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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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.


The truth is that I really wanted to finish with all the Chronicles and "Vittorio" managed to convince me that I am right by doing just that. I barely managed to get through the entire book and very often I wanted to put it aside, and only my persistence kept me going. I think I got tired of the writing style, with the same descriptions and lack of engaging action. The mixing of the vampires and angels is a bit peculiar, for some it all falls in the supernatural category, but for me is a bad mixture for this kind of book. It shows too much about the author, the questioning about religion, good and evil, angels, and I was left with the feeling that vampires were just stuffed in the tale. However, this time just didn't work for me and I'd rather keep the distance from now on. Moreover, there was some eroticism involved in the story which seemed awkward and wrong. Vittorio was really annoying, he kept talking and was quite slow in understanding the circumstances. Another thing I disliked was the fact that he just couldn't decide if he was fascinated by the vampires or if he considered them demons, if he was attracted or repugnant by them. I comprehend the compulsion, the feeling that you can't stop staring, but this was ridiculous. In my opinion, the story didn't really have a solid frame and by the end it just fell off.

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.

Ceren Ünlü

Anne Rice'in yazdığı Vittorio nihayet okundu, bitti. 300 sayfa; geliyoruz gidiyoruz ağlıyoruz. Hala bi gıdım yol alamamışız. Kitap bitti de şükür dedim yaw. Anne Rice sen naptın bacım ? Patladım okurken, olacak iş değil :-( Rönesans İtalya'sını anlatıp durmuş, öküz can Vittorio'nun ağzından. Vittorio'da şeytan dediği Ursula'ya anında -cidden anında- nasıl kapılıyor anlamış değilim. Senin kardeşlerinin kafası koptu gözünün önünde... Ananı babanı tüm sülaleni gömdün bi destur de !!! Şeytan da şeytan. Al bak sende oldun vampir sonunda, gerzek. Sıkıntıdan patladım okurken, yarım bırakmayı sevmem o yüzden bitirdim bu kitabı. Romeo ve Juliet'in vampir versiyonu yazıyor ya arka kapakta alakası yok. Uff valla isterseniz okuyun ben beğenmedim...

Rosemary O'Malley

I read this twice; not because I loved it, but because I wanted to see if my initial opinion was still there I found this one to be, well, boring. It felt like nothing happened. I had no emotional connection with Vittorio, at all. It was a disappointment. Alas.


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.


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.

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!


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.

John Gaster

Could not finish it… I got to the part where there were angles, and I said, self, this story sucks…


That it I'm afraid. I'm finished with Anne Rice after following her since the first - there's only so much angst you can take before depression sets in. Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading.Wondering about your place in the world is all very well, but most of us grow out of it in our teens. Maybe that's why these Vampires do little more than gaze at their own navels - they are emotionally stunted. Too much new-gothic lounging and not enough plot.


I probably got to page 43-50, and then started to jump around in the book, and decided to read the end of the book. Well the first couple chapters I was enjoying, when the character was talking about his about his life, but when his family was slaughtered, he goes out finding the Ursela, who had put the attack on his family, he finds her, is ready to take his revenge, blah blah blah, just to be made into a vampire, then falls in love with her. OKAY to me that is just weird, you fell in love with the same person who had slaughtered your family, yeah rather hard to believe, well it is for me anyway. Anne Rice obviously did her research for the book dating it back to Florence in the 1400's. The book itself was lacking in plot, and foreshadowing, probably a few other things as well. I understand that the character was supposed to be in conflict with himself for many different reason's, but to me they seemed rather contradictory despite her efforts in writing the character.


Vittorio: The Vampire is the second novel in the New Tales of the Vampires series by the legendary Anne Rice. Honestly, I first read this novel a few years ago, but I fell in love with this story so much that I had to read it again. I've read some love and some hate reviews on this novel and honestly, I don't see why their would be any hate. Sure, everyone's opinions are welcome, but I personally think this novel turned me into a vampire lover. Yes, I know many will say, "Not her Vampire Chronicles novels?? Come on!" Well, I admit, her Vampire Chronicles are fantastic and they truly are the heart of vampires. Although, I read Interview with the Vampire/Queen of the Damned much to young to appreciate it's greatness. Yes, I loved them, but what made me beg for more vampires and horror was Vittorio. I got this novel on a whim from my friend and boy am I glad he lent me this novel. Who knows how long it would have taken me to get into the amazing novels I so in love with now. Anyway, onto my thoughts on this novel. I truly believe there are many novels you can fall in love with. The characters, storyline and especially, the world that is created. I have so many novels I love for so many reasons, but honestly, I remember everything about this novel. The spot I read it, which was my bed and on the couch. (Take it in mind this was over 5 years ago) I remember being entranced in the world Anne Rice has created. Vittorio's pain was my pain, his joy was my joy and his interest was my own. Anne, as always describes this world in detail. I feel as if I'm right there next to Vittorio. Battling with him, crying with him and feeling the seduction he feels. It's truly a beautifully written novel.This is one of those novels I know I'll read for a third, or many even a fourth time, just to get involved in this world again. I really am disappointed there wasn't more novels in this series, but since I haven't read the first, I think I'll go back to finally read it. Why haven't I read it if I loev this one so much, you might ask? honestly, I loved this one so much, I don't want to be disappointed. I don't believe it will be a bad book, none of her vampire novels I've read are even close to being disappointing. I just love Vittorio so much, he's always going to be "my first". Everyone has their first. Who's yours???

Elizabeth Reuter

I am one of those who lost interest in Rice's vampires after QoTD, but the idea of a new story, in a new setting, intrigued me enough to dive back in.The characters are familiar, even if Rice has given them new names; Vittorio recalls Lestat with the occassional strain of Louis. His lover Ursula is more of a mystery, a gothic, enticing figure in the shadows leading Vittorio forward. Rice doesn't go too deeply into them, but lets the plot roll and the imagery flow into a quick read. This bothered some readers, so beware, but I enjoyed the pacing, the mystery, and Vittorio's discovery of what vampires are, how he and Ursula fit in.There is an unfortnate bit about two-thirds of the way in involving angels. Seriously. Angels. They fly into the story. And cry. And carry Vittorio around a bit. And...leave. Because that's what angels do, apparently. We have to guess, since Rice doesn't tell us.Oh well. Vittorio is cool and Ursula keeps you guessing. I'll stick with that and call it good.-Elizabeth ReuterAuthor, The Demon of Renaissance Drive

Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia

Reseñado en mi blog Nanny BooksEsta historia escapará totalmente de la saga de Lestat, para mostrarnos la visión perturbadora de un vampiro doblemente maldecido.He de decir que al comienzo no me enganchó, principalmente porque no aparecía Lestat. Sin embargo, a las pocas páginas me quedé totalmente cautivada de la historia de Vittorio.Un vampiro en un castillo nos cuenta su historia humana. Vittorio era un joven noble, muy educado y rico que no debía temer su futuro. Pero cuando una corte de vampiros invada los terrenos de su padre, todo se volverá color sangre.Si la historia de Pandora sorprendía por su pasión, la historia de Vittorio sorprende por la crudeza de su narración. Las escenas son muy sangrientas y las descripciones logran aterrorizar.No es un libro que se lea rápidamente, pero sí uno que se disfruta enormemente. Y aunque se extraña mucho la figura de Lestat, la historia logra atraparte. Casi toda la novela trata la historia humana de Vittorio y hay muy pocas páginas que cuenten qué hizo como vampiro.Si hay algo innovador y que rompe con los esquemas de las Crónicas, es la aparición de unos seres alados... Sí, ángeles. Me ha gustado ver que existe la bondad en el reino que Rice ha creado, pero me han parecido demasiado fríos a comparación de nuestros tentadores vampiros.La novela me ha gustado, bastante, pero me ha parecido demasiado corta, me hubiera gustado leer más acerca de las aventuras de Vittorio como vampiro, aunque seguramente su maldición harían esas páginas muy tristes.Vittorio el vampiro es una novela innovadora dentro de la saga, con lugar para el sufrimiento y el romance. Si estás leyendo la saga, o no quieres leer la saga por (seguramente) su extensión, este es un buen comienzo para probar la narración de Rice.

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