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Lestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Both demon and angel, he is drawn to kill but tempted by goodness as he moves among the pantheon of Anne Rice's unforgettable characters. Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on others and finds herself dangerously drawn to Lestat; Patsy, cLestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Both demon and angel, he is drawn to kill but tempted by goodness as he moves among the pantheon of Anne Rice's unforgettable characters. Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on others and finds herself dangerously drawn to Lestat; Patsy, country and western singer, who was killed by Quinn Blackwood and dumped in a swamp; Ash Templeton, a 5,000 year old Taltos whose genes live on in the Mayfairs. Now, Lestat fights to save Patsy's ghost from the dark realms of the Earthbound, to uncover the mystery of the Taltos and to decide the fate of Rowan Mayfair. Both of Anne Rice's irresistible realms - the worlds of Blackwood Farm and the Mayfair Witches - collide as Lestat struggles between his lust for blood and the quest for life, between gratification and redemption....

Title : Blood Canticle
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Blood Canticle Reviews

  • Sisi Emm
    2019-06-10 13:04

    Honestly, never in a million years had I ever imagined giving any of these books a 1 out of 5. But Blood Canticle is like Anne Rice woke up one day, smelled the roses, opened the balcony doors to be greeted by the shouts of her adoring fans, and then proceeded to perch on the railing and shit on all of them. I'm talking diarreah, buddy. Lestat is a pussy. No seriously, if you have one of those Edward vs. Lestat arguments, hide this and never use it in your arsenal. I've warned you. Second...hell, I can't even remember. I don't think I ever got past page 100. Maybe, maybe, I reached 150. This coming from a fan.One day, I will return and give a more coherent review other than "I'm bitter, this is a mockery of my favorite vampires". It won't be soon.

  • Cyndy Aleo
    2019-06-08 16:16

    I swear, it isn't intentional. My recent reading of the Beauty trilogy coincidentally led up to picking up Blood Canticle on the bargain rack. I'm a long-time fan of The Vampire Chronicles as well as her tales of the Mayfair Witches, and my lust for this book, the one in which the two series merge, moved it to the top of my reading list.Oh, the horror.::: The Plot :::For those of you who are unfamiliar with Anne Rice's novels, there are two major series: one about vampires starring the Vampire Lestat, and the other about a family of witches. The Vampire Lestat has always been the star of the Vampire Chronicles, creating new vampires, finding the original two vampires, losing his vampire body to a mortal, and journeying to Heaven and Hell.The Mayfair Witches stories involve a rather inbred family of Louisiana witches, who, when certain family members meet, create what is known as the Taltos, a child who unfolds to a full adult upon its birth, knowing its name and the full history of the Taltos, also leaving its human mother unable to bear more children.In Blood Canticle, the story begins with Lestat "saving" the dying Mayfair witch Mona, the most recent bearer of a Taltos. Mona has been dying in a hospital for two years. Of course, before we even get to the plot itself, we are subjected to an over-colloquialized raving from Lestat (who narrates the Chronicles) about his desire to be a saint. And visit the Pope. And be worshipped.Once Mona is made a vampire, we meet Rowan Mayfair, the de facto head of the Mayfair witches and Mayfair Medical, a huge sprawling complex of medical services and research. Rowan bore her own Taltos, a child possessed by the spirit who haunted the Mayfair House, Lasher. For over 100 pages, the reader is held at bay to hear the story of Rowan and Mona and the Taltos, which any devoted reader of the Mayfair Witches stories already knows.Of course, Lestat falls in love with the human Rowan, and in the course of helping Mona and Rowan find out what happened to the remaining Taltos (Mona's daughter Morrigan and the centuries-old "purebred" Taltos Ash who Rowan met in the Mayfair stories), he rids Mona's cousin Quinn's farm of Quinn's mother's ghost (Quinn killed her in the previous Chronicle, Blackwood Farm), contacts Maharet, know the "ruler" of the Vampires, kills druglords and finds out the fate of the Taltos.::: There's Nothing Good Here (Why I Hated It) :::The only good thing about this book is that it is supposed to be the last Vampire Chronicle. I mean that. This is the first book that Rice wrote after the death of her husband, the poet Stan Rice (to whom she dedicates this book) and sorry, Stan, but she dedicated one horrendous book to you.Rice can never seem to find Lestat's voice in the course of this novel, and he goes back and forth from sounding like a ranting raving teenager to the cultured and demanding Lestat we know from Interview with the Vampire, to some crazy hormones-raging young adult. At points, Lestat, who has always been enamored with new things, acts like he's about to join the Society for Creative Anachronism and ignore all new technology by refusing to learn how to email.Rice also can't seem to find the character of Mona anywhere in this book. The Mona we met in the Mayfair books was a child genius. She was sexually precocious, but at the same time, almost a small adult. In Blood Canticle, Mona is a vacuous slut, flitting about almost willy-nilly, crying at the drop of a hat, baiting Lestat, and wearing odd slutty clothes that belonged to Quinn's Aunt Queen. The Mona Mayfair that Mayfair Witches fans knew and loved is gone.Worst of all is Rice's plot construction. The first half of the book drags on endlessly, making you wonder if the book is even going to have a conclusion or just end ambiguously, leaving the reader to find the fate of the Taltos in some forthcoming book. But much like an old rickety roller coaster, the climb is much longer than the descent. The plot contrivances that Rice uses to get Mona, Quinn, and Lestat to where they will find the fate of the Taltos are numerous, unbelievable, and far too convenient, and for good measure, Rice tosses in a gratuitous sex scene. I actually laughed out loud at the conclusion of this book.::: Why You Should Thank Me :::I wanted to quit reading this book by the end of Chapter 1. Really. I kept reading it only to find out how Rice would merge the series and so I could write this review. It has NEVER taken me a week to read a book this short, but I could only read it in small doses; sometimes a page or two were all I could manage in one sitting.I'm not sure if Rice has lost her touch or I've simply outgrown her, but my disappointment in this book is crushing. As a long-time Rice fan, I have to say this book is best suited to use as toilet paper. This review previously published at Epinions:

  • Jo
    2019-06-17 10:08

    As much of a die hard Anne Rice fan as I claim to be, I have yet to finish this book. Supposedly it's the last she'll ever write in her vampire series. I got about halfway through and wanted to throw the book across the room. It's like a different person is writing.. and it seems like Anne just doesn't care about this series or the vampire world anymore. Lestat saying the word 'dude' was pretty much the last straw. I'll come back to this book eventually, and I'll hopefully be less bitter the next time I give it a try. This book just felt like a kick in the face for anyone who has loved her vampire series.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-17 12:12

    After finally finishing my journey with Anne Rice and her vampires, something I started at age 14, I come to the end pretty dissapointed with the turn Anne Rice has taken with her writing. Theres not much I can say about this book that others havent already said, however I just have to vent about one thing Anne Rice increasingly does with her later books:Her feticisization of coloured people, especially creoles of the south. I say this as a mixed creole (also on this note excuse my english) who at first really appreciated Anne Rice's inclusion of our history and shed light on what I never find in other books that take place in the gulf coast south, where everyone, white or not, at some point in their family history probably has got some creole blood (in my opinion anyways)One, please quit describing how ~exotic~ and different mixed people are: how we have all the "desirable" features of white people and black people combined. And for the love of baby jesus STOP DESCRIBING OUR SKIN WITH DIFFERENT FLAVOURS OF CHOCOCOLATE.To sum up my frustration (which I apologize if it comes across as a little incoherent) Anne, there is no doubt in my mind you are a smart and well-read woman, as well as a master story teller despite my dissapoint with some of your novels. However, you are the epitome of someone striving to not be racist while ultimately pulling out every stereotype imaginable and coming off as racist and clueless with regards to people of colour.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-06-05 11:03

    I was a big fan of Ms. Rice's books for a long time. Blackwood Farm was the first vampire (or Mayfair witch) novel that I didn't love. Actually, she had been declining for a couple of books before that, but it was in Blackwood that I noticed the sharp drop in quality, which only drops even further with this book.Now, I know that Ms. Rice was going through a hard time. Her husband died, she found out she had diabetes, etc etc.If Ms. Rice had said to her fans (via her website or otherwise) 'You know what, I'm just dealing with a lot right now, so I'm going to take a break from writing' or some such, I'd have supported her one hundred percent. It would have been completely understandable.But no. For whatever reason, Ms. Rice decided she wasn't going to write more vampires since she found Jeebus all over again and is now gonna write Christian tripe, so she thought she'd end the Vampire Chronicles/Mayfair witches with this book that brings them together. Normally, this idea would excite me.But this book left a sour taste in my mouth. Everyone has become flat and cardboard. Mona, Rowan, Lestat are all shadows of their former selves. And Taltos being the prisoners of drug dealers? PUH-LEEZE.Anne Rice has a ego that nobody would envy. I don't know what was worse, this book or Twilight. NO ONE is above the editorial process. When I write, I thrive off feedback and critique. No one can consider themselves 'good' at anything unless they are willing to admit to themselves that there is always room for improvement. And this is only exacerbated by the declining quality in her work... writers often get better, not worse.It is a huge shame that the Vampires and the Mayfair Witches had to end like this. A crying shame, really.

  • Robert
    2019-05-21 10:19

    Anne Rice has said this is the last of the Vampire Chronicles, I'm not sure if this is the last of the Mayfair Witches, but this review is written under the belief that Blood Canticle is the end of both. Anne Rice is my favorite author. The Witching Hour is my favorite book. As I reached the end of the chronicles and the time came to read Blood Canticle I didn't want to. I wanted to stay on those cracked humid sidewalks of the French Quarter and bask in the flickering light of the gaslamps. I feel not only connected to her characters, but to my beloved New Orleans. There are always rereads, but this would be the end of my first time through the series, the book would never again have this freshness. I looked at the end of it all and started reading while aware of the polarizing reviews. I did not like the way the book started out, Lestat was way too self aware and it took me out of the story. There was a difference in the writing, for example (not in text): Night Air. Click of heels. Mosquitos. There seemed to be a lot of these short clunky pieces without the velvety smooth signature Anne Rice richness to envelop them. Lestat's new swing for slang was annoying, why would he even bother? And for that matter why would an almost godlike vampire Maharet use email instead of telepathy or a face to face encounter to deliver her news? What’s her email address? The book is too short, especially so considering this ties up both the Mayfair and Vampire books. Mona's transformation was superficial (aside from her wanting to reunite with Morrigan and her trials at Mayfair Medical (I would have LOVED for that to have been developed more) and so much about Aunt Queen's clothes and not enough about her possible trouble/guilt/growing pains at having to feed off the living and being undead. In one chapter she gets a computer and offers meditations but I would have prefered if it had been developed as the book progressed instead of being thrown at me all at once. While most of the plot was about Mona (her turning into a vamp, looking for the Taltos) poor Quinn fell by the wayside when he could have used more development considering the book Blackwood Farm just ended and how he was adjusting to the changes. I also did not like how Rowan fell for Lestat. I did not believe their "lovestruck" obsession until the end of the book in the last chapter when the attraction was beautifully expressed, but at the same time should it have even existed in the first place? What about Michael? I really liked him and he is just a shadow in this book- a doormat. At times it seemed like there were too many characters in the scenes, overcomplicating the plot and robbing their development. I could keep going on, Patty, the Ghosts, the search, but it all boils down to that this book was too short. Blood Canticle was supposed to be about Lestat's redemption by not being selfish in the act of turning Rowan over to the blood, it could have worked, I would not have been as peeved at Michael's neglect, Rowan and Lestat's romance would have been more believable if only it had been longer! More development that looks like a quilt instead of a brick wall. The book ends with Lestat being hungry and I am too! I understand Anne Rice went through some tough times while finishing this book, and I hold nothing against her. I love you TONS Anne Rice!

  • D.B. Woodling
    2019-06-09 14:18

    "There is nothing to writing," as Hemingway once said. "All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Maybe that's the reason I felt compelled to give BLOOD CANTICLE three stars. It's difficult to transport a reader into a world that cannot be researched, one created in entirety from the author's imagination. Even the most indignant critic would surely agree Ms. Rice didn't just toss in the ingredients without glancing at the recipe.But, okay, admittedly, I, too, cringed when the author elected to introduce her main character to the slang term dude. Mostly because it seemed out of sync for Lestat, as did the lamenting over saintly aspirations. And, if I'm being totally transparent, this is one of the few Anne Rice novels I've read. Perhaps if I'd picked up the book expecting to find myself lost in a Pulitzer-prize-worthy novel, I would have found it more disappointing.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2019-06-10 16:20

    Now Mona is a vampire and not facing her inevitable death, she is able to ask hard questions – like where her daughter is and what has become of the TaltosThe big dark secret of the Mayfair family is finally open and ready to be resolved.I have a problem.When I reviewed Blackwood Farm I gave it 0.5 fangs. I do not regret that rating, it most definitely deserved that rating. But now I have a problem, because Blood Canticle is even worse but, out of some odd twisted sense of needing to finish this series, I finished it so I can’t DNF it.Normally I like to sum up all the positive things with the book first. This will not take long. I like that the book addresses Mona becoming a vampire and how, as a woman, the sheer safety from attack that comes with vampiric power means a lot more than it would to, say, Quinn. It’s a nice mention – it’s one lineThere’s the good. I can think if not one more positive thing to add. Now to the much much much longer lists of negative.Firstly, this book opens with a rather awful screed from Lestat chastising readers for not appreciating the brilliance of Memnoch The Devil (a book that was much criticised and, no, I didn’t like it either). I’ve seen authors respond to negative reviews before and it’s never good, but to actually have your title character scold readers for not UNDERSTANDING the insight of your oh-so-perfect book in a later book in the series is rather shockingly childish and ridiculous. It did not make me positively inclined towards this bookThen we have Lestat running through this strangely bizarre joyous ode to Catholicism, including shovelling over a lot of problematic issues (in a series that likes to make every character bisexual – well so long as their loves are under-aged – praising the church in glowing terms then throwing aside the homophobia as a 3 word bracketed reference is insulting) which then develops into a confused, incoherent ramble of Lestat wanting to be a saint and the Pope and the spiritual joys of an obscure saint that will keep popping up throughout the whole book without any real need or relevance (and it’s not like the books need more reasons to deviate).After all this (and a brief, strange idea of lecturing the pope that the super-rich and luxurious would totally save the world so why worry about wealth divides), we move towards the story. Well, no, we move towards lots of sitting around and talking, info-dumping, lecturing and great big melodramatic emotional outbursts, commenting on people’s clothes in huge detail, a lot of recapping and a whole lot of nothing happeningBut all of this happens with Lestat having “updated” his language. I think this is a response to people complaining about how over-elaborate the language of these books are – especially when Quinn showed up speaking in exactly the same voice as Lestat – so now Lestat drops random “yo” “cool” and “dude”. It is cringingly awful. It’s like your granddad trying to be “hip”. This continues through the book, it is never not awful.The characterisation is appalling, especially Mona. Quinn just kind of fades away into the background. Lestat is histrionic and overly dramatic and spends most of the book arguing with Oncle Julien’s ghost, quite why this paedophile is haunting Lestat isn’t really explained, he just appears and he and Lestat melodramatically argue with each other in ridiculously overwrought language for pages on end. Mona is a disaster though – she throws off vast temper tantrums, is slut shamed horrendously both for her sexual past (accepting the blame for “seducing” a male relative when she was 13!) and for how she dresses (which Lestat finds distracting so of course she must change!). She is portrayed as histrionic and bad tempered and spiteful – even when she’s reasonable (she doesn’t like Rowan for good reasons, but her anger is portrayed as spite. She objects to how Lestat speaks to her but she is considered unreasonable). Lestat constantly thinks of her with words like “harpy”. To top it off, of course she apologises to Lestat for not being sufficiently meek and subservient to him. The characterisation is truly cringeworthy.The story is crammed at the end. Before that we have an excruciatingly long info-dump of what I assume is the plot of the Mayfair Witches books since these two series have now been mushed together (to no-one’s shock, Lestat is now madly in love with Rowan Mayfair. Because Lestat falls in love with everyone the second he sees them. Always.) in between which we have random dramas and temper tantrums from ghostly Patsy (musical interval! Just like Lord of the Rings and just as boring) and Oncle Julien. Finally after all these tantrums and lectures we learn that the Taltos are out there and need finding.Read More

  • Jessica Halleck
    2019-05-22 15:59

    Easily one of the single most awful books I've read. The writing was excruciating, the story ridiculous. This made me want to flee into the arms of Anne's earlier work, fold myself into the lush, lyrical writing of novels past, and dismiss this book and the one preceding it as cruel jokes; as nightmares; as phantoms I'd never need to acknowledge ever again. I'm very passionate about the fact that the end of this series is dead to me. I'd just as soon pretend trees had never been felled to print this trash.This is not Anne Rice.

  • Troy Blackford
    2019-05-27 13:08

    The peak of Anne Rice's breakdown - this is basically an excuse for long-atheist characters to pound their fists about religion, to ruminate on how the former, late Pope is doing, and generally a way to pretend that whatever random assortment of stuff she was thinking about/interested in during the few months she spent writing this made a story if all compressed together.Famous for her getting on Amazon and blasting people who gave it a bad review.

  • Lisa Weber
    2019-06-08 11:14

    Ick. Way enough already. Can vampires be redeemed? Oh my god, if he asks this question one more time, just kill him for good and put him out of his angst. Is Anne putting a little too much of her own insecurity into her vampires?Redeemed from what? Surviving on human blood? They are predators for crissakes, a different species. Can humans be redeemed for eating red meat? It's the blood of another species, after all. Get over it already. One book, was good. 2 or 3, and I still didn't ask why vampires around since before Christianity would be obsessed with christian principles like redemption. I picked up this book to see if she had gotten anywhere yet. Apparently not, it's like watching a hamster run in a wheel for years and years. This hamster should have passed out long ago. Too bad they're immortal. But the series doesn't have to go on forever, does it?

  • Seklyan
    2019-06-15 15:12

    I was so upset with this book. It's nothing like her other ones, and I get the honest feeling that she just wanted to finish the entire vampire chronicle series, and mayfair witch series by wrapping up all the loose ends together in one book. It definitely shows. First of all, Mona. She's a character I genuinely liked, fierce, independent, intelligent, a little arrogant but wickedly fun, and full of potential. And what did rice do to tie off that end? Made her sick, turned her into a vampire, and threw her into the lovelorn arms of Quinn Blackwood.....okay... Then, there is just too much going on, extra padding, and not enough vampire to even consider this a part of the vampire chronicles. But above all, I'm sick to death of Rowan Mayfair, and it sickens me even more that this woman, who is lackluster, boring, and described as cold and rigid, is the fall of Lestat. He becomes a lovesick idiot in her "thrall". After the first mayfair book, I was already bored with her, she was idealized far too much, descriptions of her only said how tremendous a person she was, but her character never struck me the way others did. I cannot begin to express my disappointment with the way Rice wrote that even LESTAT was unable to fight the pheromones. I really wish i'd never read this book, because i'll carry this with me forever as the official, straight from the authors mind, end to a story that was a part of my childhood, adolesence, and finally, my entrance into adulthood. The only book that tops this in that category "Worst end to a promising series" is Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn.

  • Dorian de Jandreau
    2019-05-21 16:23

    So here I finished last book of Vampire Chronicles. First pages made me laugh how childish Lestat acts. I think it might be childish to dream to be a saint, but in other ways he just wants to help people. Which is nice. But I started to miss good old Lestat. He changed over all books. No more that arrogant Frenchman. Mona...yeah... I cannot stand her the same as Rowan. I already got my opinion in "Blackwood Farm". Umm.. Taltos, yes. That was the most interesting part of the book. I enjoyed reading how they look like, how they act, their history. The plot was great too, I think it was a book mostly full of action of all Vampire Chronicles. But I really missed how Louis and David lives.... I missed good old characters. And Armand? Marius? And the end of book? Sad. Very sad. Maybe too sad. In fact, it's a book that isn't easy to read. But I very liked it because of so much action and something complitely new.

  • Melissa Cavanaugh
    2019-05-28 14:11

    What a disappointing conclusion to the Vampire Chronicles and the tales of the Mayfair witches and the Taltos. It reads as though it were written by someone who had skimmed the Cliffs Notes of the previous books. The writing is terrible, the characters behave in bizarre and inconsistent ways, the text is full of errors, and the plot is full of holes. What happened to David Talbot and Louis, last ensconced in Lestat's flat on the Rue Royale? What happened to the Talamasca's declaration of enmity against the vampires? How likely is it that Dolly Jean knows not only about the "Walking Babies" but the "Blood Children"? What is that bizarre obsession with Saint Juan Diego? And are we really supposed to believe that the Taltos ended up on a Caribbean island overrun by drug lords? I should have known this one would be terrible when it began with a tirade, via Lestat, about the fact that no one liked Memnoch the Devil and pointed out that that book had outsold all of the other chronicles.

  • Jeff
    2019-05-27 10:20

    Spoiler Alert! I've read two books since I finished Blood Canticle, and I still find myself thinking about how disappointed I am by this book. I was so excited to see how this beloved and epic tale of The Vampire Chronicles would end. Despite having had to consciously try hard to get used to Blackwood Farm, I was sure Rice would write a book that would make this whole set end in a satisfying way. But no, I was dead wrong. It almost feels like a kick in the junk after reading the previous nine books. I'm so miffed that its hard to write an eloquent review of this crap. So I won't, because obviously Rice didn't go that mile with this book, and I treat a writer how they treat me as a reader. Lestat has turned into a whiny little sissy who speaks in short, choppy sentences like an ADD sufferer describing a Michael Bay movie after nine beers - but only in chunks - the rest of the time, he speaks like he used to, for some reason. Several Chronicle-wide plot points and character-important decisions have apparently been forgotten or very vaguely excused away - like that whole War With The Freaking Talamasca thing we've been hearing about since Merrick, and the Bianca thing, and Louis ever actually hearing from the REAL Claudia again. I don't even want to remember anymore of the things Rice left us high and dry on. One thing that got me - and probably most of you - hooked on Rice, was her beautiful and elegant writing style. Well, you'll find about two pages of that in here. Instead of developing characters with depth and who you can relate to, she gives us one-dimensional personalities on a worse scale than the Disney Channel. One of the failures of this book that makes it so overwhelmingly insulting to me is that I haven't read the Mayfair stuff yet, and was thinking about it, until I saw the Mayfair characters in here to be vague and one-dimensional. Now it would be really hard to care about them in their own story, so I'll probably never read that. Now, I understand that Rice went through a lot of hard things that anyone reading this review would probably already know about, and that she is an emotional writer in the first place, which is a good thing as far as her process is concerned (I think she uses it very well, usually). But I think she could have either powered through and given her writing greater attention, or taken a break. I'm sure that her publisher and fans would've been okay with her taking time to work things through - it would've been a lot better than being handed something which, if I didn't know better, would of seem to be a bootleg copy that a bad fan fiction author would've tried to sell us, like a Rollecks watch or a Sohnee TV out of the back of an old rusty Chevy van somewhere near my neighborhood's most luxurious illegal dumping site. Thank you, Anne Rice, for being like so many drummers and ex-girlfriends, by making me love everything you do - right up until you take a gigantic shit all over my hopes and dreams and probably my couch, too. If you need me, I'll be chillin' with Bradbury, King, and Wells.

  • Marianneboss
    2019-06-04 14:10

    What the hell did I just read??? This is not the Lestat I know! This adds nothing to the vampire canon! I mean, by god! I can´t with all the taltos thing. I JUST CAN'T. Those are some weird ass things that I couldn't help but feel repulsed by them. AND ALL THE FUCKING BOOK IS ABOUT THEM!If Blackwood Farm was a let down with all the switch of focus on a character I didn't know and couldn't bring myself to care about throughout the book,this is a major setback for me. I mean, those taltos things are soooo fucked up and just plain wrong (Walking babies??? Looking for sex right after being born??? EVEN WITH THEIR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD????) I haven't read any of the Mayfair books but after reading what I assume is the recap of the books told by Mona and Rowan I'm soooooo not doing it. And even less with those characters I disliked so much. Oh, my god, Mona is the most annoying character EVER in the Vampire chronicle's world and Rowan isn't far behind either. If that's what the Mayfairs are like I don't want to read anything about them. What a horrible representation of what powerful and independent women are supposed to be like! No wonder the black Mayfairs don't want to be involved with them!I really hope Prince Lestat doesn't have any Mayfair (or Taltos for that matter), according to the summary it brings back all the (vampire) characters in the canon and doesn't mention any Mayfair witch and stuff, it may be a come back to the right path. Hopefully. Fingers crossed.

  • Rachel C
    2019-06-11 09:08

    To call this book part of the "Vampire Chronicles" is a misnomer. From the get-go this book was not about vampires or the Vampire Lestat, which was what I expected given that Lestat was the narrator. It was sort of about his two new fledgling vampires, Quinn Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. However, I say "sort-of" because it mainly focused on spirits/ghosts, the Mayfair witches/mortals, and an alien species - The Taltos. There were entirely too many characters, both mortal and otherwise, to make an interesting story. Rice attempts to force a tangent about Lestat's love for mortal Rowan Mayfair down your throat at the very end of the book to cover up for the fact that she hasn't written about Lestat much at all. What a disappointment. I had to force myself to finish reading this book.Now I admit that I have been reading the Chronicles out of numerical sequence, but I certainly won't bother reading Blackwood Farm, this book's prequel. It appears to be more of the same. I much prefer the true blooded vampire-only Rice books.

  • M
    2019-05-21 09:56

    I didn't get all up in arms about this book because I read the last three books in the Chronicles long after the brouhaha had died down, but I still have to nominate Mona Mayfair for most annoying book character of the past century. I didn't think this book was the worst thing ever written by Rice (see: Violin) but neither was it as good as the two that came right before it.

  • Erin
    2019-05-25 13:10

    This is where Anne Rice and I became no longer "friends"...she cast aside this series in such a poor way it was insulting to her fans...very insulting. I wish I could give it 1/2 a star. And it only gets 1/2 a star on the coat tails of the good books and my love of the characters prior to this..

  • Angela Hayes
    2019-06-05 11:07

    Blood Canticle is the tenth book in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Interview with the Vampire introduced me to Anne Rice many years ago now, and I have been a fan of her work ever since. I think I have now read everything she has ever written, some several times over. Every so often I work my way through this series again and I found myself reading the Vampire Chronicles for about the fifth time, as a friend of mine who had never read any of Ms. Rice’s work asked me to ‘buddy read’ them with her. Needless to say, Ms. Rice has a new fan.It was a fun way to read this great series, because I had someone to discuss each book with as we finished. We have decided not to stop at just this series, but to read everything she’s written, together. The last few months have been fun, bringing up memories from the other times I’ve read them, plus now creating new ones with our ‘buddy read’.I can’t believe I had never left a review for any of these books before, but sometimes I get so caught up in reading that I forget to leave a review. My reading challenge reviews were down about 150 or so last year because I would get so caught up in the books, that I would forget to leave a review, especially when reading a whole series back to back. So, this year I am determined to leave a review for every book I read.I adore Ms. Rice’s work, she writes so passionately and has a rich, vividly descriptive and detailed style that really lends itself to her Gothic fantasies. The stories are woven so well, I am not merely reading them, but experiencing them in exquisite detail. The historical elements that are sprinkled through her books are so cleverly done, and given her own unique twist.If you have never read any of her work before, I really recommend starting with this series- as they are a wonderful showcase of Ms. Rice’s limitless imagination and spellbinding storytelling abilities.This book had quite a poetic feel to it. Lestat is struggling with deep philosophical and spiritual questions and concerns. The story is well written, but not one of my favourites in the series.Thank you, Ms. Rice!

  • HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
    2019-06-07 16:07

    @ P.S. I love that book!EXPECTATIONS: Previous book Blackwood Farm was best book of Anne I have ever read. Well I am not gonna lie, Blood Canticle was the worst shit I have ever read probably in my life. I know I know I am being not really nice but declaring a book worthless shit but try reading it. Worst thing ever, just thinking about it makes me want to shake as somebody have puked on me. THE WORLD: Yes Lestat is back. But wait do you remember that Stuart's Lestat we all loved in Queen of The Damned movie? Well forget that. Lestat is a pissy whiny teenager with leather pants and motorcycle by his side. Gone is the historical world of Vampire Chronicles. We are somehow transformed into a really bad erotical novel that are sold in gas stations for one dollar. I am sorry if I sound harsh but this book robbed me of my precious time and forever ruined Vampire Chronicles for me.CHARACTERS: I am ashamed of ever liking Lestat, really. Or maybe I just like that Lestat Tom and Stuart created. Anne's beloved Lestat? No way. You can have him all and more. How did Anne managed to turn Lestat into pissy drama queen is beyond me. I am really out of words here. Lestat is now this typical arrogant bitchy I am everything character we all hate in these teenager tv shows. I even wish Anne never wrote this book. ROMANCE: I will keep this review really short otherwise I end up swearing a lot. So yeah romance...more like me me me all about me. I do not consider this book as having any normal romance. Lestat imagines he is a center of the world and all must love him, that is the kind of romance we have. GOOD: Nothing. 400 pages of pure torture and brain washing. BAD: The fact that I actually did not DNF this book. I was smart enough to do it with 5th book of the series...why oh why didn't I just stop. OVERALL: As I said I am keeping this short because really there is nothing beyond saying that this book is really not worth your time and I hope nobody is ever gonna lose their precious brain cells because of it. Do not pick it up, ever! @ P.S. I love that book!

  • Ali
    2019-06-03 11:54

    Okay, I DID read this one. I know I did. I just can't for the life of me remember what it was about. Although knowing later Anne Rice, I am sure it contained a mixture of everything she could think of to create shock value, said mixture thrown against the wall, and Anne Rice just hoping that something would stick. I am just picturing her thought process while writing this: " I have done vampires and witches together, and I have done vampires, witches, and ghosts together, where can I go from here? Wait...what if I created a novel with vampires, witches, ghosts, AND taltos? And they're all sleeping together! It can't lose!" The truth is, yes it can, Anne. And what is sad is that your fans will still keep reading your books praying for a miracle that will never come. I am really glad that this is the end of this series. She really needs to just start over and see if she can redeem herself with a completely different series that doesn't have every supernatural creature and the kitchen sink in it.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-07 11:55

    This latest installment of Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" begins with a ranting soliloquy from the infamous vampire Lestat as he addresses readers of the previous books. He excoriates those who read his chronicles but did not understand what he was trying to say. He fantasizes about being good, about becoming a saint, about speaking to the Pope. The entire first chapter is taken up with nonsense that has nothing to do with the story, and then the novel's basic plot begins where Blackwood Farm ended. In that novel, Quinn Blackwood's unique voice narrated; unfortunately, in this sequel it is a boorish Lestat who tells the tale. In order to save the dying Mona Mayfair, whom Quinn loves, Lestat bestows the dark kiss, making her one of the undead. In this way Lestat becomes involved in the complex world of the Mayfair witches, even helping them to discover the secret of the mysterious Taltos who have haunted the Mayfairs throughout their history. This is not one of Rice's better efforts. [A version of this review appeared in Library Journal, Oct. 2003]

  • Danielle
    2019-06-02 11:10

    Do not read this book if you are very attached to the Mayfair Trilogy as it was. This book alters the direction of the trilogy completely, and you might not like where it goes -- I know I didn't. Overall, the story is interesting enough to finish the book, and if you've been hungry for the continuation of the story, you won't be able to stop yourself. There are, however, some awful AWFUL paragraphs when Lestat is speaking to the reader that made me sad that Anne Rice decided to include Mona, Rowan and Michael in this mess. I am not sure if my dislike of this book is the fault of how bad the writing seems (especially when held up against The Witching Hour) or because of how beloved the characters are to me, but either way, this book was a disappointment. Shame on you, Anne, Michael Curry deserved better!

  • Jen
    2019-06-03 08:21

    I've read this twice now. Contrary to popular opinion, I think it is very good. No, it's not her best work, but I love both the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches, so this was a great crossover. Rice puts so much of herself into her novels and we see Lestat struggling with eternal philosophical questions and deep religious theological issues. This will turn off some readers, but for me it gave a very poetic and thoughtful picture of the supernatural. I'm sad to see my favorite vampires go, but I am also very understanding of the personal struggles and tough decisions Anne has had to make as an author. Her writing skills are exceptional and they are well-served in her more recent publications on Christ. I continue to be a fan....

  • Ann
    2019-06-06 08:19

    I loved the first vampire chronicles and the Mayfair witches story. She was draging the vampire stories a bit too long with all the individual books afterwards. But this one is really a waste of space. There's nothing left of the magnificent Lestat, there's no plot and no meaning to this construction. Horrible and bloodless. On the plus side, I payed 10 cents for it.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-17 08:15

    Great Halloween read!

  • Neri.
    2019-05-23 12:16

    Dear Anne Rice, why...Why???

  • Lilanthi
    2019-06-12 10:59

    Alluring, Enchanting, bordering on erotic!Seductive Vampire Lestat ...vainglorious enough believe that he can become a saint, weak enough to fall impossibly in love with a mortal...Rowan Mayfair. His romps and ravings unabridged!He transforms the "not so innocent" Mona Mayfair and takes her under his wing...which leads him onEscapades with ghosts & a five thousand year old race of Taltos.Words of Lestat on the Vampire Chronicles :- "An age old form of public confession, sacrosanct. Goes back to ancient Egypt. A book goes forth quietly into the world, labeled fiction, to be perused, pondered, passed from one to another, perhaps put aside for the future, to perish if unwanted, to endure if valued, to work its way into trunks and vaults and junk heaps, who knows?!"

  • Jason Schneeberger
    2019-06-17 10:11

    It's easy to see that Anne Rice had run out of ideas and had become rather bored with this series at this point. It's good that she took several years off before returning to the series in 2015 because this book just wasn't very good at all and was my second least favorite (first being The Vampire Armand) and is actually only the second book in the entire series that I did not enjoy. A huge chunk of this book dealt with the Taltos (half human, half beast?) creatures that were originally in The Mayfair Witch series and I just didn't care about this angle to the story whatsoever. It was boring, not well written and there was nothing fascinating about these creatures at all!I guess when you're trying to wrap up two different series in the same book, it would be a feat incredibly hard to pull off in a satisfying manner and unfortunately, Rice does not succeed. I didn't hate this entry, but if I ever re-read this series, I highly doubt that this is one that I'll revisit.