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.

Reader's Thoughts


I give it three stars for the beautiful writing and good historic recostruction but I really disliked Vittorio. He is contradictory, lunatic and constantly whines about how unlucky he was...I mean, he's forever young, immortal and has an unending love for this woman and they are together for eternity...oh yes, there's really so much about to complain! I could partly understand Louis but not him, maybe his character was not well thought of and the part with angels I found simply messy and out of theme. A pity because the starting material was really good.

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"]>

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!


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.))


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.

Austin James

Vittorio the Vampire is the second (and final) book in the series "New Tales of the Vampires" by Anne Rice. It's different from the previous novel, Pandora. This novel has entirely original characters. Whereas Paganism played an important role in Pandora, Christianity is the focus in this novel.And I think that's the part of the novel that shines. By this time in the series, the vampire thing is kind of old. I still enjoy the vampire aspect, but I found the angels in this book to be a refreshing and a complimentary addition to the "Anne Rice" take on vampires.Like all of Rice's novels, history and art are important to the story. This novel features the work of Fra Filippo Lippi, an artist during the time of Cosimo de' Medici, as well as the writings of Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. All of it flows effortlessly through the story, enriching the experience just as I've come to expect from a Rice novel.The novel is short (My hardcover was 288 pages) and it's a quick read (took me two days), but it's worth it. I think it's best to view this story on it's own. It's completely different from the other vampire books. I didn't find it to be better or worse - only different. And that's what makes it special.

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


Her tightest plot, this is the story of Vittorio, a Renaissance nobelman who is forced to make a deal with a vampire. Rice shines with her historical description. The ending reminded me of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but with vampires and blood. I felt like I was inside the authors head.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Leslie Wiederspan

I thought this book was going to be like "Pandora". In a way, i was. It's the story of how Vittorio first became a vampire. But, I didnt like it. For starters, he is a 16 year old boy and she makes it seem like he is a knowledgeable man, fully grown. I get it, back in the 1400's boys were stronger and were taught in the ways of Lordly ways and war. But Vittorio is 16. I find this story really hard to believe. Oh, and throw in the gaurdian angels and the constant referenced to Christianity. This was an easy read, but I found it very difficult to finish. A 16 year old who knows more about the world than those adults around him, every other sentence seemed to be a reference to Christ, God, Jesus etc., angels are everywhere and help him, he falls in love immediately with a vampire, and he has the strength of a hardened soldier, makes this book, well, ridiculous. Very disappointing.

John Gaster

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

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