Blood and Gold
Book 8, The Vampire Chronicles - The Vampire Chronicles
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The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns.
The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a “blood god” by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.
We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.
Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously
yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.
From the Hardcover edition.
Blood and Gold
This is a beautiful story, filled with love, agony, hope. Through Marius's eyes we see the splendor of ancient Rome, through the eras to present day. Anne writes the best tormented love story yet. I have come back to this story again and again and still she pulls such exquisite emotion from me page to page.
Very good read. I absolutely adore the mixture of history with her characters.
- Category: Horror
- Published: Oct 09, 2001
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 576 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 8, The Vampire Chronicles