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

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.

Suvi

First of all, Armand is one of my favourite characters. The way he showed himself in the first two books was utterly fascinating and captivating. Second, I'm confused why some people complain about the sexuality and erotic scenes with young boys. It may not fit to our culture but it should be remembered that times were different then and this book was about that time also.Now, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't get the same feeling from this Armand's autobiography. Though I liked the descriptive writing the story bored me every once in a while. There was something missing and it's a real shame. I wanted to weep for Armand and become hooked to his life but it did the complete opposite.

Ljubov Rybinskaja

Some time ago i decided to read all the Vampire Chronicles. I started with "Interview With The Vampire" and "Blood and Gold". These books were great, i was so fond of Anne Rice's works. I liked everything in her books - characters, stories, all the dark romantism. So i went on with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". I was very inspired, and wanted to know all the stories about all the characters.After some time i've got "The Vampire Armand" into my hands. Armand- very mysterious and somber, with his own ideals and secrets. I looked forward to find his story interesting and exciting. This was a great dissapointment for me, to find the book about him so boring. I looked for strong character with difficult fate, but found only little, always crying boy. He started weeping almost after every ten pages. He was too annoying to feel sorry for him, inspite of the difficulties he had. Second thing, that dissapointed me was sex. Too much sex!! I don't mind if there are erotic scenes in the books, moreover very tastily written scenes, with beautiful people acting in the gorgeous places, as these are in Anne Rice's books. But! All the first part of book there are sexual scenes with men, women, boys and girls, other specifical people from the pleasure-houses. Ok, i still don't mind, that it could be described, because of the age the story is about and the morals adopted that times. But what for were these descriptions so long, that i almost fell asleep while reading?Little more about descriptions. That's very good for the characters to be described in detailes, when we see them first time. But author is doing that every time, when she mentions ones. By the end of the book i almost hated "cobalt-blue eyes" of Marius, and even the word "cobalt".The worst is that even after 500 years of his life Armand remained a 17-years old teenager, with all his psyhological problems, and still looking for someone to love him.

Jorge

Una historia aburrida, que no despega nunca quizás porque no hay un hilo argumental que lleve la historia, quizás porque los personajes son contradictorios, débiles y poco interesantes, quizás porque hay una combinación de todo esto. El conflicto religioso de Armand/Amadeo/Andrei no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y sus cambios de personalidad son tan violentos que resultan incomprensibles.La única razón por la que le doy dos estrellas en lugar de una es porque Anne Rice sabe muchísimo de historia, arte y arquitectura, y eso se trasluce en sus libros. Su recreación de la Venecia de fines del siglo XV es maravillosa y sus escenarios son soberbios. Sin embargo, la descripción de personajes es realmente patética... Ya estoy aburrido de que cada vampiro es más "bello", "angelical", "hermoso" y "poderoso" que el anterior. Y (SPOILER) estoy hasta la coronilla de que cada vez que introducen un personaje humano interesante, lo transformen en vampiro.

Emily

The 'autobiography' of the Vampire Armand, from his birth in Kiev Rus up to and including the events of Memnoch the Devil.While Armand's life and history were interesting, and something I've been curious about since I read Interview with the Vampire, I was not entertained by the theological discourses Rice has seen fit to engage her characters in more and more frequently in the last couple Vampire Chronicles. Also, an odd juxtaposition, a lot of the description of Armand's sexual relationships with Marius, Bianca, and others. Overall, it was okay, and I suppose essential to the series.

Bokuwakonekochan

I had a lot of expectations when I first started this book. But I have to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Anne Rice has done other interviews, including "The Interview With The Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat". So I assumed it would just be a re-write of one of those. But "The Vampire Armand" paints a totally different picture. Instead of her usual New Orleans setting, this book takes place in Russia, Italy, and even France! She definitely did everything she could in this book, she even manages a warm golden glow to everything she describes. I have to say that out of all the books I have read this year, this one is at the top of my list. :)

Erick

An enchanting tale of horror and lust, a marvelous descriptive paradise for those who adore the words of Anne Rice.When we read this book, we all become angels and demand to be painted with black wings.Not at all for those who cannot open themselves to the bizarre, the lustful, and terrible & dark parts of the human and vampiric sexuality. But, a magnificent find for all those who do.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Meirav Rath

I wish I hadn't bought that book. Anne really screwed up this opportunity to shed some light on a key character in her Marius-Lestat arc but she blew it. If only his years at the cult would have been more revealed, and the two orphans from WTFland would have been removed the book would have become a wonderful piece of fiction.

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