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The Queen of the Damned

Book 3, The Vampire Chronicles

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In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat—in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

The Vampire Chronicles continue in Prince Lestat. Look for a special preview in the back of the book.

Praise for The Queen of the Damned

“Mesmerizing . . . a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.”San Francisco Chronicle
“With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.”Los Angeles Times
“Imaginative . . . intelligently written . . . This is popular fiction of the highest order.”USA Today
“A tour de force.”—The Boston Globe 

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 12, 1988 – The cult audience for Rice's two previous vampire novels, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat , will undoubtedly broaden with this third book, which features the same characters and a more complex plot. As before, Rice tells her story in fine melodramatic style, overwriting with zest and exuberance: the text pulses with menace, mystery and violence, and with sensuality verging on erotica. Here Lestat and all other vampires pay the price for his obsessive need for fame, his reckless honesty in describing the ``blood drinkers'' among us, and his frenzied rock concert in San Francisco. Lestat's kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep. She immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of most of the world's vampires, sparing only a small remnant (including Lestat) who she expects will join her in a crazed crusade against male mortals. Meanwhile, vampires and psychic humans around the globe are having the same terrifying dream in which twin red-haired women weep over the body of another woman, whose eyes and brains are on a plate nearby. As Rice gradually reveals the significance of the dream, she also focuses on Jesse, who works for the Telamasca, a secret society that collects data on those with paranormal powers. Though she ingeniously pulls together the various plot strands, Rice then almost loses the reader in philosophic overkill. She regains her verve in the final chapter, however, promising yet another mesmerizing installment of the Vampire Chronicles. 150,000 first printing: Literary Guild main selection.

Customer Reviews

Great read.

This novel gives more detail about the history of many of the vampires.

Collapses in the middle

Unlike some other reviewers, I liked the Talamasca storyline. I also liked Jesse as a character. However, this thing just collapses under the ponderous weight of the "Story of the Twins." The Twins' story is just so bloated and boring, that it takes the life out of what initially promised to be another great adventure.


this book is great i loved every minute of it , i found that i could not put it down this is one of my favorites for sure
read it you will not be dissappointed

The Queen of the Damned
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Sep 12, 1988
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, The Vampire Chronicles
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