Vittorio, the Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires #2)

ISBN: 0345422392
ISBN 13: 9780345422392
By: Anne Rice

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A LUSHLY DESCRIBED STORY OF HOW VITTORIO DI RINIARI BECAME A VAMPIRE ... In the year 1450, he witnesses the massacre of his entire family by a band of demons. Fleeing from the primal scene, he follows the fiends in search of vengeance, and instead is overcome by the devastatingly beautiful 'strega,' the bare-shouldered Ursula. His desire for revenge --- and his desire for Ursula --- propels him in a dizzy descent to religion's darkest side.

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In Vittorio, the Vampire, Anne Rice tells yet another vampire story, but tries to disconnect from the familiar set of characters by introducing a completely new character in a new setting. The young Vittorio is an Italian noble raised in the time of the Medici's Florence--15th-century Italy. One night, his family is butchered by vampires and he is spared by a seductive female vampire named Ursula. Vittorio commences a quest to discover who or what killed his family and he discovers the town of Santa Maddalana, which has quietly agreed to sacrifice its children to the same vampire horde that slaughtered Vittorio's family. Vittorio is disgusted with the townspeople and their horrible bargain and disgusted at the horror of the vampires themselves. He sets out find the vampires' lair and exact his revenge, as well as free the town. In the process, he ends up falling in love with Ursula. Also typical for one of Rice's main characters, he of course ends up a vampire himself.In Vittorio, Rice manages to detach herself from the standard vampiric cast of characters–Lestat, Louis, Marius, et al. Vittorio stands fine on its own, telling the origins of the vampire Vittorio and relating his love story with Ursula. But the basic premise–young vivacious human becomes a vampire and wrestles with many demons associated with the transition to immortality–remains pretty much unchanged. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Rice does such a good job of entertaining, with a great mix of mystery, supernatural events, and steamy romance. And though the novel is a fairly typical example of the Rice formula, it ought not to disappoint either longtime Rice fans or new readers.


A favorite of the Ann Rice books. I like the way that the story began and end. I also like that it was just a stand alone story in the New Tales of the Vampires set. I like that it finished its story by the end of the book. It also had a fitting ending. Sad to see that Ann Rice no longer writes about vampires. She was much better at it than Stephanie Meyer.


I just didn't like it as much as the original vampires. I missed the original characters, honestly. It just didn't feel complete without them, and I was almost expecting them all to appear behind every page. Sure, Vittorio was a good character, and the part about the angels was fascinating...but this book went more mature than my previous reads with Rice (Other than this one I've only read Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat) and this is my personal taste...but I just wasn't a fan. Sure, let them sex it up. It didn't really make sense at that point in their "relationship" but I suppose Ursula can do whatever she wants. That doesn't bother me all that much. It's just...I don't want to get a description as in-depth as this book gave me. I'm not a smut-novel fan and I was really worried that this book was going to turn into one. Give me biting and maiming any day...just keep the smut in its own genre.((This book did not turn into a devastatingly smutty novel. It, truth be told, kept itself very respectable. It was just too close for my personal comfort zone. Romance is whatever, just keep the private life private.))


Strange and somewhat different in style than Anne Rice's usual vampire writing. This means that it was exciting wondering what horror was going to unfold next, but the character was not full of passion and wonder and dear to my heart the way her Vampire Chronicles characters are. But I think Anne Rice meant for it to be that way; seems she just wanted to get out of her comfort zone.My biggest problem with this story was the repetition of each of her vampires: why do they all have to come from wealthy, if not royal, backgrounds? No beautiful homeless youths for an older vampire to fall in love with? And secondly, why do they all have to reflect her Roman Catholic views (even the pre-Christian vampires, to some extent)? You're telling me none of the vampires can be Lutheran or something? What are the odds?In any case, I still had some fun with the book, and I think maybe if I had read this by any other author, I might have felt better about it.


Set during the Renaissance in Tuscany, this is the story of Vittorio di Riniari, the son of a wealthy lord. Along with his mother and siblings, Vittorio enjoys a privileged life, and is sent to Florence to study and learn the finer gifts of life. Then one evening in his sixteenth year, a man appears at the castle gates. Vittorio's father speaks with the mystery man and returns in an agitated state. He immediately sends guards to every tower and wall. He prepares Vittorio to leave the following morning, carrying a message to Florence. But by morning, Vittorio is the only person still alive. His father had the whole family to gather in the castle's chapel during the night. While there, a band of demons broke in and killed everyone, except for Vittorio, who was spared by one of the demons, Ursula. After the tragedy, Vittorio vows to claim revenge for his slaughtered family and sets out to request help in killing the demons. But Ursula and her band of demons capture Vittorio before he can make it down the mountain. The rest is an eerie, gothic tale of horrors, madness and redemption.In her traditional way, Rice has linked the supernatural with actual facts and woven the two into a tapestry of beautiful imagery and magic. Using the artwork of Fra Filippo Lippi, an artist of the time, and the works of Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, she not only tells a spell-binding story but injects a history lesson as well.

David Gillis

I found that this novel was a bit of a disappointment. On the one hand, Vittorio is a deep character with enough angst coursing through his body he could put Edward Cullen to shame. Vittorio is angry, lustful, depressed, and confused as he moves throughout the story, and Rice manages to capture that rather well. However, many of the scenes are described rather dreamily. This could be on purpose, as Ursula seduces Vittorio, and we the readers are taken along for the ride. If so, then it is an interesting technique that has a lot to offer. However, given how slow the pace is throughout the story, trying to actually get with the plot is a struggle because of this affect. Furthermore, I think that the novel suffers from the amount of angst Vittorio goes through, especially because of how slow the story can seem at times.

Mayara Arend

** spoiler alert ** Whoever knows Anne Rice, knows they can only expect one thing from her: Surprise.Despite her several books about vampires, each character is completelly unique, with different characteristics, fears and powers.Vittorio is another one of them. Even though he's similar, on some points, to Louis (from Interview with a Vampire), he has a much more warrior-like disposition, because, unlike Louis, Vittorio was born during the Italian Renaissance period, being educated as a knight, to protect his land.The story starts telling about Vittorio's life and his family, who owns some land in Italy, in which several families live, protected by Vittorio's father.Some vampires show up and propose that they handle to them the children, old and sick, people no one would miss, to them, but Vittorio's father refuses and that causes the death of all his family except, of course, our main character, whose life is saved by Ursula, a beautiful and seductive vampire.That's when the hunt starts: Vittorio wants revenge for his family, because their deaths made him shocked and unsettled, but, at the same time, starts Ursula's hunt to Vittorio, who, obviously, saved him for a reason.Well, I'm not telling the whole story here. Of course we know that Vittorio becomes a vampire or that wouldn't be the title of the book (at least in Brazil that's the title), but what I liked, specially, was that we didn't know WHEN it was going to happen! Each moment, each part of the story, we are caught wondering "is it now?".There are beautiful parts, conversations with angels, beautiful descriptions of the paintings Vittorio loves so much, of the Rubi Graarl Court (hopefully the English name is the same), of Ursula. But also there are parts extremelly irritating, where we think "STOP, DON'T DO THAT", because we know exactly what's going to happen - even though he doesn't see it.Do not expect a "Twilight" love: Vittorio and Ursula love eachother on a passionate, physical, sad, full of guilt way, after all, she did help to kill his family. After Vittorio is changed, he, unlike Louis menioned above, understands his new situation and accepts it - it's irremediable, and his love for Ursula keeps him alive.It's a wonderful book, exciting and different from most vampire books you've read, that talks about love and hate, of how close they can be and how can someone be, at the same time, full of hate and completelly good, innocent and benevolent.After "the tale of the Body thief" I thought Anne Rice had lost it, because Lestat was incredibly boring, sounding more like a dumb Superman and the story was very weak, but with Vittorio, you see clearly it wasn't her, but Lestat that had lost it and me who "had enough of him".@


First it was very boring book. I don't know why. I left it for a while away while I was in Italy. When I came back from Italy, I started reading it again and felt different spirit of this book. It became interesting to me. Of course my interest changed because I visited Florence and when I came back home, this book became easier for me to read, because I already was in that city where Vittorio was. It was easier to imagine scenes and revive my travel's memories. Of course I had just few hours in Florence, it was already evening, but I saw what made me...mad. I was crying like mad in Florence of art I saw, so I can understand why Vittorio so adored art he saw in Florence. It is very hard to describe such art, but Anne Rice did this well in this book. Maybe some scenes were boring a little. I get bored easily if I need to read about nature, weather and something like that. But in the end of book, things changed. I was happy to read interesting tale. If I had to tell in one word what I think of this book, I would say "ARTISTIC". Rich in art, culture and history. It warmed my heart and soul.


This one was interesting mostly for the section where the main character is held prisoner along with dozens of other humans by a coven of vampires. The coven is basically "farming" the humans; keeping them barely alive with vampire blood mixed into their food, harvesting the ones who get too weak and turning the stronger survivors into vampires themselves. It's an odd concept. The rest of the book? Convoluted and boring.


I guess this book embodies the reason that I don't read more Anne Rice books- they're kind of boring. The main character is super chatty and SUPER angsty. Angels and demons and all kinds of nonsense made it kind of a weird book. I suppose I'd like it more if I was less sarcastic and had a longer attention span.

S.K. Nicholls

I read the lives of the Mayfair Witches series before I read The Vampire Chronicles. I liked that she connected the two series through the Talamasca, an Observational Order of the Occult. Her seductively descriptive writing style got me hooked. I fell in love with Rowan and all of the family ghosts. I did not have a fancy for vampires but loved Rice's writing style so very much that I read the whole series and all of the books she added regarding the individual histories of each of the significant Vampires, and became quite a fan. Her writing of late doesn't carry the same passion and thus not the same appeal as her previous series. The Life of Christ series is rather stale and short. Although, in her graceful style she researches and relates the history and culture of the traditions of the ancient Jews quite well. Her more recent work, The Songs of the Seraphim, including "Angel Time' and "Of Love an Evil" are bit better to me.


Vittorio the Vampire presents a differing picture of vampires than what Anne has presented with her seminal Vampire Chronicles Series (which I'm slowly working through). The story begins with young Vittorio and his family living in regal elegance in Lordship over the hamlets and farmland of their valley located somewhere in Italy within proximity of Florence. The story quickly escalates taking the reader on a harrowing journey. I don't want to say too much ruining the story, but Vittorio becomes enraptured with a vampire woman, Ursala who he falls madly in love with. Her toothy bite disposing him to unparalleled rapture and ecstasy. It's also a story of faith for young Vittorio grapples with his deep draw and feelings towards a demon and his own Christian faith. The vampires themselves in this novel are of a decidedly Satanic and ritualistic variety. Eventually Vittorio decides he must seek out and destroy these creatures of the night, but has to come to terms with potentially having to destroy Ursala the creature he is so drawn to by "love." Angels come to Vittorio's aide about half way through the novel coming as a complete surprise to me. Basically it's a story of good and evil and the young man coming to terms with the fact that people and life isn't always so black and white. Definitely a good read, written in Anne Rice's usual descriptive and beautiful prose.

Mai Gharieb

If there was a half a star I would have given it to that silly boring book! I am really sorry for this. Anne Rice used to take me to places of wonder but in this book she took me to a hell called "what the hell is this?". I wont say much but I really hated this book. I really love Anne Rice and all the vampire chronicles but this one is a failure!

Robert Negut

Great for the first eight chapters... Odd after that.Anne Rice is amazing when she writes about vampires, but when she adds religious characters into the mix, everything gets blurry. "Memnoch the Devil" was superb, as both style of writing and ideas, but she should have left it there.To add something else, Lestat is Lestat. After reading "his" books, he will always be The Vampire to me, not only when it comes to Anne Rice's work, not only when it comes to books, but in general. Seeing something else, especially if it's by Anne Rice, that tries to raise another vampire close to Lestat's level simply seems wrong now.You might also notice some discrepancies. For example Lestat and Louis said they have a hard time remembering what happened before they became vampires, save from a few important moments of their mortal lives that were stuck in their minds. But then Vittorio talks quite at length about his mortal life, and let's not mention Pandora, as in her case just about the whole book is about her mortal life. And Lestat, Louis and even Pandora describe the process of turning into vampires as painful and taking a while, but then you have Vittorio who drinks Ursula's blood and immediately notices his skin turning white and the thirst for blood and is able to spring into action and fly after Ursula! How long did any other of Rice's vampires take before they were able to fly?And a question... What is Vittorio still doing "alive" anyway?(view spoiler)[ In "Queen of the Damned", Akasha killed all vampires, except the ones who she spared for Lestat's sake and "some young rogues who hid well enough and a few ancients who refused to interfere", to quote from memory. Vittorio doesn't know Lestat, is not a young rogue and is not one of the ancients, so will someone please explain why is he still "alive"? (hide spoiler)]To conclude, the strictly vampire parts are superbly written, but the other things thrown into the mix at the wrong moments and the discrepancies with her other books reduce "Vittorio"'s value somewhat.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


i cannot believe that this is from anne rice. o.O i love all the books of the vampire chronicles! i have read lestat, interview, queen, blood and gold and pandora. all of them were marvelous. so it was a mere shock to read this one. most of the book is too religious for me, i have to admit that. i didn't like the emphasis on it. also the short span of time that is told annoys me greatly. there is nothing interesting in it! it is how vittorio was made, that is all. also the vampires are so unlike rice's vampires. they are truly only demons. there is nothing of the depth of characters as in the other books. i simply don't care about those characters! it also bugged the hell out of me that vittorio, the oh so rightly, just and whatever human suddenly forgets all about this and goes rampaging with his beloved. no remorse there, right? this was ridiculous. also the golden halo is just mentioned in the end. it's so anticlimatic. this is basically the thing he suffers from, but he does not seem to suffer at all? i do not get the sense of it. i would have given only one star, but the second one is for the angels. i did like them and i loved them as characters. it's a shame they don't appear in other books.

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