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Blood communion : a tale of Prince Lestat
2018
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This 15th volume of the "Vampire Chronicles" opens with Lestat skeptically organizing the Court and the Council of Elders in France. As he's trying to determine the focus and sustainability of a ruling class of vampires, and the Court is debating whether to pursue the destruction of one of their own, the ancient and angry -Rhoshamandes, they are fatally raided. Three founding vampires are casualties of this assault, forcing Lestat to decide as prince whether vampires can coexist peacefully with one another. As he debates this question and seeks creative solutions to restore order and peace to the Court, the history of the menacing vampires is revealed with Rice's epic storytelling flair. Each nugget of vampire history propels the action-filled scenes and positions the main characters for strong plot contributions later on. VERDICT A solid addition to the "Vampire Chronicles" full of blood-drinker mythology and complicated interpersonal relationships, this is Rice at her best. Devoted fans will devour this, as there are numerous nuggets about minor characters, and new readers can use this volume as a launching point to explore the series and characters. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]-Tina Panik, Avon Free P.L., CT © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
A furious battle with an implacable enemy of the vampire Lestat energizes the plot of this new episode in Rice's sprawling Vampire Chronicles. Upon returning to his court in France, vampire Prince Lestat is informed that the ancient vampire Rhoshamandes, bound by a truce forged following his murder of the vampire matriarch Maharet, is once again antagonizing members of the vampire hierarchy. When Rhoshamandes begins picking off members of the court one by one to avenge the death of his lover, the stage is set for a grisly final face-off between him and Lestat. As in Rice's previous books, this story is distinguished by the sensuality with which she describes her vampires and their way of life. This installment stands out in particular for showing the transformation of Lestat, over time, from the brash "Brat Prince" to a lover and protector of those whom he now thinks of as "my people, my tribe, my family." Fans old and new will find this book an effusive celebration of a saga now more than 40 years in the making. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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