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Blackwood Farm

Book 9, The Vampire Chronicles - The Vampire Chronicles

Anne Rice

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Description

In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches -- to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 02, 2002 – Just in time for Halloween, Rice's latest gothic epic blends her beloved Vampire Chronicles with her Mayfair Witches series. Near the dank Sugar Devil Swamp, sinister bayou country where critters far more fearsome than gators lurk, overheated Quinn Blackwood suffers a protracted case of adolescent angst driven by his violent love-hate relationship with Goblin, his spirit-world doppelgänger. As heir to Blackwood Farm and an enormous fortune, Quinn enjoys every luxury the decadent Deep South of Rice's imagination can provide, from culinary delicacies to Jasmine, his equally satisfying mulatto housekeeper. Seemingly hell-bent on seducing everyone within range, regardless of gender, age or consanguinity, he falls into a passionate but fatal relationship with 15-year-old nymphomaniac Mona Mayfair, offshoot of the Mayfair clan of witches. But he cannot control Goblin's ferocious jealousy or his nefarious double's taste for blood, particularly once Quinn is made into a Blood Hunter by Petronia, a malignant bisexual spirit who stalks the haunted family cemetery at the edge of the swamp. Rice fleshes out her slim plot line with gory set pieces of vampire history in ancient Athens, Pompeii and 19th-century Naples. She excels at vivid descriptions of macabre landscapes, gloomy estate houses and the lust that motivates her Blood Hunters and propels her ghoulish narratives. Her dialogue and characterizations, however—even of the durable Vampire Lestat, called upon by Quinn for deliverance from Goblin and Sugar Devil Swamp's unholy spirits—are flat and predictable here. But it's intrigue, eroticism and obsession that fans want, and they'll find plenty of all three.

Customer Reviews

Horrible

Years ago when this "novel" was first released I was excited that a new book in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles had been published. However upon reading this book I was disgusted. If gay porn is your thing, then by all means pick this "book" up, but it's certainly not for everyone.

As someone who's favorite book is the Vampire Lestat and who feels the first 5 books in this series are true classics this book was a severe letdown. I'll never buy a new book by Anne Rice ever again after this read however. It's truly repulsive.

Black wood Manor

This was another great story by Anne Rice. The stunning imagery that is her gift and the engrossing story lines that envelop the reader to keep lurching forward to the end. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.

Classic Anne Rice

I was elated to finally get to her newer vampire books, and so excited to relive the love I had for Lestat as a character. Quinn is intoxicatingly fun as a new character, this is a page turner and took me all of 3 days to read. Her writing brings me to a place no other author can, and this book continues to prove that.
Witching hour was the best book I've ever read in my life, when the two worlds combine, I never ever want this series to end. In love!!!!!

Blackwood Farm
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Horror
  • Published: Oct 29, 2002
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 640 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 9, The Vampire Chronicles
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