This was not the case for Armand. She uses modern cliche and colloquialism. It's really annoying when she does this in a historical scene. It's just lazy and poor writing. Now for the character. OMG, Armand is soooo annoying! He is so emo and whiny I would never be friends with the guy. He has nothing to offer to conversation or to a scene except to add whinny emo drama. He's weak, pampered, over sexual (in a homosexual no sex way?), and self obsessed. I might be turned off on auburn hair now after reading so many lush descriptions of a Botticelli Angel. I get it, he's a slightly androgynous, titillatingly child looking, exotic sex toy. Bat those eyelashes and be coy you sexy man child, but all the looks in the world won't make up for your super boring personality.

Mark

This was the last book I read in the vampire chronicles as I felt with the vampire Armand the series had slipped too far into homo erotica and further away from a strong story.As other reviewers have noted The Vampire Armand crosses a line, the previous chronicle books had sex as part of the narrative pushing the story along, not just there to invoke shock and challenge the readers sensibilities.The quality just seems to fade in this book away from the excellent writing of the first four books, into a poor excuse for Anne to write about her fantasies.

Lidia Fullmer

Well, this is my second favorite book in the Vampire Chronocle series (the first is Blackwood Farm, then this, then The Vampire Lestat!). The reason I love this book is not only the character (Armand, who is without a doubt my favorite!! Sorry Lestat! You're second!), but also the fact that he dictates his story from when he was a boy and how he grew up for a few years in Venice, Itlay with Marius during the Renaissance. That time happens to be my favorite modern (1500's to present) historical time period. The Renaissance was the beginning of modern times and Anne Roce is able to capture it wonderfully. For anyone who is into any history, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how accurate she was in her descriptions. For those who aren't into history, the stroy is very captivating in itself to hold your attention. It is a little morbid at times, but it goes along with the story. A very very good book!!

Monica Ong

Well I guess it's finally time for me to make a review about The Vampire Armand. Let me see... Let me see... I've been holding up on continuing this book for weeks now not because it's not good; as a matter of fact, it is. *points at 4 stars. real rating is 3.5*I guess it's just that I'm not feeling all 'I wanna read more Anne Rice books tonight' kind of thing. And also, I guess, I've loved Lestat so much with all of his haughtiness in narrating that I wasn't ready for Armand's personality. But, really! That's great cause you see how good Anne Rice is. She wrote something that makes me think that this time it's Armand that's speaking, not Lestat. Do you get me? It's a completely different character! Moving on... The story revolves around Armand who was kidnapped and sold and/or saved by Marius. It focuses more on Armand's past wherein he became Marius's student and how he turned into a vampire and such. It also talked about his life before he was kidnapped - How he just wanted to be buried beneath the earth until death in order to serve God better. Contrary to The Interview w/ the Vampire, Armand is Russian. Yes, you heard me. He's Russian. So, it makes me wonder... uh... Antonio Banderas? Uhhh... Anne Rice, what happened? Also, his name was first and foremost, Amadeo. This name was given to him by Marius before all hell broke loose and before they were separated.I do ever so wonder how his named changed to Armand - It was never really explained or discussed in the book. :< Also, I wonder what happened to Bianca! She's such an interesting character! Anne Rice, what happened to her? It became apparent to me midway that I should have read Memnoch the Devil first before this, but eh... I've already started it. There were many flashbacks so I wasn't all that confused. Like I said before, Armand has a completely different personality compared to Lestat. Lestat is this haughty, naughty, flamboyant, strong, and charming vampire; while Armand is this beautiful-faced, very dependent on people, hard-headed and usually confused cherub who likes to know many things. In many situations, I wanted to smack Armand's head on the floor just cause he was being stupid again but that thought wavers when I see how helpless he is. UGH. ARMAND. So, yeah. Good book, many gay moments, light read. Recommended to people 18 and up!

Creepstakes

For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it's uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand about halfway through the book. Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot, who asks his to stop. He does indeed present a rather interesting character of the Chronicles. He is, perhaps, the personification of Rice's duality in religion. He was a child of Satan at one point, akin to the yezedi muslims who worship a Satan-like figure, knowing that without bad, there is no good, and that Satan tests all and thus works for God. He does horrible things. And yet he believes himself clear of conscience. Armand is quite mad. Becomes so as he ages into the New World.The narration dissolves into religious raving at the oddest of times from then on. At some points Armand is pulled from his story to remark on things to David and it is...jarring. At this point, Rice had no editors, I believe, and it shows. Half-way through the quality drops considerably and I've found a few spelling errors. Sentences that make no sense and the like. I believe that, over time, Rice has become as much of a character of these books as the author. It's hard to ignore the religious overtones with Armand, because religion played such a huge role in his life. I do not recommend this book to those who are new to the series or wouldn't touch the previous book Memnoch the Devil with a ten foot pole. The Christian influence is thick within the third section of the book, but Armand and Marius' formative years in Rome are very much something I adore and would like to think of as dear to me and I hope to others. Theirs is such a strong bond, at that point in time, and it's clear that Anne enjoyed writing it. Her grasp on history and atmosphere is, as always, absolutely wonderful. She describes paintings, rooms, halls, people, with such an interesting way that it doesn't come of as fantasy-type scenery-porn at all.For writers like myself, it's quite soothing to thumb through her pages and try to break down the book. The paragraphs and sentences. I could compare her prose to Stephen Kings, and yet she is somehow a little better paced than he is. It may also be the subject matter, but I still would ask if one likes the way Stephen King writes before recommending Rice for all she is, to me, an essential read to those wanting to know about the rise of vampire fiction.As always I can read this book again and again, and feel the same heartache for Armand every time.

Rhiannon Elward

I was given this to read by my friend Azhar, I hadn't read any of the series up to that point and I'd seen the film of Interview with a Vampire and hadn't been that impressed with it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I wouldn't have picked this book up in a shop or library because its not my usual genre.I have to say I was very impressed though, I've read this twice and I don't remember ever re-reading a novel. There isn't much of a story, but there wouldn't be really, its a biography of a vampire essentially, there doesn't need to be much plot. I loved how deep the characters are, Marius especially is brilliant, and the analysis of immortality and how they come to terms with having to kill to survive is really interesting. I think maybe this series could be marketed better, they're not just horror novels, and the blurb on every single one of the series I own does not do the novel justice.As far as the sex scenes go, yes they're quite shocking, but this is a vampire novel and there's going to be things happening that people don't like. Marius comes from a time when that sort of behaviour was normal, and I think it's only right that his character reflects that.

Karolina

Honestly, a little too graphic for my taste. It was just too much. Vampires are suppose to be mysterious, supernatural, and - yes - very sensual, but in a more seductive and somewhat restrained way. What I like about Anne Rice's books in general is that there's plenty of love and sexual tension, but it is usually vibrating beneath the surface. When she lets it all run free the characters lose their appeal. As that wasn't enough, the story as such gave me nothing. Armand as a main character gave me nothing. I was disappointed.

Spaceferret

I was good up to about a quarter of the way into the book where suddenly all plot and personality of beloved characters fell to pieces and into a train wreck of a novel. I didn't finish the whole thing because I couldn't bring myself to watch as the corpses of perfectly good characters where poorly forced around the novel. After finishing Armand's origins just close the book, put it down and walk away. After reading what I did of this book I had to go into a detox using Let The Right One In to regain my faith in the vampire genre.

Mrs. Fujiwara

** spoiler alert ** The Apassionata has been the official soundtrack of this book ever since Armand described how wonderful it was Sybelle playing it. I confess that my very favorite sonata from Beethoven has always been the joyful and sarcastic Pathétique; but, yes, I agree that the first one fits better the waves of different feelings Anne Rice was able to depict in another good novel. And as I have always been very fond of the imaginary surrounding the Vampires, of course it was yet a great pleasure reading this diary. As I told you personally, dear friend, you gave me a rather pornographic book. But don't be sorry and, please, don't blush like that. The images are very well placed; how could she write about the life of a Russian boy saved from captivity by an antique Roman senator in the XV century Venice without mentioning their beautiful intimacy of master and pupil developing also to a sexual partnership? Oh, and how wonderfully Roman Marius is. My adored and beloved Marius. It was wonderful meeting him again. I never read Rice's books in the right order since I prefer to dive into her shadows with eyes folded. I prefer to savor every paragraph with that highly anticipated feeling. And up until now I had had great surprises; this book being centered upon Armand's vision of Marius was - of course - the greatest. At least until she decided to drop from the top of her researches and run almost sloppily with the narrative, as usual. However, this always happens when she is reaching the XX century, so I wonder if it was deliberate - to show us the speed of our times compared to the classic eras where most of her characters came from. Or even if it was meant to be like that since her books are the result of old thoughts and thus come always in kaleidoscopic images. For that matter, I like Armand's way of thinking and, curiously, we have similar concepts of what people call faith. He is not my favorite, but not the least adored Child of Night from this author either. I can understand why his master loves him so; he is utterly lovable in essence. But still, I envy Pandora more than him for how Marius loves her. Or I do for now, because I haven't read his own diary yet. I am curious, painfully curious to read his vision of all things I saw through the eyes of so many others. I am thirsty for his own picture of himself as I am sure I'll find many similar things between us. We are Historians, after all, and we seem to love books more than anything else in the world. We are lonely creatures, although we love and inspire love in others. But is only inside our study room, close to our rolls of parchment, our ink and quill that we truly find peace. I wish I could read his mind now. Unfortunately, though, History awaits for me. I've been neglecting her for two or more weeks because of him, so I ought to go back and be with her a little while praying to find Marius' book on a shelf next time I visit a bookstore."I know history, I read it as others read their Bibles and I will not be satisfied until I have unearthed all stories that are written and knowable, and cracket the codes of all cultures that had left me any tentalizing evidence that I might pry loose from earth or stone or papyrus or clay." (...) "I know nothing because I know too much, and understand not nearly enough and never will". Marius de Romanus, pages 449 and 451.

Wendy

Another in depth book about Armand, one of the characters in the vampire series for Anne Rice. Excellent, in depth, book that explains his wonderful character, that the other books just touched upon. Great read.

Brittany

I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first three books of the Vampire Chronicles. It didn't grab me and suck me in (no pun intended) like the other books. I felt overwhelmed with Armand's relationship with Marius. It just felt repetitive to me. I almost quit reading because I felt like the story wasn't progressing at all. It was 3/4 of the book before I finally got to the part I wanted to know about to begin with. And then suddenly the story skipped over the majority of his vampire life. Granted much of it was told in other stories, but I expected to hear a little more about some of those things from Armand's point of view.I ended up being pleased with the book overall, but it could have been better.

J

For some strange reason I never got into Anne Rice's books until now. When I was 19, I think I read one, but it slipped my mind and I don't remember it. Now, I find myself really liking her writing style. She's got a dreamlike flow to her novels that can either embrace you or bore you to death. You can go from what's happening in real life to some sort of hallucination in the space of one sentence. There were some parts of this book that made me feel as if I just took LSD.The reason why I gave 3 stars to this one is that there is a LOT of religious stuff in it and in her style of writing, it gets boring, especially at the end. And the whole topic of this book is the main character, Armand, losing his religion, so of course I couldn't help but imagine that R.E.M. song playing in the background the whole time I was reading this book. Of course, there's more layers behind the character, but only if you read her *other* books, i.e. I'm also in the middle of The Vampire Lestat and because I'm reading that, I understand Armand a bit better.

Greg

This is where I stopped in the series. Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent. I had to draw the line at this book though. Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment.

Denise Data

Here is my problem with this and most of the other Vampire Chronicle books by Anne Rice. They start with a bang of a beginning and thrilling endings but in the middle you are stuck with about 100-150 pages of fluff where nothing happens and you have to painstakingly get through it so that you can get to the amazing ending. ITS TORTURE! Worst off, I did it to myself over and over again because I didn't know any better!

Lisa

** spoiler alert ** And so it seems I may have been a little premature in my heartbreak at the end of Memnoch the Devil.....Armand didn't die after all, but survived to dictate his story to David Talbot, as seen here.Having only seen Armand through Louis and Lestat's eyes (through the previous books), this made incredibly interesting reading and fleshed out one of the more enigmatic and fascinating vampires of Rice's world. Born in Russia and kidnapped into slavery in Constantinople before being taken under the wing of Marius in Venice and then becoming leader of a fanatical vampire group in Paris, Armand's life is far more epic and utterly different to most of those we've come across before. Deeply sensual and erotic, some readers may want to beware if they find themselves put off by graphic sex as Armand (or should I say, Rice) revels in his descriptions of his education in his young life (both intellectual and carnal). I, however, really enjoyed this aspect (sick little puppy!) Things take a darker, more tragic turn from when he is made, with the inevitable separation from Marius that we all knew was coming and his brainwashing at the hands of the vamps living under Les Innocents until his way of life is smashed utterly after meeting Lestat (he would have that effect). The only slightly 'wuh?' part for me was near the end when Armand comes across Sybelle and Benji, and takes them under his wing much like the boys mentored by Marius. It wasn't that it didn't fit, but rather all seemed to fly by so quickly so I didn't get to really understand how Armand could have felt the way he did about Sybelle (I understood he & Marius, and even Bianca, but had half a book to do so, not just a piece tacked on at the end). I'm still not seeing the decline in quality that many people have flagged up with the continuation of this series, and can't wait until I get to the next book.

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